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Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)

Kailua-Kona, United States

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  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The 13,803-foot (4,207.3-meter) peak of Mauna Kea is Hawaii's highest point, and a popular spot for star-gazing. With this tour, travel up to the volcano summit with your guide, stop for dinner at the Onizuka Astronomy Complex, then arrive at the summit in time to watch the sunset. As dark sets in, enjoy a guided stargazing experience and marvel at the stars and planets using a refractor telescope and razor pointer.
  • Stay warm with included winter clothes, hot drinks and a light dinner
  • Pose for group sunset and star-gazing photos included with the tour
  • Choose from three different pickup and drop-off locations
  • Intimate small-group experience with a maximum of eight people

What's Included

  • Dinner
  • Bottled water
  • Snow parker, Ski pants, Gloves to keep you warm
  • Admission Fee for Mauna Kea
  • 4x4 Passenger Van to the summit
  • Expert tour guide
  • Free DSLR camera photo of sunset and stars with you in it!
  • An astronomical telescope
  • An optional TIP per person for good service is customary in Hawaii.
  • Guest under 16 years old cannot participate

Departure & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • Target
    74-5455 Makala Blvd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    By the Mcdonald in the Target's parking area

  • Queens' Marketplace
    69-201 Waikōloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

    By the Island Gourmet Market's back entrance in front of parking lot

  • Mauna Kea State Recreation Area / Mauna Kea Forest Reserve
    44-5400 Daniel K. Inouye Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

    By parking lot in the park

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please check the message through Viator we will send after confirmation of your booking, about pickup time and location.
  • Please note that we do not take any responsibility or liability for any damage or loss caused through the parking
  • Operated by Hawaiian Eyes Tour
  • Not recommended for person weight more than 300lb
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for person having respiratory problem such as asthma
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)?

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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)?

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

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)?

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

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Traveler Tips

Expect the tour to take about six hours, depending on where you are picked up.
We very highly recommend this tour, A must thing to do on Big Island.
418 reviews
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A once in a lifetime experience!
kennyinseattle, Aug 2022
Our guide Hiro was so knowledgable and made our experience a truly memorable experience. The sunset and stargazing were stunning and we cannot recommend this tour enough!
Stephan was funny and...
Jan_M, Aug 2022
Stephan was funny and easy to listen to. He gave a lot of interesting information. The top of the world experience was remarkable. The hot chocolate saved our lives.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our tour guide is amazing...
Jose_C, Aug 2022
Our tour guide is amazing , he took the time to explain all the details. We would highly recommend this adventure
Unforgettable trip!
Doris_D, Aug 2022
Perfect tour! It’s our best decision to join this tour to Mauna Kea. We’re from Oahu, and this was our first time visiting the Big Island. Our guide, West is very friendly, knowledgeable and taking care of all of us well! He made sure we do not get sick from the elevation sickness, explained the history about Mauna Kea and telescopes up the summit. I love that we were provided the winter clothings, food, and hot drinks. We did not have to worry about renting a 4-wheel drive and drive the bumpy and dangerous cliffs going up the summit. West took excellent pictures for us too! Amazing!
Great tour and amazing experience
Bryan_G, Aug 2022
Super knowledgeable tour guide. The views are amazing and the sunset photos are breath taking. We even got to see Saturn on our trip, rings and all. A larger telescope could have made the star gazing even better.
A must do while on Big Island
Jason_S, Aug 2022
The summit is just amazing. It’s good to go with someone who knows what they are doing. I’ve been to Moana Kea before, but wanted to summit with an outfit. Wesley was amazing and gave awesome knowledge. He made the experience great and cared very much about everyone’s comfort.
Great tour guide Shawn. ...
Philippe_Z, Aug 2022
Great tour guide Shawn. Fantastic Sunset on top of Mauna Kea. Although the moon was half phase we were able to see the Milky Way and some constellation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Shawn and Hiro were...
Henry_A, Aug 2022
Shawn and Hiro were superb drivers and story tellers. Having spent 4 years at HPA in Kamurla, it was great revisiting MK with two rxcellent guides.
Views is what made this tour
Fernando_Z, Aug 2022
The views and photos were amazing and what made this trip. You get all the photos taken by the tour guide sent to your phone. The lunch was a cold vegetable sandwich no chips or anything else. So, do not expect much for the meal. It says max of 8 people, but we had 11 people in our van.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A truly amazing experience, we would highly recommend.
Amanda_L, Jul 2022
This is an awesome tour. We went up with Hiro who we cannot fault, he even completed the trip in two languages to accommodate everyone. The trip to the summit was fairly long, but Hiro shared so much knowledge with us that it felt like no time at all. He advised us on how to stay safe and get the most out of our trip. The summit itself was spectacular, the views, the telescopes, the arid landscape that looked like something from Mars. The sunset was amazing and seemed to go on forever, with the telescopes in the foreground, making for incredible photos for keen photographers. Followed by some of the best star gazing we've ever experienced. Hiro had jackets and even snow pants to keep us warm, along with hot chocolate tea. A truly amazing experience, we would highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Once in a lifetime experience
Ann_M, Jul 2022
What an amazing trip! Our guide and driver were fantastic, took our comfort and safety seriously, and the trip was more than advertised just for the privilege of experiencing a sunset beyond description and learning more about the history and culture of Hawai’i. The second half of the night involving star gazing was equally fantastic! Wes really knows his stuff and our family learned a lot and we are so grateful that this was something we could experience and enjoy. We all gained a better appreciation for the majestic beauty that is Hawai’i and have amazing photos now to always remember this trip. We 100% recommend this experience, and can’t thanks Wes and our driver enough for making this adventure a great family memory!
Great star gazing trip
Patrick_B, Jul 2022
Excellent trip. To see the Milky Way with such clarity was very special. Be prepared for the cold however, as the light drops. It’s a long trip to the summit and we were back in the car park at 10.30 pm
Sean was an excellent...
sgerard, Jul 2022
Sean was an excellent tour guide. Very attentive to our large family. Very knowledgeable. Loved the sunset and stargazing. Overall a great experience !
Most Do!
Samraggi_B, Jul 2022
Amazing experience. Great guide. He was very knowledgeable and kind. Took great pictures. The sandwiches were amazing. The hot drinks were a great touch. The stargazing experience was great. We got frame-worthy photos.
Xiao_L, Jul 2022
It was such an amazing experience! I enjoyed every second of this tour! Our tour guy Wes is very knowledgeable about stars and Hawaiian history. I got so emotional listening to him talking about Hawaiian history. And our driver, a Japanese gentleman (so sorry I forgot his name), is the best photographer! I will recommend this tour to all my friends.
Best time in my life!
Alwilda_M, Jul 2022
First time in Hawaii and here for my birthday, I wanted to experience some great adventures and this was one of the best ones in my life. The guide, Shoyo, was awesome! Very knowledgeable, kept us entertained, and took care of us throughout; what a very thoughtful and valuable employee. I would recommend this adventure 100%
Great experience
Rajeev_Y, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the whole tour. Our guide (Stephan) was very knowledgeable and informative. Great sanwich.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Once in a lifetime experience, Do NOT miss this!
ARJUN_V, Jul 2022
Amazing experience! This is the kind of a tour tour you should do at least once in your life. Milky way is clearly visible from Mauna Kea’s summit and with zero light pollution its is one of the darkest places on Earth. Kudos to guide- Stefan Hiro Welch, he took excellent photographs and had all the photography equipment setup This was an unforgettable experience
On top of the world!
Wesley_D, Jul 2022
What a great experience! What a great view and location. The staff were friendly and very helpful! This was a great experience to be in top of the world!
Unforgettable 5 star experience
Tatyana_L, Jul 2022
The guide made the tour very comfortable snd informative. Photographer did an outstanding job capturing memorable moments on top of the mountain.


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