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Port Stephens: Interactive Aquarium plus Little Ray Cuddle

1. Port Stephens: Interactive Aquarium plus Little Ray Cuddle

The Little Ray Cuddle is a unique and gentle activity perfect for all ages and great for families looking for an extra special animal encounter. Your ticket includes both the shallow water encounter where you can feed and pet sharks and rays, and a 20 minute intimate encounter with the rays and stingrays in Fingill Lagoon. When you arrive at Irukandji you will be greeted by a friendly team who will equip you with wetsuits and wear and keep souvenir socks to wear into the water. They will run through some specific instructions about interacting with the animals before guiding you into the lagoon. Together you will sit quietly and wait as the keeper summons the rays to glide over your laps for a very special cuddle. You can pet them as they hover around you and enjoy getting to know their individual personalities. After your encounter is done you are free to wander the aquarium and interact with the animals from the shallow waters of the lagoons. You can head over to the tropical lagoon to meet a variety of shark species that live there and listen to the educational talks from the keepers as they share their wealth of knowledge with you. Your whole encounter will leave you with a newfound appreciation for these gentle, elusive creatures and with a deep sense of stewardship for the ocean. Afterward, rinse off under a warm shower before checking out the rest of the aquarium. Don't forget to check out the souvenir shop for a large range of sustainable gifts, cute fluffy toys, snacks, cold drinks, and hot coffee.

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4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

AMAZING!!! Our Host, Noah, was very informative, friendly and deeply caring of the Sharks and Rays. He made the experience enjoyable and educational. The Sharks and Rays are friendly and interactive and loves to be petted! Enjoyable for families with children of all ages as well as adults/teens. It was exciting to be sitting in the knee high water with the encounter with the Zebra Shark and having the rays and other sharks swim by and interact at the same time. All the staff are very friendly and caring. Cannot praise Noah enough for his dedication to the Sharks and Rays and made it a memorable experience.

Fantastic. Thoroughly recommend it. Great for families. Worthwhile spending the extra $10 to hire a wet suit so you can walk into deeper water to feed and pat the rays and sharks.

We were not sure what to expect but it was an incredibly educational and exciting experience. Patting stingrays and sharks is quite a unique adventure and we highly recommend it

Knowledgeable and friendly staff - great for kids. Thought we would stay there only 14-30mins and we didn’t leave for 3 hours

A fab family experience to touch, learn & support!