It seems like when we talk about trips to Hong Kong – Macau, the trend these days is to get the iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass offered by KLOOK.
When planning our 4D3N trip, I also first looked into the benefits of it. In the end though, we chose not to go that route.
We instead went DIY on the expenses and in this post I’ll try my hardest to explain, based on how we planned our HK-Macau trip, how to determine if you should/shouldn’t get the infamous iventure.
I’ll also share our PHP9,694 itinerary.
But first things first, what is this iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass (whew, let’s just call it the iVenture pass) I’m talking about?
Basically, it’s a card offered by KLOOK tailored specifically to HK-Macau trips and includes tons of discounts for tours and attractions. Of course, discounts equals savings (more pocket money!)
Here’s a link to the said pass as reference:
As of this writing, here are the inclusions:
- Ocean Park Tour: Includes 1 day admission ticket and free single transfer
- Peak tram round trip ticket
- Ngong Ping 360 Standard Cabin Round Trip ticket (surcharge of HKD90 for upgrade to Ngong Ping 360 Fun Pass, HKD80 for Crystal Cabin)
- Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck (Single Entry & Free WIFI)
- Sky100 VR experience Ticket
- Macau Tower Convention Entertainment Centre (Single Entry to Observation Deck)
- Hong Kong Watertours Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise with unlimited free drinks on board
- Rickshaw sightseeing open top bus (one day pass)
- Broadway Macau set meal voucher (HKD70 per person)
- Macau Tour TKW (sightseeing day tour)
- Noah’s Ark Hong Kong (Single one day entry)
- The Art of Chocolate (Single one day entry)
- Disneyland Hong Kong, supplement of HKD477 per adult and HKD406 per child payable upon collection (please note: The Disneyland Hong Kong supplement upgrade included in the package is only available at Airport A13 counter)
- Hong Kong City Tour
- 10% off on Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at the Peak
- 25% off on Round Trip MTR Airport Express Line ticket
- 15% off for CotaiJet Ferry Tickets
- Jumbo Kingdom HKD100 Coupon
- 20% off on Khana Khazana Indian Vegetarian Restaurant
- 25% off on Palki Indian Cuisine
tl;dr it boasts of A LOT. And it’s priced at an affordable rate of P6,043!
Every group and itinerary is different in a way though.
For our group, we noticed that we do not need or plan to do a lot of the listed activities. And some of the activities we want to experience are not included.
How did we determine if we should/shouldn’t get an iVenture pass?
1. Make a list
First, make a list of activities and places you wish to see: Go crazy, add everything.
For more ideas on where to go/what to do in both Hong Kong and Macau, these links might be useful:
2. Create a timetable
Not the type of person who actually enjoys making set plans. If I had it my way, I’d just wing it and go wherever I feel like going.
But I’ve learned that I could save a lot of money if I book things in advance (growing up = embracing discounts) and since we only have 4 days to spend and I obviously won’t be able to hit all the places/activities on the list, I decided to make a timetable and stick to it.
Tip: Research how long each activity would take as well as how long it takes to get from one place to the next. Group the places that are near each other in one day. Plan your route to save time (to do this, I spent too much time on Google Maps.)
It’d also be great if you already know where you’ll be staying. Travel from farthest to nearest, I’ve learned. Especially if you’ll go straight to the airport – it’d be less stressful if the last destination on your list is the closest to the airport!
For our group, we decided to drop one activity that is the same as another.
For example, both Disneyland and Ocean Park are theme parks, so we decided (begrudgingly) to drop Ocean Park since we do not have time to fit 2 whole days of theme parks if we also wanted to do a kind of cultural day. Same goes for Victoria Peak and Sky 100 – we chose Victoria Peak because we wanted to experience riding their ancient tram that goes by the side of the mountain to get you to the peak. Here’s what itinerary looked like:
3. Plan expenses
Here’s the tricky part and the part where you decide if an iVenture pass is right for you. Research how much each activity would cost you and if you could get discounts either from KLOOK or KKDay.
Also research on other essentials for your trip. For us, it was the Octopus Card, 4G sim, and the Cotaijet ferry ticket from HK to Macau.
Now add how much these would cost with and without the iVenture pass.
Here’s a sample:
So it basically depends on your itinerary.
My thoughts are if you have more days in Macau or if you plan to prioritize or include HK Ocean Park, and if want to join the city tours with pro tour guides instead of going off on your own, the pass is a great deal!
But if you are like us with your own preferences that are mostly not part of the pass, then you can do without it.
Hope this helps! Let me know how you planned your expenses or what your itinerary looks like?