cocoa pods hanging on a cocoa tree

Taking a chocolate farm tour on Hawaii’s Big Island is a delightful journey through the rich, aromatic world of cacao cultivation and chocolate production. Here are a few of our favorite stops, each with a unique, immersive experience tailored to chocolate lovers and curious travelers alike.

Cocoa pod cocoa beans and finished chocolate

Lavaloha Chocolate Farm near Hilo

Nestled above Hilo, Lavaloha Chocolate Farm invites visitors to its unique Tree-to-Chocolate tour. Lavaloha produces a single source chocolate meaning the entire product comes from their own farm. The interactive, one-hour tour begins with a ride through the cacao orchards. Here, visitors can see, feel and even taste fresh pods from the trees, encapsulating the essence of farm-to-table delight. Most people are surprised at the sweet taste of the cacao fruit. The tour takes guests through the entire chocolate-making process, ending in the chocolate lounge, where guests can savor the fruits of their journey.

Lavaloha’s tours run six days a week, six times a day, making it essential to book in advance to secure a spot. For those seeking an exclusive experience, the farm offers customizable private tours for VIPs, corporate groups, or family celebrations, with options even extending to helicopter charters.

The farm prioritizes visitor safety, with optional masks and hand sanitizers available throughout the facility. Located at 1820 Amauulu Rd., Hilo, the visitor center and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, though it remains closed on major holidays. Given its 1,000 ft. elevation, the climate can be surprisingly cool, so guests are advised to dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear.


Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Kailua-Kona

In Kailua-Kona, the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory offers a guided tour that is both educational and deliciously indulgent. Conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. This tour takes guests on a picturesque walk through of the cacao orchard. Along the way, co-owner Bob provides a detailed narrative of the entire chocolate-making process, from the growth of cacao trees to the crafting of each handmade bar.

Participants get to sample their exquisite milk, dark, and rare criollo chocolates, adding a sweet ending to an informative excursion. The tour costs $25 per person, with discounted rates for children. Reservations are mandatory, and guests should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start. Inquiries and bookings can be made by calling 888-447-2626 or emailing [email protected]. Chocolate is Aloha!

Mauna Kea Cacao in Honokaʻa

At Mauna Kea Cacao, visitors can partake in a 90-minute educational tour on selected days. Held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., the tour provides an in-depth look at cacao cultivation. Guests explore the orchard, participate in cracking open cacao pods, and taste the fresh beans, learning about the fermentation and drying processes that follow.

The tour concludes with a tasting of farm-style Hawaiian chocolate and chocolates crafted from single-estate cacao. Priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5-17, the tour is free for children under 5. Given the tour’s nature, appropriate attire inclu

ding closed-toe shoes, hats, and protective gear against rain and sun is recommended. Tickets should be purchased in advance for best availability. 

Honoka’a Chocolate Company

Honoka’a has a variety of Cacao Farm and Chocolate Tasting Experiences to suit everyone

A standout offering from Honoka’a Chocolate Company is their 2-Hour Guided Tour and Tasting. This comprehensive tour begins at the cacao farm, where you’ll be guided through the entire process of chocolate making, from tree to bar. You can taste fresh cacao fruit directly from the pod to experience chocolate at its purest source.

After the farm tour, you’ll participate in a 45-minute tasting session featuring nine award-winning chocolates. During the session, you’ll also gain insights into the history of chocolate, its health benefits, and the global industry that revolves around cacao. This detailed and rich experience is offered Tuesday through Thursday, from 2 to 4 pm, at a cost of $100 per person.

For those with tighter schedules, the 30-Minute Guided Chocolate Tasting is an ideal alternative. This quicker, yet equally indulgent, experience allows you to taste five of their award-winning chocolates, guided by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Available every hour on the hour from 11 am to 2 pm, this tasting session costs $25 per person and offers a concise yet enriching foray into the world of fine chocolates.


Each chocolate farm tour on Hawaii’s Big Island presents a unique, enriching experience. From the orchid-laden landscapes to the final indulgent tastings, these tours are an ode to the island’s rich cacao heritage. Be sure to make reservations in advance to secure your spot and enjoy a memorable journey through the world of Hawaiian chocolate.

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