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Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos

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Waimea, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Mauna Kea is home to the world's premier stargazing location. On this tour with an Analog-Astronaut and 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.
  • Stargazing on the slopes of Mauna Kea
  • Analog-Astronaut to Professional photographer guide
  • See the night sky like never before
  • Receive your photos after the trip
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All activities
Professional photographer guide
Parka Jackets
Includes complimentary basic photos
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Optional Photo Upgrades Available

Departure Point

Saddle Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code: Wear pants and closed-toed shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Weather can reach 30F. We have parka jackets that have pockets and a hood, although that may not be enough for some
  • Not recommended for travelers with any mobility/ambulatory restrictions, back, heart and hearing problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Pregnant Travelers should discuss with their doctor before hand.
  • Not suitable for some senior citizens
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for chronic complainers ;)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Epic! Tours Hawaii

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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos?
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 Stargazing Experience + Free Photos.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is definitely a little chilly up there so dress warm." See review

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Great great time!!
Heather_S
, Mar 2021
Fabulous fabulous FABULOUS..... If you’ve missed seeing the stars and Milky Way in your life — GO James was great, extremely knowledgeable, hit all the high points and our pictures were out of this world. LITERALLY
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Wonderful experience
Timothy_T
, Mar 2021
My wife and I had a great time last night on Mona Loa watching the stars with James Ward as the leader. James was very patient with us, a couple in our 70's, and a family of 5 with two small kids. His skill with a very good camera was amazing. The evening was chilly and sometimes cloudy but that was not a problem at all. That James could get images of galaxies we could see through his camera was amazing. At first I thought we would be on Mona Kea near the big observatories but James was right in taking us to an isolated spot on Mona Loa where our viewing was uninterrupted by passing traffic or other groups. From that spot, we got a wonderful view of Mona Kea in the moonlight with the top half above the clouds. We are going home today after two weeks on Maui and the Big Island. Of all, we have seen and done this experience was one we will fondly remember for a long time.
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Not Photoshopped
Alba_A
, Feb 2021
We had a great time and learned a lot on our tour. James is a great guide, very knowledgeable and a great photographer. It is definitely a little chilly up there so dress warm. We highly recommend this tour and have memories that will last a lifetime.
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Awesome and Intimate
Steve_A
, Jan 2021
Awesome experience. If you plan to book a stargazing night on the big island and pick someone other than James for your night you will have missed out on a sky full of memories.
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Amazing photos
Larry
, Jan 2021
James was very professional and knowledgeable. He has all the equipment to take wonderful pictures. The meeting point was a little confusing as the pin he sent us took us to the middle of the road. I am glad we went early to check out the place and texted him. He resent the pin and everything turned out good. Perhaps some directions or description of the meeting point will help. This is our first time there and it was really dark. The photos were amazing, although James had to touch up one of our photos. We were hoping to hear more stories about the different stars. Oh.... It is really cold, standing out there for 1.5 hours.
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Galaxies Galore
Michael S
, Oct 2019
James was an excellent guide to the stars! Very knowledgeable and fed off the groups questions and curiosity. Also some very creative photography, but you have to sign up to experience that!!
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Product code: 8945P14

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