If you’re planning a trip to Maui, I’m sure you’ve got lots of those traditional tropical Maui activities planned—and that’s great! You definitely deserve to sip a mai tai with your toes in the sand; even those of us who live here can’t resist that temptation every once in a while. But, if lying on the beach is getting old, maybe you should consider something that you may not have even been on your vacation radar. If you’re up for a gorgeous drive, beautiful, sweeping views, cooler weather, and a unique learning experience, you should check out Kula’s Surfing Goat Dairy.
First of all, the drive to Kula is beautiful. You really get a sense of the quiet side of Maui—what we call “upcountry”—as opposed to the busier resort areas. By the time you reach this fully functional dairy, you’ll almost feel like you’re on a different island completely.
As you pull into Surfing Goat Dairy, you’ll be greeted with quirky signs and colorful buildings. Gorgeous surfboards decorate their grounds, and you’ll catch a glimpse of their famous goats right away. Their incredibly friendly staff will let you know when the next tour is, and there’s lots to check out while you wait.
During your tour, you’ll learn about the history of the farm and the types of goats that live there. You’ll have a chance to feed a snack to some friendly goats—and they know you’re coming! It’s fun to watch them crowd at the fence, waiting for a treat from visitors. Their diet, of course, is strictly supervised by their staff, and it’s clear that these goats are living the good life on this beautiful, 42-acre, completely humane dairy.
You’ll also get a chance to check out the state-of-the art milking equipment, which helps to supply enough goat milk to meet the high demand of this local—yet world-renowned—dairy: up to sixty pounds of cheese per day!
Finally, join your knowledgeable tour guide for a cheese tasting, and you’ll be blown away be the amount of variety that Surfing Goat Dairy features in their cheeses. From savory to sweet, spicy to mild, you’ll have a pretty good idea which cheeses you’ll want to pick up on your way out. If you want to experience more cheeses, order a flight or cheese platter after your tour, and enjoy them at your leisure in their charming al fresco seating area. More than likely, you’ll get a visit from some of the dairy’s friendly canine and feline residents as well.
If you’re planning a day upcountry, a visit to Surfing Goat Dairy should not be missed. Even better, book a Haleakala Sun-Trek, an unforgettable adventure that includes a stop at the farm. It’s one of our newest tours, and it is packed with fun and informative activities in Upcountry Maui, including a helicopter tour over Haleakala, a tour of Ocean Vodka, a visit to Makawao, and of course, an opportunity to meet the friendliest goats in the Pacific. If you’re looking to do something truly unique, you don’t want to miss the Haleakala Sun-Trek!