Travel, accommodation & food

Delegates are to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements. A variety of public transport options are available to help you attend the Symposium and its events, and a number of accommodation options are available in close proximity to the Symposium venue.

Students: Find travel and accommodation grant info here.


There are several accommodation options in and around the V&A Waterfront close to the symposium venue. Many other popular options are available in surrounding areas too.


From airport – Uber, Taxify, meter taxis and MyCiTi buses all operate from the airport to the City Centre. To use the network of MyCiti buses you will need a MyCiTi card, which you can purchase at Cape Town International Airpot.

In Cape Town – Uber, Taxify, meter taxis and MyCiti buses all operate within and around Cape Town. MyCiti bus stop 104 is right outside the Two Oceans Aquarium. For delegates making use of cars, we will validate parking for the Portswood Garage only (across the road from the Aquarium).

Parking in the V&A Waterfront

Symposium attendees relying on a personal or hired vehicle for the duration of the event will find the Portswood Parking Garage opposite the Two Oceans Aquarium most convenient. Parking can be paid at the garage, or pre-validated tickets can be purchased from the Symposium for R65 each.

Food & Restaurants

The Symposium will supply tea, coffee and light snacks throughout the days of the event, but encourages attendees to explore the surrounding V&A Waterfront for lunch.

The V&A Waterfront is home to a selection of over 80 restaurants and eateries and a Food Market situated near to the Aquarium.

In keeping with the Aquarium’s sustainability focus, Symposium, attendees are encouraged to consult the WWF SASSI List if selecting seafood, and to avoid single-use plastic shopping bags, cups, straws, cutlery and takeaway containers wherever possible.


Marine Dynamics pre- & post-Symposium tours

Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises are world-recognised shark cage diving and whale watching companies located in Gansbaai. Both companies support research and conservation efforts in their waters and are offering Symposium attendees special rates.

Please contact them at the details on the flyer to secure your booking.

Seal Snorkelling

Animal Ocean Seal Snorkelling offers Symposium attendees a unique chance to swim with Hout Bay’s Cape fur seals – at a special rate. Join the team of veteran ocean guides in this one-of-a-kind experience

Rockhopper Tours – Explore the peninsula

Discover the biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula with a day tour led by a qualified marine biologist. Rockhopper Tours are offering Symposium delegates a 60% discount for post- and pre-Symposium tours.

Go behind-the-scenes

All Symposium attendees are invited to attend a free behind-the-scenes tour revealing the inner workings of the Two Oceans Aquarium. This means getting access to nooks and crannies that are usually only reserved for card-carrying staff members.

Learn to scuba dive

New to diving? Do a PADI Discover Scuba Diving course at the Aquarium and have the chance to dive with incredible species such as rescued sea turtles, rays, brindle bass, and spotted grunter in the I&J Ocean Exhibit.

Dive with ragged-tooth sharks

Qualified scuba divers can get up close to the Aquarium’s shiver of ragged-tooth sharks in the Predator Exhibit, swim among the schools of yellowtail and giant kob, and learn about the awesome predators that inhabit the South African coastline.

Make friends with a penguin

Meet the ocean’s cutest predator – the adorable northern rockhopper penguins of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Join the bird keeper for an informative, fun and exhilarating face-to-face encounter with these feathered friends. If you are lucky, one or two of them might decide to hop onto your lap!