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Mauna Kea: Summit Sunset & Stargazing Trip with Photo

4.9 / 5

99 reviews

Activity provider: hawaii island holidays

Mauna Kea: Summit Sunset & Stargazing Trip with Photo

Activity provider: hawaii island holidays
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From US$ 259 per person

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View the sunset from the peak of Mauna Kea and learn about the stars and planets during this unforgettable stargazing experience. Enjoy snacks, drinks, and free photos.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7.5 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
7.5 - 8 hours
  • Kailua-Kona

  • Mauna Kea

  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

  • Kailua-Kona

Meeting point
Main stop
Highlights
  • See a picturesque sunset from Mauna Kea
  • Sip on a hot beverage as you gaze at the stars
  • Discover where the first black hole photo was taken
  • Use a Celestron telescope to get an up-close view of the sky
Full description

Get your photos taken by the stars during this sunset and stargazing adventure on the summit of Mauna Kea. Learn about the area from your guide as you sip on hot chocolate and eat snacks. Choose from pickup and drop-off options at several locations. 

Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Pacific. Get cozy with a parka, gloves, and hot drink as you learn historic accounts of Hawaii, the Big Island, from your guide.

Stand amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes and see two of the eight telescopes which took the first photo of a black hole. Enjoy your very own private star show with a Celestron telescope.

Capture your experience forever with photos taken by your guide on a DSLR camera. Get emailed these photos after your experience.

After your unforgettable evening with the stars, depart back to your pickup location for drop-off.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off (select locations)
  • Snacks and hot chocolate
  • Free DSLR night photos (sent via email)
  • Guide
  • Parkas
  • Gloves
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People diving up to 24 hours prior
  • People with altitude sickness
  • People over 80 years

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long pants

Not allowed

  • Non-folding wheelchairs
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Weather changes can occur quickly and the access road to the summit can close without warning, therefore access to the summit or favorable conditions cannot be guaranteed
  • The temperature can dip below freezing when at a high elevation on the mountain
  • Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. Sometimes cool, wet, or muddy conditions are encountered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 99 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.5/5

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The telescope we used at the star gazing parking lot wasn't great. We have better at home (that was disappointing). We expected to be able to view on the top of Mauna Lau, with a higher end telescope. At least a professional model. By the time of the viewing, we were too cold to enjoy it. Again, having the option at the top would have been ideal, rather than drive down, set it up and wait it out. It turns out we paid for the drive to the top, in which case our driver/tour guide was terrific. I would have opted to drive ourselves (many did) with our rented jeep & save the $1200+ for our group.

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January 17, 2023

We were lucky with a clear night and very little wind. The tour was extremely well organized, and our two guides were great. Jaime, our driver up the mountain also gave us a quick star gazing tour. The views atop Mauna Kea really were breathtaking. I highly recommend the tour, but do know there’s a good amount of driving involved to get to the mountain and back.

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January 11, 2023

The tour is quite expensive, but you can get to the summit in a new four-wheel drive Mercedes Sprinter. The actual summit of Mauna Kea is closed because it is considered sacred in Hawaiian culture and by law only Hawaiians can access it. But there are Pu'us at the same height. After we were allowed to watch the sunset from 4200m altitude, it went down a bit again, where we learned more about the constellations with delicious snacks and complete darkness and could observe planets through a telescope. All in all it was well worth the money and a definite highlight of our 3 week trip to Hawaii. We ourselves didn't want to take the risk with our four-wheel drive rental car, since the road is not developed. Whether the vehicle has four-wheel drive is also checked by rangers before entering, as well as the temperature of the brakes when driving down again. Here some people have to wait again before they are allowed to continue.

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November 11, 2022

Product ID: 401787