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  • Address: Saddle Road
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 10pm
  • Admission: Free

Big Island of Hawaii ATTRACTIONS See all

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Whether you’re a budding astrophysicist or just a fan of Big Bang Theory, take the opportunity while you’re on the Big Island to visit the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatory.

At a lofty height of 13,796 ft (4,138 m) Mauna Kea is Hawaii's tallest mountain, and the summit is topped with astronomical observatories from around the world.

The Visitor Information Station is at a lowly 9,300 ft (2,790 m) elevation, and from here a rugged hiking trail winds to the summit. It takes around five hours and you need to be fit and prepared for all kinds of weather conditions.

The visitor center has interactive displays and videos, with interactive telescopes, talks and tours. It also runs escorted tours to the summit.

Practical Info

The Visitor Information Station is an hour’s drive from Hilo, via Highway 200. The best way to get here, and to the summit, is on an organized tour.

Tours & Tickets

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

Experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time as you head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.29

Fire and Falls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

This Big Island helicopter adventure will show you the best of Hawaii – volcanoes and waterfalls – from the air! Starting from Hilo, you’ll journey over miles ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $232.56

Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience the best of the Big Island — from volcanoes to waterfalls to the rainforest — on this full-day adventure tour from Kona. During one fun-filled day, ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $590.42

2-Hour Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Get breathtaking views of Hawaii from the air! On this deluxe, two-hour helicopter tour of the Big Island, you’ll take off from Kona and fly above spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $484.93

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