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Self-Guided Kona Coffee Farm Tour

Self Guided Kona Coffee Farm Tour

For those who want to enjoy a stroll around a working Kona coffee farm, we offer our Self-Guided Coffee Farm tour. Explore the splendid Cloud Forest ecosystem, home to our certified USDA Organic Kona Coffee farm.

How much time you take is up to you. Most spend about an hour, though some will go at a more rapid pace; some will go slower.

Our Self-Guided tour of the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation will take you from the upper area of the farm down a winding pathway, past several lava tubes and to our observation deck, which has panoramic views of the lower part of the farm and the Kona coastline. Enjoy the cool breeze and views of the Pacific from 3200' foot elevation.

Our guide booklet for the tour will take you through several stops along the way, providing information about the history, plants, geologic features and some of the challenges we face when growing Kona coffee.

You will see…

Lava tubes

Kahili Ginger

Banana trees

Hawaiian Tree Ferns

Strawberry Guava, Lime, Avocado & Ohia Trees

And...lots of Kona Coffee Trees!

You might see…

  • Jackson’s Chameleons (an invasive species)

  • A flock of wild parrots (an introduced species)

  • ‘io or Hawaiian Hawk native only to the Island of Hawaii (considered endangered)

  • Several of the 17 species of butterflies found in Hawaii

  • Menehune (mythological) nocturnal dwarfs that live in Hawaii’s deep forests and hidden valleys, known to build canoes, fish ponds, and other significant projects in a single night!

Availability: Every day from 9:30 AM - 3 PM

Reservations: Not required.

Duration: Usually 1 hour, but take as much time as you’d like

Cost: $10 for self-guided tour per group. If you would like one of the guides to accompany you, $35.

Lunch & Snacks: We do not provide or sell and food items.  You are welcome to bring your lunch and picnic in the gift shop area or down the Nature Trail at the observation deck.  Please carry your trash or use the recycle and trash bins … Mahalo!

Note: We do experience rain on many afternoons. Clouds often cover the farm by 11 AM, creating our unique Cloud Forest micro-climate.  We recommend this tour for the morning hours. In any case, to maximize your experience be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a rain jacket or umbrella, as well as insect repellent and sunscreen. A bottle of water will make for a more enjoyable walk!