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Mauna Kea Stargazing Tour & Summit Sunset Adventure
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What to expect

Journey to the highest peak in Hawaii for a spectacular sunset and stargazing tour with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. Watch a Mauna Kea sunset from the summit then marvel at the stars and planets through professional telescopes!

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Mauna Kea Sunset & Stargazing Tour (with Dinner)
USD 235.00
USD 235.00
USD 235.00
USD 235.00

Enjoy a Mauna Kea summit adventure complete with a hearty meal! The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimate to the high elevation before going all the way to the summit, and to not go to the summit on an empty stomach. So on this tour you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Visitor Information Station (9,200 ft./2,800 m.) where you can also learn about the Mauna Kea Observatories.

Overview

Afternoon
4.5 - 8.5 hour(s)
Available Daily
With pick-up
Dinner
Not Accessible
Inclusions: Dinner / Parka / Hot cocoa / Coffee / Tea / Guide

Schedule

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15:15-16:45

Pick-up from Kailua-Kona & Waikoloa

17:00
Dinner at the Onizuka Visitor Center (1 hr)
124725
18:00
Sunset Viewing from Mauna Kea's Summit (1 hr)
246227
19:00
Mauna Kea Stargazing (1 hr)
246207
21:00-23:30

Drop-off

Transportation add-ons

Available

Location

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

Notes

Restrictions

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
  • Participants may not scuba dive within 24 hours of this activity due to the risk of decompression sickness.
  • Persons who are obese (Body Mass Index of 40 or over) should not make this trip.
  • Participants with any history of a respiratory problems (this includes pneumonia in the last 6 months, any lung conditions or surgeries) are not permitted to take this tour. Contact your physician if you have questions about traveling to this altitude.
  • Participants with any history of heart problems (this includes ANY heart surgery, stent, pacemaker, heart valve irregularities etc.) are not permitted to take this tour. Contact your physician if you have questions about traveling to this altitude.
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Tour vehicle is not equipped with a lift. Must be able to get into the van with assistance, storage available for collapsible wheelchairs. Please indicate during booking for most convenient arrangements.
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
  • People 16 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Other requirements

  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Booking requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)

  • You can book a maximum of 9.

Required items to bring & attire

  • The average temperature on top of Mauna Kea is 30°F and wind is common. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring any layering garments you may have.

Additional notes

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
  • The menu is subject to change without notice.
  • Drinks are available for purchase.
  • Road closures due to high winds near the summit may happen in the winter. If a road closure is discovered en route a shorter version of the tour will continue and guests will receive an $80 refund per person. If a road closure is discovered before departure, guests will be contacted and given the option to cancel at no charge or receive the $80 refund per person and still participate on an shorter tour. If you cannot be reached, your booking will be canceled and you will be given a full refund.
  • Beverages & snacks are available for purchase at Mauna Kea Visitor Center, but you are welcome to bring your own beverages if you want (no alcohol).
Currently selected
Mauna Kea Sunset & Stargazing Tour (without dinner)
USD 226.00
USD 226.00
USD 226.00
USD 226.00

If you decide to book the standard package without dinner, you're welcome (and encouraged) to bring your own food. Or if you decide to eat before the tour, you'll have more time to check out the Onizuka Visitor Information Center. They'll have a solar telescope set up so you can safely look at the sun and potentially see sun spots or solar flares.

Overview

Afternoon
4.5 - 8.5 hour(s)
Available Daily
With pick-up
Dinner
Not Accessible
Inclusions: Parka / Guide

Schedule

View All
15:15-16:45

Pick-up from Kailua-Kona & Waikoloa

17:00
Dinner at the Onizuka Visitor Center (1 hr)
124725
18:00
Sunset Viewing from Mauna Kea's Summit (1 hr)
246227
19:00
Mauna Kea Stargazing (1 hr)
246207
21:00-23:30

Drop-off

Transportation add-ons

Available

Location

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

Notes

Restrictions

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
  • Participants may not scuba dive within 24 hours of this activity due to the risk of decompression sickness.
  • Persons who are obese (Body Mass Index of 40 or over) should not make this trip.
  • Participants with any history of a respiratory problems (this includes pneumonia in the last 6 months, any lung conditions or surgeries) are not permitted to take this tour. Contact your physician if you have questions about traveling to this altitude.
  • Participants with any history of heart problems (this includes ANY heart surgery, stent, pacemaker, heart valve irregularities etc.) are not permitted to take this tour. Contact your physician if you have questions about traveling to this altitude.
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Tour vehicle is not equipped with a lift. Must be able to get into the van with assistance, storage available for collapsible wheelchairs. Please indicate during booking for most convenient arrangements.

Other requirements

  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Booking requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)

  • You can book a maximum of 9.

Required items to bring & attire

  • The average temperature on top of Mauna Kea is 30°F and wind is common. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring any layering garments you may have.

Additional notes

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
  • The menu is subject to change without notice.
  • Drinks are available for purchase.
  • Road closures due to high winds near the summit may happen in the winter. If a road closure is discovered en route a shorter version of the tour will continue and guests will receive an $80 refund per person. If a road closure is discovered before departure, guests will be contacted and given the option to cancel at no charge or receive the $80 refund per person and still participate on an shorter tour. If you cannot be reached, your booking will be canceled and you will be given a full refund.
  • Beverages & snacks are available for purchase at Mauna Kea Visitor Center, but you are welcome to bring your own beverages if you want (no alcohol).

Reviews

Honeymoon Highlight!

2020/02/11 Couples MsTravelGal

I wouldn't give this tour five stars...I give it as many stars as there are in the Mauna Kea sky! This tour was easily the highlight of our trip on the Big Island! We enjoyed every minute of it. The sunset was absolutely...

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Highlight of my Big Island trip. Must do!

2020/02/11 Couples Michael

This Mauana Kea summit and stargazing tour was phenomenal. The first stop is at the visitor center around 9k feet elevation. Here you can look through a couple telescopes, walk through the museum, and you will be served ...

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Gratitude and respect! Blessed to have been able to experience sunset on Mauna Kea and the beauty of our night sky!

2020/01/01 Families Hoomaikaiana

This was truly a ‘bucket list’ experience.
Our guide Travis shared his encyclopedic knowledge of the mountain and the importance to the Hawai’ian people. The history of the observatories and their research potential wa...

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FAQ

Q. What will we see on this tour?
A. While driving up Saddle Road you'll have panoramic views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Along the road you'll see black lava rock formed by Mauna Loa's eruptions in the last two hundred years. From the Mauna Kea Access Road you'll see many volcanic cones that once spewed lava. You will also get to watch the sunset over these volcanic slopes. At the summit you will see thirteen telescopes that make up the Mauna Kea Observatories (the observatories are closed to the public but you might get to see the domes open after sunset). At the Onizuka Visitor Information Station you will get to look through a solar telescope, watch a video about Mauna Kea and the observatory, and after sunset this is where the stargazing magic happens. The guide will operate a computerized Celestron telescope through which you can see stars, planets, distant galaxies, and the moon.
Q. Will we get to look through the big telescopes on Mauna Kea?
A. No, the observatories have very limited public access. However, you might get to see the domes open after sunset.
Q. Will there be any health risks linked to going up Mauna Kea?
A. Mauna Kea has 40% less oxygen than sea level and 40% less air pressure. This drop of vital oxygen can cause serious problems for persons with heart or lung issues, children, and women who are pregnant. Visitors in good health are also susceptible to altitude sickness and should use caution and abide by all rules and regulations of the tour. Next to having a good time, safety is the number one priority.
Q. What type of vehicle will be used?
A. Built for comfort, the 14 passenger 4v4 Van Terra micro-coaches are equipped with air conditioning, stereo sound, PA, phone, first aid and oxygen, parkas, and a telescope. Each van can hold up to 14 people.
Q. Will we be guaranteed to see stars?
A. Mauna Kea enjoys an average of 325 clear nights per year. Most of the inclement nights are easily predictable. The weather is monitored on a daily basis and if poor scenic conditions are likely, the trip will be cancelled and a full refund given (or reschedule if available). Like any high mountain there can be unpredictable and fast changing weather at any time.
Q. What is the dinner menu?
A. The dinner consists of a hearty 3-cheese vegetable lasagna with a tasty homemade chocolate brownie (the brownie may have nuts). Ingredients in the lasagna vary from day to day based on local availability and season, and may include Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, Asiago cheese, garlic, onion, corn, spinach, broccoli, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, squash, mushrooms and more.

This is currently the only dinner option but you are more than welcome to bring your own food if you would prefer something else. There is a microwave and hot water at the Visitor Information Station.
Q. What kind of equipment will be used?
A. Your guides will provide you with new Celestron CPC 1100 telescopes that are equipped with Starbright XL coatings for 10% more light throughput than ordinary instruments. These scopes are computer automated and have spectacular optics. Because they are bigger and have better optics they gather about 100% more light than telescopes used on other tours.
Q. What jackets sizes are available?
A. The jackets sizes are as follows:

Small ~145 lbs and under / ~63.5 kg
Medium 140~175 lbs / ~77 kg
Large 170~210 lbs / ~90.5 kg
XL 200~260 lbs / ~ 113 kg
Q. How far in advance should I book this activity?
A. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last-minute bookings are often possible, but availability is limited.
Q. How cold does it get on Mauna Kea?
A. Average temperatures can reach 32° Fahrenheit or 0° Celsius.
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Payment / Cancellation Policy

Payment Methods
  • Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 18:00, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 4 or less)
    Any cancellations made after 18:00, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 5 or more)
    Any cancellations made after 18:00, 1 week prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 8-10)
    Any cancellations made after 18:00, 2 weeks prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 11 or more)

Mauna Kea Stargazing Tour & Summit Sunset Adventure
Journey to the highest peak in Hawaii for a spectacular sunset and stargazing tour with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. Watch a Mauna Kea sunset from the summit then marvel at the stars and planets through professional telescopes!