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Spend an unforgettable evening exploring volcanoes and stargazing on a truly off the beaten path adventure on Hawaii’s Big Island. See an active volcano, and then drive through the rainforest to see waterfalls, and an unusual lava tube cave. Finally, drive up Mauna Kea for spectacular stargazing with our professional photographer guide.
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    Itinerary
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    Stop At: Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721

    All trips start from the Mauna Kea Recreation Area, a safe and easy spot for all rental cars to park at.

    Next, we will whisk you off to the mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.  Our first stop will be at a special spot where two of the largest volcanoes on the planet collide.  Then we will drive down into the rainforests of Hilo far from the tour buses and check out some beautiful waterfalls and a non-touristy lava tube cave.  Our next stop will be at the largest Japanese Garden outside of Japan. After our stroll, we will head to down through Hilo and grab dinner at a local diner.

    When the sun goes down, we will check out a volcanic lava tube cave.

    Finally we drive up into the mountains of Mauna Kea for the best stargazing of your life!  Enjoy a laser guided star show and get your picture taken with the stars in the background.

    Next stop is back to the Mauna Kea Recreation Area for a drop-off between 9pm-10:30pm

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Rainbow Falls, Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720

    We will check out a massive Indian banyan tree, mango forest and take professional photos at the waterfall overlook.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Kaumana Caves Park, Kaumana Drive Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI

    We will take the steep and adventurous path down into the cave and take unique style photos.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Mauna Kea, Island of Hawaii, HI

    We will find a remote spot on the slopes of the mountain for a private stargazing show and astro-photos.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Gilbert Kahele (Mauna Kea) Recreation Area, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
    2: Kaumana Caves, 1492 Kaumana Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Comfy Parka Jackets with pockets and a hood
    • Unique Waterfall, Lava Tube Cave and Stargazing Photos, perfect for social media
    • Complimentary High-Resolution photos available for download within 24 hours after the experience
    • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Dinner - It's recommended to eat before the photo trip
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A maximum of 9 people per booking (Contact us if you have more)
    • Meeting Point: Mauna Kea Recreation Area
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for travelers with trouble walking on uneven, rocky surfaces.
    • Not recommended for travelers who have vision problems in dark areas.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    31Reviews11Q&A
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    All I wanted for my birthday was a beautiful family photo. James takes phenomenal pictures and it sounds ridiculous to say that most people can do the same thing because they can’t. This was a once In a lifetime experience and I really hope to embark on more tours with him. The
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    Super disappointed. We booked this trip as part of our honeymoon. Less than week before the event, we received a text from the tour operator that tour was switching from an evening tour (5:30 pm departure) to a middle of the night departure (3:30am) because the moon will be too
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    I spent months planning an engagement event for my now fiance that we would never forget. James' tour was the PERFECT spot to pop the question. I called James the week before and asked for his advice on the best spot to do it and he helped coordinate that as well. Couldn't have
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    This tour was fantastic and James is awesome. We didn’t feel like we were on a tour. We felt more like being out with a local friend who showed us some awesome sights. It was very relaxed and we all had a blast. The lava tube is great and James makes it even more special by
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    James our tour guide was great. He texted us with instructions on meeting place. He was pleasant and very informative. And e was accommodating when it came to bathroom breaks..etc. The water falls were beautiful and we all enjoyed the lava cave. It was an interesting
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    By: Epic Tours
    256 reviews
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    rosahawaii
    10
    Worth every penny -- will definitely do it again.
    All I wanted for my birthday was a beautiful family photo. James takes phenomenal pictures and it sounds
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    matthewstravelers
    10
    Time switch
    Super disappointed. We booked this trip as part of our honeymoon. Less than week before the event, we received a
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    WaitForIttttt
    Hazlet, New Jersey
    240126
    Epic Tours: Aptly-Named for Such an Epic Tour of the Stars!
    My husband and I took the Mauna Kea Stargazing tour with Epic Tours and had an amazing experience! We met James
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    tylerdX4296OO
    30
    Epic Tours is truly EPIC!
    I spent months planning an engagement event for my now fiance that we would never forget. James' tour was the
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    SwissBoundNL
    Anaheim, California
    124
    Our tour with James was truly EPIC!
    This tour was fantastic and James is awesome. We didn’t feel like we were on a tour. We felt more like being out
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    nakishad2013
    San Jose, California
    42
    40th Birthday
    This was one of the best tours ever. James is a great human being. He is so nice, passionate, and knowledgeable
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    Ctheworld2020
    20
    Was well worth it!
    James our tour guide was great. He texted us with instructions on meeting place. He was pleasant and very
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    Camaaron
    Miami, Florida
    61
    Stargazing, Lava Cave, and Waterfall Tour
    My girlfriend and I (early 30’s) booked this tour in early November 2019. This tour was awesome. Tour guide,
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    Amrutha S
    10
    One of the best trips of our lifetime !! Highly highly recommend it
    James is the best guide you can ask for. The tour was just FANTASTIC!! We had our three year old with us and James
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    carolyn200
    St louis
    123
    If you don’t take this tour, you are crazy
    Amazing experience - the star gazing was on top Of Moana Loa - a very moon like/mars like landscape. Only our
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    TravelerinFL
    Ormond Beach, FL
    4316
    Catch a falling star
    This was an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the real stars! As I learned from James, in the
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    285lizy
    50
    Great tour and amazing guide
    While the tour was delayed for an hour and didn't get started until after 12:30am due to clouds, James the tour
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    Maps86927
    30
    Lifetime memory!
    The tour was great but the pictures where AMAZING!!! The highlight of our trip! I HIGHLY recommended this tour for
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    amweigand
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    30
    The best part of our Hawai'i trip!
    Do this tour!! Under no circumstances will you regret it. Even if you live out in the country, no sky you have
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    staysh30
    Vancouver, Canada
    30
    Most amazing experience
    This tour was absolutely incredible. James was super knowledgeable and his secret locations are the best for
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