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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

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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)
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  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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

    5.0
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    star-5
    Absolutely wonderful
    Carol_C
    , Jul 2022
    Definitely recommend doing ! The team was amazing. They were knowledgeable and we learned a lot during this tour. As well as being very nice and attending to our needs. The views were sensational and the star gazing a one of a kind experience. Only thing I would say, it is very cold. They do bring big jackets and gloves for us, and we always have access to the van to heat up, but I wished I had brought more clothing with me, like hats, scarfs and a big sweater underneath. They recommend pants and closed shoes, but for me I would have needed a bit more. But don’t let the cold let you miss this great moment to be had!
    star-5
    Great time on Mauna Kea!!
    Karen_D
    , Jul 2022
    Gabe and Aidan were excellent educators, hosts and drivers. We had a wonderful time! We learned so much about Hawaii's volcanoes. We also saw the Milky Way and so many stars and constellations. We highly recommended! Thank you!
    star-5
    Awesome!! A Big Island Must Do!
    Michelle_A
    , Jul 2022
    Awesome! Do not miss this one. What a great experience. The drive up Mauna Kea is a thrill and the sunset is spectacular and the there are no words for the star gazing. Sooo many stars!! Tour guide Gab was great. Friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Dres warm really does get cold up there like the description says. There are snacks and hot chocolate which we welcomed on top of the mountain/volcano. Bucket list for for sure!
    star-5
    Awesome
    david_s
    , Jul 2022
    Absolutely a must do. Spend the money and create the experience you will never forget. From start to finish 10+!
    star-5
    Wonderful, unique experience.
    Eric_R
    , Jul 2022
    The stars were incredible. Sky is nothing like anything I had ever seen before. Incredible to be at the summit for sunset. Fascinating commentary from the guides both on the way up the mountain and then on the portion to the observatory/summit as well as the star show. Enjoyed it tremendously. You wouldn’t want to do this on your own a d you really can’t anyway so book the tour. Totally worth it!
    star-5
    Made it there!
    ILVA_M
    , Jul 2022
    Beautiful and breathtaking views, knowledgeable guides, one of a kind experience. Waited for long time and finally got to the top to experience it.
    star-5
    Once in a lifetime
    Lee_A
    , Jul 2022
    A wonderful experience and exceptional customer service! Highly recommend to all. Really appreciate the schedulers working with us.
    star-5
    Incredible Experience
    MillieBourgeois
    , Jun 2022
    Amazing trip to the top of Mauna Kea. The view and sunset was extraordinary. Our guide very knowledgeable and interesting. The star gazing was really interesting and beautiful. It is a little hard to get around felt a bit light headed but definitely worth it. You do feel the altitude difference.
    star-5
    One of the best experiences of my life!
    Julia_D
    , Jun 2022
    Okay, this trip goes in the top 5 best things I’ve ever experienced in my life! Gabe was amazing and taught us so much all the way up Mauna Kea and his counterpart Aiden did the most amazing job teaching us the constellations. Words can’t describe how breathtaking this experience was. BOOK NOW! You will not regret it!!!
    star-4
    Learned a lot
    Stefanie_C
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide, Gabe, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He made the experience richer with his explanations of the history, science, culture and his local perspective.
    star-5
    Must do!!
    Austin_M
    , Jun 2022
    Absolutely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done! Our tour guide Hunter was amazing. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We were very lucky and had a perfect night for stargazing. If you have the chance to do this DO IT!
    star-5
    This trip was...
    Laurie_B
    , Jun 2022
    This trip was spectacular. The guides were so knowledgeable about astronomy and the island's history. Beautiful views. Magnificent
    star-5
    Amazing
    Megan_S
    , Jun 2022
    Gabe was great! The tour was amazing. Sunset, Stars, knowledgeable guides. Bumpy road to the top but not awful. Definitely would recommend to all. We would do it again!
    star-4
    Wealth of knowledge
    paulrleduc
    , Jun 2022
    Derek and Gabe gave us a wealth of knowledge on wildlife and astronomy as well as creation stories of Hawaiian islands.
    star-4
    Good trip but …..
    Johanna_L
    , Jun 2022
    The experience was out of this world and we felt like we were in a movie. The trip is a little overpriced for what you do but you have to do it if it is your first time . The time you spent in the summit is literally 15 minutes and then you go back for star gazing and that’s it. My only complaint it’s that if you are paying a higher price for this trip that you can do with a 4w car they should at least pick customers in their hotels or try to accommodate people . I texted them if it was possible to pick us up at Hilton Waikoloa hotels which it was like 4 minutes in car and 25 minutes walking , and they said they couldn’t when they Gad more people coming from the same place . Most of our tours came to pick us up. Good time there and out tour guy was very knowledgeable about stars which it was cool to know and the free picture was also good. Thanks for the experience but try to accommodate people to have a better experience since we are paying good money for this tour. Mahalo from NY
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Amazing trip. The guide...
    Vindhya_R
    , Jun 2022
    Amazing trip. The guide was very enthusiastic and we enjoyed the whole trip tremendously. The star gazing and pictures are the highlight of the whole trip!
    star-5
    Quiet Beauty - A Place of Reverence
    Victor_W
    , Jun 2022
    The beauty of the mountain at 9,000 feet I felt that I was on top of the world!! The stars, moon, telescopes such a sacred feeling!
    star-5
    Mind blowing Experience
    Deepa_V
    , Jun 2022
    The ride up to the summit along with the sunset and the moonrise was exceptional. Our guide Addison was very well informed and kept us updated on what to expect constantly. Such a great experience. A must see - especially the cloud cover beneath us...We got lucky with having a perfect day for the ride up Mauna Kea. The only issue was the full moon - it brightened the night sky!
    star-5
    Do this tour!
    Elisabeth_M
    , Jun 2022
    An amazing, awe-inspiring experience. Sunset at the top was something I’ll never forget. Our driver, Addison, was great. We had a great time!
    star-5
    On top of the world!
    Lawrence_W
    , Jun 2022
    Totally breathtaking and wonderful! Tour guide’s we’re excellent and knowledgeable. Highly (literally) recommend this tour.

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