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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Enjoy a sunset and stargazing experience like no other on this small-group trip to Mauna Kea—the highest point in the Hawaiian islands. Following afternoon pickup, travel in a 4x4 van to the summit—you can change into a warm jacket and pair of gloves, and sip a hot beverage, as the sun starts to set. Then, learn why so many research telescopes are located here during a brilliant celestial show.
  • This bucket-list experience whisks you up to the Mauna Kea summit
  • Watch the sunset from the mountaintop, and see the stars come out
  • Leave all the driving to your guide with round-trip 4x4 van transit
  • Warm jackets and gloves, hot drinks, and pro photographs included
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Transportation in a comfortable 4X4 van
Snacks and a hot beverage
Jackets and gloves to keep you warm
Experienced tour guide
Professional Celestron telescope
FREE night photo with our professional camera
Dinner (Travelers may bring their own)

Departure Point

93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton, 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 Pick Up Time: 4pm(March-August) 3pm(September- February)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive #1001 K-1, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

Starbucks, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive #1001 K-1, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 Pick Up Time: 4pm(March-August) 3pm(September- February)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

74-5457 Makala Blvd Suite 102, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Bank of Hawaii, 74-5457 Makala Blvd Suite 102, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Pick Up Time: 3:20pm(March-August) 2:20pm(September- February)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers under 13 years old
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Island Holidays

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I arrange pickup for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:Pickup is available from select locations in Hilo, Waikoloa, and Kona. Be sure to select the correct pickup option when making your reservation.
May 2021
Q:
Can I change my departure point for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour after the booking is confirmed?
A:Pickup is included from the location on your selected option when making your reservation. If you need to change the pickup location, please call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket.
May 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:It can get very cold on Mauna Kea, so dress accordingly. You will be provided with coats and gloves to help keep you warm.
May 2021
Q:
How strenuous is the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:All guests should be in moderate physical condition. There is a significant change in altitude as the tour group ascends Mauna Kea.
May 2021
Q:
How high is the Summit of Mauna Kea?
A:The Visitor Station is located at 9,200ft (2,800m) and the summit is 13,796ft (4,205m).
May 2021
Q:
Do we get to use the telescope at the Summit during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:The large observatories are run by several different universities/organizations from several different countries. You may, however, get close to the stars with a professional Celestron telescope to view the incredible night sky.
May 2021
Q:
Are there age restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:Guests under age 13 are not recommended due to the high altitude.
May 2021
Q:
Are there other restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:This tour is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has back problems, or is in poor health due to the high altitude.
May 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms available during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:There are restrooms at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center as well as portable restrooms near the summit.
May 2021
Q:
Is food included in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:Food is not included, however, you may bring your own packed dinner with you. There will not be food available for purchase upon arrival.
May 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.

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star-5
Extraordinary. Must do.
Michael_B
, Sep 2021
Hunter was our guide for the evening and simply exceeded our expectations. He shared his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for astronomy as well as Hawaiin culture. Highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Beautiful Experience, Great Guides, Bad Transport Vehicle
Nicole_B
, Sep 2021
The drive up Mauna Kea and sunset was beautiful! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and it was really cool see the observatory up close. The jackets provided were warm and comfy, and the drinks and snacks were a nice addition. It was a bit overcast, but our guides still told is about the stars, and we got to observe Jupiter and it's moons through a telescope. All in all a great experience! My only complaint is that the pickup spots were in shopping centers where some of the guests went to the wrong spot and had to be tracked down by our driver who was already late picking us up. He was nice but barely spoke to anyone during the very long drive there and back. The van was also incredibly uncomfortable with seats that jammed into my legs and made it so I couldn't face forward (I'm only 5'9). I was in a lot of pain by the time we were dropped off. Not a good way to start or end the excursion. The vans that drove us up the mountain were WAY better! You should use better transport vehicles in the future. Despite all that, we still had a wonderful evening.
star-5
Mauna Kea Summit Sunset
Kimberly_G
, Sep 2021
Nate was awesome. He has a wealth of information, not only about the summit but the stars as well. We learned so much from him in a short amount of time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Better than NASA
Ella_S
, Sep 2021
At first I thought our guide was a young kid - but can I say that they were great and it was an amazing adventure and I would recommend this for everyone. It was truly an amazing experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Guide makes a good trip great!
Jamie_M
, Sep 2021
The van was very comfortable, the snacks were muchly appreciated, the views were gorgeous and Hunter, our driver and guide was outstanding! His enthusiasm, knowledge, and genuine excitement about the observatories, stars and other celestial objects we viewed during the star gazing was infectious and made the trip special.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome, better than expected.
SM1234
, Sep 2021
It was one of the best tours we’ve ever been. We were in two group, with two guides, both of the guides were very friendly and offered us taking pictures on our phones. I also liked that they had wooden made “Mauna Kea” board with height to take picture with phone. One guy was very knowledgeable about stars and had a proper astronomical sessions for over one hour. The other guy was taking Astro photos for every group and did many retakes to make sure that every group would have the best shot, not taking pictures just for sake of it. We had enough time to explore the each area. Also we had variety of snacks such as hot chocolate, cup noodle, crackers, chocolate mix, granola bars etc. More than enough. It was a lot more than we expected and we highly recommend this company. Enjoy !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Favorite part of our Hawaiian adventure!
Debbie_K
, Aug 2021
The Mauna Kea Summit tour was a highlight of our trip to Hawaii. Worth every penny. Our tour guide Hunter was extremely knowledgeable about the mountain the stars and really made the trip special. A huge hit with our three teenagers!
star-5
Completely worth the money!
Sharmila_K
, Aug 2021
Best star gazing experience ever. The tour drivers drove well and provided some snacks upon sunset. Winter jackets and gloves were also provided. All in all a must do activity for astronomy lovers. The guide explained different constellations, showed different planets through telescope, we saw multiple shooting stars and a very clear milky way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Sunset, stars, fun
Maureen_F
, Aug 2021
We loved our trip. The sunset views were amazing and the night sky stargazing was next level. We saw 9 shooting stars! Our tour guide Flip was fantastic he really cared about making the tour fun for everyone. I would definitely do this again.
star-5
Amazing unique experience
kmurgas
, Aug 2021
Awesome evening with Nate. Enjoyed everything we did. Very informative and professional. Star gazing was incredible after seeing an amazing sunset.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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