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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory
Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

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Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing at 13,796 feet (4,138 meters), the mountain is Hawaii's tallest and the highlight of many visitors' trips to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO) feature some of the world's largest telescopes, including equipment from Canada, France, and the University of Hawaii, due to its designation as an unparalleled destination for stargazing.

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Small-Group A Mars and Stars Photo Experience Mauna Kea Tour

Small-Group A Mars and Stars Photo Experience Mauna Kea Tour

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Mauna Kea is home to the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared and submillimeter astronomy—13 powerful telescopes from 11 different countries sit atop the mountain’s slopes. On this tour with a professional photographer guide, see the night sky like never before. Leave with stunning photos of your group with galaxies, stars, and constellations in the background. After your trip, your guide will send you a link to the photos.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$212.27
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$212.27
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$235.60
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$235.60
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour Free Astro Photos

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour Free Astro Photos

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Stand atop Hawaii’s tallest mountain for two unparalleled experiences: sunset and stargazing. Board a 4WD vehicle upon pickup in Hilo and find yourself on the snow-dusted summit of Mauna Kea in no time. After viewing the night sky through a professional telescope, a picnic meal and hot beverage await. Jackets and gloves are provided to keep you warm.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$209.00
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$209.00
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Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

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Our Mauna Kea Summit Tour is designed to showcase the beauty and wonder of one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Mauna Kea (meaning “white mountain”) is historically and culturally very significant to the Hawaiian people, and because of its contributions to geology and astronomy, to the world as well. Our local guides will enlighten you with the sacredness and cultural aspect of Mauna Kea. A spiritual high for many locals and visitors. #1 rated tour for adventure and photography. This tour requires a minimum of 4 guests in order to run.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$225.00
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$225.00
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Big Island Mountain Biking on Anna Ranch

Big Island Mountain Biking on Anna Ranch

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Experience the ultimate mountain-biking adventure on the Big Island during this 2-hour, small-group ride through 100 acres of private ranch land. Open up on the custom-built trails of this exclusive riding area situated amidst the rolling hills near the Kohala Mountains. During your trip you’ll admire amazing views of Mauna Kea, check out a 40-foot (12-meter) tall waterfall and navigate through fields of green pasture and craggy lava rocks. This small-group ride, limited to 12 guests, includes a guide, high-end mountain bike and helmet, hydration drinks and energy bars.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

Big Island Adventure Bundle: 5 Epic Audio Driving Tours

Big Island Adventure Bundle: 5 Epic Audio Driving Tours

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Shaka Guide is an audio tour app that gives you the benefits of a guided tour with the freedom to explore on your own terms. This Big Island Tour Bundle comes with five socially-distanced audio driving tours: • South Island Epic Coastal Journey (8-10 hour tour) • North Island Jungle Adventure Loop (8-10 hour tour) • Kona Big Kahuna Loop (4-6 hour tour) • Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour (3-5 hour tour) • Volcanoes National Park Tour (6-8 hour tour) The app uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn navigation to historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches and scenic hikes with stories about the places you’re visiting and music to entertain you along the way. All Shaka Guide Tours... • Never expire - take them multiple times or buy in advance • Work 100% offline - no data or wifi necessary • Let you take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you *Please use the link in your confirmation email to download the app*
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  • 5 days
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$24.99
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$24.99
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

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Look down on the varied landscape of the Big Island from the air on a helicopter tour from Kona. This flight is longer than typical heli tours and provides the opportunity to be wowed by Hawaii’s amazing natural features, from waterfalls to volcanoes to rainforests. Fly along the coast and over Waimanu and Waipio valleys, and spot island industry like macadamia nut orchards. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$615.00
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$615.00
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Big Island - North Island Jungle Driving Tour

Big Island - North Island Jungle Driving Tour

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Shaka Guide's driving tour app works like a tour guide in your car! On this tour drive along beautiful green coastlines, through tropical jungle roads, and go star gazing on the tallest mountain in the world. We've done our research so you will not miss a thing! Just sit back and listen to fun stories along the way. Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: ✅ You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline ✅ Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $9.99 for lifetime access ✅ Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up ✅ Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) ✅ Hear cool and fun stories along the way (and some corny joke's that might make you laugh)
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  • 2 days
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$11.99
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$11.99
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Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour

Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour

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Come with us as we explore the fascinating volcanic landscape looping around the southern coast of the Big Island! Shaka Guide is your perfect companion with turn-by-turn directions, information on what to do & see, and a truckload of interesting stories and Hawaiian legends of this amazing island! Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: ✅ You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline ✅ Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $9.99 for lifetime access ✅ Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up ✅ Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) ✅ Hear cool and fun stories along the way (and some corny joke's that might make you laugh)
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  • 2 days
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$11.99
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$11.99
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Expedition Big Island Air Tour- Kapalua Departures

Expedition Big Island Air Tour- Kapalua Departures

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Get an unbeatable aerial view of some of the world’s most active volcanoes on an air tour of the Big Island from Maui. Soar in a fixed-wing Cessna plane over the dramatic craters and valleys of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, looking for sparks and lava flows erupting from Kilauea Volcano. Admire the stately peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, plus waterfall-studded valleys and the dramatic sea cliffs of Waimea. Large viewing windows and live narration from two pilots ensure you don’t miss a thing.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$549.00
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$549.00

Private Island Tour in Hawaii with Pickup Included

Private Island Tour in Hawaii with Pickup Included

Relaxing & Stress-free Sightseeing guided by local residents – the whole island of Hawai’i and it’s splendor is awaiting you. Relax and let us worry about the drive as we guide you on an amazing customized private tour. Visit gorgeous beaches, exotic locations and all the wonders the island has to offer.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$900.00
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$900.00
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Endangered Native Habitats

Endangered Native Habitats

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Discover Hawaii’s remarkable wildlife on a full-day, small-group birdwatching tour into the Big Island’s Mauna Kea Forest Reserve. Travel on foot and by four-wheel drive as you explore dry forest and rainforest habitats that shelter the endangered palila honeycreeper, the Hawaii amakihi and the Hawaii ‘elepaio. Listen for the calls of endemic songbirds as you traverse an otherworldly lava trail, then follow a local, bird-loving guide along forest paths into the distinctive, high-elevation mamane-naio ecosystem.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$218.85
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$218.85
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Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

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Hawaii’s natural wonders aren’t only on land and in the sea—the Big Island is also a prime spot from which to admire the wonders of the solar system. This tour is the only one that includes both afternoon solar viewing and nighttime stargazing, accompanied by astronomy experts. Visit different destinations and use a state-of-the-art solar telescope and Dobsonian telescope to spot solar flares, galaxies, star clusters, and planets.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.79
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$239.79

Maunakea Stellar Explorer HILO

Maunakea Stellar Explorer HILO

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Hawaii’s natural wonders aren’t only on land and in the sea—the Big Island is also a prime spot from which to admire the wonders of the solar system. This tour is the only one that includes both afternoon solar viewing and nighttime stargazing, accompanied by astronomy experts. Visit Rainbow Falls and the Kaumana lava caves, then explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and use a state-of-the-art solar telescope and Dobsonian telescope to spot solar flares, galaxies, star clusters, and planets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.84
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$218.84

Expedition Big Island Air Tour- Kahului Departure

Expedition Big Island Air Tour- Kahului Departure

Spend two thrilling hours in the sky above Maui and the Big Island in a comfortable Cessna aircraft, and see Hawaii’s incredible volcanoes in a whole new light. Your two pilots conduct a safety briefing and offer narration throughout the flight. Lookout for sparks over Kilauea, which was recently ranked among one of the most active volcanoes in the world. See great views of Waimea Valley's dramatic cliffs over Hilo and admire the waterfalls of the Kohala Coast before getting back on the ground.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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$499.00

Hawaii's Best and Cheapest Maunakea Tour

Hawaii's Best and Cheapest Maunakea Tour

On this Mauna Kea sunrise or sunset, you’ll get to view the most amazing view from above the clouds, at the summit of Mauna Kea! And this is the cheapest in this Island for 20 years, and best reviews!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$220.00
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$220.00
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Private Grand Circle the Big Island Mercedes Sprinter

Private Grand Circle the Big Island Mercedes Sprinter

Complete a circuit of the Big Island during this full-day circle tour. Riding in style on board a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van with your party up to 11 other family members or friends, stop at the island's highlights and landmarks, including Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and South Point, the southernmost point in the U.S. While you travel, watch DVDs containing information about Hawaiian culture, traditions, and history onboard your vehicle. Pickup and drop-off at Kona hotels is included.
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  • 12 hours
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$1,537.44
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 17 Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory costs USD 11.99. Guided Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory tours start around USD 11.99 per person. See all 17 Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory tickets and tours on Viator.