If you’ve always wanted to get underwater with sharks, there is no better destination in the world than South Africa. Cape Town and the Western Cape have particularly amazing offerings, with the Two Oceans Aquarium being one of the most accessible shark diving venues to consider.

Did you know?

Ragged tooth sharks, also known as sand tiger sharks and grey nurse sharks, can weigh up to 160kg.

At the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, qualified scuba divers can go diving with sharks, without a cage. Shark sightings at the aquarium’s predator exhibit are obviously 100% guaranteed and getting up close to these ragged tooth sharks is an experience divers will not forget in a hurry.

Other marine life divers will get too see up close include turtles, cob and yellowtail fish. Unlike shark diving at sea, the diving experience at the Two Oceans Aquarium is not weather dependent and can take place any day of the week. The water in the tank is always pretty warm and the visibility is excellent.

The home page of the Two Oceans Aquarium website features a live streaming video of the predator exhibit, so if you are going diving, your family and friends around the world can tune in and watch your experience. Keep an eye on the website yourself to get an idea of what the diving experience will be like. There are normally three slots a day – 9am, 11am and 1pm South African time.

Scuba diving equipment is available for those who don’t have their own and adventurers who don’t have a scuba diving qualification can book diving lessons through the Two Oceans Aquarium and dive with the sharks the same day if requirements are met.

Derek van Dam, a popular American television presenter working in South Africa, is one of many divers who have great things to say about the Two Oceans Aquarium diving experience: 'I definitely recommend this as an experience for anyone who’s passionate about marine life,' he said after filming an underwater insert to create awareness about the effects climate change has on the oceans.

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Who to contact

Two Oceans Aquarium
Tel: +27 (0)21 4183828
Email: info@aquarium.co.za

How to get here

The Two Oceans Aquarium is located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, within walking distance of the city centre and frequently serviced by public transport.

Around the area

The V&A Waterfront is one of South Africa’s most popular visitor destinations, boasting world-class shopping, boat rides, helicopter tours, live entertainment and a large selection of bars and restaurants.

What will it cost

Diving at the Two Oceans Aquarium costs between R350 and R500 per person, depending on membership status and equipment required.

Length of stay

Dives usually last an hour.