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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Natural Energy Lab, Keahole Coast, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #67 of 204 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Ranch & Farm
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Type: Aquariums, Ranch & Farm
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Seattle, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Didn't know what to expect from this site, but it is incredibly interesting. Organization is single handedly helping to eliminate the need to capture seahorses in the ocean. Aquarium owners can now get farmed seahorses that survive longer in a small aquarium. Quite educational. Did not know seahorses are monogamous and if one dies, the other dies fairly soon after.... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This was a great experience....a short tour of how seahorses are raised and how this foundation is working with Tonga and Fiji to replenish the seahorses in the wild was fascinating. It ended with each individual being able to hold a seahorse... even little ones will like this adventure. However, the cost per person was a little pricey...but it goes... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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235 reviews 235 reviews
94 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is an expensive, but educational experience. The 1 hour tour cost $110 for 2 adults and 1 child. You learn everything about a sea horse. You will see new born seahorses and those that are ready for sale. You get to feed them and at the end of the tour, you get to put your hands in a tank... More 

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Green Valley
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

A little expensive, but worth the price. Money goes to a good cause. You get to hold a seahorse - actually the seahorse holds on to you. Great staff, very informative.

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Mount Pleasant, Wi
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This tour is a great one to learn about saving something in the oceans that just doesn't look real. They explain why they do this. They explain why they have to do this. At the end you get a chance to hold one as well, actually have it hold on to you. It is about an hour or so tour,... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I loved this tour. Website was very clear about good shoes & hat, so I felt prepared for sun & walking. All staff were very friendly. $40/person is a little steep, but considering how rare out is to see a seahorse up close in the wild - I thought it was well worth it. Or tour guide was extremely enthusiastic,... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Very informative, friendly staff. Not the regular tourist type attraction. We enjoy the entire facility and the beautiful sea horses they are raising. I got the chance to feed a tank full and then at the end to have one of these tiny creatures curl it's tail around my finger. Delightful memory of this trip. It is a bit pricey,... More 

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Having been to the Big Island many times we are running out of things we haven't already done. As a result we tried this. $125 later (for 2 adults and 1 child) I wish we hadn't. There's nothing really wrong with the tour. It's just two or three or four times more expensive than it should be. We arrived at... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The idea is great, but the amount of time in the sun is problematic. The orientation is long and the hands on time is short. The staff are great, but the time spent on explaining the project is over done. Standing in the sun for most of it seems too too long. Maybe smaller groups and starting the lecture later... More 

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Penryn, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited the farm with our 2 young kids. The guide -a local biologist- was enthusiastic. The crew at the farm made sure to have stepping stools at every spot for my son, so he could peer inside the tubs & get a look at the seahorses & the sea dragons. And more importantly to actually hold a sea horse... More 

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