Ever wondered about the inner workings of the Two Oceans Aquarium? Perhaps you have questions about how our life support systems work, or how and what the animals in our care are fed? Join a guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Aquarium and find out!

Book a Behind-the-Scenes Tour here

Join a member of our Curatorial team for an opportunity to go behind the scenes and wind your way through areas of the Aquarium where very few members of the public ever go, and see what goes on during the daily running of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Step behind the “staff-only” access doors and into the areas where water pumps are humming, food for the animals is being prepared, divers kit up and much, much more. 

Meet some of our staff as they care for their charges; feeding, cleaning and monitoring are all in a day's work for them. See the animals and exhibits from a completely different point of view, all while our experts share fascinating information about how we make the Aquarium magic happen.

Behind the Scenes Tour details:

  • Guided tours take place at 10h00 and 13h00 daily and last up to 75 minutes (please arrive 15 minutes early to complete an indemnity form)
  • Your Behind-the-Scenes Tour booking includes general access to public areas of the Aquarium for the day
  • A maximum of 8 persons can join a tour
  • Price:
    • R620 per adult (aged 18+)
    • R495 per child (aged 8-17)
    • Active annual members receive a 25% discount on all experiences
  • The Behind-the-Scenes tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8
  • Tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance, subject to availability.
  • Terms and conditions apply (see below)

How to book a Behind the Scenes Tour:

Arrival at the Aquarium

  • Please arrive on time.
  • Report to the Visitor Centre when you arrive (on your right, as you enter the Aquarium)
  • You will need to undergo a health screening when entering the Aquarium. Please see the next section for details.

Health and safety

The Two Oceans Aquarium has strict health and safety protocols in place, and all visitors are required to adhere to them. These measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Temperature and health screening upon entry to the Aquarium.
  • Wearing of masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Regular sanitising of hands.
  • Requesting the cancellation or postponement of a scheduled activity if you are exhibiting Covid-like symptoms.*

*Please see the "Cancellation and Postponement" section below to see the process involved if you need to postpone your Behind-the-Scenes Tour due to illness.

Please see all our health and safety measures here.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions:

  • Children must be 8 years and older in order to participate in this experience.
  • Please wear your face mask, comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes appropriate for the beach (no high heels).
  • Payment is required at least 24 hours prior to secure your booking.
  • Report to the Visitor Centre at 09:45 for the 10:00 tour or 12:45 for the 13:00 tour to complete your indemnity forms. 
  • Failure to arrive for your Tour will result in cancellation and you will be liable for the full fee.

Cancellation & postponement

  • Should you cancel your Tour 48 hours prior to the time, 90% of the fee will be refunded. Please be advised that the refund process may take 5 to 10 working days.
  • Should you cancel your Tour on the day, you will forfeit the entire fee. No refund will be given, unless it’s due to medical reasons and you can provide proof, e.g. a medical certificate.
  • Should you wish to postpone your Tour for another day, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you postpone on the day of the booking, you will be charged a penalty fee of 50% of the experience fee. If the reason to postpone is medical and happened on the day of the booking, there will be no penalty fee, provided you have proof.

Book your Behind-the-Scenes Tour here