Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate

Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate

Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate
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9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
About
Lydgate Farms is run by a fifth-generation Kaua’i family. The farm has been recognized as producing one of the best tasting chocolates in the world by the Cocoa of Excellence Awards in Paris, France three times (2017, 2021, 2023)! We grow high-quality cacao to make the finest craft chocolate. We also grow award-winning vanilla and honey. Our 46-acre farm sits above the town of Kapa’a, between Sleeping Giant and Mt. Wai’ale’ale. Lydgate Farms is in an ahupua’a (land division) named Olohena, known for its rolling hills and the numerous springs and rivers that make this valley fertile for growing. Often called the Garden Island, Kaua’i is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and, as a result, has the most developed soils and fertile growing conditions. In addition to our specialty crops, you’ll find a wide variety of botanicals around our farm that influence the taste of our honey and chocolate. Visit us for a guided farm tour and chocolate tasting. Reserve online today.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Becca B
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is it reaaalllly worth it?…YES
    I know what you are thinking. Three hours? In humidity? For a chocolate farm? Is it really worth it? Heeeeaaaallll yes! It’s not acres upon acres of chocolate trees with no shade you are walking. It’s a nice meandering walk through chocolate trees and local flora and fauna seeing how the company is not only trying to make wonderful world class chocolate, but also recycle, reuse, and reduce while bringing back beneficial plant life. You get to try multiple kinds of chocolate from multiple places all over the world, locally grown fruit( white pineapple is now one of the biggest loves of my life), and honey from the farms own apiary. The tour guides are informative, kind, and considerate(they have a mule, not the animal, for those who need help getting around). So please go enjoy this wonderful tasting tour of a small part of what the island has to offer, and give my man Henry a shout out for being such a fun guide.
    Aloha Becca, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review. We appreciate that you got a lot of value from the experience we put together for our farm tour guests. Reviews like this give us a lot of joy and are shared with our entire staff. Henry is indeed a fantastic guide--we're very proud to have him on our team. And wow, your photographs are amazing--would you consider letting us share those on social media? If so, please email me at ryan@lydgatefarms.com Come visit us again soon. Mahalo nui loa.
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Matt L
    Salt Lake City, Utah21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to learn about chocolate!
    This was a great activity on our last day. I can’t think of a more pleasant way to spend a few hours between checkout and the late flight departure. Our guide, Jackson, was entertaining and knew his stuff. I learned all kinds of things about chocolate (and fruit and plants and vanilla and…) that I never knew and some great history about the island as well. This is a very well run operation and their product is superb. The honey dipped mac nuts are a winner. I wish they would have had them available in the store. I highly recommend this experience for adults and older children. You won’t regret it.
    Mahalo Matt for taking the time to leave us a review. Wonderful to hear that you had a great tour with Jackson! We're working on updates to our honey macadamia nut packaging and hope to get it back in stock again soon. Keep an eye out on our online store at lydgatefarms.com
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Christine S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour with Jake
    Did a tour today with tour guide Jake at the Lydgate Farms in Kauai. He was fantastic! So knowledgeable, friendly, kind and so fun to be around. He gave us such great inside on the farming and natural beauty that goes into chocolate making. Throughout the tour we sampled different kinds of chocolate, different kind of nuts covered with chocolate and exotic fruit. The farm is breathtaking and we were so welcomed. Highly recommended!!! This should be a 10 Star review and ask for tour guide Jake…he makes it so enjoyable while being so passionate about what he does. This is a real treat!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Angel F
    San Ramon, California57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deliciously Informative!
    Lydgate Farms tour was a fascinating experience! We learned so much from Henry our guide about regenerative farming. We tasted seven kinds of tropical fruits that were amazing and we had 10 kinds of chocolate!!! It’s worth every penny and we absolutely will be back again!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • lesleymaginas
    Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    True Kauai culture.
    Henry was our tour guide and was energetic, informative, organized and professional. On the farm tour he taught about about the plants, trees, shrubs, and weeds- their importance and usefulness on the farm. Getting to taste farm grown fruits, their chocolate, and those from around the world built true appreciation for the process, quality, and challenges they face. The chocolate was divine and worth savoring.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Jill J
    Walnut Creek, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile, informative and enjoyable tour!
    This tour was so enjoyable! One of the best ever! Mason was our guide and not only was he incredibly witty and personable, but was so knowledgeable of the workings of the farm as well as all of the trees, fruits, and the making of cocoa into craft chocolate. The fruit and chocolate tastings were beyond generous and truly gave us an new appreciation of craft chocolate versus candy.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • japonteianjustin
    Lake Forest, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate
    The education was excellent on Lydgate being root to bar. We were informed of all the fruits grown on this property and were able to taste a few. The fact that it is family owned and maintained is a huge plus. We had a great tour be Jake and saw my son’s friend Sam who left CA to follow his dream. Highly recommended especially if you love chocolate.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • TeamSGoes
    Mason, Ohio11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pricey but a great way to spend 3 hours
    Mason was a funny, thoughtful guide. Chocolate was absolutely incredible. The fruit tasting was a great thing to do with kids. My fruit hesitant 13yo tried everything he was given and learned that he likes white pineapple. Felt like we learned a lot about chocolate. I wonder how it will affect my relationship with chocolate moving forward.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Princess279
    East Brunswick, New Jersey1,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I will never look at the chocolate the same way again!
    We love Kauai, chocolate, flowers, fruits, and learning new things - this tour delivered 100% in every way! Henry was an exceptional guide and the positivity oozed from every team member we met on the farm. The only thing missing was a job application at the end of the tour because I would live in a tent on the parking lot for an opportunity to be a part of something this amazing. Our minds were blown by all the valuable information, and the taste buds exploded with the tastes of the fresh fruits and the extraordinary chocolate. There was no shortage of visual stimulation either. Yes, 3 hours seems like a long time, but if you stay engaged, it flies by like 30 minutes. Yes, it is a short walk around, but you get to see and learn more than you'd ever expect (spoiler alert: papyrus plants, peppercorn vines...etc.). Yes, it is a very steep walk back to the shop, but you will hear (if you listen) the farm's team mention that fact few times before the tour even starts. My 11 y.o., 18 y.o. and myself, LOVED everything about this farm and the tour. We HIGHLY recommend this experience! Will Lydgate, Henry, and the team - job well done and much appreciated! Thank you.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • nickelladee
    Pasadena, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful family outing
    This was an incredible experience. Our guide Henry was so passionate and knowledgeable about his work. We learned about local farm practices and restoration, history of the land, and tasted so many delicious fruits, nuts, and chocolate. Highly highly recommend. My entire family loved it from my eight year old yo our grandparents. They were even kind enough to provide a small vehicle to help my mother-in-law manage the hills. Great organization and experience! It is apparent how much they love what they do each day and teaching others.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
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Christian P
Santa Ynez, CA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
An absolutely incredible experience! A MUST do while on Kauai.
We left early to find the farm and the directions were spot on!Perfect!
We were greeted by Will Lydgate , the great grandson who shared a wealth of knowledge, and history as we were entertained with stories and even a trained jumping rooster that loves macadamia nuts! A small group of us then enjoyed a short talk about the far before we began our walk thru the surrounding land. The rain had stopped and it was beautiful!
We were entertained by our guide Kathryn and her vast experiences on island and on the island! She had us taste fruit that was already pre cut and taught us how to pick out ripe fruit. I had never tried Soursop or or Buddha hand, longan and rambutan or even fresh lilikoi! All of it was amazing.

We then saw saw and explored the cacao plants and enjoyed tasting over 12 different kinds! You will definitely get your fill and learn so much! The benefits, the numerous kinds and the history of chocolate were all explained in an entertaining way!

It’s a 3 hour experience with some serious walking up and down hill and thru some mud however there was plenty of time to rest . You are only walking thru part of the tour and the tasting you are seated in a tent amidst the cacao.

I have to mention how exceptional Will and Kathryn were! Will is personable and so knowledgeable, not to mention just plain fun! He runs the place with passion and intelligence. Kathryn our tour guide is a great character! Just a tiny fireball packed with so much knowledge it’s inspiring! She made me want to learn more! My husband said he learned more in 3 hours than he has in over 40 years of coming to Kauai. There is definitely a trust that is built up in trying the fruits with spikes and nicknames like dragon eyes!

Needless to say I highly recommend this unique experience! It’s not to be missed!
Written January 13, 2020
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SMAWW
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
My wife and I were looking for something to do last minute. We called a few hours before the tour and the woman that answered the phone was very warm and had no problem adding us to their next tour. The first person we encountered turned out to be our guide and he greeted us as we drove in with a very energetic wave and greeting.

Jack was very knowledgeable and entertaining during our tour. We learned a lot about the history of Hawaii and the ecosystem that was created there over time. We also got to try a lot of now native and exotic fruits.

The tour overall is a very relaxing and pleasant experience that has the added bonus of also including delicious treats. I would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone visiting Kauai but i warn you it will forever change how you look at chocolate.
Written August 26, 2022
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Trevor S
SALT LAKE CITY, United States10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Lydgate Farms is an oasis in the interior of the island, just 15 minutes outside of Kapa'a. This is much more than just a chocolate tasting - the fruit tasting was just as enjoyable (though you will learn that technically Chocolate comes from a fruit so maybe it could be viewed as a 2 part fruit tasting!) Will (the owner) was so accomodating and enthusiastic that you can tell instantly that this is his passion and it is transmitted to the participants. We had ages 2 - 72 in our party and everyone enjoyed the experience (there is a separate kid-friendly tent and Will makes sure that no one misses any chocolate samples). Highly recommed, you will gain a new appreciation for chocolate and learn some interesting history!
Written November 2, 2020
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John E
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I spent $299.00 for this tour. Save your money. We both feel it was a complete waste of time and money. Most of us have limited days on vaction and sadly a huge part of our day was wasted on this excursion. Lesson learned. The tour should be half this price and half the time. Three hours is far too long for what you experience. Our guide was a holistic medicine and yoga specialist who touted her skill set more than once. We have no idea what this has to do with a chocolate farm??? At one point she lead us under a "grandmother" tree and told everyone to spread their feet and connect with the Earth and asked everyone to close their eyes and imagine serenity and then had all do breathing exercises. This was a chocolate farm tour, right??? I asked my wife if we had somehow crossed over to a different dimension? The facilities are non-existent. The restroom is through the employee breakroom. You are waiting in line while they are sitting having their lunch. Strange setup. The pathways that you walk on the tour are somewhat steep and when it rains they are very slippery and there is no handrail or steps just a steep slippery grade. For me the heavy handed disgust our guide showed for the commercial chocolate manufactures was less than tasteful. She absolutely trashed Hershey, Mars, and Nestle. She said we should never buy their products because of the trade practices they utilize. Ethical people wouldn't buy their products. I guess ethical people will buy the $18.00 chocolate bars they were selling on this tour instead. I will just have to live with my unethical self and continue to enjoy some M&M's, a Hershey's Kiss, or a Nestle' Crunch bar every now and then. None of this has a place on what is advertised as a chocolate farm tour. Which you really don't see. You see a fruit grove and taste chocolate served from little containers kept under a table in a pavillion. You don't get to see or experience any of the actual production or how they make the cacao into chocolate. I feel we wasted our time, our money, and we were told we were unethical. If we are talking ethics, it is a dangerous territroy to venture into when you are collecting $300.00 a couple for that experience.
Written October 29, 2023
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. Reviews really help us get better, we read every single one and do our best to address specifics that come up in them. First of all, it sounds like you didn’t enjoy the tour material — or find value in the experience (even aside from your negative experience with the guide). Please send us an email, I’d love to send you a refund. It sounds like we didn’t provide you with the value you were looking for, and I’d like to give it back to you. I don’t have enough info in the review to know who you are, so please drop us a line. To your comments on the guide and what she shared, I really appreciate it. The elements you called out in your review are not a part of Lydgate Farms story or brand. All of those comments are ‘off script’ and very inappropriate. The individual you refer to us one of our longtime guides. She is a very popular guide, and full of enthusiasm for our farm, and we love her very much. But, she has a tendency to go off script recently. We will correct the situation moving forward, and your review will help us do that, even though we may not be the chocolate company for you. I think your review is a great lesson to her, and hopefully anyone that wants to be a great tour guide. Tour guides must speak factually, with interest, and in a non-divisive way. Maybe you would have agreed with her on some of the things she said if she hadn’t presented them in such a ‘woke’ way, to use your language. What we do on our farm is very special, we are one of the only farms in the USA to grow cacao. As a multi generational farmer, and Hawaii resident, I am proud of this. I find it’s a unifying thing. Yet when shared the wrong way, people are divided. It’s not the right way, and it’s not the Lydgate way. Trashing big chocolate is not at all an official part of the tour, I’m sorry she did that. What we do is very different from them. Sort of like the difference between jug wine and a Napa Valley Cabernet. There is a place, and a market for both. You don’t have to throw jug wine under the bus to like Napa cabs. And my staff shouldn’t be throwing them under the bus to highlight our good qualities. Mahalo again for your review, please send us a follow up email. And we’ll follow up internally. Best, Will Lydgate
Written October 30, 2023
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kminca2016
California3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We took the tour this morning, and were super impressed with the farm, chocolate, staff, and owner Will. He emailed us personally when we inquired about the tour. Easy drive from Poipu and we were curious as to how we'd be doing a tour/tasting during Covid. Everyone is masked, and they were extremely careful and sanitary in passing out samples during our tastings of wonderful chocolate varieties, and also tropical fruits. Came away stuffed! Plus, we were super impressed with Will and Alex as our tour guides--so friendly and fun plus we learned a ton about chocolate from seed to tree to bean to delicacy. This tour was about 3 hours but it flew by, and was very personalized and well worth the $ for the experience. These are people who love what they are doing and you can see the work that's gone in to developing the farm, plus Will has a lot of ideas for the future too. Highly, highly recommend!
Written October 23, 2020
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Thank you for visiting us and for sharing your experience here on TripAdvisor. We love having wonderful guests like you and we missed you all a lot this past year. It's an exiting this, this new single origin chocolate business. Thank you for believing in us! More to come.... Aloha, Will Lydgate
Written October 27, 2020
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gwestcott
Glen Ellen, CA86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This was the best farm tour I’ve ever had. Our tour guide, Alexandria, was full of personality, energy, and knowledge. We didn’t just learn about cacao, but about all sorts of tropical fruit and trees growing there. Such an eco-aware place who really knows how to ferment their cacao beans! At first we thought it was expensive but after we felt we didn’t pay nearly enough for what we got out of it. Our guide picked the cacao pods right in front of us, hacked it open and let us taste each stage of the chocolate process along the way.
Written May 3, 2021
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Kerry R
East Lansing, MI7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Our family cannot say enough about our Lydgate Farm Tour! When friends and family ask about our Hawaiian vacation, this experience is what we tell them about first. Our guide was kind, energetic and so knowledgeable; she kept our 11 year old engaged for the full three hour tour. And of course, the chocolate!!! It is absolutely to die for. The smoothness and fruity notes that we experienced during the tasting were just the tip of the iceberg. We purchased a huge bag of chocolate to take home and we will absolutely be purchasing more online in the future.
Written January 3, 2022
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Passenger435642
Nashville, TN5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Four of us went on the Lydgate Tour. The owner, Will Lydgate was so personable and gave us a great overview of Kauai and his land. Then we had a long walking tour with Kate who introduced us to island fruits ( which we had never heard of), native plants and then lots of info about how chocolate is grown and processed. Then we tasted lots of different kinds of chocolate- many were different and interesting !
The tour and tasting lasted 3 1/2 hours and was worth the time and cost.

Written February 1, 2020
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Lynne F
Bay Village, OH8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This was one of our favorite activities on the island! It was a real eye-opening experience. Mel was a wonderful guide and we learned so much about chocolate and its value, as well as other fruits and plants that grow on the farm. We learned that chocolate making is similar to wine making in many ways, where environment and method somehow makes all the difference. We now understand there is a difference between "chocolate" and "candy." At first blush, the prices seem expensive, but once you understand what's behind it, it's no different than enjoying a glass of wine at a fine restaurant.
Written May 15, 2022
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James M
Whistler, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
A guided tour of a cacao plantation that also harvests the beans and does most of the processing into chocolate bars. The guide was very knowledgeable and the farm also had examples of vanilla orchids, a side product of the farm and a pepper tree. The guide showed us the interior of a cacao pod that she harvested and cut open. We tasted the fruity outer layer and the very bitter seed that is the raw material for making cocoa.
The chocolate tasting part is done in a pavilion set in cacao trees and compares twelve varieties of chocolate including several samples from competitors. The tasting was informative and the differences between the styles and origins of the various chocolates was striking. It was definitely worth the visit.
This tour and tasting lasts 90 minutes and most of the tasting is with dark chocolate. Children may find it too technical and the chocolate not to their taste.
Written January 20, 2021
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