Two Oceans Aquarium
Two Oceans Aquarium
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a window into the spectacular oceans surrounding the southern African coast. Through displays ranging from the small and almost fantastical Knysna seahorses, to sea turtles and shoals of shimmering fish, the aquarium holds wondrous discoveries around every corner. Come face-to-face with giant spider crabs and have an adventurous tactile experience at the Touch Pool. Be sure to visit the I&J Ocean Exhibit, with its 9m long window, and 10m long full tunnel. Qualified divers can also make use of the opportunity to dive in this exhibit with shoals of fish and turtles. The Jelly gallery is sure to mesmerize and enthrall.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kaiaingelill
    Andenes, Norway15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy day getaway
    A wonderful way to spend a rainy day in Cape Town. Not too crowded on a weekday, but I imagine it being packed with kids on the weekend. Beautiful exhibits with jellyfish, turtles, sharks, penguins and stingrays among the attractions. A strong message throughout the experience was caring for our oceans and its inhabotants. Would reccomend to any ages and any constellation of visitors. We would gladly go there again in the not top far off future!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • smvNYC
    New York City, New York358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great aquarium!
    We were a bit cautious of including this on our Cape Town itinerary, having read some of the reviews, however given the location (Waterfront) we thought if giving it a try. It was an excellent decision! The aquarium includes well designed exhibits with several large tanks where one can watch in awe stingrays, sharks and many other fishes. Our favorite part were the penguins. We spent close to 30 minutes watching the rockhopper penguins preening themselves, hopping around and swimming!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Andrew J
    Sarn, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really Good Quality and Value for Money
    I was pleasantly surprised how good this aquarium was. The jelly fish display was very different. In the dark with the jellyfish illuminated. However my personal favourite was the large tank containing the sharks. Amazing, beautiful, powerful creatures seen up close. Also love seeing the hordes of kids on their school trip. So well behaved and well monitored.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Aparajita S
    London, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect hideout for a rainy day
    Our Table Mountain plans were dashed on account of adverse weather and we didn't want to be cooped up in the hotel room with the kid. So suddenly planned to visit the aquarium. Tickets are available online. Tickets for visit after 3 pm are comparatively cheaper and you can easily see everything in 3 hours. The aquarium has plenty of marine exhibits including sharks, penguins, jelly fish and a variety of other fishes. The entire area in under 1 roof and you dont have to step outside. There is also a play area for children below 1.2m in height. We bought a family photograph package for R300.00 which included 3 photos and 2 key rings with our pictures. The souvenir shop was a delight. Dont forget to look at the seals basking on the pier behind the aquarium ( you don't have to enter the aquarium for this) . Overall a great day despite torrential rains.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • serraturtle
    84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diverse aquarium…a must see
    We had such a wonderful time at the aquarium. You absolutely need to do the behind the scenes tour…ask for Bamanye, he’s been there 10 years and knows all the ins and outs of the aquarium. They have 3 huge aquariums to reflect different ocean ecosystems. The layout makes it so easy to navigate. Ask the guides what time the penguins “waddle”…it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. I can’t recommend this aquarium high enough. A must see!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • tingasiki
    Windhoek, Namibia169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very entertaining visit!
    Very entertaining and interesting visit. The Aquarium is well run and has friendly staff. Displays are kept in good condition and are very informative. There's lots to do for the kids, but there are also plenty of attractions for anyone. The shop has a good selection of goodies. The location is also convenient, and there are restaurants and shops within walking distance. The tourist bus stops at the Aquarium.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Christophe J
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go here no matter what
    I recommend that tourists and tour guides put this on there list to Cape town. Even great with children there is a snack and drink bar near the big view goes great with drinking coffee . good location in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or also referred to as V&A waterfront .And real life penguins which might go extinct in 2030 .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Christian D
    Fort Worth, Texas7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool little aquarium
    Was a cool little aquarium specializing in creatures in the waters in and around SA. The large tank, penguin area, and shark tank were particularly interesting. Definitely worth stopping by for an hour or two. Great spot for kids though was still interesting to me even though I didn’t have my kids with me on this trip.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written March 3, 2024
  • Natasha M
    Harare, Zimbabwe8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting
    We took loads of photos and had a lovely time learning about different sea creatures. We were most excited to see the penguins and the sharks and ended up enchanted by the jellyfish and stingrays and the turtles swimming over us in the walkway. It was beautiful.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 7, 2024
  • Simon N
    London, United Kingdom130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice aquarium around the V&S
    Nice aquarium around the V&A waterfront. The weather wasn't great in Cape Town, hence decided for an activity that was sheltered. The aquarium have a range of aquatic animals, along with specific activities during the day that is listed on a timetable as you enter. The most impressive display is the large tank which houses a range of sealife, the most impressive being a whale shark! Though the aquarium is nice, it was a bit smaller than I had anticipated so we were pretty much done within an hour and a bit surprised when we had reached the end. However, it is still a great place to visit especially when the weather isn't too great!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2024
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Kansas364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Spent a great morning here on my last day in Cape Town. When I found out that an hour long behind the scenes tour (which includes admission to the aquarium) was just a little bit more than admission alone, I signed up! Turns out I was the only one who had booked a behind the scenes tour that morning, so ended up with a private tour! Loved getting to see the hard work that goes into keeping the aquarium up and running! Afterwards, I took my time wandering through the exhibits. Given the aquarium's focus, I got to admire a few species that I'd never seen before...and the kelp forest exhibit was really unique. Loved that they have a little coffee cart near one of their main exhibits--loved enjoying a drink while admiring the sea life!
Written April 18, 2024
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rdubbs08
Edmond, OK6,566 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
On a dreary Cape Town day, we opted to stick in city central and take the kiddos to the aquarium. It is nice sized, but definitely not the most fascinating aquarium we have been to. We got lucky and decided to skip out on one of the talks...by doing so, we were ahead of the crowd and caught the keepers herding the penguins around the open facility...they went RIGHT by us - coolest part of the experience!
Written April 15, 2024
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Taylor. Ali
Cape Town, South Africa229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a wonderful Aquarium. The expanse of sea animals and information is amazing.
The jelly fish blow my mind and were very well displayed. It was a delight to see the penguins walk back from their swim and the cape penguins be fed. In addition we did the "behind the scenes" tour which was fantastic. Our wonderful guide was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and so much fun showing us the tanks, the feed, what makes the aquarium tick and how they keep it going every day of the year. Would recommend this tour.
Written April 15, 2024
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Prashan Wilfred
London, UK397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing place to visit and we learnt so much about all kinds of fish. We loved seeing the huge sharks. It's quiet and so engaging.
Written March 10, 2024
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Simon N
London, UK130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nice aquarium around the V&A waterfront. The weather wasn't great in Cape Town, hence decided for an activity that was sheltered. The aquarium have a range of aquatic animals, along with specific activities during the day that is listed on a timetable as you enter. The most impressive display is the large tank which houses a range of sealife, the most impressive being a whale shark!

Though the aquarium is nice, it was a bit smaller than I had anticipated so we were pretty much done within an hour and a bit surprised when we had reached the end. However, it is still a great place to visit especially when the weather isn't too great!
Written March 9, 2024
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Natasha M
Harare, Zimbabwe8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We took loads of photos and had a lovely time learning about different sea creatures. We were most excited to see the penguins and the sharks and ended up enchanted by the jellyfish and stingrays and the turtles swimming over us in the walkway. It was beautiful.
Written March 7, 2024
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Calgaryskichick
222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I did a scuba dive with manta rays, it was stunning. Staff took excellent care of me. Nice hot shower at the end, and price included admission to aquarium. Would do again!
Written March 4, 2024
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Christian D
Fort Worth, TX7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Was a cool little aquarium specializing in creatures in the waters in and around SA. The large tank, penguin area, and shark tank were particularly interesting. Definitely worth stopping by for an hour or two. Great spot for kids though was still interesting to me even though I didn’t have my kids with me on this trip.
Written March 3, 2024
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Christophe J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I recommend that tourists and tour guides put this on there list to Cape town.
Even great with children there is a snack and drink bar near the big view goes great with drinking coffee . good location in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or also referred to as V&A waterfront .And real life penguins which might go extinct in 2030 .
Written February 29, 2024
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Benjamin J
Curepipe23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Love the fish, sea creature atmosphere. Great for all ages. Coffee's good. The African and macaroni penguins are a must. The plushes in gift shop look of good quality. my toddler sister got a penguin whilst I got a great white shark. Compare it with Mauritius'
Odysséo. Two Oceans is way larger.
Written February 16, 2024
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