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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory Tours

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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory
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.
Address: Saddle Road, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, USA

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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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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
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$212.27
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$212.27

Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona - Private Tour

Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona - Private Tour

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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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$3,690.00
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$3,690.00
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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.38
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$208.38

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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$184.34
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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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$198.73
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$198.73

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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Big Island Tour Bundle: Get 5 Big Island Audio Tours

Big Island Tour Bundle: Get 5 Big Island Audio Tours

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Our Big Island mobile app features five audio tours and you'll get all of them when you purchase the Big Island Tour Bundle. Here’s what’s included in the Big Island Tour Bundle: - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour - Kona Big Kahuna Loop - North Island Jungle Adventure Loop - South Island Epic Coastal Journey - Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour Each tour uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions to popular sites and local gems with stories and music along the way. The audio tours play automatically using your location to give you on-the-spot information. WHY SHAKA GUIDE? ✅ Tours never expire. ✅ Tour work offline. No data needed. ✅ Reliable GPS directions. ✅ A guided tour for a fraction of the price. ✅ Save time planning! We’ve done the work for you. ✅ Your vacation, your terms — freedom to stop and go as you please. ✅ The #1-rated travel app for Big Island. ✅ Listen to interesting stories and Hawaiian music!
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.99
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$24.99
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Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour App

Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour App

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Hawaii’s Big Island is renowned for its beautiful beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes, and abundant wildlife. With this Shaka Guide app, explore independently at your own pace on a self-drive tour, using the GPS-programmed audio guide to direct you to all the top attractions. Follow the South Island Coastal Loop, stopping at sights including Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Black Sand beach, and the Captain Cook Monument.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.99
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$11.99
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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 - North Island Jungle Driving Tour App

Big Island - North Island Jungle Driving Tour App

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Explore the Big Island on your own terms, and at your own pace, with this self-guided app tour. You'll get over six hours of audio content, a map of the island that can be used offline, and even turn-by-turn navigation. Audio commentary is available for a variety of popular spots around the island, and you can use the app as much as you want, even on future trips.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.99
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$11.99
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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
per group
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$1,537.44
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Small Group Tour: Hawaii Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

Small Group Tour: Hawaii Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

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See two of the largest volcanoes in the world and stop at one of the most active on this full-day, small-group excursion. First, drive between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, stopping for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park. Then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Head to Kilauea National Park to see the beautiful landscapes and enjoy dinner at Kilauea Lodge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$238.54
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$238.54
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