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Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience

  • Experience sunrise from the top of the Big Island's Mauna Kea volcano
  • Watch the purple, blue, orange and red rays of light as the sun peaks over the horizon
  • Explore the unique plant life of the volcano at the Silversword enclosure
Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience
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Mauna Kea Summit & Sunrise (Apr25-Aug1)
USD 205.00
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Start your morning on the Big Island on top of the world (literally) during this 6-hour sunrise trip to the peak of Mauna Kea. Watch the first rays of light peek across the horizon from the 13,000-foot (3,900-meter) summit before descending for an included continental breakfast and visit to the Mauna Kea Silversword plant enclosure.
What to Expect
Meet up with your group in the very early morning before sunrise at the Kona headquarters of Hawaii Forest & Trail, or make prior arrangements for a hotel pickup (select hotels only). From there you’ll begin an ascent up the slopes of this 13,000-foot (3,900-meter) volcanic peak.

While en route, stop by the Ellison Onizuza Visitors Information Station, where you can indulge with a hot drink and start acclimating to the change in altitude. You’ll then proceed to the summit, arriving with enough time to watch the magnificent sunrise as it begins to peak over the horizon, glowing with rays of pink, purple, orange, blue and red light.

After experiencing the ultimate high-altitude sunrise, head back down the mountain to celebrate with an included continental breakfast. As you drive to your morning meal, your guide will share insights about the volcano’s array of telescopes and its importance to the worldwide scientific community. Following breakfast, you’ll also have time for a walk amidst the volcano’s unique Silversword plant enclosure before returning to your original starting point.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Mauna Kea Sunrise - Spectacular Views, Great Conversation, Focus on Safety - Worth the Early Morning Start

What an enchanting trip my wife and I had. We were still on east coast time, so walking up at 12:30 AM to meet the shuttle at 2:00 AM was no problem at all. We arrived about a half hour early to a dark parking...More

1  Thank Gary G
Reviewed 1 week ago
Absolutely worth the 2:00 am wake up call

At first I was a bit leery about waking up @ 2:00 am for the Mauna Kea sunrise tour, however the trip was an amazing one and absolutely worth the early wake up call. I have traveled all over the world and taken a number...More

Thank mhmedrano
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing tour!

We went on a sunrise tour with Jeff. He made it a wonderful experience. He was very knowledgeable and made sure to point out interesting sites. Jeff also brought a telescope and pointed out planets and constellations. The sunrise was amazing and worth getting up...More

Thank Erin K
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile
Wonderful experience and great service

I can’t say enough good things about the sunrise tour. But first i want to say that customer service is outstanding for this company. We had an issue the morning of our scheduled tour and later that day we were rescheduled with no issue or...More

1  Thank JennM1
Reviewed 6 July 2018
Moving experience to see the sunrise on the hallowed grounds of Mauna Kea!

My wife and I had a wonderful experience with our knowledgeable and friendly tour guide Justin! We decided to take this tour to celebrate our third wedding anniversary, and what a wonderful and one-of-a-kind way to celebrate! This tour handled everything, including picking up and...More

Thank Chuck4184
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5 July 2018|
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Response from wyada | Reviewed this property |
Hi you don’t get very long - probably 15-20 minutes. Also you do the star viewing from an observatory at about 9000 ft - not the summit. After doing the star viewing you drive to the top for sunrise. It’s a public road to... More
3 May 2018|
Response from wyada | Reviewed this property |
I think the minibus holds about 12 people so you would need to book the whole thing. I’m sure HF&T could advise. But nb the whole thing is very weather dependent - we were cancelled once before we got on the trip - and the... More
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