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Nelson Bay: Shallow Water Shark & Ray Encounter at Irukandji

Nelson Bay: Shallow Water Shark & Ray Encounter at Irukandji

From US$ 26.89 per person

Get up close and personal with sharks and rays in a natural lagoon-style habitat. Prepare to be amazed by 2 huge lagoons brimming with sea life such as zebra sharks and smooth rays.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Encounter sharks and rays in the shallow water of 2 amazing lagoons
  • Feed, pet, and learn all about these amazing creatures
  • Stay mostly dry while your feet get wet, or rent a wetsuit and get fully immersed in their world
Full description

The shallows encounter offers you the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays in a natural lagoon-style habitat. Get to know the true nature of these animals in a safe and educational environment.

When you arrive at Irukandji you will be greeted by staff members who will guide you through the whole process, from learning how to interact safely with the animals to providing you with all the equipment needed to enter the water and meet the animals.

Choose from the option of wearing your own clothes in the water and just getting your feet and legs wet, or renting a wetsuit for an extra $10 to get fully immersed in the warm water of the lagoon. You can choose to go barefoot or cover up your toes with a pair of wear and keep souvenir socks.

At the lagoons, you will be given a feeding stick and food for the sharks and rays, and then guided around to the different pools by a knowledgable fish keeper. Each of the pools is home to different species of fish with specific food and information provided at each one.

You will get to reach in and interact with the animals as they swim around in their aquatic homes. Irukandji features 2 large, deep, natural-style lagoons housing a variety of different animals. In the Fingill lagoon, you’ll meet a whole bunch of friendly and curious rays who will glide over your feet and eagerly snatch the food from your sticks. Reach down to pet them and feel the different textures of their skin.

Then over at the tropical lagoon, meet a few more rays plus a variety of shark species including zebra sharks, brown-banded bamboo sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and the huge tawny nurse sharks. You can interact with them while listening to the keepers as they give educational talks about sharks, rays, and marine conservation.

Afterward, you can rinse off under a warm shower and towel down before heading in for a cruise around the tropical aquarium, watching the clownfish flounce busily around the anemone and the lionfish proudly cruise around their home. Check out the souvenir shop for a large range of sustainable gifts, cute fluffy toys, snacks, cold drinks, and hot coffee.

  • Entry to Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters
  • Interactive tour of the aquarium
  • Entry into the shallow water of the lagoon to feed and pet the animals
  • Food for the sharks and rays

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Wetsuits can be rented for an extra $10 per person
    • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times
    • Clothes must be worn on top of swimwear
    • Only reef-friendly sunscreen is permitted
    • Tours run all day from 9 AM to 5 PM: arrive by 3:30 PM for the full experience
    • Swimming is not permitted, wading in the water only
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 53 reviews

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    Great presentations explaining about the animals on display. Very interactive.

    January 20, 2023

    Worth the visit.

    January 19, 2023

    January 13, 2023

    Product ID: 400945