The Aquarium has been on my bucket list for the last 3 years, so when I saw tickets were half price on the Waterfronts museum night I knew exactly where we were headed.
Dressing bear for the Cape winter we headed off early determined to try avoid a long queue.
Friendly aquarium staff ushered us to the right line and before we knew it we had out tickets and we’re entering the exhibit.
As we entered a photographer snapped our pics for sale later (at R250 a set it’s well worth the memory. 3 pics in a wonderful keepsake frame full of info about the Aquarium, a postcard and 2 small pics that you can turn into a magnet or keyring)
We always do things the wrong way lol and started at the sharks first. I’d read that they had just this week completed the shark tanks and introduced the few ragged tooth sharks we saw. Bear was in total awe as these magnificent creatures swam slowly past us.
Next we found the Nemo tank where you can crawl into the centre and have a full view of inside the tank. Papa got to snap a few pics of bear and I. I watched as a facinated bear watched the fish swimming about , babbling about what he saw.
Next we past small tanks of various fish and sea creatures. Each as beautiful as the next, giving us a wonderful glimpse of the oceans secrets.
The wave pool was intriguing and bear giggled each time the ‘wave’ crashed into the large fish pool.
I couldn’t help lingering a little longer at both the star fish and sea horse tanks …two of my favourite creatures.
Soon we came across the jelly tanks , strategically placed in a darkened room the florescent jellyfish seemed to dance before us.
I loved the I &J tanks with a giant turtle shyly hiding in the courner as large sea creatures swam around him . Ahead of us was a tunnel and I wondered what kind of tunnel you’d have at an aquarium. The tunnel is made of glass and as you walk through the fish swim above and to your sides. This allows you perfect close up views of the animals in the tank.
Something that stood out for me was the touch tanks , where bear got to touch sea weed and a live starfish. This was not a sensory experience he enjoyed. He could also dig for fossils. Sadly he’s a bit young to understand what he was doing.
We gave the kids play area a skip, mostly because it was bears suppertime and we were eager to view the penguins. But it was encouraging to see so many families , especially with small babies visiting. The Aquarium is completely pram and wheelchair friendly.
You smell the penguin enclosure before you see it and if you’ve been to Boulders beach you will know that smell only to well. A cross between ocean, fish and dirty socks. The penguin are as cute as can be as they stare at their visitors .
I found this the most beautifully decorated exhibit with its wild fauna creating an ambiance of exoticness.
It was nice to see an area dedicated to how green you are and we noted a kelp forest interactive game for older kids. I also saw a microscope section manned by aquarium staff who were educating the visitors about various sea life.
The sign boards are informative , without being too rigid and the staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have. There were many opportunities to interact with certain exhibits, touch and take unusual photos.
If you haven’t visited , it’s well worth the visit .