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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

  • Small-group full-day Manua Kea sunset and stargazing tour
  • Use the powerful telescope to view the stars from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
  • Warm up with the provided hooded jacket, and a hot picnic dinner, cocoa, and dessert
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
From USD 235.00
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2:25pm DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 2:25pm; Mar 10 to Apr 30 and Aug 20 to Sep 7
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2:40pm Departure
Departs at 2:40pm; May 1 to Jun 9 and Jul 27 to Aug 19
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2:10pm Departure
Departs at 2:10pm; Feb 1 to March 9 and Sep 8 to Sep 25
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Travel up Mauna Kea for a small-group sunset and stargazing tour by luxury 4WD van. Leave the off-road drive to the pros, and ride from Kona or Waikoloa to a historic Hawaiian ranch for a picnic dinner. Continue to the Big Island's tallest peak for sunset, then use powerful telescopes to observe constellations from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Hear commentary from your guide, and keep warm with the provided jackets and hot chocolate.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a central location in Kailua-Kona or Waikoloa, then relax in the deluxe 4WD van as your small group heads to a ranch at the base of Mauna Kea.
At the ranch, sit down for a hot picnic-style dinner (sample menu under Itinerary below). After dinner, your guide provides a warm jacket with hood to help keep you warm at the Mauna Kea summit. Return to the van for the ascent to the summit, learning from your guide about the Big Island's natural and cultural history along the way.
When you reach the summit, enjoy views of the sunset, Mauna Loa, the Haleakala volcano on Maui, and other landmarks. Then drive down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), home to more than a dozen international observatories that draw scientists from around the world.
Your guide sets up a telescope and provides an astronomy lesson as you star gaze. Stay warm with hot drinks and dessert before returning to Kona at the end of your tour.
Reviews (391)
1 - 5 of 210 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Don’t Miss This!!

Wonderful tour!! Great guide (Arthur) and fabulous views!!! More than worth the money and a totally unique experience. Out guide was knowledge about Hawaii, the observatory and the star shows. Very conscious about explaining and warning about the high altitude so everyone was prepared and...More

Thank pretzlaff2017
Reviewed yesterday
The guide, Heraldo

I am writing to commend your tour guide, Heraldo, who was amazingly knowledgeable about every aspect of Mauna Kea, flora, fauna, astronomy, Hawaiian culture, and more. I was touched that he gave every tourist a hug at the end of the tour. Thank you for...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 6 days ago
Very customer friendly company with a good product

Because I live in Kailua Kona, I would expect to get a Kamaaina discount for myself. But this company gave me the discount for our whole party of six from the mainland. But it gets better. When one of our party came down with a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Highlight of our vacation

This was easily one of the highlights of our vacation to the big island. We went from basically sea-level to 13,800 feet elevation in just a few hours to see the sunset from the summit. It was stunning, and we got to see the shadow...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank pfunktyper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful experience

This was our second trip- previous trip was with the second most popular group. First of all the dinner was actually good compared to the tasteless vegetable lasagna last time. Our guide, Jeff, was fantastic. You are always subject to the weather/clouds. Sunset at the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TominMN
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Mossy M
5 March 2019|
Response from Lysis1 | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm . . . I don't know, really. I'd suggest contacting the tour company. They are very pleasant, and will certainly know the answer!
23 November 2018|
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Response from IleneM216 | Reviewed this property |
Probably because of the altitude.
17 October 2018|
Response from Cindy R |
we are booking a tour in early Feb. so I would assume late Feb and March works too.
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