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  2. Hawaii
  3. Hilo
  4. Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Small-Group Tour

Product ID: 243117
View the amazing sunset and stars on the top of Mauna Kea, the tallest oceanic mountain in the world. You'll see the largest, most powerful observatories in the world as you stargaze across Hawaii's beautiful and unique night sky.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

• 2:20 PM 74-5448 Makala Blvd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA • 2:55 PM - 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA • 3:00 PM - 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA • 3:00 PM - 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Maunakea
  • Sip a hot beverage during your private starshow and planet viewing
  • Receive an astrophotography photo of you and the stars
  • Enjoy a warm picnic dinner on the beautiful mountain
  • Stand amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes
Full description
Welcome to the big island of Hawaii. The Hawaiians say Mauna Kea is the connection between the land and the sky, and if you take a look at it you will understand why. You will begin your journey at any of the many different pickup points on both the Kona and the Hilo side. From there, ride in the spacious, air conditioned 4x4 passenger van up Mauna Kea. You'll learn about Hawaii, especially about Mauna Kea, which is the tallest oceanic mountain in the world. As you ascend to 9,200 feet you'll become acclimatized to the altitude before having dinner. Following dinner, you'll visit the Ellison Onizuka visitors center.

Later, continue your journey to the peak of the mountain (13,803 feet) where you will learn about the largest most powerful observatories in the world. You can view the amazing sunset and take beautiful pictures of the dusk sky, before traveling a short distance to a secluded star-viewing area.

As the stars come out, your guides will serve some hot chocolate or tea to warm you up, and if you are hungry there will also be noodles available. You'll learn about different constellations from your knowledgeable tour guides, and can view the moon and Jupiter, and could even see the rings of Saturn through a powerful Celestron telescope. You'll get a beautiful astrophotography picture taken of you which you will receive later via email, before you return to your hotel with a smile on your face.
Includes
  • Comfortable 4x4 passenger van as transportation
  • Picnic meal and hot beverage at the Onizuka Visitor Center
  • Jackets and gloves
  • Experienced tour guide who will talk about the history and show you the amazing night sky with a laser pointer
  • Professional Celestron telescope
  • Photo with a DSLR camera
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• It can get chilly at the peak, so wear comfortable pants and shoes (parkas and gloves will be provided for you)
• Weather changes can occur quickly and the access road to the summit can close without warning, therefore access to the summit cannot be guaranteed
• Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain
• The temperature can dip below freezing when at high elevation on the mountain
• You may encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions
• Because of high altitude, this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, enduring pregnancy, or in poor health
• Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers
• Children under 12 are not permitted on this tour
• You will sign a waiver before the tour departure
Customer reviews
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I would have rated this Excellent except we didn’t get to see stars that night. It wasn’t Kanoa’s fault and he did his very best to make up for it. Aside from that the pick up was on time, the ride was safe and comfortable, the meal was good as was the hot chocolate, and the knowledge Kanoa had was all A*!!

March 10, 2020

Truly one of the best adventures we have had. Picked up on time, everything went to plan. Food and drink good. Trip up mountain thrilling. Star gazing brilliant, we saw shooting stars, satellites, stars and star clusters. Steve our guide was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and helpful. Top night

February 26, 2020

February 22, 2020

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Super Vacation Hawaii

Product ID: 243117