This tour accommodates up to 15 people visiting a Hawaiian Cacao (or Cocoa) Orchard just 15 minutes south of Kona.
This is a multi-crop farm containing cacao, coffee, macadamia nuts and other tropical production trees which we will explore while spending most of the time with cacao under a refreshingly cool natural tree canopy that grows delicious cocoa bean organically. We will stroll through Hawaii produtive plants, coffee, and a tropical cocoa orchard and view how cocoa is grown and where your favorite food, chocolate, comes from!
You will handle fresh cocoa pods, open and taste fresh fruit and pulp you can't taste at home. We will discuss how beans are converted to chocolate and then retreat to the sheltered area to taste up to 5 samples - dark, milk, and white as well as from different regions of Hawaii and the world. Chocolate will never be the same - it will be tastier!
The orchard terrain is uneven and has inclines for portions which may be challenging for some. The route is over 200 yards long with standing or walking for up to 90 minutes.We encounter mixed rocks and gravel the entire path.
We just moved the tour to this orchard - it is an awesome homestead property with masterful renewable farming techniques. However, there is only a portajohn for use at this time- please make accomodation for before or after at another site, we are very sorry and hope to improve this soon.
Children not advised - this tour is a deep dive into Kona farming and can be technical. We find that with the tour length and the chocolate profiles being dark chocolate, this is similar to bringing children to a vineyard and wine tasting. Those who are 12 and older best enjoy this experience and we discourage bringing children under 12. Please be considerate of other adult attendees if you decide to bring young children. We hope to offer a kid-friendly tour in the future as staffing permits.
Directions: This farm is located 8 miles south of downtown Kona (Kailua-Kona) at 78-6537 1 Rd, Holualoa, HI 96725
Please inform us ahead of time if any accessbility requirements are needed. The tour route is not paved.
Reservations are required at least 3 hours ahead of time - our cocoa expert prepares only for the amount reserved.
Minimum Attendance: Most people reserve the day before but if we have less than 4 signed up, we may have to cancel or reschedule the tour in order to better focus our limited resources.
REFUNDS - allowed up to 7 days prior.
*Although rare, tour will proceed in wet weather, we have umbrellas.
**You can book private tours for times that fit your schedule - contact us! VERY LIMITED availability and cost $500+ per group.
Legal Agreement - Farm and Rugged Trail - by reserving a ticket, you acknowledge that you are attending an experience on a rugged, slightly improved outdoor location with uneven ground and unpredictable vegetation that may cause injury such as tripping or poking by plant and rock formations. Outdoor weather such as heat or rain may cause conditions that enhance risk and it is up to you to assess and accept or decline attendance on your own volition. You will also be offerred chocolate and various food samples that may contain allergens. It is your responsibility to disclose your allergies and ask for ingredient details when offerred any food if you have any allergies. You and your guests agree to hold Puna Chocolate Company and any farmowner harmless for any injury or illness caused by this experience. By booking this ticket, you agree to share this caution and advisory to all your attendees for whom you are booking.
Puna Chocolate Company has been growing chocolate since 2011. Starting in Puna District, we learned that the risk of lava and natural disasters mean we need to grow food in diverse locations across Big Island. This diversity provides safe supplies of chocolate as well as an array of flavor changes to coffee and chocolate as the soil, microorganisms, and weather impart their own signature influences.