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“Two Oceans Aquarium” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium
Alfred Basin, Dock Road | V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
27-21-418-3823
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Cape Town City Pass including Two Oceans Aquarium and District Six Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Two Oceans Aquarium is a window into the spectacular oceans surrounding the southern African coast. Through displays ranging from the small and almost fantastical Knysna seahorses, to large ragged-tooth sharks, the Aquarium holds wondrous discoveries around every corner. Be mesmerised by the swaying of the giant kelp in the aptly named Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit- one of only a handful living kelp forest displays in the world. Or come face-to-face with giant spider grabs and have an adventurous tactile experience at the Touch Pool. Be sure to visit the I&J Predator Exhibit, with its 11m long window, to view large ragged tooth sharks and shoals of silvery fish. Qualified divers can also make use of the opportunity to dive with the sharks in the I&J Predator Exhibit and the shimmering fish in the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit.
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Two Oceans Aquarium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

It was hectic, lots of children everywhere. Good Penquin exhibition and good interaction with the children through the displays. Gift shop was busy. I asked what percentage of sales goes towards the upkeep of the Aquarium, but no-one could tell me.

Visited January 2013
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“Average Aquarium by world stadards”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

killing time in cape Town and decided to visit the aquarium. somewhat disappointing and below par when compared to others we visited. highlight was the Penguins, otherwise it was pretty ho hum.

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Sydney, Australia
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“so much fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

looking out for special stops in cape town for my guests, i do recommend to see the 2 ocean aquarium on windy days.
it is greatly done with a vast number of species - so the number of aquariums, floors, paths and little gorges is high, there is a kids corner, a possibility to sign up to feed the fat sharks (you dive in the big aquarium, yes you are inside!), benches to rest , on the upper floor an area featuring nature with stranded penguins birds, fish, and so on... there is an outside pool for the seals :-) the curio shop is fine but extremely expensive, well the cafe, if you are not too thirsty , choose another spot...

Visited January 2013
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Lustleigh, United Kingdom
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“Good attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This aquarium is modern and well appointed, with lots of great exhibits, including both the big ticket items like the predator tank, and and the more understated displays of smaller sea creatures.

It's not the biggest of aquariums so only an hour or two to go round, and but we'll worth it, and especially if you are already in the V&A area.

Visited January 2013
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Newport, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I visited the aquarium with my wife on the 3rd of January this year and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

The aquarium itself is decently sized, has basic on site catering/toilet facilities and caters well for both child & disabled visitors.

For an extra fee you can arrange to swim with the sharks and take very up close and personal photos, also you can spend time with the hopper penguins and their keeper in a very personal encounter and get to participate in the feeding session.

Part of our group did the shark experience and my wife and I did the penguin encounter, both are highly recommended by us!

Overall, in terms of value for money you can’t really go wrong with the two oceans aquarium.

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