Struggling to come up with the perfect gift idea? Scuba Claus has you covered with these amazing gift ideas! Responsible, beautiful and impactful - these are perfect!
Get up close and personal with friendly and adorable rockhopper penguins, or encounter the unique and diverse inhabitants of the I&J Ocean Exhibit on a personal level.
Our Penguin and Ocean Experiences are the perfect way for an ocean-lover to get closer to the precious animals that we work to protect, learn about them from their carers and make a contribution to their conservation.
The Brave Turtle is an illustrated childrens' chapter book packed full of family, bravery and adventure. Bet this wonderful story, and a stuffed turtle plush, from the NSRI store and help support the incredible organisation that save countless lives each year.
You can support the NSRI by buying some of their cool apparel - they even have stunning new Aquarium gift cards! All profits from the online Sea Rescue Supporter Store or the NSRI Souvenir Store in the V&A Waterfront are used to provide rescue kit for NSRI volunteers.
Scuba Claus has a turtally awesome gift idea: An Aquarium membership - o-fish-ally the best present there is to give!
Our gift memberships include all the amazing benefits that members have access to:
- Visit the fish as often as you wish
- Skip the queue, get preferred entry
- Exclusive event invitations
- Wonderful discounts (at the gift shop, on adventure diving, on Penguin Experiences, and at selected food outlets)
Sea Change: South Africa's most exciting coffee table book
There’s an incredible new South African book on the block and it is a book for lovers: book lovers, ocean lovers, lovers of photography, of inspiration, for lovers of the exquisite kelp forests of the Cape, and for anyone who can say or may even just suspect that they are in love with nature in all its wild and mysterious glory.
More than a stunning visual feast, this is a work of art, a coffee-table tome that you will also want to devour as a novel. The book is called Sea Change: Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking and it is not only a loving homage to our underwater forests and the countless creatures that call these forests home, but also a challenge to the reader to explore boundaries both physical and mental, and to reconnect with that which has been lost or forgotten.
Donate to turtle rescue
The perfect gift for someone who loves turtles (and honestly, who doesn't?). This year, you can help us rehabilitate stranded turtles by supporting Project Turtle - and in so doing, help us continue our turtle conservation work. This will contribute to the extensive medical care and compassion "spent" on each and every individual turtle.
In return, you'll be giving these animals have a second chance to begin their journey - a journey that can take them over 100 years and hundreds of thousands of kilometers. Thank you!
Wag some tails
We simply love Mdzananda Animal Clinic and believe this is a charity worth supporting. Mdzananda changes the lives of Khayelitsha people and pets.
This year, why not support those less fortunate? Be considerate by getting Mdzananda Christmas cards, featuring their adorable shelter dogs/models or be ready for 2019 with a Mdzananda calendar.
You can purchase packs of cards and the calendar from participating pet stores. The rest can be done online.
Scuba diving lessons and experiences for all skill levels
Our unique, all-weather diving experiences offer total dive novices a chance to explore the underwater world of the I&J Ocean Exhibit, and for trained divers to tick "swimming with sharks" off their list by taking a dive in the Predator Exhibit.
A PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is the perfect gift experience for someone that has never tried diving before - all equipment is supplied and they will be in the hands of our seasoned divemasters for a day of maritime amazement.
Wave Cave: The board bag that turns into a tent and helps sharks
Shark Spotters are an incredible organisation that protects both sharks and humans by placing lookouts at the Cape's most popular beaches. By buying a Wave Cave, you can help them!
The Wave Cave is an awesome surfboard bag that has a built-in UV resistant tent. The Wave Cave costs only R1500 - and 100% of the sales price (minus VAT) is donated to Shark Spotters.
Adopt a Penguin
The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) have a long history of working together to protect our coast's precious seabirds - including the endangered African penguin. You can support their efforts this Festive Season - all proceeds from shopping on their online store go towards seabird rehabilitation.
We recommend adopting a penguin - a lovely gift for a conservation-minded loved-one that won't cost the earth.
Aquarium puzzles and puppets - with a message
You've heard about the Aquarium's own series of Puppet Stories children's books... Now you can take the main characters, Geo and Beauty, home along with a special Puppet Stories puzzle to extend your child's experience of visiting the Aquarium.
We recommend getting the Puppet Stories pack for your niece or nephew, son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, godson or goddaughter ... or any 3 to 9-year-old you know and love: it contains both hand puppets, a puzzle and a book of your choice for R200. It's a fun way to learn about the sea.
We've told you about Plantangles before - the gorgeous bracelets made from plastic bags that have been littered across South Africa and beyond. A large portion of the proceeds from every Plantangle sold is donated to the Two Ocean Aquarium's conservation fund, specifically to aid our turtle rehabilitation efforts.
Buying a Plantangle as a gift this festive season will not only make the recipient look good, but will also be a great way to show that you care about the plight of turtles.
Sealand Gear's upcycled apparel
Sealand Gear is a trendy, high-quality producer of bags, accessories and clothing - with a twist. All its apparel is made from upcycled waste materials! Mesh from old advertising billboards, discarded boat sails, broken tents, damaged truck tarpaulins and leftover nylon fabric are given new life, instead of ending up in a landfill.
We think Sealand's upcycled products are beautiful, don't you?
Get a reusable Stream Straw
Straws suck! Disposable plastic straws are unnecessary, filling our oceans with animal-harming waste.
A hand-crafted, durable borosilicate glass drinking straw that is easily washable and 100% reusable is our alternative of choice - no-one does it better than locally made Stream Straws.