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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

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icon7 to 8 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Enjoy a sunset and stargazing experience like no other on this small-group trip to Mauna Kea—the highest point in the Hawaiian islands. Following afternoon pickup, travel in a 4x4 van to the summit—you can change into a warm jacket and pair of gloves, and sip a hot beverage, as the sun starts to set. Then, learn why so many research telescopes are located here during a brilliant celestial show.
  • This bucket-list experience whisks you up to the Mauna Kea summit
  • Watch the sunset from the mountaintop, and see the stars come out
  • Leave all the driving to your guide with round-trip 4x4 van transit
  • Warm jackets and gloves, hot drinks, and pro photographs included
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Transportation in a comfortable 4X4 van
Snacks and a hot beverage
Jackets and gloves to keep you warm
Experienced tour guide
Professional Celestron telescope
FREE night photo with our professional camera
Dinner (Travelers may bring their own)
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  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for travelers under 13 years old
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Hawaii Island Holidays
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    How can I arrange pickup for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:Pickup is available from select locations in Hilo, Waikoloa, and Kona. Be sure to select the correct pickup option when making your reservation.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Can I change my departure point for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour after the booking is confirmed?
    A:Pickup is included from the location on your selected option when making your reservation. If you need to change the pickup location, please call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket.
    May 2021
    Q:
    How should I dress for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:It can get very cold on Mauna Kea, so dress accordingly. You will be provided with coats and gloves to help keep you warm.
    May 2021
    Q:
    How strenuous is the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:All guests should be in moderate physical condition. There is a significant change in altitude as the tour group ascends Mauna Kea.
    May 2021
    Q:
    How high is the Summit of Mauna Kea?
    A:The Visitor Station is located at 9,200ft (2,800m) and the summit is 13,796ft (4,205m).
    May 2021
    Q:
    Do we get to use the telescope at the Summit during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:The large observatories are run by several different universities/organizations from several different countries. You may, however, get close to the stars with a professional Celestron telescope to view the incredible night sky.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Are there age restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:Guests under age 13 are not recommended due to the high altitude.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Are there other restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:This tour is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has back problems, or is in poor health due to the high altitude.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Are there restrooms available during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:There are restrooms at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center as well as portable restrooms near the summit.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Is food included in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
    A:Food is not included, however, you may bring your own packed dinner with you. There will not be food available for purchase upon arrival.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Masks were required, but this was a lot of close exposure." See review
    • "I recommend bringing headphones to listen to music or watch something on the way to the mountain." See review

    Reviews

    5.0
    star-5
    255 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

    Showing 1-10 of 255 reviews
    star-5
    Worth every penny, we highly recommend it
    April_L
    , May 2022
    We had an amazing time with the tour guide Hunter, he’s so knowledgeable and we’ve learned and seen so much through him. His hospitality made us feel welcomed. This tour is worth every single penny and we highly recommend it.
    star-5
    Excellent tour, you dont want to miss it!!
    Sherry_S
    , May 2022
    The best part of the entire tour was Gabe, our guide😊 He was professional mixed with a very personable personality and approach. The information shared with us was awesome. Telescopes were unbelievable as well as the star show.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Anonymous
    , May 2022
    This is a must do excision while on the big island. Addison was an awesome tour guys. Many stories and lots of experience. The sunset and stars were so glorious and photos to remember the moment made it extra special. Thank you!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    AMAZING
    Alexis_R
    , May 2022
    super Incredible! the tour guide was professional, friendly and accommodating! And of course the view above the clouds was perfect! Highly recommended!
    star-5
    Views for miles.
    Adam_F
    , May 2022
    Spectacular views and amazing sunset. Guide was well informed and super friendly. The star gazing was informative but going on a moonless night would be recommended.
    star-5
    On top of the world!
    Peggy_S
    , May 2022
    Once in a lifetime adventure! Clouds below us and the sun setting made great photos! Tour guides knowledgeable. Driver was kind to drop us off at our place after tour.
    star-5
    Amazing guide and tour....
    Alyssa_C
    , May 2022
    Amazing guide and tour. Definitely recommend if you can't drive up to the summit in your vehicle! We were lucky that the sky was clear so the star show was great!
    star-4
    Great trip but one issue
    Andrea_Q
    , May 2022
    The trip was great and the guides very knowledge and had fun personalities. My issue with the trip was when I changed buses I had to sit at the back of the bus going up Mauna Kea. This would have been fine only for the fact that I couldn’t hear any of the commentary. I’ve a great interest in geology and history of the mountain and really wanted to hear the information. This is why it lost a star. I saw that other people have made this comment as well on other trips and this should be addressed by the tour company as it’s an important element to the trip. It seems like it would be an easy fix.
    star-4
    Our tour guide was great,...
    Melissa_D
    , May 2022
    Our tour guide was great, watching the scenery change on the drive up Mauna Kea was awesome, the view at the top, as sun set, was incredible, and at the end of the tour when we stargazed, the tour guide really wanted to make sure everyone got to see something cool which was really nice. The only critique I'd add is that the pick up/drop off location for Hilo is not great if you're staying close to downtown and don't have a vehicle.
    star-5
    Loved this !
    Patricia_P
    , Apr 2022
    What an awesome experience!! The information about the summit was helpful. The scenery was amazing !!

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