The Two Oceans Aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to discover the diverse marine life found off the southern African coast. Through displays ranging from the small and fantastical Knysna seahorses, to large ragged-tooth sharks, the Aquarium holds wondrous discoveries for young and old, around every corner.
The Aquarium opened its doors on November 13, 1995, and has since welcomed more than 8.1 million visitors into this mesmerising underwater world. Situated in the V&A Waterfront, the Aquarium is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible ocean diversity that South Africa has to offer. The Aquarium focuses on species that are found locally. This provides international visitors the opportunity to see animals that they would not normally see in other facilities. South African visitors are introduced to animals and plants that also call the southern African coasts their home.
With its tagline of “Explore, Experience, Engage”, the Two Oceans Aquarium strives to ignite passion and commitment for the preservation and conservation of our oceans. Each year, the Aquarium introduces approximately 52000 school children to what lies below the ocean surface. Not only are children welcomed into the Aquarium’s discovery centres, but the Aquarium also offers two outreach vehicles that visit schools.
In 2015, the Two Oceans Aquarium was, for the second consecutive year, awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award as one of the top 25 aquariums in the world. This is indeed a monumental achivement as less than 1% of all attractions featured on TripAdvisor achieve this. Furthermore, the Two Oceans Aquarium is the only aquarium in Africa to be featured on this list.
With one of only a handful of kelp forests on display in the world, adventure diving, penguin encounters, conservation-, education- and research projects, and many more activities, the Two Oceans Aquarium is indeed a worldclass facility that Capetonians and South Africans can be proud of.
* Visit www.aquarium.co.za for more information.