Bayworld

Bayworld, Port Elizabeth: Address, Phone Number, Bayworld Reviews: 3/5

Speciality Museums • Aquariums
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3.0
162 reviews
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Very good
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Poor
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Diedre Claassens
Germiston, South Africa23 contributions
Still closed due to COVID
Mar 2021 • Couples
It is still closed with no idea when they will open. Maybe call and ask again if you want to visit.

Lady answering the phone is not very helpful or positive. Just doing a job.
Written March 24, 2021
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gregneal1
9 contributions
Excellent snakes , a favourite of mine .
Jan 2020
Amusing snakes and other reptiles and amphibians . A cheeky Sea :Lion kissed me as part of the animal show . What a shame about all the drowned sailors from wrecks detailed in the worthwhile museum . I think all the fish and dolphins may have passed on as they are no longer in evidence . 2 hours well spent. And cheap !
Written January 24, 2020
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Anon
1 contribution
Don’t go in the afternoon.
Dec 2019 • Couples
On arrival we were treated rather poorly. Granted we came in the afternoon, there was no need to be rude. We arrived an hour and a half before closing time and were practically chased out. Luckily we persuaded the people behind the counter to let us in for a little while.
The animal enclosures were a bit small for the amount of animals present but it was amazing to see the animals up close. I would recommend more space for the animals to roam though.
Other than that, it was lovely to see the Penguins, Seals and Sea Turtles.

There is also a museum with a wide variety of historical exhibits. It was a pleasant surprise since we were expecting more marine life. But it was still very enjoyable.
It was just a shame we were so rushed.
I would recommend going in the early morning when they open, to avoid squabbles and to enjoy the park to the fullest.
Written January 6, 2020
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Paul H
Macclesfield, UK210 contributions
A bit tired...but still worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Family
We visited as a family group of seven, including our two grandsons aged 9 and 13. The immediate impression is that the place is a bit sad, neglected and deserted. This is such a shame though, as there is still plenty to see. We spent most of our time in the museum, which is huge, sprawling and a bit random, but thoroughly entertaining. You might find, for example, that a gallery on wildlife leads to African history and then to fashion through the ages before hitting wildlife again. In fact we all found it very interesting, and we emerged a couple of hours later.
We then went to see the seals and penguins and were fortunate to time it with the feeding of the seals and a little show by Lucki, one of the seals. Their habitat looks a little run down but all the animals seemed happy and well cared for.
We had a light lunch in the Memories café, where the food was good and service friendly.
In reality, we agreed that we had spent an enjoyable few hours at a really low cost, as the admission is very cheap.
Written May 3, 2019
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Sharlene D
Innisfil, Canada423 contributions
Bayworld
Mar 2019 • Solo
Very small aquarium area but they do a short presentation with seals and penguins.

** accessiblilty may be an issue. I had to climb down a set of stairs for the toilet but there may be one in the main building.
Written April 20, 2019
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Annel
24 contributions
Museum worth the entrance fee
Feb 2019 • Friends
The marine section of Bayworld is sad and neglected and almost non-existed. Due to a labour dispute, the centre is closed on weekends until further notice. However, on the day there were two groups of primary school kids who obviously had a ball, enjoying the antics of the three seals and the small colony of penguins who wandered sadly around a concrete dam with only a garden hose providing water. The snake section was just as small and with an air of neglect. The lone crocodile and turle looked lost. However, the museum more than made up for it - most interesting section of seafearers and shipwrecks, dinosaurs and fossils, fishes and birds, and upstairs, the history of Port Elizabeth. Not interactive, though. A light lunch at the cafe outside the museum is also well worth it. Food tasty and staff friendly.
Written February 26, 2019
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nickytravels
East London, South Africa440 contributions
Closed closed closed
Feb 2019 • Family
Seems like this spot isn’t keen on visitors!
Closed on the weekend due to labor dispute.
Closed on Monday due to load shedding.
Written February 12, 2019
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Clare Riley
Grahamstown, South Africa3 contributions
Great day for the kids
Jan 2019 • Family
The aquarium and reptile park are small but fun for the kids. The museum is great. Highly recommended for an affordable couple of hours family time.
Written January 9, 2019
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Peanut_face
Pretoria, South Africa186 contributions
Museum was good
Nov 2018 • Family
It's been at least 25 years since I was last in Bayworld and I was dissapointed at the marine life section of it. There were only a handful of fish tanks. The seals were fun to watch, the penguins my son loved and I loved to two huge turtles. We got to watch them feeding the seals and they did a few tricks which was delightful. It was sad to see that the dolphin section was closed and although they say they are reopening it, it doesn't look like much has been done in the way of repairs.
The museum however was fantastic. They had some really great displays and it was very informative.
Written December 17, 2018
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erna o
Pretoria, South Africa422 contributions
Nice for a few hours
Nov 2018 • Couples
A lot more than just an aquarium, it is an education centre and museum that needs more than one day visit to fully explore. We enjoyed all the exhibitions and learned a lot. It is not expensive to enter and seniors get a little discount. Wonderful photo opportunities. Parking is available in front of the building and it is easily accessible from the main road, near the boardwalk.
Written December 3, 2018
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