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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, Kailua-Kona

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • This was definitely different. We really liked the underlying purposed of the farm - to raise seahorses for the aquarium trade so they are not taken from the wild. Wishing them well!!  more »
  • This is not just for kids, us adults love seahorses too. How beautiful they are. This tour is well worth a visit they are doing a fantastic job in the conservation of these tiny creatures.  more »
  • A great little tour to understand some of the complexity of our oceans with the unexpected joy of touching seahorses.  more »
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  • We drove out here to have something interesting to do with the other family we were traveling with (they have a 2 year old, we have a 10 year old). We booked tickets the day before just to make sure we could all go on the same tour. This ended up being an interesting trip. The seahorse farm is located in an awkward place (you really feel like you shouldn't be driving back there) but it was easy to find. They don't let younger kids hold the seahorses (I think you had to be 5 or older to hold the seahorse). Most of the tour is spent showing you the tanks they farm seahorses in and explaining the life cycle of a normal seahorse versus these one breed in captivity. It was really interesting for the adults and my son. The exciting part is holding the seahorse which was cool. They also have a tide-pool for younger kids to touch some sea urchins and sea cucumbers and fish in it. They also have a small room with different types of seahorses in aquariums for you to look at. The whole visit took maybe an hour and there wasn't a lot more to do there. They do have bathrooms on site. There was a nice waiting area outside with picnic tables in the shade and water provided. This was something fun to do once (I don't think I would do it again) but it was a great learning experience and very different.
  • Very informative. Seahorses are almost extinct because of people catching them for pets. This place is doing all they can to make sure that stops. Definite must see.
  • Great little excursion. Cost was reasonable. Who can say they held a Seahorse. I can now........
  • Wow! What a fun experience. The cost is daunting -- about $43/adult, for an experience that only last about 1'15" -- but it was SO COOL! Definitely worth it. They will show you the shrimp they raise to feed the seahorses, the process of raising them, and let you actually hold a seahorse. Tours are run at 10 AM and 12 PM, but on some days also at 2 PM. Call ahead to reserve a spot.
  • Beautiful babies. I feel honored that I could visit the work that this family has done and is continuing to do. It is a little expensive, but I feed things to.