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Reviewed 10 March 2008

Unless you never seen a goat in your lifetime, please don't go there. It is complete waste of time. They only have 10 goats and pretty much you can see 10 goats in a regular petting zoo.

6  Thank winningside08
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surfinggoatdairy, Manager at Surfing Goat Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2009

Thank you for your interest in coming to our dairy. I am not sure why you think we only have 10 goats, but we have more than 200. We have 10 in the front kennel area that are new kids that we allow you to come visit with and feed free of charge, which is better than any petting zoo.

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Reviewed 27 February 2008

Off the road to the Kula area of Maui is an interesting stop called the Surfing Goat Dairy. It's really quite pretty. I've attached a few photos.

For 7 dollars a head, you "tour" a field or 2 of goats...we arrived just minutes after twins had been delivered and the "kids" were cute. You're walked over to the milking area where you would see goats being milked if it was that time of day. This reminded me of the guava plantation on Kauai and the mac nut plantation on the Big Island... if it were the right time or right season you would see something.

The very cordial tour guide walks you back to the refreshment area where you sample of few of their goat cheese products several of which were unique. The passion frruit goat cheese made the stop worthwhile...most first-time experiences make the attraction worthwhile for me.

I think the place is a nice stop if you're traveling with younger children who might enjoy seeing the kids, but it isn't a good "potty stop" because they have only 1 single-stalled public bathroom.

I think if I were heading to the winery, I would stop and just buy some cheese to take along, enjoy the rural mostly rustic hillside location, and go on to enjoy a bottle "interesting" Maui wine. Perhaps had back and enjoy Kula Botanical Gardens and then go through Paia to see some afternoon surfing in that area.

If you're staying in a condo, perhaps a stop here on the way back from the winery or the flower farms would be nice. Pick up some cheese and continue down the rural road which comes out near the sugar mill. It's a slow but pretty drive down.

2  Thank Tsaki
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Reviewed 28 January 2008

We thoroughly enjoyed our times visiting this site. And so have many of our friends and family. We include this as one of our stops for Fun in the Upcountry; not fancy, just FUN !!!
Cheese tasting is a treat; and we especially love the "come in the afternoon" feeding time[may be offered only one day a week now]. Best time to go ... even if you only stand back and watch. "Kids" of all species and ages seem to enjoy this unique activity. We bring many groups who visit us on Maui to this venue as part of a lovely, all upcountry day. Even the "have to be aloof and cool, pretend to be bored" teens get in the groove and end up loving their interactions with the goats. A few have even been brave enough to sample 'that yucky goat cheese" and discovered they love it.
Our upcountry exploration day often includes Grandma's Coffee in the AM; Tedeschi Winery for the lovely trees and grounds and great gift shop [plus fun wine tasting if you indulge], Harold Rice park for the view of both coasts, west Maui mountains, the isthmus and neighbor islands. We might check out Alii Lavendar Farm for tea or lunch or a tour plus great shopping for fab lavender products, Kula Lodge is another nice lunch option, with spectacular views. For post lunch / afternoon activities we choose either Surfin' Goat Dairy or perhaps a late afternoon jaunt up to the Haleakala summit [if the mountain looks clear] for hiking, unique and other worldly views. Sometimes we can do both.
Depending on our stamina and age/size of our group, may stay on the summit for sunset or star gazing [depends on if we remembered to bring warm clothes and jackets].
Then down to Makawao or Paia for a good dinner at Moana Bakery with jazz, or Casanova's for a variety of music.
From looking at some other reviews, yes there is a smell, depends on the day, the heat, recent rains ... but it is a goat FARM, after all. If your nose is only ready for sanitized air, might want to consider staying inside with artificial air fresheners ... even on the beach with steady ocean breezes you will get ocean/fish/sea creature smells.
At no time have we ever had less than stellar customer service, friendly staff. All appear to love the goats and seem to be very happy with their enterprise.

2  Thank LinakaJoy
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Reviewed 9 January 2008

On the drive from Kihei to "Maui's Winery," we started to notice a strange smell. Soon enough, we realized it originated from a farm hiding down a palm tree-lined driveway. The smell stopped us from going in on the initial drive by, but I kept thinking about the name "Surfing Goat Dairy," and was intrigued. On the way back to Kihei we pulled in. While I wasn't offered any of the advertised "free samples" of goat cheese, it was kinda cool to see a bunch of baby goats fighting each other for surfboard domination. We actually walked away with some Surfing Goat soap, which I must admit is quite nice. While it's probably not worth making a special trip to the farm, if you're driving by and see the Surfing Goat sign, you might as well stop. At the very least, you can walk away with some unique pics from your trip to Maui.

2  Thank jonmanuel
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Reviewed 25 November 2007

Loved this place! Ate some great cheese! You will find that someone will be unhappy anywhere, but this is not the place. I have a 14 year old son that before we went here was a "goat chese hater" now is a lover of goat cheese. We had the 3 soft and 3 hard cheese sampler. Bought the TSA package and some extras. We did not take the tour but spent about 1 hour wondering around and eating cheese. Can do this in conjuction with Hana road or Northwest Maui ie. Lahina or Kannapali. Worth the time and money! Bring home some of the best cheese you will ever have. Samples are available. If not offered ask for a sample to ensure you have the cheese you desire! If I return to Maui will most certainly be back to Surfing Goat Dairy!!!!

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