1. United States
  2. Big Island, Hawaii
  3. Mauna Loa

Mauna Kea: Mars and Stars Photo Adventure

Product ID: 352716
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Travel to a remote, Mars-like location for a stargazing and photo experience unlike any other. Immerse yourself in the dark beauty of the night sky.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Explore an area used by Nasa for Mars studies
  • 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 or Mauna Loa. 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 private property located miles from any highway. 

Once you step foot onto the martian soil and grab your parka jacket, hear about how the place where you are standing is one of the most unique spots in the entire solar system. After that, your guide will use their 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. All photos taken throughout the experience will be sent to you after the trip. Look back on these high resolution photos, touched up with Lightroom photo-editing at no extra cost.
  • Snacks: three types of Kona macadamia nut chocolates
  • Drinks: coffee, hot water, tea, hot chocolate, and mocha cappuccino
  • High resolution photos from the trip
  • Use of parka jackets
  • Transportation from/to the meeting point
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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)

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Meeting point

Arrive 10 minutes before the activity starts. Look for a blue 4x4 van.

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From US$ 220 per person

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