Chocolate Farm Tour
Chocolate Farm Tour
Our "branch-to-bar" educational Chocolate Farm Tour and Tasting at Lydgate Farms on Kauai's East Side.
- Child (12 and Under)
What makes our tour unique and special?
- Working chocolate farm
- Interactive farm tasting experience
- Recognized among the best in the world at the Cocoa of Excellence Awards
- Extensive chocolate tasting, education, and comparison
- Taste ripe chocolate fruit year round
- We make 100% of our chocolate with our single-origin cocoa beans
- Giftshop with beautiful farm products great for gifts
- Cacao Nectar Popsicles found nowhere else in the world!
- Friendly knowledgable staff
- Highly rated on TripAdvisor
- Operating according to CDC guidelines
Attending the tour? Here’s what to know…
- Advance reservations are required.
- Lydgate Farms is located on Kauai’s East Side, in the foothills above the town of Kapaa.
- After you book online, we will email you written driving directions to the Farm.
- Chocolate trees love moisture, so we operate rain or shine – in fact, our signature Chocolate Tasting & Farm Tour is one of Kauai’s best rainy-day activities.
- The tour sells out regularly so book in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot
A Family-Friendly Activity
Hawaii is the only state where the chocolate tree grows, and the best place to experience a live chocolate tree orchard is the Lydgate family’s 46-acre farm. You’re invited to enjoy Chocolate From Branch to Bar, an educational guided tour of everything there is to know about chocolate, including growing cacao trees, harvesting, fermentation, and sun drying of cacao beans, all the way to an extensive tasting of the finished product everyone loves. Our Kauai chocolate tour is family-friendly, and with so much to see, smell, learn about and taste, the Farm’s wide-open spaces make this a wonderful event for even small children. In addition to all the tropical fruit and chocolate we taste, the tour is a visual feast as well, so be sure to bring your camera.
Botanical Tour and Tropical Fruit Tasting
The first part of our three-hour guided tour is especially fun for fruit and flower lovers, as we stroll through our gardens, stopping frequently to taste the tropical fruits that are in season. Depending on the month, these may include Tahitian lime, Hawaiian sugar cane, lilikoi, rambutan, longan, lychee, soursop, sapodilla, eggfruit, ka’u orange, watermelon radish, mountain apple, mamey sapote, chocolate sapote, and more. You’ll also taste our Farm’s award-winning Palm Blossom honey, and see vanilla beans growing on the vine, plus dozens of exotic tropical plants such as our rare red sealing-wax palms and black bamboo. All along, your guides share our farm’s vision for creating sustainable diversified agriculture on Kauai.
After the main fruit tasting we reach the chocolate orchard, and here we cut open a ripe chocolate pod so you can taste fresh cacao fruit. We then move into our chocolate tasting tent, where you sit comfortably in the shade while we explain the post-harvest processing of cacao. As you may know, dark chocolate is actually health food, and your guides explain its antioxidant and other health benefits, as well as outline how you can make chocolate from scratch in your home kitchen.
Best of all, you’ll enjoy an extensive dark chocolate tasting with all of the chocolate grown on our farm, compared with examples from all over the world that highlight the distinctive flavors found in craft chocolate. Similar to a wine tasting, we teach you how to taste chocolate like a connoisseur. You’ll also learn chocolate’s history, from its discovery by the first Mesoamericans, to its revered status as a divine plant in the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec cultures, to its introduction to Europe in the 1500s, to the rise of industrial milk chocolate, to the modern bean-to-bar chocolate movement and Hawaii’s place in the new American chocolate scene.
Common Questions & Answers About the Tour
Tours with a smaller total number Monday, Thursday, and Friday 9-noon, Drive up gift shop open Monday-Friday 9:20-12:30 by appointment CALL or TEXT 808 821 1857.
Or shop in our online store.
Do I have to come on the tour to see the farm?
By Appointment Monday-Friday from 9:30-12:30 we have a drive up gift shop that is free and open to the public. Here we have a friendly guide who can show you chocolate trees, vanilla vines, and offer you chocolate samples, with all of our farm products available for sale. We do not have self guided tours and are only open these weekday mornings.
The booking form won’t let me add adults to my booking.
We may be sold out. Please give us a call and leave a message, or send us an email. We’ll do our best to fit you on a tour or get you on a waiting list. We recommend booking one week in advance as our tour sells out regularly.
The website won’t let me add me enough kids to my booking.
We allow child per each adult booking. If you have more kids that adults in your party you can call us, send us an email to let us know. Parties with more children than adults, especially those under 6 years of age, may be more suited to an appointment our drive up gift shop, open M-F 9:30-12:30.
I have very young and active kids, will they be engaged on the tour?
We love hosting families on our tour! However, the drive up gift shop, open by appointment Monday-Friday from 9:30-12:30, may be a better option if you know your small child might have trouble in a group presentation setting. If you feel your child might not enjoy sitting for the storytelling and history of chocolate, and the guided chocolate tasting, we provide a kids tent area nearby. We may ask parents of children with frequent vocalizations to take them to play in the nearby kids tent where we have toys and coloring books, and where chocolate samples can be brought to them. If a child is very loud and disruptive to other guests we make ask parents to take the child up to our giftshop for the remainder of the tour, in the event of this happening we will issue those responsible for the child a full refund — in the giftshop there are free chocolate samples and samples of fresh chocolate fruit and you can purchase farm products (a fun alternative). Most children 12 and under enjoy the tour very much. We encourage you to check out our TripAdvisor review page for more information.