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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Kailua-Kona, United States

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Experience big skies and incredible nighttime views on this Mauna Kea stargazing trip with a small group. Join no more than 28 guests for a pre-trip picnic at a historic Hawaiian ranch, proceeded by a ride in a 4x4 luxury van to the summit of the Big Island's tallest peak. After admiring a sunset view, continue down to 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) for a stargazing session, complete with a telescope, hot chocolate, and dessert. The trip also includes a guide and a hooded parka to keep you warm.
  • Enjoy a private stargazing show through 11” Celestron telescopes on Mauna Kea
  • Learn about the history, culture, and ecology of Hawaii
  • Indulge in a picnic dinner at a historical ranch
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 participants, ensuring a personalized experience with a naturalist guide
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Hooded parkas and gloves
Hot picnic dinner
Hot cocoa and cookies
Private star show with telescope
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Departure Point

75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Due to the high altitude; this tour is not suitable for those with respiratory, heart or circulatory conditions, poor health, or pregnancy
  • Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers
  • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal at time of booking. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly.
  • There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards
  • Guests are required to wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants. We recommend bringing a light sweatshirt or jacket
  • The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road transit vans will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. The transit vans can carry a maximum of 14 passengers
  • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Guests must bring their own water bottles. Tour operator will provide filtered water refills.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Forest and Trail

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.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It also got pretty cold up at 14,,000 ft. Those jackets were definitely a must!" See review
  • "The parkas provided kept us warm, but recommend bringing some gloves," See review
  • "Definitely chilly and would recommend warm clothes, including bottoms and socks/uggs." See review


589 Reviews

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, May 2021
We had a party of six. From the moment we met Jason at the pickup point, we knew we were in well-qualified hands. His knowledge of the history, geography, geology and the constellations of Hawaii and the Hawaiian sky...and beyond... deepened the experience and made our excursion one of the richest adventures we have ever had. Worth every Penny!! Wish we had more time to go on more encounters with this company and Jason, in particular. Thank you all for providing an excellent, professional and life changing experience. We will recommend you to any of our friends and family who head to the islands.
Excellent tour and guide
, May 2021
I was looking forward to this tour that this company worked with me in rescheduling it due to the weather. Great service in providing weather gear to withstand the extreme cold at the summit. The guide was well knowledgeable about the island, Hawaiian culture and language, and especially the stars. I would do this tour again.
, Apr 2021
This was a very exciting adventure. A must to put on you bucket list. The guide was very knowledgeable.
Ashley and Jason deserve all the stars in the galaxy!!!
, Apr 2021
This tour deserves more than 5 stars because they (Ashley & Jason) went above and beyond my expectations before we even started our adventure. From the very beginning Ashley was super sweet and very helpful. When we missed our pick up time she helped us meet Jason at a different location and we made it right on time for the tour. Thank you Ashley! When we finally got to Jason, he right away was super warm, friendly and understanding. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Hawaii and Mauna Kea. (He also gave us a ride all the way back to our hotel) We will be forever grateful for that! Thank you Jason! The sunset and stars were breathtaking and unbelievable. I would say it’s the best place to watch the sunset. We definitely will be coming back. Lastly to add, the food and snacks were warm and delicious!
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Hawaii- like you never seen
, Apr 2021
Star gazing! Sunset! Mauna Kea! Everything was great. Justin did a fantastic job! He was very knowledgeable.
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Great tour
, Apr 2021
The best tour we ever had! Out tourist guide, Jeff, was amazing and know a lot about Hawaii and the stars. The summit is different than anything we’ve ever seen, feels like you are in another planet. Don’t forget to bring a goooood jacket
Mauna Kea
, Apr 2021
The directions for pick up where all wrong and we drove to Kona and back for an hour for nothing and paid 5 dollars to park for 5 mins at your direction. But the tour was excellent and the guide Jeff was great. Views were fantastic
, Mar 2021
I don’t think I have ever had a more sublime experience being there, on top of the clouds, next to the snowed mountains. The altitude did not bother me so much. I suggest to take some baby aspirins before going up there.
Sunset above the clouds!
, Mar 2021
Definitely recommend this trip! We started the trip w our guide Jeff around 2:15pm & got back around 11pm. On the drive up Jeff explains a lot about the lava, volcanos and over all history of the island. Once we got to the summit, we saw the most gorgeous sunset standing above the clouds on top of the biggest volcano in the world. The giant observatories were opening up and moving which was cool to see. Being above the clouds and seeing the sunset was a first for us. It’s a must! You can do this only in a few places in the world. After the sun set, we looked through the telescope and saw stars, constellations and the moon. It was a bright night so unfortunately couldn’t see much of the Milky Way. Dinner was surprisingly very good and hot (in temperature), which we had before getting to the summit. The parkas, that were provided, kept us warm. It was definitely below freezing so prepare accordingly. Definitely a fun and unique experience!
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Perfect day
, Jan 2021
Justin our guide is very knowledgeable getting to top, seeing all the telescopes and watching sunset with a little lower having him set up telescope to look through. Amazing. Weather perfect. Thank you
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