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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Natural Energy Lab, Keahole Coast, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #53 of 173 activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums
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Langley City, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
63 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

My kids really enjoyed the well organized and informative tour. We drove ourselves to the site which is not very well marked and a little hard to find. It is close to the airport and a beautiful beach. The cost is really outrageous, they frame it as "protecting the Seahorse" and "the only Seahorse farm in the world", which I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and informative experience! The tour is only an hour. You have the opportunity to hold a sea horse if you like. Well worth the time and admission fee.

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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My seahorse farm trip was very cool. You get a tour of the facility and then near the end get to place your hands in the water and the tour guides/employees will place a seahorse by your hands and usually they will wrap their tails around a finger and stay there until the employee removes them. I only wish they... More

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Livermore, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

You do not need to be an aquarist to appreciate the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. This facility is located at the Natural Energy Lab Hawaii which is off Queen Kam highway north of town and south of the airport. The team at Ocean Rider raise seahorses at this facility. They conduct group tours of the facility where you will see... More

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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I loved our seahorse farm trip! We learned a bit about how and why the farm was founded and I was pleased to learn that the efforts of this farm in particular are impacting the domesticated seahorse market. This farm is in part responsible for breeding seahorses that live longer, happier lives in captivity than ever before in recorded history.... More

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Calgary, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Snuck into the last tour of the day. Our tour guide was fantastic, and the education about the seahorses was wonderful. And to hold a seahorse...that was really special!

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Yes, it is kind of expensive and we almost didn't go because of that, but you will be supporting a very worthwhile cause if you do. Ocean Rider is doing fantastic work trying to equip seahorses with survival skills - skills they would not need if it were not for us stupid humans. Take the tour. You will learn all... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our guide was a trained biologist who took us through the farm and showed us through the life cycle of the farm and discussed the challenges involved in studying and raising seahorses. She was very informative and was very friendly in answering my questions at the end of the tour. Some people have commented that the price is a bit... More

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Kensington, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Other reviewers have commented about the high cost of this attraction and some question its commercial aspects...but. Seahorses ARE fascinating and most people have never seen one up close and personal. From our observation and personal reaction to this tour we felt that as a once in a lifetime experience it was worth the price. The tour guide (Kim?) did... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Our only complaint was there were far too many people on the tour with only one guide / leader. Given the $40 price tag per person over 11yrs old, I was expecting a much more intimate tour so I was a bit disappointed there. I think we had 30 on our tour. Despite this, we really enjoyed ourselves.

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