Big Island Farms Tour in Hawaii

9 Reviews | Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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Big Island Farms is spread across 64 acres along the breathtaking Hamakua Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean with panoramic views from Waipio to Hilo. The farm is carved into two large sections by the historic Hamakua canal which brings water from the pristine Kohala forest preserve and provides irrigation to the lower (makai) section of the property.
The upper (Mauka) portion, which is above the canal, of the farm is planted in organically grown Macadamia nuts and Kukui nuts (candle nut). The lower portion below the canal is a diverse collection of permaculture food forests, a variety of themed gardens, coconut orchards and living spaces for our Big Island educational programs. The gardens contain over 200 unique species of edible and medicinal plants including: Coffee, Banana, Papaya, Cassava, Taro, Ginger, Turmeric, Cacao, Avocado, Breadfruit, Coconut, Sugar Can, Sweet Potatoes, Kukui, Ti (KI) and a wide variety of Bamboos just to name a few.



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Average 4.56 out of 5 stars based on 9 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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545geria, Oct 2022 Verified
I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. I feel like I could have spent days/hours/weeks and only learn a fraction of the knowledge she has. It was very inspiring and I have already started thinking about the food forest I want to plant in my yard!
briankcoffey, Jun 2022 Verified
Exactly what we were looking for. Sinead gave a great tour of the farm from the permaculture perspective. She answered all of our numerous questions regarding the farm design/layout and strategies, cover crops, composting, natural pesticides, pollinators, sacrificial plants, etc. If you’re interested in regenerative farming and permaculture/food forests: this farm is worth the time!
BigBriKat, May 2022 Verified
My wife and I enjoyed the tour of the farm. Easy off the road location. Quint little shop with coffee. Most of all ,the guide for our experience Sinead was very enthusiastic, kind,knowledgeable and passionate. All the people were welcoming and friendly. Great and blessed experience. I personally enjoyed walking barefoot on the tour.
1bigfry, May 2022 Verified
They've got a lovely bunch of coconuts! And bananas, and mangoes, and many other plants both tropical and mundane. Big Island Farms was just about the "smallest" experience we partook in while visiting the island, but the rustic and down to earth walk around the farm was a complete joy to partake in. Our guide, Neal, was friendly, outgoing, full of knowledge, and eager to share the lay of the land, how they operate, what their plans are, and diverse other topics from the island itself to finding good food.The walk was fairly easy, and every few steps were new plants to look at with an occasional sample fresh from the field, or story of the varmints that roam around. At some points in the year the lush land should provide a much wider variety of samples, but as out of season as we were we still enjoyed a few tasty surprises culminating in freshly shelled mac nuts - which were a delicious surprise to someone who doesn't care for them.Overall, we really enjoyed the excuse to drive across the island and explore a little bit of tropics that we otherwise wouldn't have seen. We definitely recommend setting aside a bit of time and walking around Big Island Farms.
LaraCartwrightBender, Apr 2022 Verified
We loved our farm tour. We are frequent visitors to the Big Island and avid gardeners, and we still learned so much that we didn't know. Neil was awesome, answering our questions and laughed at our all our jokes. Highly recommend if you're into gardening, tropical plants, conservation, or just looking for a unique experience away from the usual tourist activities.
Sue P, Apr 2022 Verified
Great initial tour of the farm. Looking forward to see the cafe transformation over the next few years. More detail information on the expectation of the education provided as well as some outcomes of students using the education received
Edwin_M, Apr 2022 Verified
The best service and place the weather and driving views the guide guy is super nice I planing bring my family again in couple months
362christinr, Mar 2022 Verified
This was and extremely informative and relaxing tour. Everything grown on the farm is 100% organic with emphasis on giving back to the earth as she cares for us. Our guide Neil was fantastic, very witty, informative, and enthusiastic. We left with a much better appreciation of the native agriculture of the island and it's people. A perfect tour for the entire family. Beautiful drive to the farm and an excellent afternoon excursion.
PonoHawaii808, Jun 2022 Verified
Not local. You can see everything they have planted off the sides of the roads. Better off spending your time/money at the botanical garden or botanical zoo in Hilo.

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