Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
4.5
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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  • Cindy H
    9 contributions
    My family’s favorite experience
    My family and I (grandparents, mom, dad, a 11,8, and 5 year old) scheduled this as our last experience for the last full day on the island. What a way to end the trip!!! We saw baby sea horses, one tank where they looked just a day old! We got to dump food in and see them hunt, and to end it all hold one! I went in wondering if it was too much to pay and would be a let down, but every one of our party loved it. You get to learn about sea horses and watch them. My 8 year did not deal well with the waiting to see the whales come up on the whale watching tour, but this was constant sea horses and didn’t require a lot of waiting with nothing to see. And you’re supporting the conservatives of this endangered animal!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Phileddy
    7 contributions
    Well worth it!!
    I was a bit apprehensive to book this due to the price and having a toddler. Needless to say this tour did not disappoint at all! Most of it was gravel, so in hindsight I would not bring a stroller. I had to pull it backwards most of the time to go through the property. The tour guide employees are very knowledgeable and caring! Our toddler was having a hard time and the workers did a really nice job of entertaining her! Even though she couldn’t hold the seahorses, there are so many other things to do such as feeding tilapia and touching tide pools. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina494 contributions
    Very educational, and you get to hold a seahorse at the end!
    Pretty much exactly what I expected. I learned lots about seahorses and got to see them at different stages of life. Everything from the way their food is grown to baby seahorses all the way to adults. At the end you even get to hold a seahorse which is pretty interesting. Not the coolest thing I did on the island but it was a nice way to spend an hour.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • spf1OO
    Houston, Texas8 contributions
    Fun Afternoon at the Seahorse Farm
    What a cool experience!! Educational, entertaining, and completely memorable. A great way to spend an hour before heading to the airport. Abbey was engaging and informative - a fantastic guide! We loved holding a seahorse and touching all the cool stuff in the tide pool. My daughter gave seaweed to ALL the urchins. Lol.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Andy R
    Sacramento, California386 contributions
    very unique experience
    Make sure you make reservations as no openings for walk-ins. Have 3 guided tours a day. They have you see the tiny ones being raised in tanks and you can dump tiny shrimp in the tank to feed them. Have display of so many different ones from other parts of the world. Very informative. At end of tour they let you cup your hands in the tank and have a seahorse clamp it's tail onto it. Tour is about 1 hour. They have a short instructional class if you want to purchase some to be sent to your home to raise.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • rsmadj
    Carlsbad, California9 contributions
    Worth a visit!
    We did this one on a whim and were glad we did. The price is a little high for what you get but it is Hawaii and everything seems to be pricey. They are very careful about the sanitary care of the seahorses (you have to wash to your elbows and walk though iodine before you can enter). Starting at the babies (which are tiny!) and moving up from there. You get to hold a seahorse and I was able to get a photo of my husband holding one (however when I asked for a special request to go back to the tub so I could get a photo of me holding one, I was turned down - it would have only taken 2 minutes and we were the last tour of the day. But it was a special request...) The tour guide did a good job and really cared about the seahorses. If you have a few hours free, give this a try. The tour itself only took about an hour (maybe just under) but you need to get there a little early to check in and wash.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • MJE123123
    Scappoose, Oregon20 contributions
    Fun tour, but too crowded!
    We were really looking forward to visiting the seahorse farm and taking the tour. I was shocked to see 40 people in our group! It made it hard to hear especially when people were talking nearby and hard to see in some areas. The guide was great and knowledgeable. It was great to see all stages of a seahorse’s life and we learned a lot. It was fun learning the special way to cradle a seahorse and cradle one. Another thing that was fun was when we arrived early, there’s a beach nearby that was beautiful and we took pictures.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Dolphin0831
    Westminster, Colorado241 contributions
    Fun and educational
    This was a fun and educational stop on our way to the airport. Our guide was great and we learned so much about the pet trade for seahorses and why the farm is important. Holding a seahorse was definitely a highlight but seeing the tiny baby seahorses was also amazing. The price was a bit high for a one hour tour but it is a once in a lifetime experience and everything in Hawaii is expensive.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 3, 2023
  • FlyingOutofNYC
    Thousand Islands New York, New York13 contributions
    A Unique Experience with Majestic Sea Creatures
    Our group of 8 (5 adults and 3 kids) loved our tour of the seahorse farm. Unlike an aquarium that briefly covers many different kinds of fish, this was a in-depth lesson in one fascinating sea creature. The tour included a walk through the water tanks and a chance to hold a seahorse in our hands. The experience was completely unique and highly recommended.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
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Wanderlustutah
Utah107 contributions
Mar 2020
So sorry to have spent time and money at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. Lovely and educational first half of the tour. But, we were each allowed less than 15 seconds (at most) to view the sea dragons. That was followed by a very curt female staffer who caught and placed the sea horse on my fingers for a very brief, wait for it, you guessed it...15 seconds. Happened so fast there was no time for photos. When I asked if I could quickly do it again just for a picture, I was told no. I would not go to this venue. If you have other options, maybe think long and hard about this one.
Written March 10, 2020
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Lauren D
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Friends
We visited the seahorse FARM in January. We were excited to learn about the work that they are doing to repopulate the seahorses in the ocean and protect these beloved creatures. Unfortunately, after being there for only a few minutes, it became very clear that this is a breeding operation and they make a large profit from selling seahorses to the pet trade. They spoke very little on how they are repopulating the ocean and couldn’t give numbers to support it. It felt very “top-secret” walking through the breeding tanks. They claim that they seahorses are photo sensitive but it seemed much more likely that they don’t want their breeding techniques to get out. If you love animals or are passionate about rehabilitation and rescue, don’t bother giving your $45 to this glorified back yard breeder.
Written March 21, 2020
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Marion M
Fife, UK53 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The research being done on increasing the numbers of the American Seahorse is totally successful. Thousands get returned to the Ocean. Very informative talk and all stages of growth shown. Holding a seahorse was nice but not actually necessary - as long as these beautiful creatures are not harmed
Written February 20, 2020
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Kathryn S
38 contributions
Jan 2020
We booked this tour at the last minute on a whim, and were so glad we did it! It was fascinating to learn about the lives of seahorses, which are endangered due to commercial fishing, home aquarium demands, and Chinese medicinal practices. This farm is making major changes in the numbers of seahorses saved in the wild, and along the way they're doing a terrific job of educating the public about these delightful creatures. And hey--I happen to love the idea that the male is responsible for carrying and birthing the babies. :) It was a great and informative tour; I highly recommend it.
Written January 14, 2020
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Veronika8000
West Hollywood, CA83 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
They do not enforce mask policy and do not enforce the guests to keep social distancing of 6 feet. I saw kids with no masks and was told toddlers are excluded from the mask policy. We didn’t feel safe. I asked for a refund and the lady started laughing at me saying we don’t do refunds. The other worker followed us to the car yelling at us. We left. Do not go there it’s no safe. We have a video of one worker shouting at us and following to the car I will be posting, he came very close to my husbands face and looked aggressive. Will be reporting them.
Written December 7, 2020
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M K
San Luis Obispo County, CA125 contributions
Sep 2021
The goal of this place is to restore sea horses to the wild. To do that they are breeding a seahorse for captivity so wild horses don't need to be harvested for the pet trade. Wild seahorses only last in captivity for a very short time. This new breed will last for years in captivity, so the millions of seahorses captured for pets, will not have to be harvested from the wild. They are also breeding wild seahorses for reintroduction into the wild, to replenish the wild populations!
Written October 22, 2021
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Sailorgirl619
Bedford, NH74 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
This is a unique opportunity to get up close and learn a lot about these fascinating little creatures. While sanitation procedures were in place to protect the seahorses, social distancing wasn’t enforced (though masks were required). I know that they work to save these threatened animals, however the tour is quite expensive. Yes, you do get the rare opportunity to ‘hold’ a seahorse, but it’s brief. I left feeling a bit conflicted. These are farm-raised seahorses that are sold to hobbyists for approximately $200 a pair. As the guide mentioned, the males give birth constantly during their lifetime. I asked, ‘so wouldn’t someone’s aquarium soon become overrun with seahorses?’ She said yes, this is a problem and they’ve had owners call and ask what to do. Sometimes they sell them. I hate to think they’d end up down the toilet like many a goldfish before them! I understand buying farm raised is better than taking them out of their natural habitats, but I still left with questions. Yes, they are adorable and fascinating. Yes, the staff truly do care about the seahorses.
Written June 25, 2021
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Ann D
Bowie, MD161 contributions
Feb 2020
The tour of the seahorse aqua farm is quite interesting and I learned a lot. There really isn't too much to see but what is there is fascinating, especially if you like seahorses. I thought the best part was their small aquarium which comprises a number of different types of seahorses. My husband has mobility issues but was able to navigate OK. There were a few places for him to sit, but not many. The tour is a bit pricey but it is a unique experience and if any of the money can help save our wild seahorse population, then it is worth it.
Written February 15, 2020
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Kristine Family Fun Pack
12 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
This attraction was not at all as nice as I expected it to be based on the reviews I had read. You "hold" a seahorse for a few seconds where you can't feel it. You can't take pictures or videos of the baby sea horses either. It felt so short and for the high price we paid to enter, it just wasn't worth it. We did the paniolo bbq for our entire party of 9 for the same price as it was for half our party to do the sea horse experience. I've done a lot in Hawaii after living there for almost a year, and this just didn't measure up for me. This is sadly only a "for profit" business.
Written February 16, 2023
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Jason G
Baltimore, MD694 contributions
Feb 2022
Definitely not something you come across everyday, so that alone makes it worth the visit. Tour was fantastic. Even with a large group there were plenty of seahorse tanks to go around. The guides smartly carry a portable amp so it was easy to hear even amongst the excited chatter of people seeing and interacting with the seahorses. There are also plenty of seahorses to hold at the end and other stuff to do while waiting your turn (touch tank, aquariums, etc.), so overall everything is very well executed.
Written March 2, 2022
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