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  • Address: Saddle Road, Hilo 96720, USA
  • 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 Above the Clouds Sunrise Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, null
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Mauna Kea Above the Clouds Sunrise Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Avoid the overly crowded sunset on Mauna Kea. Instead, depart in the pre-dawn hours and take advantage of the glorious sunrise at Mauna Kea's summit, which ...  Read more

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & Wildlife
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 137 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $217.71
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & ... 
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Mauna Kea Summit is home to the world's largest telescopes and has atmospheric clarity better than anywhere else on earth. Breathtaking views from Hawaii's ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Mauna Kea is home to the world's largest telescopes and has atmospheric clarity better than anywhere else on earth. You'll see breathtaking views from Hawaii's ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Hawaii Birdwatching Small Group Adventure Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Hawaii Birdwatching Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Get your binoculars ready for a small group adventure tour to Mauna Kea Forest Preserve for fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Visit both rainforest and ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 11 - 12 hours

From USD $200.00
Kilauea Hike and Glow from Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & Wildlife
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Kilauea Hike and Glow from Kona

Get your hike on with one of the Park Service certified guides on this Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow tour. This is a specialized tour designed for adventurous guests ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.71
Small Group Tour: Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & ... 
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Small Group Tour: Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

This first-class tour showcases the raw nature of the active volcano-Kilauea. Journey through the middle of the island on the brand new Saddle Road. The views ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $238.53
Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Night Tours
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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Take your need for speed to new heights on this thrilling Helicopter, zipline and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adventure. Imagine soaring over the ...  Read more

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

From USD $619.00
Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 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 ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 100-120 minutes

From USD $499.00
Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 127 Reviews

Journey through Hawaii Island’s incredible range of ecosystems and climate zones before experiencing first-hand the phenomena that makes it all possible – an ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00

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