Visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront is top of my list for holidays, weekends, rainy days and a combination of the above! If you have children and live in Cape Town it is really worth investing in an annual pass. At R243 for an adult this is amazing value for money, considering one visit usually costs R100 per adult and R55 for a child over 4 years. I have a membership for myself, and Madison – who is three – gets in for free. Members also get 10% off at the Shoreline Cafe, 10% off at the aquarium shop and various other discounts. The underwater world at the Two Oceans Aquarium is magical and no matter how many times you visit you will never get tired of it. It is very soothing to sit at the I&J Predator Exhibit and watch the sharks, rays and turtles glide past in a clockwise direction – guaranteed to melt your stress away.
The AfriSam children’s centre has daily puppet shows, arts and crafts, a sandpit area and a wonderful window for viewing the Rockhopper Penguins swimming underwater. There is an interactive exhibit where children can touch and feel starfish, sea sponge and various types of seaweed. There is almost too much to mention, including Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean galleries, a frog exhibit, penguins, a river meander and a kelp forest. At the end of it all, you have a chance to relax over some lunch at the Shoreline Cafe while your children play in the adjoining play centre, the only one in the V&A Waterfront. Pick up a souvenir in the shop at the exit, buy an ice cream on the way out, and you round off a memorable and entertaining family outing.
I borrowed some of the photos above from the Two Oceans Aquarium’s website, so credit to the talented people who took them.