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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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If you love seahorses, you will enjoy the Farm

A great one-hour tour opportunity to learn about, see and even hold a sea horse. The admission fee may be a little steep for some but if you like sea horses this is as an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

A great one-hour tour opportunity to learn about, see and even hold a sea horse. The admission fee may be a little steep for some but if you like sea horses this is as an intensive experience as you can get and the funds go to a good cause.

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Penn Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Easy to find and many tanks of seahorses. Lots of instruction and what a thrill to have a seahorse curl it's tail around my finger!

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We have been visiting Ocean Rider at least every other year for the past 8 years. Yes, it is $40+ for adults for about 2 hours. BUT -- this organization was the first, and for a long time the only, group working to figure out how to breed seahorses for home aquarium use. It took years to get this right... More 

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Bolivar
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Fun to visit with a 6 and 8 year old. Went as a shore excursion with NCL and was pricey for the length of time spent there. Too crowded; wish group had been smaller. Had difficulty hearing the guide with her portable sound system and they gave you a short time to let the seahorse wrap around your finger, due... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Who knew that seahorses can be trained to be good pets? Visit this amazing place, the only one in the world as far as we could tell, and learn what Ocean Rider is doing to preserve this nearly endangered species. Well worth the entry fee, which goes to the preservation of the seahorses. Check for tour times.

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at home
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was our second visit to the seahorse farm, so we totally knew what to expect for our admission price. This place has become popular...the last time over 5 years ago, our group was only about 15-20, this time it was about 50-60, but no worries, everyone gets a front row view of everything on the tour! It's totally non-descript... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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South Dakota
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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