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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 #53 of 180 activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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30 helpful votes 30 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Newstle
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Extremely educational, but the entrance fee is high if your on a budget. $35 a person. But for what it costs them I did understand. Marvelous tour, but the giftshop needs more choices. I was hoping for children's books on seahorses and sea life to take back to my classroom, mostly tee-shirts and some toys. Need more educational items.

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Murrieta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hi Everyone, I'll add some information here that the other reviewers haven't mentioned (or I had to dig to find this info). We were planning to visit this farm on the Saturday that we were flying out. On Thursday night, I reviewed the website, and found that there are no tours on Saturdays or Sundays! So we went on Friday.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

While in Kona we saw ads for a Seahorse Farm. We decided to go and was really glad we did! It is an amazing place. You even get to hold a seahorse at the end of the tour! Very informative tour! If you love sea horses you have to go there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

As an offshoot of a failed attempt to use temperature differentials in surface and subsurface seawater several aquaculture businesses have sprung up on the site of the natural energy lab. Among them is the Ocean Ridwr Seahorse Farm. A tour of tge facility shows you all stages of the growth process from newborn to full adult. Unlike most available in... More

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Top Contributor
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21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

we decided like many others to do this last minute and were taken aback by the steep price - $40 per adult (12 and older) so our family's price for 5 was $178 with 10% off for AAA. That being said once we committed it was one of our highlights. You get to feed seahorses, you get to hold a... More

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