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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, Kailua-Kona

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See, feed, and even hold seahorses when you tour Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. Different types of seahorses are on display here, including baby seahorses, pregnant males, and leafy and weedy sea dragons. At the interactive tidepool and fish-feeding station, feed and hold seahorses. On your tour, you'll also learn about the technology behind the sustainable aquarium and conservation solutions for oceans and seas around the world. Finish your visit at the shop where you can purchase seahorse-themed gifts. Make Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm part of your personalized Kailua-Kona itinerary using our Kailua-Kona holiday planner.
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  • I thought this would be the ultimate tourist trap but I was so wrong. The whole operation was professional and the science behind the breeding program was fascinating. And the seahorses were a treat t...  more »
  • This was a fascinating visit. It was a guided and controlled tour of the facility. It started with a briefing by a sea pool below the main buildings which provides nutrients for the creatures raised a...  more »
  • This farm is a real place of dedication...a couple was determined to find a way to domesticate and breed seahorses on land, in order to supply them to those that want them as pets, while alleviating t...  more »
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  • Tours are at 10 and noon, book in advance, costs about $40pp. Tours at 2 during high season only. It's fun, you get to hold a sea horse for about 30 seconds but you get to see a bunch of babies and a cool breeding operation they have going. Lasts about 45min. It's fun but probably only "worth" about 15pp, the rest is basically a donation.
  • Bit pricey to hold seahorses for a minute or two, unless your a seahorse lover (spouse), over $40 per ticket. Very knowledgeable tour though and learned quite a bit. Isolated but afterwards can go on a really cool walk along lava beach in area. Main point of business is to farm raise seahorses to sell commercially to lessen impact on wild species and those things are pricey. Again if your a seahorse or animal lover, its a must or if you want to get rid of that special someone for a couple hours and are willing to pay that price, go for it.
  • A unique and educational experience only found in Kona. It may seem pricey, but it is more of a donation than a money making business. Kids love it! Where else can you have a seahorse wrapped around your finger? It is a much better experience if you are able to visit in a small group and avoid large numbers (tour ships, buses..).
  • Tour was informative and learned alot. Just thought the $40+ per person was over priced. You do get to see a lot of seahorses, and allow them to hang on to a finger or two. 🙄
  • OMG! Where else in the world can you go to hold a real live seahorse! I'm in a manual wheelchair and although the terrain is rough, the tour guide was kind enough to give us our own personal tour and let us feed the seahorse