Best Maui Chocolate Tour: Cacao Farm & Chocolate Tasting (2024)

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Since we originally published this post, there have been some changes to the Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate tours.

Because of the wildfires, the cacao farm and chocolate tasting tour is not currently available.

However, they are still doing a chocolate factory experience, which still includes chocolate tasting.

It’s about a 90 minute experience and is available Monday through Friday.

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The Best Maui Chocolate Tour

The best chocolate tour on Maui is hands down the Maui Ku’ia Estate Cacao Farm and Chocolate Tasting Tour.

With your guide, you’ll take a small group tour around the cacao farm to learn the process of how chocolate is made.

Then complete your tour with a chocolate tasting in a beautiful treehouse overlooking Maui and the surrounding islands.

You can see our full experience in this video on our YouTube Channel.

Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate Factory Tours

Location: 78 Ulupono Street, Lahaina, HI 96761

Next time you’re on Maui, you can visit the Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate factory and pick up some chocolates, coffee, and even brownies.

There is also a second floor open-air pavilion with views of the ocean, surrounding islands, and West Maui mountains.

You can even do your own chocolate tasting up here if you’d like with the goodies from the factory.

The factory is 100% solar powered and the 2nd largest off-grid commercial facility in Maui.

They say their ultimate goal though is to have a negative carbon footprint.

While you’re here there are two official tour options.

The first option is just the chocolate tasting tour in the treehouse.

If you want to see and do even more, what we recommend is the second option.

The Guided Cacao Farm Tour & Chocolate Tasting.

With this tour you’ll still end with the chocolate tasting in the treehouse, but the first half of the tour will be around the cacao farm seeing how chocolate is made.

After you taste all these chocolates, you won’t be able to pass up the opportunity to purchase some chocolates to take home (or ship home)!


Guided Cacao Farm Tour & Chocolate Tasting Tour Review

This is a 1 1/2 hour tour beginning and ending at the Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate Factory.

Fun fact, the Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate Factory is the LARGEST chocolate factory in the entire state of Hawai’i!

The tour begins by taking you to over 20 acres of cacao trees where you learn the process of how cacao is grown from start to finish.

Before boarding the van, the tour guide will spray your shoes to get rid of anything that might harm the cacao trees.

Kind of like how you’re not supposed to wear shoes in caves that have been worn in other caves.

This particular cacao farm is still pretty new and we were some of the earliest visitors when we visited in February 2021.

The tour ends with an amazing 9-piece chocolate tasting in an awesome treehouse overlooking the ocean.

The set up of the tasting was perfect.

Tables are spaced out and you just sit with your own party.

Everyone is given a bottle of water to rinse your palette in-between tasting each piece of chocolate.

There’s a centerpiece that doubles as a trash can for all of the chocolate wrappers.

Lastly, there is hand sanitizer on every table for when you’re finished.


How To Try Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate At Home

As we all know, the tourism industry has taken a huge hit over the past few years.

One way you can help, without flying all the way to Maui, is to purchase their chocolate online for your own at-home tasting!

All of the chocolates are a variety of milk/dark chocolate, but they are not as bitter as traditional dark chocolate.

That’s one thing that makes them unique!

They also have several infused flavors like lemongrass, calamansi, guava, and mango.

I loved every piece I tried, but my absolute favorite was the Ku’ia Dark Chocolate.

They have one that is “Grown and Made in Maui” and one that is “Made in Maui”.

The “Made in Maui” was my personal favorite.

You can order your own Maui gourmet chocolate.


Where To Stay When You’re Visiting Maui

I highly recommend staying at Ka’anapali Beach Club when you’re visiting Maui.

This property is owned by Hilton Vacation Club (who purchased it from Diamond Resorts recently).

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an owner of this timeshare to stay at this resort.

You can book your stay easily through Hotels.com at the link below.

I recommend this resort specifically because for the same price as a standard hotel room, you’ll get a full kitchen, balcony with ocean views, a jacuzzi tub, separate bedroom and living spaces, and more.

If this room type is available, I recommend trying to book the one bedroom Deluxe Oceanview Suite.

You can see a full tour of our room and common areas of the resort in this video on our YouTube Channel.

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Where To Eat On Maui After Your Tour

We’ve compiled a list of all the best restaurants on Maui to try while you’re visiting.

Be sure to check it out to plan out your day after your chocolate tour.

garlic noodles from Tin Roof Maui

More Fun Things To Do On Maui

There are so many great things to do on a vacation on Maui.

Here are the must-do’s on the island.

✅ 5 Night Complete Maui Itinerary

For an all-inclusive look at everything you can do during your stay on Maui, check out our full 6 day, 5 night itinerary.

ruins in Lahaina

✅ Haleakala National Park

Catching a sunrise at Haleakala National Park is a must-do on Maui.

When we visited, our sunrise reservation was cancelled due to weather, so if the same happens for you, sunset is also a great time to visit.

Leleiwi Overlook at Haleakala National Park

Whale Watching

You can’t go to Maui without doing a little bit of whale watching.

There are so many to choose from and this one in particular is the one to look for on your visit.

whale watching in december

Best Luaus On Maui

You have to go to a luau at least once when you’re visiting any of the Hawaiian islands.

Our luau was on a smaller scale than some of the most popular ones on the island, but the more intimate show was a great introduction to Hawaiian luaus.

Be sure to dress the part too when you go!

Maui's Finest Luau - pina colada

Road To Hana Full Loop Drive

I highly recommend driving the full loop route if the weather permits.

Most visitors just drive to Hana and back, but there is so much more to do and see!

Road to Hana Full Loop - Black Sand Beach

✅ West Maui Coastline Driving Tour

This half day driving tour takes you around to some of the most beautiful and secluded sites around the West side of Maui.

It’s a full loop of driving, so you can start and end the drive from wherever you want.

Kapalua, Maui

✅ Maui Mini Golf

Just across the parking lot of the whale watching tours on Ma’alaea Harbor is the Maui Mini Golf and Sports Park.

It’s the perfect place to go after a whale watch or before heading back to the airport at the end of your trip.

Or maybe even before you check in to your resort!

volcano on a mini golf course in Maui

Conclusion: The Best Maui Chocolate Tour

A chocolate tour is such a unique experience on Maui that most visitors overlook.

Take advantage of the new Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate factory and cacao farm by trying out their chocolate tasting tour or add on the cacao farm tour to your experience.

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