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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

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Address: Natural Energy Lab, Keahole Coast, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-329-6840
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Holding a Sea Horse is not to be missed.

Friends had told us about this place, but I was a little hesitant because of the price. To us, it was worth every penny. Where else can you actually see Sea horses in various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Libertyville, Illinois
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Libertyville, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Friends had told us about this place, but I was a little hesitant because of the price. To us, it was worth every penny. Where else can you actually see Sea horses in various stages of growth (you can feed them) and actually have them curl around your fingers !!! Very well run facility and extremely informative. Great for adults... More 

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Personally, I would consider this tour overpriced and overhyped. Yet if you really want to see seahorses and actually touch one -- there just aren't many options. The tour was overfilled with parents who were themselves intrigued by seahorses and seemed dedicated to making their unruly kids equally fascinated. Perhaps when they get older the kids will have a good... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you're in Kona, don't miss this opportunity to get up close & personal with seahorses. We saw tiny baby seahorses and fed live shrimp to adult seahorses. We then were able to hold some adults which really is creating a reef with your fingers and letting them curl their tales around your fingers. So cool! They have other aquariums... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The best educational tour I have been on. The biologist leading the tour did an excellent job of teaching us all about sea horses and what this facility is doing to sustain the seahorse population. We were able to eat fresh seaweed, see the seahorses eat, and have the wonderful opportunity to have a seahorse wrap itself around our fingers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

you got to strain some shrimp from a pond outside - a lava tube to the ocean. We walked through the entire place, seeing the different sizes of seahorses, including a new 10" branch seahorse. The staff were fascinated with their work, obviously pleased with what they are doing. Then we got have a seahorse wrap itself around our baby... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

They do a wonderful job of introducing you to seahorse conservation. It is nice to see the positive impact that their research and conservation activities are having on the species as a whole, but what really seals the deal is when you get to hold a seahorse at the end of the tour. Well, you don't "hold it" .... It... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A tad bit expensive but you actually get to hold a seahorse in your h and. I f you book prior to tour by phone you can get a small discount.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have visited the Big Island multiple times but never visited the Ocean Rides Seahorse Farm until recently. We found it fascinating and very enjoyable. The tour, which lasted about an hour, was led by a knowledgeable biologist who was able to connect with a very mixed group that included kids and adults from different backgrounds. Knowing very little about... More 

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Alaska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wow! What a cool experience! The tour of the farm is incredibly educational and opened our eyes to the unique world of seahorses as well as the amazing conservation efforts of the dedicated folks at Ocean Rider. I highly recommend that you spend a couple of hours of your time in Kona here!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Tour is led by one of the biologists who is very informative and entertaining. You get to feed seahorses several times and watch as they bob up to look at you and blow bubbles!! Holding one at the end is an awesome experience and a perfect cap to the tour. When they offer to let you try the seaweed, do... More 

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