Please note: This event is now sold out. 

We are giving in-love (or in-like) couples a unique opportunity to spend the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day – at the most romantic place in Cape Town – the Two Oceans Aquarium. This is a special chance to visit the fish after dark, and an opportunity to impress your date in a very exclusive way.

Photo by Laura McCullagh

At the Aquarium, we do Valentine’s Day a little differently. Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, we’re going rustic with a relaxed and informal mood by way of 37 intimate picnic spots dotted throughout the Aquarium.

Photo courtesy Jana Marnewick

These spots have been specially selected for their romance potential – a private “pod” complete with hay bales will accommodate only one couple per pod, affording you a bit of privacy, comfort and intimacy. So, ditch the heels and the formal jacket and enjoy a laid-back evening of romance surrounded by our magnificent displays.


  • Prices range from R850 to R1 000 per couple depending on which picnic spot you select.
  • The price includes entrance into the Aquarium, an (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) arrival drink and a picnic basket for two (see menu below).
  • A wine list will be available on the evening.
  • Date: 14 February 2019
  • Time: 19h00 for 19h30

For further enquiries, please email or call 021 408 3812.

Choose your picnic spot

The couples' picnic pods will be set up throughout the Aquarium, under the beautiful light of the I&J Ocean Exhibit, in view of the sharks of the Predator Exhibit, as well as throughout the Aquarium's intimate corners - like the exclusive Kelp Forest Exhibit viewing pit for one couple only.

I&J Ocean Exhibit

Photo courtesy Laura McCullagh

"There are many fish in the sea, but only one for me."

  • Share a private pod in front of the main window with just the ocean's beauty to keep you company: SOLD OUT
  • Or choose a pod under the famous I&J Ocean Exhibit tunnel for that special romantic lighting: SOLD OUT

Predator Exhibit

"Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I swim by again?"

  • Get closer to the action with a pod close to the front windows of the Predator Exhibit: SOLD OUT
  • Choose an intimate viewpoint in the tunnel around the exhibit: SOLD OUT
  • Dim the lighting and pick a spot on the exhibit's lower floor: SOULD OUT
  • Or gaze down on this spectacular exhibit from the upper floor: SOLD OUT 


Diversity Gallery

"Your eyes are like the ocean - and I'm lost at sea."

  • Scattered throughout the Aquarium, these intimate niches provide the perfect romantic hiding spots - with only seahorses, fish and small wonders to keep you and your loved one company: SOLD OUT

Kelp Forest

"Kelp! I think I've fallen for you."

  • Pick the most exclusive Valentine's Day spot in the Aquarium - have the Kelp Forest viewing pit all to yourself! SOLD OUT 
  • Or share a pod with your loved one at the entry window with a view of the peaceful swaying of this unique underwater fores: SOLD OUT

To book this unique experience, please call +27 (0)21 814 4547 or email


Couples can enjoy a freshly prepared picnic dinner, lovingly prepared by Head Chef Lucio De Allende. A wine list will be made available to all visitors on the evening, as well as a non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink upon arrival.

  • Selection of freshly baked bread
  • Local cheese board
  • Snoek pâté* and hummus
  • Roast chicken*
  • Chicken Caesar salad
  • Roasted vegetable, couscous and feta salad  
  • Onion marmalade, garlic aïoli and herb butter
  • Chocolate selection

*Vegetarian options are available upon request. 

Photo courtesy Jana Marnewick

Book now

For further enquiries, please email or call 021 408 3812. 

Dreaming up an event of your own? 

The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the best venues in Cape Town, with countless iterations of your dream event just waiting to be realised. 

Contact us today to plan your next big bash.

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