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Experience big skies and incredible nighttime views on this Mauna Kea stargazing trip with a small group. Join no more than 12 guests for a pre-trip picnic at the historic Parker Ranch, proceeding by 4x4 luxury van to the summit of the Big Island's tallest peak. After admiring an incredible sunset view, continue down to 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) for a fun, informative stargazing session, complete with a telescope, hot chocolate and macadamia-nut cookies. The trip also includes a guide and a hooded parka to keep you warm.

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

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

Customer Reviews

Cassandra L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Not only was the view from the summit spectacular, our guide, Nate, was so knowledgeable about the night sky that we had an amazing time with his explanation of space. My husband had a hard time with the high altitude, but Nate was prepared to accommodate him with oxygen readily available, which allowed him to enjoy the experience. This tour was not only a must do, we also felt safe and was well taken care of throughout.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the Island flora and fauna as well as Astronomy. The Bus was clean and comfortable. The meal, ok. A very nice group of people and an amazingly star filled night. I highly suggest going on the new moon. An experience to remember!

Brian K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour is awesome. Our guide Brett was friendly and so knowledgeable. The sunset was beautiful. The food was very good. Brett set up a telescope after sunset and showed amazing night sky objects including the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, Mars, binary stars. Awesome trip. Thanks Brett.

Elise H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was amazing. I decided to go on this tour primarily because of the sunset yet the stargazing was mind blowing. Nate knew so much and showed us so many constellations, big and Little Dipper, southern cross and actually we saw three planets. I definitely recommend this tour.

SHEILA M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Exhilarating!! One of the BEST things we've ever done by far! We were well prepared for this by Hawaii Forest and Trail and they even called the day before. Our tour guide Maka, was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. The drive up was fun as he invited each of us to ask him a question. We stopped half-way for a decent dinner so we could acclimate to the elevation too. He even stopped again at 10,000 ft -- above the clouds -- so we could take photos! The Summit was amazing with all the telescopes. Freezing - 28 degrees!! We were dressed right and they gave us parkas and gloves too. After we watched the sunset, Maka took us back down to a private place along the road not the crowded observation level where he gave us an amazing astronomy lesson and viewing with his telescope as we enjoyed hot chocolate and brownies. The road was very rough going up and very dark coming down, so I would NOT recommend trying this yourself unless you're experienced and have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Overall an experience I will remember forever! I cannot recommend this tour enough -- do it! You'll never regret it! :

Craig V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour, great sunset and the stars just unbelievable
Great tour guide

GRAMMIE

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

EVERYONE REALLY ENJOYED THE TOUR..FOR WHAT IT WAS...THE GUIDE DID A SUPER JOB EXPLAINING EVERYTHING....
.I WAS VERY, VERY, DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY NEVER GOT TO ENTER THE BUILDINGS TO SEE THROUGH THE TELESCOPES...THAT IS THE IMPRESSION I WAS GIVEN WHEN I SPENT 1,300.00 ON A GREAT TOUR THAT INCLUDED THE OBSERVATORY BUILDING BEING ENTERED and THEN GETTING TO LOOK THROUGH THEIR HUGH TELESCOPES....JANET HILL

Jean Luc M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very impressive! fantastic guide, highly redommended!

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Enjoyed the views on this tour while the tour guide did the driving!

Marie L Pucel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Incredible! Informative guides. A must do. There was plenty of time at the summit. So many stars in the sky. Everyone had time looking through the telescope

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