Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters is an amazing experience of interacting with Sharks and Rays. The owners are passionate and dedicated to our Ocean's conservation and Marine Science. Every visitor can learn about the ocean depths and step outside their comfort zone by feeding and patting these amazing ambassador animals. Once you have experienced these majestic creatures individual personalities, you will have the confidence to take the next step and enjoy a snorkeling experience or private encounter, meeting these misunderstood animals in their own environment. If you are after an out of this world experience that can be shared with the whole family (even tiny babies get a wetsuit to wade with the sharks) then Irukandji is your next adventure waiting to happen.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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padani
Canberra, Australia13 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
Went there the front office staff were nice.
Once you are inside it's different. Feeding the friendly rays was part of the starter ticket. I found it really hard to get 2 CENTS worth of feed to feed the rays. You will need a bit longer meat to put it on the stick with a metal clip which they give us to feed the 'rays'. I asked for the 2 CENTS worth of meat. The lady grudgingly gave a very small piece. Needless to say, the ray wasn't able to eat it because it was very small.
The shark lecture was nice there are some sharks. Here also the guy came with 2 pieces of fish and came back. He didn't feed the shark.

If you pay extra you will be given some wet suits and then have some time near a small shark.

Altogether this experience is not worth the money you pay for it
Written 29 September 2023
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Jowe E
9 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
I've always wanted to check this place out and finally this weekend (since it was cold and rainy on and off at Nelson Bay), we went to Irukandji.
The place was amazing and our lil one (3 year old) just couldn't get so much of it. We were able to pat the sharks and rays, feed them and just let them go around our legs. They're pretty friendly and harmless.
The staff was definitely passionate about the marine habitat and very knowledgeable in giving us much information and background.
you can also snorkel with the sharks!
a definite must to check out whilst there.

Written 3 September 2023
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Hi j0wee, Thank you SO much for the kind review! Our small family business really appreciates the support. We are so glad to hear that the family enjoyed their time at Irukandji. Our Sharks & Rays are super friendly and affectionate. We often refer to them as puppy dogs, due to their adorable nature. Maybe next time you can snorkel with the sharks! Hope to see you all again, sometime soon. Thanks again. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 7 September 2023
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Onceawaitress
Haywards Heath, UK513 contributions
Aug. 2023
Bit of an odd experience, paddling with the rays and sharks in a rather artificial environment. You can also hand feed them.
Written 27 August 2023
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Hi Onceawaitress! Oh no, I think you are getting us mixed up with the other shark place down the road that took over in our old location when we moved to Anna Bay! People get us confused all the time as why would there be two within 5 minutes of each other! We pride ourselves on a beautiful natural habitat for the animals, they have sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, huge caves, small caves, different substrates, natural algaes and deep sand for all the rays to sleep under. Even when we were at the old location we had natural sand and habitat in place, separately we also don't have hand feeding here, all the feeding is done with feeding sticks. We would love to welcome you to Irukandji so you can come see our amazing habitat and conservation experience, if you get a chance please have a search of the other company this review is for. So very sorry for the confusion Warm Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 3 September 2023
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mum23all
Mount Gambier, Australia317 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
We were in Nelson Bay for a few days, on a short family holiday and decided to visit here. Luckily it was during school term - so not super busy ( except for the school excursion!)... but we had the sting ray area to ourselves for quite awhile, kids and adults both really enjoyed feeding & patting the sting rays, they were super friendly and would swim right over our feet, brushing against our legs. So much fun. The sting ray talk was also great and very interesting, we all learnt a few new things about sting rays! Then we went over to the shark enclosure - that was also really enjoyable, learning about sharks, seeing baby sharks, and touching the larger sharks. What was great about this place is that entry into the water, to touch and feed the sharks and sting rays is included in the entry price - so great value for a family. We'd highly recommend this experience and would love to return on a future visit to Nelson Bay.
Written 4 August 2023
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Hi mum23all, Thank you so much for the feed back and 5 star rating. Our small family business really appreciates your support. We are thrilled to hear that you all enjoyed your time with us, meeting & feeding our beautiful critters. Visiting outside of our peak periods (school holidays, weekends, public holidays) definitely has its perks! Sounds like you made friends for life with some of our stingrays in our temperate natural style lagoon. We plan on expanding, with several stages still to come. We hope you can visit us again and check on our progress. Thanks again for visiting. Take care and all the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 10 August 2023
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Amanda B
3 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
This was our second visit, our first visit at the new premises and wow amazing well worth the money and definitely a must when in the area. Not sure who was more excited me or the kids. All the staff were Amazing.
Written 10 July 2023
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Hi amandabN6678LH, Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We really appreciate the support. We love our new premises, with the natural style lagoons, sand, sea grass- we have put a lot of time and effort into creating our lagoons as close to the real thing as possible. We love it, and most importantly, our animals are so happy in their new homes. Thanks for sharing your feedback about our staff. We will be sure to pass it on. It will make their day to hear the impact they had on your experience. We think they are pretty special too. Please, keep visiting and checking on our progress. We have several stages of expansion yet to come. We wish you all the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 23 July 2023
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Paddu b
1 contribution
May 2023 • Friends
Could be more interactive. For seniors and older generation not very welcoming. Some explanations were good.
Written 3 June 2023
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Hi FarAway550430, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We take the suggestions, thoughts and opinions of our guests very seriously, as we are always looking at ways to improve. It breaks our hearts to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us and felt it wasn't interactive enough. We are very unique, as we have removed the glass seen in traditional aquariums and invited our guests to enter the water with our animals, offering several different levels of engagement, depending how wet each visitor would like to get. There are not many aquariums that enable you to hand feed shark and rays. Our basic entry pass includes all your shark and ray food, feeding and petting our animals plus wading barefoot into the water of our natural style lagoons. We apologise if this was not explained properly to you and the level of engagement was missed. That is on us, and we will make sure we improve our communication with our visitors. We pride ourselves on catering for guests from all walks of life, as we are all incredibly passionate about creating an inclusive experience for everyone. Once again, if this was not demonstrated during your visit, we apologise. We hope you may consider giving us a second chance and visiting us again. We have several stages of expansion yet to come, with more interactive displays, animals, cafe facilities and more. As a small family business, this will take time however. Perhaps you can check in with us at a later date and hopefully we can give you the Irukandji experience you deserve. We wish you all the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 23 July 2023
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taniabarnia
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
What an unexpectedly interesting 3 hours. Listening to people sharing their infectious passion for the water on your doorstep with some of the oceans keystone marine animals. Getting to watch and admire the gracefulness and playfulness of the world around us. #engaging #interesting #great for all ages
Written 15 May 2023
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Hi taniabarnia, Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! This was such a pleasure to read- brought a smile to our faces. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. You have managed to sum up our wonderful staff perfectly- they certainly do have an infectious passion for the water and its inhabitants. We think they are pretty special too. Watching our sharks and rays move through the water is a site to behold. We could spend all day admiring them. Please visit us again soon. All the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 23 July 2023
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Ashley
Wollongong, Australia17 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Family
The park is an amazing experience, it was such fun to feed the sharks and rays. There were plenty of sharks and rays to feed and pat. All staff were friendly, answered questions and genuinely seemed to enjoy their job.
Written 16 April 2023
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Hi Global10061471565, Thanks for the kind words! It means the world to us. We will pass on the lovely feedback to our staff. They will be stoked to hear that they contributed to your incredible experience. Thanks for sharing. We think they are all pretty special too. Our sharks and rays are like friendly, playful puppy dogs- they love a pat! We hope you can visit us again. All the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 23 July 2023
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Bri B
1 contribution
Mar. 2023 • Friends
The staff there are amazing! They were so nice and any questions they answered amazingly!!!! You get your moneys worth 110%. Great place to be around!
Written 17 March 2023
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Hi 490brib, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It means the world to our small family business. We love our staff. You wont meet a more passionate bunch of people. Thank you for sharing your feedback, we will pass it onto everybody and it will surely make their day. We are only going to get bigger- with several plans of expansion in the works. Please visit us again soon and check on our progress. All the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 23 July 2023
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Jody G
Kirrawee, Australia58 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
This was a great way to spend a couple of hours. Informative too. I didn’t think I’d personally participate at all with entering the water or touching the sharks or sting rays but I did. My kids and husband both loved this experience a lot. Feeding the sting rays was a highlight. The staff are all lovely too.
Written 6 January 2023
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Hi jodyg667, Thanks for the kind words. We really appreciate the support. In our experience, guests come to Irukandji for the sharks, but fall in love with the stingrays. They really are like friendly puppy dogs, all with their own unique personalities. We are so happy to hear that the whole family enjoyed their experience. Hope to see you all again, sometime soon. All the best. Kind Regards The Irukandji Team
Written 23 July 2023
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