One Fish, Two Fish, Silver Fish, Blue Fish: Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium

After three weekends of Josh on the water, we planned a much-needed family day for Saturday. Alas, when we woke up, it was raining.

So much for a walk on the mountain. But I didn’t mind. Cape Town has a million outdoor activities and lots of super activities for dreary, rainy autumnal days.

“How about the aquarium?” I suggested. Charlie was too little last year to remember it, and April would surely appreciate it more now that she’s five. It turned out to be a fantastic afternoon out — we enjoyed it so much, in fact, that we were among the last people to leave.

Located beside the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. It’s an excellent place to visit any time of year: a nice cool respite from the summer sun, or a great escape from the bone-chilling rainy winter days. As well as seeing, touching and learning about the sea life in and around Cape Town, you can feel good about supporting conservation efforts in the area. Plus, there are super fun activities for the kids and lots of amazing underwater life that the nerdy naturalist in you can relish in discovering. (There’s also great information on the website, which is definitely worth a visit!)

We’ll definitely be making a return trip!

Charlie’s first look at the clown fish.
While April climbed straight into the tank, Charlie was less convinced. (And if you're wondering, April wanted to be a pirate and so wore my scarf on her head.)
While April climbed straight into the tank, Charlie was less convinced. (And if you’re wondering, April wanted to be a pirate and so wore my scarf on her head.)
Some cool looking shrimp (the cleaners of the deep)
Some cool looking shrimp (the cleaners of the deep)
April checks out an Atlantic ocean tank
April checks out an Atlantic ocean tank
Now timing is always a factor, and it just happened that we arrived in the kids area just as they were announcing a puppet show.
Now timing is always a factor, and it just happened that we arrived in the kids area just as they were announcing a puppet show.
The girls were riveted. It was hilarious. And all of the puppets had thick Capey accents. (For those who don't know, it's the thickest South African accent you can imagine.)
The girls were riveted. It was hilarious. And all of the puppets had thick Capey accents. (For those who don’t know, it’s the thickest South African accent you can imagine.)
Then Charlie played in the house
Then Charlie played in the house
While April painted a treasure chest.
While April painted a treasure chest.
She is very meticulous.
She is very meticulous.
And very helpful.
And very helpful.
As if it wasn't enough, when we got back from lunch (we did take a break), we spotted a face painter sitting idle at a little table. So April became a mermaid.
As if it wasn’t enough, when we got back from lunch (we did take a break), we spotted a face painter sitting idle at a little table. So April became a mermaid.
Back into the aquarium we saw this aptly named Stone Fish.
Back into the aquarium we saw this aptly named Stone Fish.
Then both girls got into the Clown Fish Tank.
Then both girls got into the Clown Fish Tank.
And Charlie discovered how awesome it was to play peek-a-boo through a fish tank.
And Charlie discovered how awesome it was to play peek-a-boo through a fish tank.
There are lots of great things to watch, including these pulsing box jellyfish.
There are lots of great things to watch, including these pulsing box jellyfish.
These guys darting in and around the kelp,
These guys darting in and around the kelp,
and various other fish, snails and sealife in the dozens of tanks.
and various other fish, snails and sealife in the dozens of tanks.
Charlie really  loved watching the fish but got a little frightened.
Charlie really loved watching the fish but got a little frightened.
There was a touching pool where we got to touch anemones like these ones. April especially likes toughing the sand papery sea stars.
There was a touching pool where we got to touch anemones like these ones. April especially likes toughing the sand papery sea stars.

Plastic

This is an African penguin, like the ones that live just around the bay from us in Simon's Town.
This is an African penguin, like the ones that live just around the bay from us in Simon’s Town.
These little Rockhopper penguins live thousands of kilometers south of Cape Town but are occasionally found stranded on the beaches and taken to be rehabilitated.
These little Rockhopper penguins live thousands of kilometers south of Cape Town but are occasionally found stranded on the beaches and taken to be rehabilitated.
Utterly fascinated.
Utterly fascinated.
This is the Predator exhibit. The one with the biggest fish and a number of ragged -tooth sharks. You can go scuba diving in the tank if you're keen.
This is the Predator exhibit. The one with the biggest fish and a number of ragged -tooth sharks. You can go scuba diving in the tank if you’re keen.

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This is a Geelbek or Cape Salmon (which is nothing like a salmon).
This is a Geelbek or Cape Salmon (which is nothing like a salmon).
And here is the aforementioned ragged-tooth shark and an eagle ray.
And here is the aforementioned ragged-tooth shark and an eagle ray.
And a beautifully cross looking loggerhead turtle.
And a beautifully cross looking loggerhead turtle.
And a super fun day ended with a gorgeous drive home.
And a super fun day ended with a gorgeous drive home.
Two...
We had two…
tired girls.
…tired girls.
Past Table Mountain...
And we drove past Table Mountain…
...and Lion's head.
…and Lion’s head.
I'm certainly going to miss this drive home.
I’m certainly going to miss this drive home.
south through the suburbs to False Bay.
Down through the Southern Suburbs to False Bay.
What a place.
What a place.

 

2 Comment

  1. Great shots and good family fun! Hope you are enjoying the precious time out there.

    1. Thanks Teprine! Seems like you’re also having lots of fun times!

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