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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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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 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
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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Vancouver, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I like the idea of what they are doing - raising seahorses that live longer in captivity and that are more suitable for aquariums than wild ones, as well as raising others that will be patriated back into the wild. They are basically trying to decrease the demand for wild caught seahorses. I question whether this has much of an... More

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I think I would have liked the tour more if I were doing it without my 3 year old and his 3 year old attention span. There is a lot of talking by the guides during this tour. That makes it interesting to adults but less fun for little people. My son liked eating sea weed and liked holding the... More

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