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  2. Hawaii
  3. Big Island, Hawaii
  4. Kailua-Kona

MaunaKea Stellar Explorer From Kona

Product ID: 206439
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For an out-of-this-world experience, check out Maunakea Stellar Explorer. This thrilling adventure features nighttime astronomical observing as well as safe daytime solar viewing, with all ages welcome.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup included from all major hotels.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit a Kona Coffee farm for a BBQ dinner
  • Experience daytime solar viewing
  • Look through telescopes that are incredible for viewing the night sky
Full description
For an out-of-this-world experience, check out Maunakea Stellar Explorer. The in-house stellar explorers are the best and most experienced in Hawaii, with one having created the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center and operated it for a decade. Staff have written noted articles and reviews for well-known astronomy magazines and have worked at world-class observatories. The adventure starts with an afternoon journey to Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm, home to the biggest name in coffee in Japan, Doutor. Learn all about the estate grown Kona Coffee produced on this beautiful 130 acre farm. You’ll then have a delicious Hawaiian- style BBQ dinner at a private farm location with sweeping views of Kailua Bay below. Then sample coffee, honey, and teas in front of the largest infiniti pool in Hawaii with the blue Pacific Ocean shimmering beyond. 

Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. While you’re taking in the breathtaking terrestrial views, your guide will prepare some heavenly views just as stunning. Setting up a state of the art solar telescope for your viewing pleasure, your specially trained guide will let you safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots, prominences, and any other current activity, weather permitting.

Lastly, your guide will take you to one of the preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. You’ll observe deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth. The Dobsonian telescopes are a true purist’s experience to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that simply aren’t possible with the types of telescopes used by other tours. Depending on what is visible in the current sky and weather permitting, you’ll observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more; all the highlights and showpiece objects like you’ve never seen before. Afterwards, warm up with Mauka Meadows 100% Kona coffee, hot chocolate, and a delicious dessert from a local artisan baker before returning to your resort. Warm jackets provided. This tour does not visit Maunakea’s summit out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns.
Includes
  • All entrance fees
  • BBQ dinner
  • All telescope equipment

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• Must wear closed toe shoes
• Wear long pants and a jacket
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 13 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.7/5
Organization
4.4/5
Value for money
4.1/5
Safety
4.6/5

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KapohoKine Adventures

Product ID: 206439