Two Oceans Aquarium Diving and Penguin Encounter

Dive in one of the deep tank of the world-famous Two Oceans Aquarium, surrounded by sea turtles, tunas, rays and more, and meet some penguins up close and personal!

Highlights

  • World-renowned aquarium
  • 6-metre dive with turtles, rays, tunas and more
  • Interaction with rock penguins

Description

Experience an underwater world at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium. With trained instructors, qualified divers get to scuba diver in the newly opened I&J Ocean Exhibit. A six-metre deep marine wonderland, this tunnel gives the impression of being deep in the ocean, with incredible displays of unique species including fish, turtles, rays, guitarfish, brindle bass and even yellowfin tuna. If going underwater is too much, stay on land and meet the aquarium’s resident rock penguins Roxy, Hopper and Bubbles. At the interactive Penguin Encounter intimate groups of no more than two people enjoy one-on-one time with the friendly birds alongside the aquarium’s bird trainer. It’s an informative, fun and exhilarating face-to-face encounter with some of Cape Town’s most treasured feathered friends.

History

The I&J Ocean Exhibit is the first major addition for the Two Oceans Aquarium in over 20 years. The exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater in which swim a variety of rays, striped bonito, yellowfin tuna, green turtle, giant guitarfish, and more. Maintained at a temperature of about 24 degrees Celsius, it’s kept at prime temperature for these captivating saltwater se creatures.

Special T’s & C’s

All divers must be qualified and must present their dive card, logbook or certificate upon arrival at the aquarium.

Day Open Close
Monday 09:30 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 18:00
Thursday 09:30 18:00
Friday 09:30 18:00
Saturday 09:30 18:00
Sunday 09:30 18:00

Booking essential

Phone: +27 (0)21 418 3823
Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Two Oceans Aquarium

Advice for visitors

Before you arrive at the I&J Exhibit you will pass through the Jelly Gallery. Be sure to take some time to explore this exhibit, as the jelly species are shown in unique and mesmerising displays, including using coloured lights to show off their intricate detail. If you choose to join the Penguin Encounter, don’t be nervous of their peckers. These guys are suckers for cuddles and love nestling into warm, inviting laps.

Did you know

The International Union for Conservation of Nature now ranks the African penguin as Endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species. These gorgeous birds have been facing the threat of extinction since industrial fishing took off in Cape Town. As part of conservation and support efforts, the aquarium donates R100 from the Penguin Encounter fee towards projects that help protect this local species.