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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Natural Energy Lab, Keahole Coast, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #55 of 183 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
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Syracuse, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
19 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It's an average way to spend an hour. The whole tour is outdoors, so plan accordingly (wear hat/sunscreen). It is definitely neat to see the baby seahorses and learn about them, but I'm not sure I'd spend $100 bucks on it for my family. The "holding a seahorse" experience lasts 20 seconds or less. Once the seahorse lets go of... More

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Blanchester, Ohio
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Even though it was my wife and I with our adult son this visit was worth the money. Not a glitzy tourist attraction, but the actual breeding facility. You are give ample time to look at things with an informative guide. Had a chance to feed some seahorses in the breeding are to see how that sucked in the minute... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

So glad we finally made time for this during our trip to Kona! I've been wanting to do this during my past few trips here and just haven't been able to squeeze it in. It was such an amazing experience! Obviously the highlight of this tour was getting to actually have a seahorse curl around your finger but the experience... More

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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112 reviews 112 reviews
44 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I never imagined I would hold a seahorse in my life! The Seahorse Farm tour was a great learning experience for my family. We saw an add at a local magazine during one of our stays in Kona not knowing what to expect. The tours run 3 times a day - at 10AM, noon and 2PM. We called to confirm... More

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is not a very scenic place and the tour is a bit expensive for the length, but the infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide more than made up for these issues. I went there with my nine-year old son and we both really enjoyed it. The Seahorse Farm is the only facility of its kind... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Like many other reviewers commented, the tour is pricey. (Current price is $40/adult and $30/child ($26/toddler). Discount for kama'aina is 10% off; 24 hour advance reservation on line also gets a tiny discount.) My husband and I made the necessary reservation for ourselves and daughter knowing that this would be a highlight of our trip. Tour was going well and... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My 10yo grandson loved the seahorses so much! It was great learning about them and how they are trying to protect them. The best part was where you could have a seahorse wrapped around one of your fingers.

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Kauila Kona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was a very good tour, however, on the pricey side. You do get a discount if booking online (5% I think?) The tour guide was knowledgeable for sure, but the speech routine appeared super routine. I also think they could have smaller groups for a more intimate experience (since you are paying quite the price for admission). However, I... More

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Wausau, WI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What a great learning opportunity. Not much information about this place and it is a bit hidden away. Saw a brochure at our hotel and that is how we found out about it. A little pricey at $40 per person, but I figure it goes toward the research so I'd rather spend money on this than something drab and touristy.... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We did not know about this until we got to the Big Island and saw info about it. This is a great tour that is not as touristy as many others and does not end in the gift shop. Their focus seems to be doing the work they do to support the sea horses and they have learned that the... More

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