As you get to know us better, you will discover that Irukandji is a unique and interactive aquarium.  Visitors will experience ocean life in a new and exciting way and at an affordable price. Irukandji’s ultimate purpose is to connect visitors to our natural world by introducing them personally in a hands on and safe environment. Education and conservation play a major role in everything we do here. Our passion and empathy to the fish family is our driving force as we educate our visitors in a fun and interactive way.  Through their ambassadorship, our beautiful animals promote a healthy ocean for their wild cousins.


Irukandji is dedicated to effecting the conservation of the ocean through interaction, display, communication, education, research conservation and calls to action.

Irukandji’s mission promise is to create an experience that is:

Fun – Through interactive learning.

Challenging – The unique and interactive educational guided tour aims to create courage in visitors whilst they learn about some of the world’s most misunderstood marine species. The volunteer program will both challenge and grow students into responsible, capable, courageous citizens of their field.

Diversity – Through the diversity of research, interaction, education and myth blasting messages customers will achieve an experience and educational outcomes they never thought possible. The development of best husbandry practices relevant to each species (welfare) and individual animal.

Relevant – The world’s oceans are under ever increasing anthropogenic pressure, causing an array of marine species to become extinct. Conservational and educational messages at Irukandji will aim to create awareness of these ecological stresses, which will in turn enhance the measures taken by the public to conserve these environments for future generations and utilise sustainable technologies such as aquaculture.

Memorable – It is essential to create programs and activities that visitors will talk about for years and remember for a life time.

Journey – Every visitor is to receive a journey involving an interactive guided experience along with intrinsically important conservation messages supporting the world’s oceans, resulting in a unique and creative experience like no other.

Conservation – Many projects run by third parties will be promoted, supported or funded, Irukandji will allocate 5% of the annual profit to research and conservation efforts of the world’s delicate natural ecosystems annually, along with ongoing support.

Over all Irukandji aims to be an amazing place to work and visit, a resource for a variety of student levels, a local hub for conservation, to embrace the community and to be embraced by the community.


The board of directors is quite small since Irukandji is a family-run business. Managing Director Ryan Pereira leads this whole venture with his passion and empathy towards the fish, the staff and the business as a whole. Ryan has a background in environmental science and marine biology, he intends on using his skills to lead scientific studies on the ocean and its systems, whilst working closely with the UNI supporting their studies on sharks.

Backed up by Lia Pereira; Ryans trusted marketing manager (and wife). Lia has a Zoo Keeping background; working for Oakvale Farm and Fauna World for ten years and a zoo abroad whilst traveling. Lia has an equal passion for wildlife and the ocean, with animal conservation a top priority. Together the pair make a dynamic team that is ready for action.