The Two Oceans Aquarium, located at the V&A Waterfront, is a top attraction in Cape Town and is regarded as one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. Visitors delight in the wide spread of exhibitions that showcase the aquatic life that lives in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans which surround the South African coast.
With over 3 000 marine animals to be viewed, interactive displays and quirky entertainment like puppet shows, the Two Oceans Aquarium is an ideal destination for folks of all ages. Here’s what to look out for at the aquarium:
- The Oceans of Contrast – Atlantic Ocean Gallery boasts the marine life that populates the cold Atlantic, from translucent jellyfish to oversized spider crabs.
- Head to the Oceans of Contrast – Indian Ocean Gallery to see the colourful shoals of fish that can be found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean.
- The I&J Predator Tank is the showstopper of the aquarium with large ragged-tooth sharks and stingrays swimming about. Feeding times happen daily at 15:00 and for those with an Open 1 diving qualification, swimming with the sharks is encouraged!
- A historical and informational exhibit is the Sappi River Meander, which maps the course of a typical Western Cape river from its origin as a stream in the mountains to its mouth at the ocean. The adorable colony of African penguins can be spotted in this area too.
- Another major attraction to the aquarium is the Kelp Forest Exhibit, a mesmerising underwater forest of giant kelp that sway lazily in the water while shoals of silver fish shimmer in the sunlight filtering through the forest.