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The Two Oceans Aquarium offers unique, all-weather scuba diving experiences to adventurers.
We offer three Diving Experiences:
- Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit: Dive with ragged-tooth sharks, minimum Open Water qualification required.
- I&J Ocean Exhibit: Dive with turtles, stingrays and more in our temperate open ocean exhibit, minimum Open Water qualification or same-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving course required.
- Kelp Forest Exhibit: Dive among the fronds of giant sea bamboo, discovering ocean wonders in this pristine environment. Minimum Advanced Open Water qualification required.
Dive with sharks, no cage required!
Qualified scuba divers* can get up close to the Aquarium's shiver of ragged-tooth sharks, swim among the schools of yellowtail and giant kob, and learn about the awesome predators that inhabit the South African coastline. Book your dive in the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit for a unique thrill!
*Only divers with an Open Water qualification or higher may dive in the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit. Please note that if you have not dived for more than 12 months you will be required to complete a refresher course at the Aquarium before being able to dive in the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit.
I&J Ocean Exhibit: Experience a world of ocean wonders
The I&J Ocean Exhibit is 6m deep, has a full 10m tunnel, and displays incredible species such as rescue turtles, rays, brindle bass, and spotted grunter.
Click here to meet the I&J Ocean Exhibit creatures.
*Only divers with an Open Water qualification or higher, or completing the same-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving course, may dive in the I&J Ocean Exhibit. Please note that if you have not dived for more than 12 months you will be required to complete a refresher course at the Aquarium before being able to dive.
Kelp Forest Exhibit: Explore an underwater jungle
The Kelp Forest Exhibit is an 800 000 litre living forest, a recreation of the thriving marine ecosystems of the Southern Cape coast, and the only above-ground kelp forest in Africa. Advanced divers can navigate the intricate maze of sea bamboo, and uncover wonderful marine species from huge white steenbras to shy spotted gulley sharks.
*Only divers with an Advanced Open Water qualification or higher may dive in the Kelp Forest Exhibit. Please note that if you have not dived for more than 12 months you will be required to complete a refresher course at the Aquarium before being able to dive.
Scuba diving prices
|Gear supplied||Aquarium members*||Own gear discount**||Member/Own gear||Min. qualification|
|I&J Ocean Exhibit dive||R930||R697||R700||R525||Open Water or PADI Discover Scuba Diving course|
|Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit dive||R930||R697||R700||R525||Open Water|
|Kelp Forest Exhibit dive||R930||R697||R700||R525||Advanced Open Water|
Please note: Divers must meet the minimum qualification and must present their dive card, logbook or certificate upon arrival. Qualified divers that have not dived for over 12 months will be required to complete a refresher course before diving in our exhibits.
*This reduced rate only applies to active members of the Two Oceans Aquarium. You can become a member here.
**To take advantage of the "own gear" discounted rate, divers need to bring with them all of the following items:
- Wetsuit & hood
- BCD (Buoyancy control device)
- Regulator with depth & air gauge
- Mask & snorkel
The Aquarium supplies weights and cylinders regardless of the payment option.
Terms and conditions
Please read our terms and conditions and make sure you are eligible to dive before making your dive booking:
- In line with recognised diving practice, dives may not occur if divers are to FLY less than 12 hours after the dive time. Please do not book if you are not sure about the exact time of your flight, especially if it is within 24 hours after your dive. This will result in forfeiting the entire dive fee.
- Failing to produce your official dive qualification (eg. dive card) on the day of the dive, your dive will be cancelled and you will be liable for the full amount. We can only check your dive qualification online if you are PADI certified.
- Do not book if you are not sure about your dive qualification, as this will result in forfeiting the entire dive fee.
- If you have a valid dive qualification but have not dived for over 12 months you will be required to complete a refresher course on the day of your dive. This can be done at the Aquarium - please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for a refresher course.
- For safety reasons, divers must be at least 12 years old to dive in our exhibits. Divers from the age of 12 to 15 years may only dive if they are accompanied on their dive by an adult or guardian who is also a qualified diver (not the Aquarium’s Divemaster)
- Divers aged 16 or 17 must have their indemnity form signed by their legal guardian. If the legal guardian will not be present on the day of the dive, they must request a copy of the indemnity form at the time of booking the dive so that it is signed in advance of the dive.
- When reporting for your dive, report to the Visitor Centre 30 minutes before your dive time e.g. 10h30 for 11h00 dive. If you are not on time, your dive will be cancelled and you will be liable for the entire dive fee.
- The Aquarium entrance fee is included in the dive price. A maximum of 5 accompanying adult visitors will pay the discounted student rate.
- Should you cancel your dive 48 hours prior to the dive 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 dive on the day of the dive, you will forfeit the entire dive 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 dive for another day, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you postpone on the day of the dive, you will be charged a penalty fee of 50% of the dive fee. If the reason to postpone is medical and happened on the day of the dive, there will be no penalty fee provided you have proof, e.g. medical certificate or letter from the doctor.
- Upon successful completion of the Discover Scuba Dive course, should you wish to cancel the dive a penalty fee of 50% will be charged.