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The Two Oceans Aquarium is an aquarium located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. The aquarium was opened on the 13 November 1995 and comprises several exhibition galleries with large viewing windows: The aquarium is named for its location, where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.
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|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
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An absolute must for all those visiting Cape Town for the first time. This is a great options for families and kids with lots to keep the little ones busy, there is daily feeds, info talks and arts and crafts. The aquarium is very clued up on playing an active role in ocean conservation and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. It is run by both professionals and volunteers that have a passion for the ocean and wild life. It can get a bit busy in the afternoon as it is a popular tourist spot but it is definitely worth the wait. They have recently renovated so there is now a brand new jelly fish exhibit! I would highly recommend.
I was never able to go to the Aquarium as a kid so I was excited to take my kids there. I can honestly say it was the most amazing experience. Grown adults feel like kids again when they see the sea life held here. I highly recommend that anyone old enough to know what a fish is, go visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Truely Amazing...
Cape Town's one and only aquarium. Worth visiting! Children will be thoroughly entertained. Adults may find themselves in awe of the sheer beauty of the large multi-species aquarium tanks. Expect to spend a minium of 4 hours here to see and appreciate everything. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant on site. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant as the aquarium is situated directly next to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with an unbelievable selection of restaurants. Take a walk and expore the offerings before settling on the rather generic and over-priced aquarium restaurant.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a highlight of anyone's visit to the V&A Waterfront or to Cape Town. Our for kids all loved it. We were especially entertained by a friend who is a marine biologist who drove into one of the big tanks to feed the rays and turtles. The show took a while so when it was over we were glad to be able to get sodas and coffee right there. Watching men cleaning out the shark tank while the big creatures swam past them was a bit nerve-wracking! There is a huge array of sea life from tiny fish to adorable penguins, from huge ugly toads to sea horses. There are touch pools and interactive exhibits to keep everyone busy and interested. We have been impressed by the Aquarium's efforts to train up young marine biologists in an intensive training program.
Definite good place to visit with your kids on school holidays. They will superbly enjoy themselves learning and being fascinated by the beauty of the sea world. Most amazing thing would be seeing their faces and a spark of curiosity being lit about the sea and it’s species. Entrance is pricey but worthwhile. If you are a couple try scuba diving, you will definitely enjoy it 😉
This is well worth a visit in Cape Town, if you're in the Waterfront area. Exhibitions regularly change and are both in tanks and outside for people to see and even touch. A favourite is the tank tunnel where feeding often occurs right above your head. The range of fish, birds and crustaceans is phenomenal. Definitely worth a visit instead of the boring mall nearby.
The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town is by far one of the highlights when visiting the Mother City. A stunning variety of marine wildlife will keep the family, adults and kids alike, entertained for hours on end. The shows are highly educational; and highlights the need for marine protection and environmental awareness. The well-defined souvenir store will ensure that you get the perfect keep-sake for that someone special.
You know what?! I was just swimming around in the ocean, minding my own BUSINESS! and then suddenly I felt a prickle on my leg that got sent up my spinal cord, it was a NET! Then, they threw me in the back of their water filled boat. They saw me, but mistook me for a octopus. I heard them say "Wow, thats an ugly octopus". So I peed (inked) everywhere. They then put me in the two oceans aquarium where I then was almost eaten by a shark.
A great activity to do with or without kids. You are guaranteed to be entertained when visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium. I loved feeding time at the Penguin Exhibit (11:30 and 14:30). Entry is R175 for adults and for kids, from R85 to R130 (age dependent). If you'd like to visit the aquarium on a regular basis, you can purchase an annual membership for R425 per adult and between R210 and R330 for kids. Membership has extra perks like discounts at the shop and certain food outlets, as well as invitations to members only sleep overs and yacht trips!
Very nice for a family outing or a person who has a keen interest in ocean life. The exhibitions are engaging and interactive. Please be warned though when entering they ask to take your photo without informing you of the cost, which is rather steep. If you don't have a stoller they have ones there you can loan if you ask. An annual membership is a great option and much cheaper if you intend on going there again.
We visit the aquarium at least two to three times a year. They often add new things and change their exhibits, making it interesting and exciting to visit. Always something new to learn. Definitely a must-visit if you've never been there.
Such an amazing day out! The people are so friendly. There was this one volunteer, Barbi, who was just such a star. She gave great information and answered any questions we had. Super friendly! Was wonderful interacting with her. Loved the exhibitions and the penguin feeding. It's really such an awesome trip to do.
Awesome! The displays are very well maintained and clean and all the animals are treated well. All the displays give really interesting information for visitors. The staff really seem to care about their charges. It's great fun to take your kids with and their mouths will hang open in awe the whole time! There are many initiatives to educate people, in a fun way, about keeping our oceans clean and healthy. Some displays are interactive and pretty well executed. The kids area is very cool with a sandpit, half view of the penguin exhibit and halfway submerged for a great display of shaol fish. It can get busy but just take it easy and appreciate what is a fun and informative day out. As an aside, be careful of the adjacent restaurant which charges ridiculous amounts for basic food, I think they try to milk the tourists where they can.
The aquarium is obviously great for young kids. On a older level I do however wish the lights were off in the areas with the big tanks to give a better atmosphere. You can get some great photos with the light coming from the tanks. All in all it is a good experience if you haven't been there. I would like to see it expand to have more things in the future.
The aquarium itself is a well-done exhibit. They highlight species and undersea flora from the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 2 hours is a reasonable amount of time to read the majority of the information and get very nice photographs. The aquarium is definitely aimed to please children, so those with families will not want to miss out. Those without, you may be a bit underwhelmed.
Lovely place to take kids for an outing or to visit with friends. They have recently updated some of the exhibitions, and even have musical performances by the tanks now. The fish are well cared for, and many volunteers are around to help if necessary. There are also some touch areas for children to see seaweed and sea anemones, penguin feedings and seal feedings. I remember loving my trips to the aquarium as a kid. There are also many restaurants in walking distance, as well as permanent food and craft markets.
Wow, what a great experience, so much to see and so little time. It was great entertainment for the kids,and felt quite safe. The variety is great and there are so many interactive activities and demonstrations. They even take very good pictures of your family and you can buy it, which is quite pricey, but it is well worth it as you get quite a few pictures that are very professionally taken with a cute background and it comes in different sizes, in a cute booklet with stickers for the kids. The muffins and coffee there is absolutely a must try, and we managed to catch a feeding demonstration which is scheduled and advertised, see the boards at the aquarium. And it was also very nice and entertaining. A day well spent. Make sure you have enough time and that you take a Camara with.
Stunning and informative compilation of displays that are changed from time to time. There is a touch-display area and various learning stations including microscope views and videos. The kids area on the lower level has puppet shows and various craft activities to keep the little ones entertained while the parents catch their breath! The I&J Ocean Exhibit is set in a coffee lounge area which is relaxing to watch while having a cuppa and some cake. The Predator Exhibit near the end has some Ragged Tooth Sharks - causing you to finish your tour of the aquarium with a bang!
The best visit with my toddler! There are so many fantastic displays (a good number of interactive displays too) and they're beautifully kept. Make note of the feeding times in the predator tank and the penguins and get there with some time to spare. Seating and standing space gets crowded quite quickly regardless of the season it seems.
A very nice aquarium with lot of species, most of them are fishes. There are sharks in the aquarium. There is a bar and lot of sitting space. There is an entry fees, but I am not sure. The place is best for children. I have been to there in the morning not sure about the outside environment or any other facilities.