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Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

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Waikoloa, United States
Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Spectacular solar and astronomical sightings through high-powered telescopes
  • Delicious Hawaiian-style dinner with a view over Kailua Bay
  • Learn more about astronomy from expert guides
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport
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Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Please call the phone number on your ticket/voucher for your pick up time and schedule.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kapohokine Adventures
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 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
I am a vegetarian / I have allergies / I am gluten or lacto free.
A:Just let us know any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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  • "Notwithstanding everything else, i would recommend this tour if you have any interest in the night sky!" See review

Reviews

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star-5
Stargazing
Debra_P
, Nov 2021
Richard was very nice and knowledgeable. The stars were awesome. Thank you to Richard for this great trip
star-1
Appalling
Nelly_M
, Nov 2021
Trip was worth about $20 in my eyes our tour guide Marcus was amazing he should have got the $240 not the company providing the service
star-3
Pathetic dinner provided
Melad_G
, Nov 2021
Your guide was great but the dinner provided was pathetic . With the price of the tour, you should provide a descent dinner in a descent restaurant and at least some drinks (soda , coffee, etc.)
star-5
Well Worth It!
Anthony_E
, Nov 2021
Absolutely AMAZING! Marcus was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly and personable. The shuttle was comfortable, food was good and stars were fantastic! Thank you! One suggestion... We appreciated the jackets, snacks and hot cocoa but maybe bring some beach chairs for guests too? Several hours of looking up and standing can be tiresome and potentially disorienting.
star-4
Great stargazing
Michael_S
, Oct 2021
Stars and planets were cool. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the experience. Yeah!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very cool
Samuel_D
, Sep 2021
Rich was a fantastic guide. Super nice, funny, and very knowledgeable. Got to see and incredible number of astrological objects.
star-4
Stargazing
Karen_M
, Sep 2021
Our guide was the best ever, he was knowledgeable, good communicator, engaging… he made the tour very nice. I believe he's name is Mr. Richard Berner The one thing we did not like is the amount of hours in car picking up other people in hotels, not good and too long.
star-2
Not Covid Safe
Gregory_J
, Aug 2021
This was incredibly disappointing. The weather did not cooperate so we just drove up then back down. This trip is not Covid safe. There were 13 people in a van and the driver did not enforce masks. I had to ask him to remind people to wear a mask, he did once and they took them off immediately after. So much time was wasted picking people up, some were staying 45 min away. Also the trip is misleading. You are not going to the observatory at all. You go up to a park 7000 feet up and park by a playground. We then tried to other locations which were a bust. I’m giving two stars because the guide was very friendly and told a lot of stories about Hawaii. I applied for a partial refund, so I hope I get it and at least didn’t pay $240 for an over crowded van ride.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Saw a Moon Bow!
James_A
, Aug 2021
Marcus, our tour guide and driver, was able to find planets and star clusters for us to view despite the bright moonlight and clouds. We viewed a moon bow—created from the moisture in the air and the bright moonlight.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Cheryl_K
, Aug 2021
Marcus was a great tour guide. He is very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the island, the vegetation, the microclimates, the volcanic activity, and full of suggestions for places to go. The star gazing through the telescope was amazing. We saw the rings of Saturn and nebulae and constellations. This is a great experience for all ages and definitely worth the money. Highly recommend.

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