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.

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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 6 months you will be required to complete a refresher course at the Aquarium before being able to dive.

Never dived before? Not a problem!

For non-divers, a trained instructor is available to teach a certified Discover Scuba Diving course. This morning course will take place from 08h00 –to 10h30, and upon the successful completion of this course and learning the core scuba diving skills involved, you may dive in the I&J Ocean Exhibit at 12h00 on the same day. This dive will also be under the supervision of your instructor.

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving course costs R800, in addition to your normal scuba diving experience, for which regular rates apply. Please call +27 (0)21 418 3823 or email dive@aquarium.co.za to inquire about this option.

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 6 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.

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 6 months you will be required to complete a refresher course at the Aquarium before being able to dive.

Scuba diving prices

The rates below include all-day entry for the diver. A 10% discount on day tickets applies to a maximum of 4 accompanying visitors, redeemable at the ticket office on the day.

  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

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving morning course costs R800, in addition to the normal rate for diving in the I&J Ocean Exhibit. Please email dive@aquarium.co.za to book this course.

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 6 months will be required to complete a refresher course before diving in our exhibits.

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*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:

  • Fins
  • Wetsuit & hood
  • Booties
  • BCD (Buoyancy control device)
  • Regulator with depth & air gauge
  • Mask & snorkel

The Aquarium supplies weights and cylinders regardless of the payment option.

Important information

Covid-19 regulations

  • A health screening questionnaire must be completed on the day of your dive before the experience can commence. 
  • Upon entry to the Aquarium, including the behind-the-scenes areas you’ll visit for your diving experience, you will be screened and be required to wear a mask, maintain reasonable physical distancing behaviours and sanitise your hands.
  • When reporting at the Visitors Centre for your dive, you will be required to complete a health declaration form before being allowed to enter the Aquarium.
  • Between use, every piece of scuba equipment used, from wetsuits to masks, is thoroughly washed in an antimicrobial soap solution. Equipment will only be used once in every 24-hour cycle.
  • The storeroom where equipment is stored between dives has also been limited to essential staff who are aware of and compliant with our safety procedures.
  • Showers, changing areas and classrooms used are also kept sanitary and are thoroughly sanitised between diving slots.

Arrival at the Aquarium

  • Please arrive on time.
  • Report to the Visitor Centre 30 minutes before your dive time, i.e. 08h30 for the 09h00 dive,11h30 for the 12h00 dive, and 14h30 for the 15h00 dive.
  • If you are not on time, your dive will be cancelled and you will be liable for the entire dive fee.

What is provided?

If you choose the Aquarium gear payment options the following equipment will be provided;

  • Fins
  • Wetsuit & hood
  • BCD (Buoyancy control device)
  • Regulator with depth & air gauge
  • Mask, snorkel and booties

Visitors who opt to bring their own gear would need to bring along the equipment listed above.

Bathroom and hot shower facilities are available onsite.

Age limits

  • 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).

Limitations

  • 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 dive qualification (dive card or e-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 or SSI [LK1] certified.
  • Do not book if you are not sure about your flight schedule status and/or dive qualification.

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 or SSI 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 6 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 dive@aquarium.co.za 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 4 accompanying adult visitors may enter the Aquarium with a 10% discount on ticket prices.

Cancellation policy

  • Should you cancel your dive 24 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. Please note, other public health policies may apply.
  • 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.