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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Natural Energy Lab, Keahole Coast, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-329-6840
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Ranked #57 of 183 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I am so glad we had a chance to visit the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. I especially enjoyed getting to "hold" one. The seaweed didn't taste so good though.

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Lima, Peru
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12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This was interesting and the kids loved it worth going to see on big island. You need to book reservations online 24h in advance though.

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Kula, Hawaii
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

You pay to get to hold a seahorse for 10 to 20 seconds. The facility staff are rather protective of the facility....when to take pictures/videos, not to take pictures/videos. Staff seemed rather unfriendly. Most of the tour is outdoors and on uneven ground/gravel so prepare accordingly. Kim was our guide for the tour of the facility. She was very informed... More

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Kentucky
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17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Interesting information, very enthusiastic guide. Took about an hour. All the seahorses in the outside tanks were the same American seahorse except for three sea dragons that were pretty hard to see. The seahorses inside the building were pretty but not that different from those you can see in a good aquarium. Got about a minute to take a picture... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very informative tour on seahorses and their fragility. Maybe your only chance to hold a seahorse. They are doing important work for seahorse preservation

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Syracuse, New York
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19 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
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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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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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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
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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