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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

  • 7-8 hours - Manua Kea sunset and stargazing tour on Hawaii Island
  • Enjoy a private stargazing show through 11” Celestron telescopes on Mauna Kea
  • Learn about the history, culture, and ecology of Hawaii
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
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2:40pm DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 2:40pm; May 1 to Jun 9 and Jul 27 to Aug 19
USD 230.00
2:55pm Departure
Departs at 2:55pm; Jun 10 to Jul 26
USD 223.96
2:25pm Departure
Departs at 2:25pm; Mar 10 to Apr 30 and Aug 20 to Sep 7
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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.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Superb stargazing

This is by far the best sightseeing tour I have done as a family. Hawaii forest and trail did a great job keeping us informed about changes in the schedule. Jeff our guide and entertainment for the day was marvellous, knowledgeable, funny and his positive...More

Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 4 days ago
Amazing experience

If you love astronomy or just want an unforgettable experience this is the trip for you. The best part is that its a small group. No big tour buses and generic info. Our guide Jeff was awesome and shared some really great history and knowledge...More

Thank antikmusic
Reviewed 6 days ago
Amazing views

This is a great excursion. Taj, our guide, was very personable & knowledgeable. Sunset was beautiful (fast!) and it was really cool to be above the clouds. I would have liked a little more time up there before sunset to walk around & take pictures....More

Thank marlab112018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great trip

The trip was fantastic. Of course, the sunset at the top was the main attraction and was the best sunset I've seen. The star show stars was good too with Hawaiian culture as a part of the stories. The dinner was tasty and was set...More

Thank fitzuva
Reviewed 1 week ago
Absolutely amazing experience!

This is top grade tour experience with competent, informed, friendly guides. Everything from the booking to checkin to departure and return was managed with no fuss and professionalism. Our tour guide, Jeff, was an excellent host, making sure we got to where we needed to...More

Thank 367john
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16 July 2018|
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Response from Dave T | Reviewed this property |
Our bus carried about a dozen passengers and we had 1 telescope. All who wanted got a turn looking at each celestial object. AND we each got a warm brownie with hot cocoa.
7 July 2018|
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Response from gsgman777 | Reviewed this property |
We went last month and my son is 16. They didn’t ask for any documentation.
Kim T
28 May 2018|
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Response from Dave T | Reviewed this property |
There was no issue for our tour, but the day after we left Pu’u O’o exploded with a 30,000 foot cloud. Trade winds moved that cloud out pretty quickly though. Kilauea is about 100 miles from Mauna Kea and south of Mauna Loa... More
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