Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, Port Stephens

#3 of 23 in Parks in Port Stephens
Leaders in Marine Education, Conservation and FUN this unique experience is un-matched by any location in the country. Australia is famous for its deadly animals, now its your chance to meet these misunderstood creatures 1st hand.

Adults & children of any age receive a guided tour, or jump in for a SHARK ENCOUNTER whilst interacting and FEEDING the Sharks and Rays. Your experienced guides make this unforgettable journey not to be missed. Don’t forget your camera for those Sting Ray Selfies. For Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters and beyond, use our Port Stephens trip itinerary website to get the most from your Port Stephens vacation.
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  • Concept: For the price of AUD 49.50 per adult, you can borrow wetsuit and crocs and climb into four different pools of sea creatures. You stand waist-deep in the water. In two pools you can move freely. Rays swim past the visitor's legs and you can feed them with fish. The size of the animals is very different, from very small rays to those with a wingspan of more than 1 m. The animals are not aggressive at all. They are used to the many people. In addition, a large area of the pool is always closed to visitors, so that the animals can retreat. In the third pool, visitors stand quietly at the edge of the pool, while staff try to let the really big rays swim past the visitors. However, this only happens if the animals voluntarily participate, otherwise they are left alone. In the fourth pool are three Nurse Sharks, each of them about 3 meters long and over 300 kg heavy. The sharks are separated from the sharks only with a net, but are allowed to touch them with gloves over them. The skin of these sharks is rough and hard, not at all as one imagines fish skin. The gloves should prevent the sharks from confusing fingers with octopuses. The four pools can be re-entered as often as desired, but only in a group. Staff: Very friendly and qualified. They know the animals very well and know a lot about their behaviour. I was particularly impressed by a young employee who was able to explain the underwater world and its value to us humans very well, even very young children. In general, visitors learn interesting facts about the animals and the influence of humans on their habitat. The idea of enlightenment is not neglected. Pollution and the overfishing of the seas are addressed and the consequences adequately explained. Tips for visitors: We visited the park on a rainy Sunday morning, which is why many families with children were there. If you like it a little quieter, you should come by during the week and/or in nice weather. Tips for the park: The changing rooms were separated by gender, but there were no cabins. This lack of privacy should be addressed, especially since other evaluators have pointed this out a long time ago. Conclusion: A really special experience, which I can recommend without reservation. Be sure to choose the ticket with admission to the pools, it is worth it! You should plan about two hours for the visit.
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  • A really cool, unique experience I’m glad we had. Being up close with these gorgeous creatures, let alone touching them and feeding them, was a real joy. The staff working there seem to love what they...  more »
  • A very unique experience for the entire family. Our group ages ranged between 2 and 70. All enjoyed the encounter. Touching and feeding the sharks and rays was really special. Ryan our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his "babies" and the sea. Highly recommend this adventure.
  • Wow! What a great place to visit! We visited 4 different spots in the water to feed and pat a huge array of sharks and rays. We all had a great time and learnt so much about these amazing creatures. Super busy in the school holidays so go for the first session in the morning. Bring a waterproof camera for some great shots (we forgot ours....)

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