Unique and fun for kids of all ages, the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, which opened in 1998, is an amazing experience in and of itself. With farm-raised seahorses housed in aquariums that can be seen up-close and personal, as well as many other marine wildlife, including leafy and weedy sea dragons, and over 20 endangered species, the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, located in Kailua Kona, Hawaii is an aquatic-lover’s dream.
In order to breed and raise healthy seahorses and other aquatic life in Hawaii, the farm focuses on providing the best organic and “good farming” practices possible. Ocean Rider is consistently focused on inspiring ocean awareness in the world, and saving aquatic life from dangers through education, research, conservation, and propagation processes. The tour admission fees help save seahorses, which are currently endangered and very close to extinction.
Led by naturalists with backgrounds in biology, the tours are an incredible experience. Many who have had the opportunity to experience an Ocean Rider Seahorse tour describe them as life-changing and extremely informative. Along with learning about ocean conservation and seahorse aqua farming, you will be able to see, feed and hold seahorses! There is an interactive tide pool and fish feeding station as well as a seahorse gift shop. Children must be 5 years of age to hold a seahorse, younger children can enjoy fish feeding and tide pools.
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is open Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 2:30pm, they are closed on the weekends and all major holidays. Seahorse tours are offered at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm M-F, plan for about 1.5 hours to visit the farm. Reservations are required in order to see the seahorses and should be made in advance to secure a spot on the tour.
Reservations are required. Visit the Farm’s Website for current rates and to buy tickets.
Seahorse Farm Location and Map
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
73-4388 Ilikai Place
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
The Seahorse Farm is located near Wawaloli Beach Park, where you can venture after your tour to continue your tide pool explorations ocean side.