|“||If you didn't get sea-sickIce Cream Island, you had better hold your breath for this level! Set sail for adventure through a world with a nautical theme inhabited by some of the toughest enemies you've met yet! in ”|
|— A Whole New World! • Kirby's Adventure Instruction Booklet|
This intro is the same in both versions of the game. However in the remake Kirby is wearing a captain's hat.
Orange Ocean is an area of Dream Land named after its perpetual sunset and the orange glow that it casts on the water. The levels take place on the small islands in the sea as well as underwater levels in the orange water. Many of the level backgrounds are copies of background art from earlier levels, primarily Ice Cream Island, however with the colors changed to resemble the sunset. There are two parts of the ocean; part of it is warm and tropical, while the other half is completely frozen over (perhaps referencing its closeness to Rainbow Resort). The area between it is most likely Secret Sea, where the Halberd crashed. Orange Ocean is full of fleets of battleships and large pirate ships. Meta Knight acts as the boss of Orange Ocean in Kirby's Adventure and its remake.
There are six stages in Orange Ocean; a Museum with a Wheelie, an Arena featuring Fire Lion, as well as all three sub-games: Crane Fever, Egg Catcher and Quick Draw in the original and Bomb Rally, Air Grind and Quick Draw in the remake.
|1||If Kirby still has Hammer (required to get the switch in Stage 6 of Yogurt Yard or can be obtained from the Heavy Mole fight), keep it. If not, it can be obtained in-stage. In the second room (ignoring the Rolling Turtle/Phan Phan room), there are Flamers and Sparkys. If Kirby has Hammer, enter the door midway through the room; if not, inhale both the Flamer and the Sparky at the same time. If done correctly, the Mix roulette will end on Hammer (the Flamer needs to be inhaled just before the Sparky; the opposite is true in the remake, however). In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, however, there are two Sparkys conveniently "caged" nearby the midway door. These can be easily inhaled for Hammer if done correctly. Enter the door. Destroy the hollow block (Metal Block in the remake) in the way of a door. Enter the door.||Museum (Wheel)|
|2||In the first room, destroy the Bomb Block and release the Pep Brew. Float up to where the Pep Brew was for a secret door (made more obvious in the remake). A Rocky will be present. Inhale him for Stone. In the following room, enter the door midway through the room. Pound the stake in the middle. Inhaling both Sparkys will result in Hammer from the mix.||Arena (Vs. Fire Lion)|
|3||In the second room, defeat Bonkers for Hammer (or use Fireball/Burning from a Flamer or the Fire Lion in the Arena). Destroy the wooden crate (Metal Block in the remake) after climbing the ladder. Destroy the Bomb Block and water will flow into the ship. Stand in the place where the Bomb Block was and press up to enter a secret door. Float up to the surface and destroy the Sword Knight. In his place is a door marked by a different wood pattern (just a door in the remake). Quickly inhale the Laser Ball for Laser. Enter the door marked by a different water pattern (a hole in the wood in the remake). Enter the door to the left. Inside is a Hot Head and a cannon. Light the fuse with a laser by deflecting it on the diagonal surface. Hop in the cannon and get blasted into the sky.||Crane Fever/Bomb Rally|
|4||In the second room, proceed through the room until reaching water. Nearby the ladders where Kirby can resurface, there is a Broom Hatter on a rock. This rock has an empty space on the right. Press up to enter a secret door (made more obvious in the remake).||Egg Catcher/Kirby's Air Grind|
|5||In the last room, activate the Bomb Block chain revealing the fuse for a cannon. Light the fuse with Fire. Get out and run quickly and activate the second Bomb Block chain to get into the cannon. Quick players will succeed; if not, try again now that the second Bomb Block chain has been activated. Get blasted into the sky where the switch is located.||Quick Draw|
|6||Before entering this stage, go to the Arena to get Fireball/Burning. In the first room, go down the pit and float to the left. There are ice blocks (Metal Blocks in the remake) that Kirby needs to break. Break them with Fireball/Burning. The switch is now accessible. There are alternative ways to do this: inhale two Sparkys for Hammer or go to the second room and obtain UFO. Destroy the aforementioned ice/metal blocks in the first room with the hammer or UFO's fully charged shot.||Warp Star Station|
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|Theme - Orange Ocean|
- The music for this level is remixed as the music for Dungeon Dome in Kirby: Canvas Curse. The music is also remixed for the menu theme for the Kirby TV Channel. The same arrangement can also be heard in various episodes of the Japanese version of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! In Kirby Star Allies, the music from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is used as one of the tunes for Inside Islands.
- Orange Ocean is where the entire sub-game Revenge of Meta Knight takes place. Meta Knight's base is located here, and is where he stores his Halberd. However, Kirby is able to fell the near-impervious ship and it crashed down into Orange Ocean (specifically the Secret Sea). Kirby travels to this location once again in Kirby: Squeak Squad where the Halberd is resurrected.