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As sustainability and event greening gains popularity and importance, make a conscious choice and host your company conference, meeting, corporate dinner, cocktail function or presentation at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The Aquarium is committed to reducing its environmental impact and, in recognition of its efforts, was awarded Platinum status by the Heritage Environmental Management Company in 2011.

The Aquarium’s onsite restaurant and caterer, Shoreline Café, is the first restaurant in Africa to be awarded Chain-of-Custody certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The Aquarium was chosen by Project 90x2030 as one of six renewable energy demonstrations sites in South Africa and currently generates a small percentage of its energy requirements from wind and solar energy.

In light of its international reputation, the Two Oceans Aquarium won the bid to the host the prestigious 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) in September 2012. Held only every four years, the IAC is a gathering of the key decision makers from top aquariums around the world. This is the first time the IAC will be held on the African continent.

Costs and contact

Our rates start at R250 per person for all-inclusive packages. Costs may vary according to your needs – we have a team ready to assist you with unique requirements.

Please contact us on functions@aquarium.co.za or call +27 (0)21 418 3823 to discuss your options. 

We recommend that you come in to view the venues and discuss the various options available. Please note that viewing is by appointment only.

Special offers

We're currently running a special package for year-end functions.

Click here to view our special.

Smart Events Handbook: Greening guidelines for hosting sustainable events in Cape Town

Please click the links below to download the Smart Events Handbook, a guide put together by the City of Cape Town for hosting sustainable events in Cape Town.

The I&J Predator Exhibit

Photo courtesy Jaco Marais/Foto24 Photo courtesy Jaco Marais/Foto24

Enchant your guests in the company of ragged-tooth sharks, graceful rays and shoals of predatory fish.

The I&J Predator Exhibit offers a breathtaking setting to make your function memorable.

Use Times Capacity (minimum 30 pax) Catering
Breakfast 07h00 to 09h00 110 pax Separate – click here for catering information
Cocktail party 19h00 to 24h00 250 pax Separate – click here for catering information
Dinner 19h00 to 24h00 120 pax (100 with dancefloor) Separate – click here for catering information

Spoil your guests to a tour accompanied by our knowledgeable guides prior to your event, or wow your guests with a banner inside the I&J Predator Exhibit. Our qualified divers can swim by with your company banner – a great photo opportunity! Prices available upon request.

The Atlantic Ocean Gallery

Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Come face to face with translucent, fragile jellies, the endangered Knysna seahorse, alien-like giant spider crabs and the shy octopus.

The myriad exhibits offer a visual delight in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for smaller events.

Use Times Capacity (Min booking 30 pax) Catering
Cocktail party 19h00 to 24h00 100 pax Separate – click here for catering informatoin
Dinner 19h00 to 24h00 50 pax Separate – click here for catering information

The whole Two Oceans Aquarium

For a real showstopper, enthral your guests with the wonders of the underwater world and afford your guests the opportunity to wander around the various galleries of the Two Oceans Aquarium while enjoying refreshments – ideal for large cocktail parties.

Use Times Capacity (minimum booking of 200) Catering
Cocktail party 19h00 to 24h00 500 pax Separate – click here for catering information

The Think Tank (Auditorium)

Opening onto the V&A Waterfront Marina, the Think Tank (Auditorium) has a magnificent view of Table Mountain.

The Auditorium is professionally fitted with audio visual equipment and offers flexible seating arrangements.

Use Times Capacity Catering
Day presentation 08h00 to 17h00
  • 20 pax (U-shaped seating)
  • 50 pax (classroom seating)
  • 120 pax (cinema style)
Separate – click here for catering information
Conference package 08h00 to 17h00
  • 20 pax (U-shaped seating)
  • 50 pax (classroom seating)
  • 120 pax (cinema style)
Included – click here for catering information
Evening presentation 18h00 to 24h00  
  • 20 pax (U-shaped seating)
  • 50 pax (classroom seating)
  • 120 pax (cinema style)
Separate – click here for catering information
Breakfast 09h00 to 12h00 50 pax (banqueting style) Separate – click here for catering information

Tranquility

With a window that looks into the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit, it provides a truly magnificent backdrop against which to hold an intimate dinner or cocktail.

Use Times Capacity Catering
Breakfast/lunch/day presentation 08h00 to 17h00 20 pax Separate – click here for catering information
Dinner/cocktail party/evening presentation 18h00 to 24h00
  • 20 pax
  • 30 pax (standing)
Separate – click here for menus
Conference package 08h00 to 17h00 20 pax Included – click here for catering information

What's included in the venue hire price?

Use of our tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, glassware, standard white linen (table cloths & napkins)

Use of the following AV equipment:

  • The I&J Predator Exhibit: CD player and microphone
  • Tranquility: CD player and motorised screen
  • Atlantic Ocean Gallery: CD player and microphone
  • The Think Tank: CD/DVD player, microphone, data projector and motorised screen

Access into the rest of the Aquarium for all guests for venues used between 09h30 and 18h00

Conference packages include: pens, pads, water and sweets

Standard terms & conditions

When hiring any of our venues, the client undertakes to maintain the venue, (carpeting, acrylic viewing panels and audio-visual equipment provided) in good repair. On signature of this agreement you agree to maintain such interior and such audio-visual equipment in good condition.

In the event that any damage is caused to the venue, interior or the audio-visual equipment, the Two Oceans Aquarium will be entitled to give notice to the client requiring you to affect all necessary repairs or replacements. In the event that the client fails to affect such repairs or replacements within three (3) days of being notified, such repairs or replacements may be carried out by the Aquarium at the client’s expense. Should the audio-visual equipment be operated solely by an Aquarium staff member, the client will not be liable for any costs incurred or damages caused to such equipment.

NON SMOKING: The Aquarium is a non-smoking venue.

IMPORTANT: The following are strictly prohibited in the Aquarium: Balloons, Arum Lilies, Live Fish in bowls/vases, Strobe Lights, mirror/disco balls and Smoke machines.  All decor/items brought in from an outsourced company has to be removed from the venue on the day/ evening of the event. Should it stay in the Aquarium overnight we will not be held liable for any damaged or missing items.

All sound levels will be monitored during your event and if we are concerned about the well-being of the animals at any stage we will ask you to reduce the volumes. Should you not comply with this request you will be asked to stop all sound immediately and/or be asked to leave the Aquarium.

If at any time the Client’s activities threaten to disrupt the Aquarium's operations, threaten animal life within the exhibits or could potentially damage the building or the exhibits, the Aquarium reserves the right to request that the Client discontinue its activities immediately. 

Payment Policy

A 50% deposit based on staff and catering charges for estimated guest numbers + venue hire is required to partly secure your booking. Once we receive proof of payment and all necessary signed forms, we will issue a confirmation form on which you can complete all the information regarding your event. Two weeks before your event takes place, you will receive a final tax invoice for the remaining 50% deposit as well as estimated beverage costs for the evening. Booking confirmation is subject to above deposit payments. A function booking is not confirmed unless both these deposits were received, together with our signed letter of confirmation.

Failure to pay timeously and in terms of this agreement will result in 2% interest levied for the amount outstanding for every month until fully paid. Any legal costs incurred to recover the outstanding debt will be for your account.

Cancellation Policy

Should the confirmed function be cancelled within 7 days of the event, we will retain 50% of the full cost of the function/event. Should your function be cancelled within 48 hours of the event, the client will be liable for 100% payment of the full cost of the event/ function (including venue hire, hiring charges, catering and service charges).

Final numbers for your function are to be finalised, in writing, at least one week before the function. The balance of payment will be based on these final numbers and any additional costs to be paid at the same time.

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