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Aelan Chocolate Makers

Port Vila, Vanuatu
About Aelan Chocolate Makers
The ACTIV centre is located at the second lagoon in Port Vila in a luxurious vegetation area where you can find a chocolate factory, a handicraft centre, the Roots cafe and a Virgin Coconut oil factory! Great place with traditional architecture where you can relax and enjoy the tasty Vanuatu chocolate made from bean to bar...A tour is also available to learn how the products are made and taste them. A lovely place to visit with the whole family. The centre is also suitable for wheelchairs and the friendly staff are here to look after you. The business is 100% social responsible with the benefits of the sales of the AELAN (means island in bislama) communities products supporting the local ACTIV (Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu) association to assist empowering more communities around Vanuatu. Lets enjoy the Vanuatu communities ALEAN products with the chocolate, handicrafts, spices, oils (coconut and tamanu) and honey and learn about the projects with the local communities.
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It is an unique experience to learn how the chocolate is made from the beans to the bar and taste the different chocolate from different islands origin and with local ingredients such as coconut, coffee, local nuts (Nangai), sea salt, kava, cristallized ginger, cristallized turmeric, cocoa nibs and chili pepper.

Aelan Chocolate Makers has a strong social responsibility as it is owned at 80% by the local NGO ACTIV (Alternative Communities Trade In Vanuatu), which assists the cocoa producers and the local communities from the archipelago of Vanuatu for best agricultural practices training and market access.

The ACTIV centre made of local materials regroups the Aelan Chocolate factory, the extra Virgin Coconut oil factory and the Handicraft centre with the Island shop, which is access-free. The facility is suitable for family with kids and wheel-chairs.

There are beautiful gardens surrounding the structures and gorgeous blooms and fruit are on show throughout the year.
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Kate H wrote a review Apr. 2020
Newcastle, Australia175 contributions67 helpful votes
Firstly I would like to say Roger Roy from Blue Express took us on an Island Tour which was great to accommodate wheel chair friendly travel. We visited a few places & I must say the Chocolate factory was a stand out of the day. Interesting how the process of making the most beautiful flavours in chocolate. Congratulations to all involved. Also the ramp facility was great wheelchair access.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Ed F wrote a review Mar. 2020
Ponce Inlet, Florida18 contributions10 helpful votes
Visited Aelan chocolate makers as part of a tour today - it was awesome! The guide that took us through their operation and sampling did a great job. Very informative and not rushed. The samples were excellent - worth the price of admission. Would recommend this as a stop on your Vanuatu adventure.
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Maria wrote a review Feb. 2020
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
We went there on a whim and did not regret going. We enjoyed the tour of how the chocolates were made and had an amazing time tasting the chocolates. Our son (9 years old) is not a big chocolate fan but he enjoyed the chocolates here. Our daughter (4 years old) had fun looking at the machines, tasting some of the chocolates and saying hello to the house cats. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. We definitely recommend that you go. All up, we spent about 30 minutes there, enough time for my young kids to have fun but not too long that they get restless. Great experience, definitely recommended!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Tanya M wrote a review Feb. 2020
Adelaide, Australia9 contributions1 helpful vote
This was a very quaint chocolate factory. The staff were lovely and was nice to see chocolate being made in a hot climate. The tasting was pretty good too.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Lisa C wrote a review Feb. 2020
Queensland, Australia15 contributions3 helpful votes
We visited the Aelan Chocolate Factory with a view to seeing a working factory. Unfortunately there was no production when we went, but the guide still gave an informative talk in front of each display. It was quite interesting. At the end of the tour you can sample many different varieties of the chocolate they produce, and they are all made using locally sourced ingredients from the various islands of Vanuatu. The Kava chocolate was unusual...I had the tiniest amount and my tongue felt quite weird. The coconut chocolate was my favourite. The chocolate blocks aren’t cheap, but they are worth the price. So much nicer and more pure than a normal block like Cadbury’s. Definitely worth a visit...half an hour is probably long enough to see everything and try the samples.
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Date of experience: April 2019