After going around V & A waterfront, I saw a sign on the Two Oceans Aquarium! Hmmm...I decided to go in and it was fun going around it for about an hour....it is just a small aquarium and do not expect to see something like Sea World, but they do have nice entertaining exhibits and you will also see a nice enclave for the penguins.
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I made a video combining my African safari experience with what I saw at the Cape Town Aquarium all in one day! haha!
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AFRICAN SAFARI AND THE SEA by Jumping Norman
At the V&A Waterfront
+27 (0)21 418-3823 (email@example.com)
Open 9:30AM to 6PM
R80 entrance fee.
The Two Oceans aquarium is quite simply the best aquarium I've ever visited, and is a brilliant way to entertain young and old for a couple of hours - always a good backstop option if the weather turns nasty.
The design is fantastic, and, for me, the highlight is the two storey kelp forest display where you can sit mesmerised for hours (or you could, provided that you didn't have two overexcited little people tugging on your sleeve to go and explore the next delight!)
The displays are well thought out and excellently presented, with just the right level of information. I could stand and watch exhibits such as the tidal pool (which constantly ebbs and flows) for hours, and the kids adore the 'touch and feel' pool (whose staff never fail to amaze me with their unfailing patience and enthusiasm). There are also excellent microscope displays, which allow you to examine the sort of fine detail that you usually don't get to appreciate: this time, I was enchanted to watch barnacles using their protruding legs to trawl for tiny shrimp
On the upper level, there is an interesting shoreline exhibit complete with penguins and other marine birds, which leads into (somewhat less interesting) smaller displays of different sections of a river. There is also the obligatory tunnel through the main aquarium, complete with rays, sharks and turtles.
Another drawcard is the children's area on the lowermost level, where there are always craft-based activities and colouring, as well as a range of books and puzzles. It's a brilliant place for little ones to let off steam for a few minutes before renewing their onslaught on the main aquarium!
Your hand is stamped with a UV stamp when you enter, so you can exit and re-enter for the entire day. This is a great arrangement, as you can break your visit for a breath of fresh air or lunch elsewhere in the V&A Waterfront complex, and then return at your leisure.
We had a rainy day on our trip in Cape Town. It's not fun to visit outdoor sights in the rain. So, we opted to see the aquarium. This was great! We spent quite a while inside and the photos I took were turned out very well. My favorite viewing was the predator tank. I was amazed how large the sting ray were. I took some great photos with divers in the tank to give you an idea how large they were. Please see more pics of the aquarium on my travelogues.
Right now the hours are from 9:30am-6pm. Prices are 100 rand for adults, about US$12. Children 4-13 is 50 rand or US$6 and Children 14-17 is 78 rand or US$9 (give or take a few cents depending on the exchange rate).
Having already been to a couple of aquariums (the best one so far in Singapore) I wasn't mesmerised by the one in Cape Town. But I must admit that it is worth visiting.
The species on display are arranged in several categories, including the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean galleries, predators and frogs. One of the most interesting exhibitions for me was the kelp forest with tall sea plants looking like trees and fish swimming among them. I've read on their website that there are only two more places in the world that display kelp forest - one is in California and the other in Taiwan.
Another attraction that gathers lots of visitors is the feeding time when divers appear in the predator tank and swim with sharks. We enjoyed also the encounter with African penguins but of course it doesn't compare to the Boulders Beach.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is surely a great place for kids. The people in charge are doing their best to attract children, which is visible on the spot but also on their website. The website is loaded with infomation that can be interesting not only for children.
This is an amazing aquarium! It is huge and it has a lot of tanks especially for eduacation. Their predator tank with the raggies is awesome, I could have stared at it for hours. I also liked that you could go outside and come back in on the same ticket.
I wasn't too keen on seeing this place but it as raining and cold and we had a R10 discount voucher so off I went. Cost was R88 so not cheap and could be pretty expensive for a family - check out what you can do though, it may be worth it. I enjoyed my trip here. Allow a couple of hours depending on what you plan to see and do.
I was pleasantly surprised and glad that I went on this visit. There is plenty to see and to do and if you have kids who have not seen much marine life this is a great place to learn.
There are frogs, fish, corals, sharks, penguins ( you can feed them too), fish, a kelp forest and yes, more fish....
You can dive with ragged-tooth sharks, large predators, rays and a turtle (extra cost).
There is a kids area where they can get face paint and hear stories about fish, plenty of activities to entertain.
Shoreline Cafe was OK but expensive as most places within a tourist attraction are.
There are plenty of souvenirs to be had but similar to what you can find in town or at V&A.
My kids loved this place, but I must be honest so did I. It was great for us to touch the animals, listen to the gentleman that explained about the micro organisms that live in the sea and to see the big fish in the tanks.
The two oceans aquarium is a wonderful place to see different maritime species of the southern Atlantic and Indian Ocean. A large variety of species can be seen, from clownfish to sharks, from sea turtles to jellyfish. There are some nice extras in the aquarium, for example an area where young an old can get in contact with sea life by touching some plants and smaller animals under the supervision of staff. Feeding time for differrent species always turn out into a mass spectacle for the visitors.
The aquarium was aquarium was really an enjoyable plase and it easy for you to spend two hours inside without feeling the time passing by. For further details about the aquarium as well as opening times and entry fees, check the website below.
One thing you really should visit while at the waterfront is the Two Oceans Aquarium. You can see all kinds of colourful reef fish aswell as some sharks in well maintained bassins.
While we visited a young man proposed to his girl in front of the predator tank. Very romantic :).
The aquarium is open from 9.30am to 6pm and admission is 70 Rand.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable outing (especially if you have children!) I have been to a few aquariums throughout SA and the UK and this is my favourite one.
It's the safest way to get up close and personal with some gorgeous creatures form the depths of the ocean! I love coming here :) Wear comfy shoes as you do a lot of walking.
Lots more info on their website with tips!
ps: Parking at the Waterfront is nothing short of a nightmare at the best of times. Parking is available behind the Two Oceans Aquarium. The cost for parking is R10 for the whole day. Dont forget to ask for your parking voucher which is refundable at the Aquarium's ticket office!
The aquarium houses marine life from both Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. It's amazing to see how marine life differs given water temperature, location, etc. I especially liked the Indian Ocean penguins. They are very silly looking things.
The aquarium is located near the Victoria Waterfront. Check out its website for most up to date information.
Located in the V&A waterfront, it is quite an experience. You can dive with the sharks, feed the fish in the Kelp Forest - however you must be a qualified scuba diver to do this.
Daily from 9h30 - 18h00
Situated in the heart of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium has much to offer as an educational and tourist venue. Specialising in the marine fauna and flora off the South African coastline, the aquarium boasts a large cold water kelp exhibit, complete with swell generator and a predator exhibit with five ragged tooth sharks, a variety of rays, two turtles and various pelagic fish.
Feeding time in the predator exhibit is a popular attraction for young and old, as divers hand-feed the sharks and other animals. The aquarium also offers a unique chance for sport divers to spend time in the predator exhibit with the ragged tooth sharks, under the watchful eye of one of the aquarium's divers.
The aquarium has been designed to create maximum effect and is particularly impressive when sunlight hits the surface of the water in the two main exhibits, creating shafts of blue light. The ever-swaying kelp forest looks beautiful as fish swim slowly about, making the exhibit look just like the real thing, thereby creating a perfect back-drop for television interviews. Special permission may be granted to film in these exhibits.
This is a must see for all families visiting the Cape.
Ticket Prices is as follows:
Adults = R60.00
Children ( 4 - 17 years ) = R28.00
Under 4 years Free
Pensioners = R45.00
Undergraduate Students = R50.00
Open 09h30 - 18h00 daily, 365 days a year.
This Aquarium is one of the greatest ones I have seen! Special about it is that it compairs the animals ans plants of the warm Indian ocean to the cold Atlantic! Quite interesting!
A special experience is also the glas tunnel. You see sharks passing very close so that you can see it's sharp teeth...
Another thing I really liked was the kelp bassin!! You can sit in front of it and see the kelp moving... it's relaxing! But when you try to stand up, you suddenly move from one side to the other like the kelp...
This is a great day out,
Matthew had arranged to dive with the ragged tooth sharks in the predator exhibit, and it was fantastic, I was sceptical as to whether the Two Oceans Aquarium would hold my attention for that long, but it did. We saw feeding of sharks and fish in the Kelp forrest, we also had a behind hte scenes tour of how the aquarium is run.
They only feed the shark on a Sunday at 3.30pm if you want to catch this!