Farm Tours on Maui

Do you know when a pineapple tastes really fresh?

When it’s picked off the plant and immediately sliced into pieces right there in the field.

The same goes for salad you’ve picked yourself while wandering around the farm, and coffee that’s made from beans that are grown and roasted ten feet away.

Because of all the farm tours on Maui, visitors are able to experience the freshness of dining right in the field, as well as taste exotic flavors and foods that aren’t found at home.

Take, for example, the coconut trees at Punakea Palms in Lahaina, where you learn how to harvest fleshy meat and water straight from the nut. There’s also the Maui Dragonfruit Farm just a few miles down the road, where you learn all about the bright pink fruit and get the chance to eat pineapple, bananas and whatever is currently in season. Read more

In the Central Valley, not far from the airport, the Maui Tropical Plantation is arguably Maui’s original farm tour, where you hop on a tram for a guided tour through the fertile plantation grounds. Over 40 different types of crops are grown on this Waikapu plantation, and if you want the chance to pick your own produce for dinner back at the condo, you can stroll to neighboring Kumu Farms and choose from a large selection of crops that are plucked from the ground by the farm stand.

For the greatest number of farm tours on Maui, be sure to spend an entire day exploring Upcountry, in Kula. You can wander through violet lavender fields or sample artisanal goat cheese, and enjoy a gourmet farm tour and luncheon at 8-acre O‘o Farm.

If you’re visiting Upcountry from February through July, you can pay a visit to Shim Farm to tour a family-owned coffee plantation, and O‘o Farm offers coffee tours during all times of the year.

Or if it’s flowers, rather than fruit, that draw you out to the garden, the Enchanted Floral Garden in Kula has 1,500 species of flowers to see on a self-guided tour.

Most importantly, aside from the flowers, fruits, coffee, colors, aromas and flavors, the best thing about joining a farm tour on Maui is the fact that your dollars are helping keep farming both viable and sustainable on Maui.

It’s hard to turn a profit when trying to grow your own food, but by fusing tourism with agriculture and educating guests about produce, farmers and ranchers – the protectors of open space – have created one of the best ways to spend a day on Maui, for themselves and visitors alike.

Protea flowers at Alii Kula Lavendar, Kula, Maui. Photo: Hawaii.com member Charmian M.

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