The Two Oceans Aquarium has been awarded tenth place in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Zoo and Aquarium Awards by TripAdvisor. Of the twenty-five aquariums listed the Two Oceans Aquarium is the only one located solely in the southern hemisphere.
The Travelers’ Choice Awards are generated by reviews and opinions of millions of travellers around the globe. According to TripAdvisor, “Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period”.
“While our aquarium is neither big nor massively impressive by world standards, its ambience is magical, our exhibits are beautiful and our staff and volunteers are friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated,” says The Two Oceans Aquarium’s CEO, Dr Patrick Garratt.
“I believe it is these elements, together with the fact that we mostly house only species living off the southern African coast that astound our visitors and which sets us apart from many of the larger aquariums around the world,” Garratt adds.
The top ten highlights of the Two Oceans Aquarium include diving with the sharks; encounters with the rockhopper penguins; the feeding of the African penguins; a tactile experience at the Touch Pool; the antics of Yoshi, the loggerhead turtle in the I&J Predator Exhibit; the mesmerising sway of kelp in the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest; feeding of the ragged-tooth sharks on Sunday afternoons; viewing microscopic life at the Hi Tec Microscope Exhibit; the interactive ‘Nemo’ Exhibit, and interaction with the Aquarium’s friendly and passionate staff and volunteers.
First place in the Travelers’ Choice Awards went to Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, USA.