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  • Location:Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. Discover Hawaii from the top of the island's tallest peak, Mauna Kea, also known as 'White Mountain,' located 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Limited to 12 people, this small-group star-watching tour ensures a personalized and unique experience at the enchanting Mauna Kea summit.

Highlights

  • 8-hour Manua Kea stargazing tour on Hawaii
  • Enjoy a private star-gazing show through telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory
  • Learn about the history, culture and ecology of Hawaii as you enjoy the sunset and gaze at the stars
  • Indulge in a picnic dinner at a historical ranch
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 participants, ensuring a personalized and unique experience with a naturalist guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Ride to the Mauna Kea summit in comfort and safety aboard a specially equipped 4x4 van, and gain access to parts of the Big Island that most travelers will never see!

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What You Can Expect

Best Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

View a spectacular sunset from the top of Mauna Kea and enjoy a unique stargazing experience on this Big Island adventure tour. After pickup from a central location in Kona, you'll travel through Hawaii's historical Parker Ranch in a 4x4 luxury van to Mauna Kea summit.

Enjoy a hot, picnic-style dinner (see sample menu below) at a Hawaiian ranch where you're provided with a warm, hooded parka. Then prepare to make the climb to the top of Mauna Kea, learning about the Big Island's cultural, natural and ecological history from your naturalist guide en route to Mauna Kea Observatory.

From the summit, enjoy views of Mauna Loa and see Maui's volcano, Haleakala, along with other special points of interest. Stand among some of the earth's most powerful telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory as you enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sunset view.

After sunset, travel to the Mauna Kea Visitor Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), where your guide sets up a telescope for a personal, entertaining and educational star party. Learn how Mauna Kea's unique geography draws scientists from all over the world to study the heavens, and also allows for incredible nighttime views of the stars.

Enjoy hot beverages and chocolate macadamia nut cookies as your guide gives a personal astronomy lesson before your return to Kona.

Picnic Dinner Menu (please specify at booking):

Hot Entrée Option
Barbecue chicken with mild Korean BBQ chili sauce (served hot)
  • Warm homemade cornbread
  • Cole slaw with blond raisins
Cold Vegetarian Entrée Option
Vegetarian Spinach Wrap (served cold)
(Wrap includes: hummus, lettuce, tofu, cucumber, tomato, carrot, avocado, bell peppers and tomatoes served with a side of sesame soy dressing)
  • Glazed carrots
  • Tabouleh
Gluten-Free Option
Grilled chicken breast with lemon garnish (served hot)
  • Rice
  • Glazed carrots
Dessert
  • Chocolate brownies

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very good tour. amazing stars to seen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great experience. Great guide. Amazing to see the stars at that altitude!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was awesome! The guide was knowledgeable in all aspects. The sunset was unbelievable! Enjoyed looking through the telescope and learning about the constellations. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone. The food was good as well. We both had the chicken.

David B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent. Marka the guide was very knowledgable and made the excursion great fun. Incredible views from the top and the sunset was fantastic. Got to see Saturn, Jupiter and Venus through the telescope.

David B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent. Marka the guide was very knowledgable and made the excursion great fun. Incredible views from the top and the sunset was fantastic. Got to see Saturn, Jupiter and Venus through the telescope.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was an excellent tour which our family really enjoyed. Maka was an outstanding guide. His knowledge and communication skills made for a fun trip for everyone in our group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Tour guide excellent. The stars were spectacular and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.This tour group is very organized and well run.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Mako was a very knowledgeable guide.We enjoyed meeting the other members of the group. The food was mediocre but that wasn't what we were there for. We would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A totally absorbing trip. Our guide was highly knowledgeable. The views from Mauna Kea are breathtaking and the stargazing was amazing. It a "must do" trip on Big Island.

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