A vacation stay at the V&A Waterfront would not be complete without a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium. Built in 1995, the aquarium is nearly as old as democracy in South Africa. Featuring marine creatures in excess of 3000 (including turtles, penguins and sharks), this is one of the finest aquariums in the world to visit.
Found in the Portswood Square of the V&A Waterfront, the aquarium displays marine life that is unique to the Atlantic and Indian oceans which converge at the Cape of Good Hope. Booking a holiday stay at the V&A Waterfront means you'll have easy access to this attractive feature.
The aquarium has enticing and quite often interactive displays that provide an entertaining and educating experience catering to all ages. Families enjoying a vacation at the V&A Waterfront are in for a treat then.
The galleries found in the Two Oceans Aquarium showcase the wealth of South Africa's aquatic life. They include the Atlantic Ocean Gallery that shows visitors a glimpse of the life found in the cold Atlantic Ocean. Here you will meet translucent jellyfish, discover a rare Knysna seahorse and be wowed by the giant spider crabs. There is additionally the Indian Ocean Gallery that shows six exhibits featuring life of the warm Indian Ocean. Witness the spectacle of a multitude of brightly hued fish that swim among the Indian Ocean's coral reefs. At the I&J Predator Exhibit give into your fascination as you observe the serrated-edged-tooth sharks and stingrays. Take a look at the Sappi River Meander exhibit that displays the journey of a typical Western Cape river from the ocean to its origins as a stream high up in the mountains. Visitors can view a colony of penguins up close in their natural habitat. At the Kelp Forest Exhibit you will be enchanted by an underwater forest that is the home of shoals of silver fishes that shimmer in the sunlight.
For the kids between the ages of 4 and 10 there is the Afrisam Children's Centre where they can get involved in fun activities – there are puppet shows, face painting and supervised arts and crafts activities.
While you're enjoying a luxurious holiday at the V&A Waterfront, make sure you visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Your vacation stay in Cape Town will not be complete without it.