See also Encounter Magazine's guide on South Africa Oceanariums.

The Two Oceans Aquarium is a window into the spectacular oceans surrounding the southern African coast. Situated in the V&A Waterfront, the Aquarium offers its visitors the amazing opportunity to explore below the waterline.

Through displays ranging from the small and almost fantastical Knysna seahorses, to large ragged-tooth sharks, the Aquarium holds wondrous discoveries around every corner. Meet the brave fish that call the cold Atlantic Ocean their home – and the brightly coloured ones that live in the warm Indian Ocean.

Be mesmerised by the swaying of the giant kelp in the aptly named Kelp Forest Exhibit- one of only three living kelp forest displays in the world. Or come face-to-face with giant spider grabs and have an adventurous tactile experience at the Touch Pool.

Take the little ones to the Afrisam Activity Centre where they can do arts-and-crafts, play on the modular climbing unit, watch a puppet show or just colour-in. All of this while they learn about our oceans and the wonderful animals that live in them.

For those qualified, there is the opportunity to dive in the I&J Predator Exhibit with ragged-tooth sharks, a turtle named Joshi and shoals of other predatory fishes. If you have an advanced qualification, diving in the Kelp Forest is one of the things that you must be able to tick off on your “must-do-someday-list”. Booking is essential for the dives and can be done by emailing

The Two Oceans Aquarium Shop has a wide range of gifts and souvenirs. From t-shirts to soft toys, there’s a gift for everyone.
Shoreline Café provides scrumptious meals for young and old.

The restaurant includes a dedicated children’s play centre (with climbing play unit and arts-and-crafts) which will keep the little ones entertained while mom and dad catch their breath over a cup of coffee. Shoreline Café serves scrumptious breakfasts and lunch and is open from 09:00 until 18:00 daily.

Call the Two Oceans Aquarium on +27 21 418 3823

Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Open daily: 09h30 – 18h00 (subject to change without notice)

Valid until 31 August 2009 and subject to change without notice
Adults: R84
Children between 4 and 13 years: R40
Children under 4: Free
Children between the ages of 14 -17 years: R65
SA Pensioners and Students: R65 (with valid ID)

Visitors may have their hand stamped at the entrance turnstile in the foyer if they wish to return to the Aquarium during any one day.
Parties exceeding 10 receive a 10 % (ten percent) discount on the listed prices.

Feeding times (subject to change without notice)
Feeding time in the I&J Predator Exhibit (daily at 15h00) and the Kelp Forest Exhibit (Wednesdays and Sundays at 12h00) is always a spectacular sight and visitors are able to see Aquarium divers hand-feeding the fishes, rays, turtle and sharks.

The shark feed at 15h00 on Sundays is always a thrilling experience. The penguins in the Sappi River Meander Exhibit are fed twice daily at 11h30 and 14h30. For correct times, please contact Visitor Services on telephone +27-21- 418-3823.

Baby Care
Nappy changing facilities are available. The Aquarium has a limited number of baby carriers for your convenience.

Physically Challenged
A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge. All Aquarium exhibits are accessible to the physically challenged. Please ensure that you book a wheelchair prior to your visit. Please contact Visitor Services on telephone +27-21-418-3823 or e-mail
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