Ok, so goats aren’t really taking over Maui, but they are winning the hearts of visiting tourists.
After a few friends raved about their visit to a goat dairy farm located upcountry, I thought I would check it out for myself.
Surfing Goat Dairy is a fun farm of Maui-raised goats (which according to farm’s brochure, can surf) that is becoming a hit with tourists. The goats don’t actually surf, but there are numerous surfboards scattered among the differing goat pens for the animals to jump and play on. You can choose to simply observe the goats from a distance or get up close and personal with a guided tour.
The dairy farm offers a wide variety of tours to choose from. The casual tour (no reservation needed) will take you past various stations of the farm, such as the milking rooms, cheese making area, and a petting zoo area. The evening tour allows you to actually “get your hands dirty” by feeding and milking the goats. Other more advanced tours include a private tour with the owner or a 2.5-hour hands-on-everything tour of all the behind the scenes.
The Surfing Goat Dairy attraction is a great idea for a family looking to escape the beach for the day.
Children will love interacting with the new-born goats, and parents will enjoy tasting the locally grown cheese or freshly made cheese cake. An onsite gift store offers some very creative/themed presents that friends from the mainland will love.
The Surfing Goat Dairy is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. If you are planning a trip up to Kula, the Tedeschi Winery, or the top of Haleakala volcano, I recommend a stop at the Surfing Goat Dairy to see these four-legged friends.