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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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iconOffered in: English

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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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.
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
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
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.

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  • "Masks were required, but this was a lot of close exposure." See review
  • "I recommend bringing headphones to listen to music or watch something on the way to the mountain." See review

Reviews

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157 Reviews

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star-5
Incredible sunset!
Tara_C
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide made the ride to and from nice and easy from pickup to drop off. The views and sunset was spectacular! The parka was much appreciated… this is a must do!
star-5
Mauna Kea
SherryRhinehalt
, Jan 2022
Mauna Kea is amazing! Well organized tour. Josiah was our guide and he provided excellent information. There was another guide (sorry I do not remember her name!) who provided the stargazing part of the tour. She was so knowledgeable and funny! Josiah used the telescope to show us amazing things in the sky. Excellent tour!
star-5
A MUST DO !
Tunie_M
, Jan 2022
This was the highlight of my trip to Hawaii. I loved how caring and active the guides were along with all the information and fun facts they shared with us. After a relaxing day at the beach it was amazing to see snow in Hawaii. And the star show was stupendous !!! Super informative I’ve never seen stars like that and again the guides were phenomenal and so passionate. Really an amazing experience from start to finish. The snacks were also great lol. Thank you for having us !!!
star-5
Wonderful experience, highly recommend as a top thing to do on the island
Chris_H
, Jan 2022
Unbelievable experience between seeing the sunset above the clouds and all of the information about the stars. The tour guides were amazing!!! Would highly recommend and will be putting more info on my blog about the experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Feels like being on top of the world!!
Emily_S
, Jan 2022
Felt like we were at the top of the world!! It’s an awesome experience!! The night sky was brilliant!! Never seen so many stars! Donna was a wonderful guide! It’s freezing up there but parkas and gloves are provided as well as snacks during the star gazing portion.
star-5
Excellent experience! The...
Jennifer_C
, Jan 2022
Excellent experience! The guides were excellent!! The stargazing was fantastic. Snacks and accommodations were great
star-5
Nate is incredible!! Made the tour so special.
Natalie_N
, Jan 2022
Our guide Nate was incredible! We got picked up in Hilo and appreciated all the extra time with him as solo passengers to ask extra questions. He was a wealth of knowledge about everything Hawaii, not just Mauna Kea and mastered explaining things in a way that’s easy to understand. He was great about checking in with people and ensuring our comfort. The stargazing portion was way more educational and hands on with the telescope and laser pointer than we expected! Sunset also was stunning and we had a clear night. The visitors center was nothing special but good to get acclimatized. Pack your own water bottle!! Loved this tour.
star-3
Good experience, but be sure to check the moon phase before you book!
John_C
, Jan 2022
Would rate our experience 3.5 stars. Donna was an excellent guide! Went all the way to the top of Mauna Kea. Breath taking views. I felt the altitude, but moving slowly and taking deep breaths helped a lot. Fairly cold with the wind at the top, but jackets and gloves were sufficient for the time spent there. We had an almost full moon so weren't able to see much during the star gaze. Also had to finish it with everyone in the group getting two pictures taken (in the dark) -- about another 20 ish minutes of being cold. Didn't get any pictures in e-mail. I sent a query in as to how we were supposed to get the pics, but no answer. Was hoping I could post about a great e-mail response, but no such luck and no pics from the star gaze for us :(
star-1
The van broke down...
Irene_M
, Jan 2022
The van broke down halfway up the mountain and we missed sunset. We had to wait an hour to get another van to bring us to the base camp where there was no shelter and it was cold and we didn’t know what was happening. Finally they got another van to bring us back to Hilo. They told us to call about a refund.
star-5
On top of the world!
Lena_M
, Jan 2022
Spectacular view of the sunset!! The crew was awesome! They were very knowledgeable, attentive and fun!

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