1. Tranquil escape
In need of some kelp therapy after a long, hard year ... Or a long, hard day of shopping at the V&A Waterfront?
The Two Oceans Aquarium after 4pm is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets.
Cool and calm, it is a magical place that transports you far away from the holiday crowds. Unrivalled tranquility, inspiration from nature, water wonders … All you need for some true R&R.
2. Visit the fish for longer
Our extended hours kick off on Monday 21 December, so you have even more time to bask in the serenity of the Two Oceans Aquarium.
From 21 December until 8 January we are open from 9am till 8pm every day (last ticket sold at 7:30pm). This excludes 25 December, when we will be open from 9am till 6pm.
Grab your tickets online (save 10% and skip the ticket office queue), pop in any time you want, and stay until the sun has said "sea you tomorrow".
3. A brand new exhibit
We’re making waves with the brand new Smart Living Challenge Zone, a fun and educational interactive zone where young and old can learn more about what it means to live in a way that is kind to the planet.
Wondering about better alternatives to paper plates? Scan the barcodes on our Waste game to find out!
Want to know the difference in impact between coal power stations and wind farms? Play our Energy game to plan an eco-friendly city.
Did you know? According to Level 2 water restrictins, residents of Cape Town should only water their gardens before 09:00 or after 18:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Our Water touch screen has loads more useful information in the form of multiple-choice questions.
Torn between planting an indigenous or an exotic garden? The beautiful Biodiversity game will teach you all about the pros and cons of each.
The Smart Living Challenge Zone is a great opportunity for parents to learn with their kids – you’ll be able to have an informed conversation about all the environmental challenges facing urbanites today.
4. Photo opportunities!
We’ve got a bunch of new (and old) places for you to capture your Aquarium moments. See if you can sea them all!
The queen of the I&J Predator Exhibit, Yoshi the loggerhead turtle, loves to show off. Weighing in at 180kg, she’s larger than life and very hard to miss.
If you’re lucky, you’ll also get ragged-tooth shark or two in the shot!
There’s a new box jellyfish exhibit – watch these translucent beauties swim to and fro from all angles.
Look for Nemo in the clownfish exhibit. The swirling colours never fail to put a smile on faces.
Our massive new marine-inspired mural, created by world-renowned aerosol artist Nardstar, is colour incarnate! Shapes! Animals! Come and identify all the creatures and photograph yourself with a dreamlike background that stretches from floor to ceiling.
Turn around, and you’ll stare right into the giant snoek puppet, aptly named Snoekie.
The Oceans Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit now boasts a beautiful declaration from the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASS). Come and make your pledge as a concerned consumer. All around the Aquarium you can see the SASSI status of the fish in our exhibits; come for a visit and see what’s green-, orange- and red-listed. Then make the informed choice at dinner time.
5. Last-minute gift solutions
The Aquarium gift shop has a fintastic selection of fishy plush toys for little ones, and we’re also selling limited edition Turtle Buffs, proceeds of which go to our turtle rehab-and-release conservation programme.
If you want to give an experience instead of material items, then Two Oceans Aquarium membership is just the thing you’ve been looking for. Membership allows unlimited visits to the Aquarium for a year and benefits include discounts on scuba diving, on birthday parties and events, on Pengiun Encounters and more. Furthermore, there are exclusive events throughout the year and members-only previews.
You can also give the water-lover in your life an adventure of a lifetime with a shark scuba dive – guaranteed sightings, exceptional visibility, no cage required! If you or someone you know is an advanced scuba diver, you can also practice your buoyancy and flip through the waving kelp fronds of the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit.
For little ones, we are selling the very popular Puppet Stories books at the Visitor's Centre and online. Availble in English and Afrikaans, titles include I Love Turtles, Keep the Beach Clean and, the latest addition, I Live Smart (which was created to amplify the messaging of the brand new Smart Living Challenge Zone). Fun and educational, all our books complement the related puppet shows and cover topics that include pollution and sustainable living.
6. Fun galore
Our marine mascots are around every day to entertain and delight the kids.
Santa is in the I&J Predator Exhibit during feeding time every day.
Outside, at the ticket office, get your free temporary tattoos before heading downstairs with the kids to the AfriSam Children’s Play Centre, where special festive-season themed arts and crafts are on the cards.
That’s in between the daily puppet shows, of course.
7. A meal in full view of Table Mountain
Burgers, calamari, you name it … There are loads of options to choose from in the V&A Waterfront. Or you could just opt for a creamy soft serve ice cream – it is the holidays, after all.
Shoreline Café also has a dedicated children’s play area so you can relax with an eye-full of Table Mountain while our qualified child minders keep an eye on your kids.
8. Not forgetting the stars of our show
Sharks, turtles, moonies, hagfish, seahorses, penguins, sole, anemones, tropical fish, coral reefs … Just breathe out, relax, and enjoy the view.