Hooray for the holidays!

Longer hours, activities for the whole family and exciting new animals make the Two Oceans Aquarium Cape Town’s preferred family destination these school holidays. 

The iconic Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town is home to more than 8 000 marine animals representing over 250 species. Nowhere else can you experience quite as much of the diverse life that thrives underwater along the Southern African coast. The Aquarium prides itself on showcasing local species (with one or two wonderful exceptions), celebrating the biodiversity that makes our part of the world so unique and precious.

Your all-access pass to unlimited Aquarium fun

A Two Oceans Aquarium membership is the best way to make the most of the long school holidays. Valid for a year and offering unlimited visit, a membership is incredible value - your fee is paid off after just two visits! With more than 8 000 animals representing over 200 Southern African species, the Two Oceans Aquarium is an icon for a reason. With an annual membership, you can visit the fish as often as you wish, and gain access to incredible benefits. 

Get unlimited visits and boatloads of benefits with a Two Oceans Aquarium membership

We have your school holiday plans covered! Join the underwater amazement at the Two Oceans Aquarium from 5 December to 14 January 2020 with fun and adventure for the whole family. Here’s what’s on offer at the Aquarium: 

The Aquarium will be extending its hours during this period:

  • 09h00 – 18h00 from Thurs 05 Dec to Fri 20 Dec
  • 09h00 – 19h00 from Sat 21 Dec to Fri 10 Jan 2020 
  • 09h00 – 18h00 from Sat 11 Jan to Tues 14 Jan 2020

During the school holidays, the Two Oceans Aquarium will, as always, be jam-packed with activities to keep landlubbers of all ages entertained, inspired, and warm. With the Aquarium’s extended hours from 5 December to 14 January, there will be even more time to enjoy the wonders of this magical underwater world.

Extended Hours

The Two Oceans Aquarium has extended its opening hours for you this holiday period:

  • 5 December until 20 December open 09h00 - 18h00
  • 21 December until 10 January open 09h00 - 19h00
  • 11 January until 14 January open 09h00 - 18h00

We are open every day during this time. This means more time for you and your family to be surrounded by the wonders of the underwater world.

Exciting exhibits

Discover a world of underwater oddities: Plucky penguins, crabs that craft their own armour, filter feeders that come alive at snack time and the strange colour-changing frogfish which uses its own fishing rod to catch its prey.

The three awesome large-scale exhibits – featuring amongst others majestic ragged-tooth sharks, tall waving kelp fronds, and turtles, stingrays and a full 10m-long tunnel – are complemented by many smaller exhibits that surprise and delight around every corner. Close encounters happen at the Touch Pool and Microscope, and five feeding times a day ensure that visitors are engaged and informed throughout their visit. While this is an awesome day out for children with lots of opportunities for interaction, we have it on good authority that adult curiosity and wonder are also awakened on every visit to the Aquarium.

Buy your ticket online to skip the queue

Members only! Festive family sleepover

On 15 December 2019, Two Oceans Aquarium members can join us for a festive family camp out in front of the I&J Ocean Exhibit! Two Oceans Aquarium members will agree that this is our best event by far – the annual Festive Celebrations Family Sleepover is a night filled with special marine merriment, which serves to ring out the year that was and ring in a joyful festive season that’s bound to be filled with family, friends … and fish!

Click here to buy your membership today and gain access to this exclusive event

Feeding time presentations

Every day, our divers and animal keepers hand-feed the raysturtles, sharks, penguins and more in our large I&J Ocean Exhibit, Kelp Forest Exhibit, Predator Exhibit and Penguin ExhibitDuring these feeds, a presenter provides insights and valuable information to those who have gathered to watch - that's right, our divers can talk to you from underwater!

Be sure to check the daily feeding time schedule before you visit, so you don't miss your favourite animals enjoying a snack!

Bootlegger restaurant now open!

The Aquarium has recently welcomed Bootlegger Coffee Company as its onsite restaurant. The restaurant’s hours are Monday to Friday from 06h30 to 18h00; weekends and public holidays from 07h30 to 18h00, and during the Aquarium’s extended hours they will also close at 19h00 (except on 25 December when both the Aquarium and the restaurant will close at 18h00).

Grabbing an early dinner during extended hours, oh-so-convenient and delicious.​

Be part of the exhibit

Get hands-on with South Africa's ocean heritage at a wide variety of interactive experiences -  feel coastal seaweed and invertebrates at the Skretting Touch Pool, peek into the world of the tiny at the recently upgraded Microscope Exhibituncover a coelacanth fossil and climb inside a live-sized turtle shell at the Turtle Wall.

And the fun doesn't stop there - little ones are invited to climb right inside the technicolour Jelly Baby exhibit, or be surrounded by beautiful orange clownfish in the "Nemo" display. Parents, get your smartphones out because these are the perfect photo opportunities to capture your Aquarium memory.

Come for the fish, stay for the puppet show

The Aquarium’s I&J Children’s Play Centre will host a wonderful array of activities aimed at our younger visitors. Interactive puppet shows with an important environmental message are held thrice daily at 10h30, 13h30 and 15h30. And if you can't get enough of the characters and their story, you can purchase a storybook to take home with you.

New scuba diving experiences, and old favourites

Have you ever wanted to swim like a fish? Visit the ragged-tooth sharks on their own turf? Or, explore an underwater forest? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a Diving Experience might just be what you need these holidays. We have three experiences on offer, catering for all skill levels:  

  • NEW! Advanced divers can explore between the stems of giant sea bamboo discovering ocean wonders in the one-of-a-kind Kelp Forest Exhibit.
  • Dive with the ragged-tooth sharks in the Predator Exhibit, suitable for those already able to scuba dive.
  • New divers and veterans alike, explore the I&J Ocean Exhibit and meet turtles, stingrays and more. If you've never dived before, ask our Dive Centre about the same-day introductory scuba course at the Aquarium.

Click here to book your dive

Meet the penguins

The Aquarium's much-loved African penguins are fed daily at 11h30 and 14h30 - visitors receive an educational and informative talk about these charismatic and endangered birds while enjoying their feeding antics.

If you want to get even closer to the rockhoppers, book a Penguin Experience and help our conservation fund.

One-of-a-kind Kelp Forest Exhibit

Africa's only above-ground kelp forest is back! This iconic exhibit has become a fast favourite for children and adults alike, and with such an amazing diversity of iconic species, it's easy to see why.

Every day at 13h00 our marine experts will hold a presentation in front of these giant algae - be sure to visit!

Skip the queue and get straight into the action with your family - get your Aquarium tickets online here.

Want to come more than once? An Aquarium membership invited you a year of amazing perks and unlimited Aquarium visits.

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