How long is an average visit to the Aquarium?
Be prepared to spend at least an hour and a half with us if you want to see everything.
Can I take photos in the Aquarium?
Yes, you can take photos for non-commercial purposes. It is best to use a high ISO (400 or above) and avoid flash where possible. If you are using flash, make sure you angle your camera at 45 degrees to the glass.
Are there any specials for larger groups?
Yes, groups of more than 10 people receive a 10% discount on the listed ticket prices.
What time does the dolphin show start?
We don’t keep dolphins or whales in the Aquarium.
Is parking available at the Aquarium?
The Aquarium does not have its own parking, but visitors are encouraged to make use of the Portswood Parking Garage, which is directly opposite the Aquarium. Parking fees are subject to change at the discretion of V&A Waterfront management.
Why doesn’t the Aquarium have whales or dolphins?
The Aquarium chose not to exhibit these animals because it could not construct a suitable environment for them in the limited space available.
When are the seals fed and what time is the show?
Unfortunately, we no longer have seals at the Aquarium – our four seals were relocated to uShaka Marine World in Durban in October 2007. You can see seals in and around the harbour at the V&A Waterfront and outside Shoreline Café at the Aquarium.
How does membership work?
Join as a Solemate of the Aquarium and you can visit the fish as often as you like. You pay a one-off fee and your membership is valid for a year. We have different prices for adults, children, students, pensioners and even au pairs and nannies. You also receive some exciting additional benefits when you join!
When is the shark feed?
We feed the ragged-tooth sharks in the I&J Predator Exhibit on Sundays at 15h00.
What programmes/activities does the Aquarium have for children?
The Aquarium has oceans of fun for children. Arts and crafts, puppet shows, games, feeding of the fish, a touch pool and much more await them! Shoreline Café also boasts the only dedicated children’s play centre in the V&A Waterfront. For older children, we offer Junior and Young Biologist programmes.
Can I bring my pets to the Aquarium?
Unfortunately, we don’t allow any pets in the Aquarium. However, we do allow guide dogs.
Can we eat in the Aquarium?
Yes, you can – as long as you purchase your snacks and cool drinks from Shoreline Café or at the snack stop in the AfriSam Children’s Centre.
Are there nappy changing facilities at the Aquarium?
Yes, such facilities are available. We also stock a limited number of baby carriers for your convenience.
Is the Aquarium wheelchair friendly?
What is there to eat at the Aquarium?
The Shoreline Café offers great-value light meals and snacks. The venue offers exquisite views over the Marina towards Table Mountain. The Café is open from 09h00 to 18h00 daily.
Can I buy gifts and souvenirs in the Aquarium?
Yes, you can admire or acquire all sorts of gifts and souvenirs at the Aquarium Shop. A selection of books is also available, as are videos and posters. The shop is open from 09h00 to 18h00 daily.
Are there any pass-outs at the Aquarium?
Yes, you can have your hand stamped at the entrance turnstile in the foyer and return to the Aquarium as many times as you like on one day.
Can I host my function, event or conference at the Aquarium?