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MaunaKea Summit Sunset and Star Tour with Photo

MaunaKea Summit Sunset and Star Tour with Photo

Travel to the summit (13,800ft) of Mauna Kea to see the sunset and do stargazing at 12000ft. Enjoy a unique experience as your guide takes photos of the sunset and stars for you using their DSLR camera. All photos are free of charge and you will get them on your smartphone at the end of the tour. Start your tour with an easy meet up at either Target store in Kailua Kona or at the Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa resort. Then heading to the Onizuka visitor information center while hearing the variety of information about the Big Island from the tour guide. When you arrive, change into warm weather gear- snow parkas, ski pants, and gloves that are all provided for you. Also we will stay at visitor center to acclimate to the elevation and you canuse this time to shop at gift store in the visitor center. Enjoy a light meal of BLT sandwich (other option available for people with dietry restriction) while you acclimatize or when watching sunset at the summit. Head to the summit in a 4x4 van, arriving about 60min before the sunset time. Be ready to do some posing since your guides will take DSLR photos of you, which will be sent to you for free. After sunset, head back down to the 12,000ft to do stargazing for about an our and during this time, tour guide will explain abouthte cellestial objects and will take the photo of you with the stars in it (location may change depend on the weather). After stopping by the visitor center for the last bathroom break, we will head back to the pick up locations.

Private - All-Inclusive Volcanoes National Park Tour

Private - All-Inclusive Volcanoes National Park Tour

Set off on a customizable adventure tour with hotel pickup. Meet your private guide and drive along the beautiful Kona coast to stop first at the famous Punalu‘u Bakery. See Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach before entering one of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Following hotel pickup, travel south along the Kona coast and take in breathtaking views of lush vegetation and pristine coastline. Listen to your guide describe the cultural history of the area as well as the local flora and fauna. Arrive at the southernmost bakery in the United States. Punalu‘u Bakery is world-renown for its sweet bread, malasadas (Portuguese fried dough), and other delicious treats. Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea and choose a malasada before heading on to explore the most beautiful black sand beach on the island, Punalu‘u. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of black sand under your toes while listening to the wind move through the palms and across the water. Your guide will keep a lookout for green sea turtles and endangered hawksbill sea turtles that frequent the beach. The iconic Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses the summit of 2 of the world’s most active volcanoes and extends from sea level up to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. You’ll spend the majority of your tour in the park taking in all the natural wonders. Explore the main attractions in the park including the Thurston Lava Tube, Wahinekapu Steam Bluff, and marvel at the incredible views of the current eruption inside Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Listen to guided interpretation throughout the day as you learn all about the park’s natural wonders, endemic wildlife and rich cultural history.

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Our trip up Mauna Kea was amazing. Wes, our driver, tour guide and photographer, was the best. Born and raised in Hawaii he not only got us up to the summit safely but also told us a lot about Hawaiian history and the sacred place the summit of Mauna Kea is! It was amazing to learn some authentic info about the places we visited! The sunset and stargazing were breathtaking (quite literally at that height) and the photos we got to take away will make our memories last forever. We could not recommend this tour enough!!

This was an incredible experience. Our tour guide, Shawn, was informative of the island's history and landscape and could not have been more accommodating. I highly recommend this trip

Much seen and many explanations by Shawn. Everything as we wanted it