Guided tour

Mauna Kea: Stargazing Experience with Free Photos

4.7 / 5

9 reviews

Mauna Kea: Stargazing Experience with Free Photos

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Likely to sell out

From US$ 299 per person

Travel to a remote location for a stargazing and photo experience unlike any other. Immerse yourself in the dark beauty of the night sky.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy a stargazing tour that's fun for all ages
  • Have epic photos taken of you by a pro astro-photographer
  • Marvel at some of the darkest skies on the planet from a remote area
Full description

Explore a secluded stargazing spot on the slopes of Mauna Kea.

Stargazing on this summit has never been allowed for any individual or tour group; all other tours do their stargazing on the side of a busy road near the highway, but this tour allows you access to a remote spot located miles from any highway.  Head to the meeting point and grab a parka jacket. Hear about this unique spot from your guide, as they use a green laser to point out constellations, planets, space objects, and hopefully some fast-moving shooting stars. Your guide will also take some photos of the best objects in the night sky with an astro-modified camera/lens for you to check out later.

Next comes everyone's favorite part; have some fun posing for astro-photos with the stars in the background. 2-3 photos taken during the experience will be sent to you after the trip. Look back on these photos, touched up with Lightroom photo-editing at no extra cost.

  • 2-3 medium-resolution photos from the trip
  • Use of parka jackets
  • Tour guide who is an Analog-Astronaut who works in association with NASA
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 99 high resolution photo upgrade
  • 199 ultra high resolution photo upgrade
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• Look for your guide, James, near an Epic Tour 4x4 van • The meeting point might change to an alternative location 5-15 minutes from what is listed, depending on the weather and the crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts

Know before you go

  • Photo upgrades are available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 9 reviews

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Just do it. Don’t think twice. This is hands down one of the best tours I’ve ever done in Hawaii. James is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He shares a ton of information with the group and ensures everyone is enjoying the trip. The pictures he took were incredible! It’s COLD out there. Wear pants, not leggings like me the tour does provide you with parkas to stay warm but you may consider layering up a bit more if you get cold easily.

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August 2, 2021

Interesting but VERY overpriced. I would rate it 4-stars at half the price. Guide was very knowledgeable and nice so it wasn’t a total bust.

December 3, 2021

October 8, 2021

Product ID: 352716