Kanaloa Octopus Farm

Kanaloa Octopus Farm, Kailua-Kona: Hours, Address, Kanaloa Octopus Farm Reviews: 4.5/5

Kanaloa Octopus Farm
4.5
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Debbie Morehead
Sunland Park, NM2 contributions
Fun experience
Oct 2021
It was delightful and informative. We got to pet an octopus and feed an octopus. We had a great time. Great experience I'd recommend you go if you can.
Written October 20, 2021
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Erik D
7 contributions
Really fun and cool experience!
Oct 2021
Really neat experience! The staff were all incredibly into their jobs and did a fantastic job explaining not only what we were doing, but their passion for what they are doing for octopuses. We got to view and interact with the octopuses for a long time, and it was so cool! I highly recommend this experience!
Written October 15, 2021
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Joy H
Minneapolis, MN486 contributions
So fun to play with an 8- armed playmate!
Oct 2021 • Couples
It was so cool to learn about the octopi, and get up close and personal to play with them and offer them food.
You need reservations!
Written October 11, 2021
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DDM137
Columbus, OH142 contributions
Unexpected Wonderful Time With Eugene!
Sep 2021
What a fun an unexpected experience. Frankly, we were not certain was to expect at this experience. The day we left our condo rental, we had time to kill before catching a red eye back home. This experience was suggested to me while at an outdoor market on Alii in Kona. So I thought, ok, go for it. I was at first surprised by ticket prices being $50 each. But what a great time. Touching and playing with Octopus. Definitely a one time experience and one you shouldn't pass up. Understand, however, the octopus you are visiting may not be playful while you are there. But, even still, the experience is worth the visit. My daughter and I played with octopus Eugene. Great time and highly recommended.
Written October 10, 2021
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Natalie
9 contributions
Absolutely Amazing Experience
Oct 2021
This is absolutely a research facility so do not go expecting it to be some expensive and dazzling showroom. What you are going to get is educated on cephalopods and their habitats, breeding habits, and much more. The staff were so friendly and SO patient. The money that you pay goes toward their research and feeding Rudy, our favorite octopus. What you will get is such an memorable time with your family along with some laughs. It is fun to be able to interact with these beautiful creatures and watch them. We even have video... not just of them playing with their toys (Rudy's favorite seemed to be the red duck, by the way) but of them changing colors. Amazing, simply amazing. My children each selected a glass octopus necklace from the gift shop to remember their experience.

A couple of tips...

- Do not move the water in the tank around too much. This scares the octopus and will keep them hiding in their caves.
- Patience is key. Just keep moving the toys into the water GENTLY.
- This may sound silly, but your attitude will directly affect how these creatures interact with you. My son was a bit afraid of them and they would not come near him. My daughter would have brought one home... she was giggling and couldn't get enough of our time their and our octopus Rudy could not get enough of her either. He followed her wherever she moved around the tank.
- This is a great way to support Hawaiian ocean conservation and research. I did not take my children for this to be a "fun thing to do." Every vacation we do at least one educational thing. This was our choice while in Hawaii. It was a great choice.
Written October 9, 2021
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Jessica B
5 contributions
FASCINATING MUST SEE CREATURES!
Oct 2021
My family had a wonderful, very personal, experience at the Kanaloa Octopus Farm! We hear that we were lucky because our tour was small so I think in the future I would try and make a point to ask for the least popular tour to ensure the smaller group size. We have nothing but good things to say about the experience and would recommend a visit to the farm.
Written October 8, 2021
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Joy
Oklahoma City, OK2 contributions
Overpriced and Overcrowded
Sep 2021 • Couples
Extremely disappointed and would not recommend. The tour is overbooked for the amount of octopuses available for interaction. As a result, when a few come out, too many hands go into the tank and scare them off. I could see how it would be cool to interact with them, and maybe that’s why there are also good reviews, but I would wager this happens often, due to overbooking. I identify strongly with some of the other negative reviews and there is no way this should be a $50 ticket per person. The octopus interaction tubs are the only thing to do, so if none of them come out you just stand there the whole time waiting and hoping to no avail. The Kanaloa Octopus farm is a fairly small tent and crowded (for a group of over 20 people). There’s not much to “tour.” You will likely stand baking in the hot sun for an hour, wondering why you came. The cost is steep and there are so many things I would have rather done with the time. I took the time to write this review to warn others. Don’t waste your money!
Written October 2, 2021
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Denise B
Shelbyville, KY208 contributions
Fun and Educational Afternoon
Sep 2021
Who knew octopi could be this much fun. We spent an afternoon being entertained by Linda and Choloa playing with various toys and interacting with folks. The staff provided us with an overview of the program and were then happy to answer any questions we had on a one-on-one basis. Octopi are shy creatures so try not to be disappointed if they choose not to come out to visit. Just move on to the next habitat and hope for the best.
Written September 30, 2021
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Jim R
White Plains, NY1 contribution
Wonderful, have patience & you’ll love it!!
Sep 2021 • Couples
It’s not like a circus. After a bit they came out and interacted with my wife and I. These are fascinating creatures to learn about. It’s amazing that they interact with humans at all rather than just hide. Have patience, it’s well worth it!
Jim Mustacheo
Written September 27, 2021
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GuyW56003
Island of Hawaii, HI48 contributions
Too much for too little.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Only 2 octopus came out and then there were too many people to get a close look, much less touch. Rules about hands vs arms in tanks were not enforced. Staff were nice, but needed better training. Overall not a good experience. Paid $50 pp for very little. I would say it was not worth it. Cost way too much for too little. I hope they put my “donation” to good use. I will not go back and would not recommend. Seemed to me a little like taking advantage of tourists.
Written September 26, 2021
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