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Waterfalls, Lava Cave & Mauna Kea Stargazing Tour with Astro-Photographer Guide


See the best of the Big Island with this 8-hour evening tour that takes you to the rainforests and waterfalls of Hilo, a secret lava tube cave, and the clear starry skies of Mauna Kea! This small-group sightseeing tour is a must-do!

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Why bother with large vans and crowds of people, when you can embark on an epic adventure across the Big Island of Hawaii on a personalized expedition to see Hilo's famous landmarks, explore a secret 100 year old lava tube, and drive up Mauna Kea for a night of stargazing! Your Mauna Kea tour begins with a drive along Saddle Road before heading to the rainforests and waterfalls of Hilo. Visit a secluded lava tube cave and enjoy a relaxing sunset picnic dinner at Hilo Japanese gardens. Next, enjoy a exclusive laser-guided star show on the slopes of Mauna Kea for a stargazing experience like no other. Your expert photographer guide will take amazing photos of you with the stars in the sky for memories that will last a life time!
Tour Highlights!
  • Small-group experience, only 7 guests per tour.
  • Your expert guide customizes each tour to get you to the best spots and skip the crowds.
  • All guides are Astro-Photographers and they will take professional photos of you with the night sky
  • Look at Galaxies, Nebulas and Star clusters through an Astro-Cam
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Waterfalls, Lava Cave & Stargazing
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You can book a maximum of 7.
Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 249.00
USD 249.00
Child (Age 5-12)
USD 229.00
USD 229.00
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 249.00
USD 249.00
Child (Age 5-12)
USD 229.00
USD 229.00
GE Tax included
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    Look out over lava fields along the south shore
The perfect option for solo travelers, small families, and groups of friends. Head out to see beauty of the Big Island's east coast!
Dinner Menu: Enjoy a mouthwatering dinner at a local Hilo restaurant where you will be able to have your choice of "choose your own" bowl, wrap or tacos. There are a number of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available, and each dinner includes your choice of non-alcoholic beverage. Snack Menu: Once a top Mauna Kea, your guide will provide you with chocolate covered macadamia nuts, Hawaiian-style kettle chips, and assorted beverages.
  • Duration (incl. transportation): 5.5 - 6.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Available
  • Inclusion: Beverages / Dinner / Jacket / Admission fee / Snacks / Guide / Starlight photography
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off
    Time & Location

  • 16:00-16:30 Pick-up from Kona & Waikoloa Hotels
  • Drive Along Saddle Road
    Sit back and relax as you make your way between the slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea as you head towards the quaint town of Hilo.
  • Visit a Secluded Lava Tube Cave
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  • Visit Rainforests & Waterfalls
    IMG_3298edit1 The lush rainforests of Hilo are a beautiful sight to behold, and your expert guide will lead you away from the crowds and tour buses to see a majestic waterfall.
  • Explore a Japanese Garden & Enjoy a Sunset Dinner
    IMG_3164 Not only will you have the opportunity to visit the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan, but you will also have a delicious picnic dinner while the sun dips below the horizon and the sky ignites in an array of colors.
  • Stargaze on the Slopes of Mauna Kea
    epic_tours_temp01 Drive close to the summit of Mauna Kea for a stargazing tour like no other, and enjoy a laser guided explanation of the stars and planets. Guests attending this tour on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will also have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope.
  • Get Your Photo Taken by a Astro-Photographer
    IMG_3423 You will have the unique opportunity to have professional photos taken with the stars as your background! Each and every guide is a trained astro-photographer who will take high-definition photographs of you and your group with the stars illuminated beautifully behind you.
  • 22:00-22:30 Drop-off at Kona & Waikoloa Hotels
    • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
    • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Due to the risk of altitude sickness, guests with heart issues, lung and breathing ailments, or those with medical issues that could be affected by a lack of oxygen should not participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Walking shoes
    • Comfortable clothing
    • Sweatshirt / light jacket
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • The menu is subject to change without notice.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • If you are not staying in the Kona or Waikoloa areas, you may meet the tour van at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area.
    • The stargazing with telescope is only available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. On Mondays, Thursdays & Sundays the stargazing DOES NOT include telescope.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 7.
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Is the volcano affecting this tour?
  • As this tour does visit the most recent lava flows, your tour route may change depending on how lava is flowing on that day. However, the rest of your tour will continue to operate regardless.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 16:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 249.00
USD 249.00

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(4.86/5.00) 4.86 / 5
(7 reviews)
Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 5.5 - 6.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily
Meal Dinner


Absolutely amazing from the beginning to the end! James (Epic Tours) did a wonderful job educating us about each stop and in between while we were driving. He took some incredible pictures. The sta...more
We got to see some amazing parts of Hawaii! We went places where there wasn’t a lot of other tourist...more
Highly recommend this excursion. Great way to see the entire island from lava rock to waterfalls to Japanese gardens to a lave tube cave, it was all amazing. But the best part is the stargazing on Ma...more
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Waterfalls, Lava Cave & Mauna Kea Stargazing Tour with Astro-Photographer Guide