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Awesome tour guide Hank was very informative and had a great sense of humor. Experience of watching the sunset above the clouds was amazing. Went to Hawaii for some warm weather but enjoyed seeing the snow on top og Mauna Kea. After sun set we could see the glow of the lava fields some 300 miles away at Kilauea.Spectatular views. Stargazing was a fun experience and the hot chocolate and brownies hit the spot. Thanks for a great adventure.
A must do on Big Island! We went on this tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail it was stunning! There are no words to describe the beauty of the stars and the mountains and the sunset we saw. All that and snow in Hawaii at Christmas. Perfect day with our amazing guide Jeff. Wrap up warm it's cold up there brrrrr
How wonderful that Hank was available to treat us to an unforgettable anniversary! We were all in awe. The day was perfect, the lunch was simple and good. We couldn't believe we all got to witness the top of this snow covered mountain but Hank looked after our every need, the parkas and mittens were perfect. And yes, our family enjoyed the warm cocoa and chocolate brownies while we were mesmerized by the star show. Seeing the sunset on a mountain is something we'll never forget.
Great Experience! The whole trip was like a well-oiled machine. Our guide (Hank) was the best guide I’ve ever had for this sort of thing. He was very well informed about the volcanos, the night sky, and the history and culture of Hawaii. It was a fair amount of driving but well worth it.
Sehr gut organisierte Tour, bereits beim Empfang habe ich mich blendend mit der dortigen Mitarbeiterin unterhalten, der Guide war sehr erfahren und konnte viel erzählen. Die Verpflegung war gut und die Gruppengrösse sehr überschaubar. Zur Sicherheit wurde sogar Sauerstoff mitgeführt. Die zur Verfügung gestellten Parkas waren warm, es ist aber sicher zu empfehlen, sich entsprechend anzuziehen, da es auf den Bergen, sehr kalt werden kann. Die Aussicht vom Gipfel, bei Sonnenuntergang, war überwältigend. Fazit: Hervorragend, sehr zu empfehlen.
Very well organized trip. The guide, Jeff, was very knowledgeable, patient and a nice guy over all. The whole experience was amazing and I highly recommended.
This was one of the most amazing and exhilarating experiences that we have ever had... Just make sure that you bundle up, its cold!!
The hot chocolate and DELICIOUS brownies were a nice added touch! Would definitely do it again.
Everything was perfect and well organized !!! Joe - our guide - was very good. We really enjoyed this trip. A big recommendation to do this tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail !!!
Wonderful and inspiring trip with an informative guide. One of the best Viator trips we have ever taken.
Vash01 United States of ...
This was an amazing tour, although we could not see the stars at all that evening. There were too many clouds. That is not a fault of the tour operators. Had they canceled the tour, it would have been disappointing, so I was OK with seeing Mauna Kea summit without the stars. May be I will try again to do the star gazing. Our tour guide/driver Joe did an incredible job of driving through the heavy fog on a narrow road leading to the summit.The tour was very well organized, starting with a very early dinner in a remote place at 4000 ft above sea level, to slowly get used to higher elevation. We were given parkas because it would be cold at the summit. Our tour guide Joe was knowledgeable, courteous, and told us how to operate at 13,000 ft elevation e.g. move slowly because there is only 40 oxygen there.. The brownie and hot cocoa at the Visitor Center during the return were great. We spent plenty of time on the summit and it was great to see the observatory. The sunset was beautiful. We were unlucky that the weather was unfriendly but it still was a great experience. Highly recommended.
We couldn't have asked for anything more than what our guides gave us on this tour. The loan of parkas to wear at the summit was certainly above and beyond the norm. And the star-watching after our visit to the summit was extraordinary! Our guide made sure that every individual in our small group received sufficient time at the telescope, and he showed us many wonders in the night sky.
Ala E Kuwait
This should be on your things-to-do if you visit the Big Island the Kona / Waikoloa / ... side. It doesn't if you are an astronomy fan or not, you'll love the sites from the top of Mauna Kea - a clear view of Maui will give you an idea of the scale of the Hawaiian Islands. The astronomical hardware at the top will make you appreciate the international level of interest in astronomical research. The stargazing activity is the icing on the cake: you'd love how clear the sky is - especially if you come from a light-polluted site!
Allison M United States of ...
Absolutely amazing!! The guide, Joe, was extremely knowledgeable and informative. We had a nearly perfect night of star gazing...until the moon came up but Joe made the most of our time with the telescope! Well worth the cost!
Best thing I've done so far I'd say. Great tour, felt well taken care of throughout the entire trip, the dinner was lovely, and the wealth of knowledge of our tour guide was just incredible. Can only recommend this tour if you have some spare time and cash. :
We took the Sunset and Stargazing tour to Mauna Kea and it was fantastic. The tour guide was great and the meal that was provide was very good. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and am so glad we did this. To watch the sunset at 14,000 feet was incredible. Then we went down to 9,000 feet to do about an hour of stargazing. We have never seen the Milky Way like this before. Our tour guide did such a great job pointing out different stars, zodiac signs, and planets, which we were actually able to see Saturn and it's ring around it. What a wonderful experience!
This trip was amazing and exceeded expectations. Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet like its sibling Mauna Loa. However, when you consider that they both rise from a sea floor 18,000 feet deep, they are the two tallest mountains on earth. There is also no other place where you will ascend 14,000 feet in just a couple of hours since you start in Kona at sea level. After pickup at our hotel in Kona we were driven to the base of Mauna Kea along Saddle Road at about 6000 feet. A nice dinner was served in a large party tent next to an historic camp. Then off to the summit, arriving with plenty of time to explore the exterior of some of the telescopes that are located there. Everything is timed to be on the summit at sunset which is absolutely stunning. Afterwards, we descended to the visitors center at about 9,200 feet for a stargazing session. Our only suggestion would be to time this trip, if you have the flexibility, to near the new moon. There was a full moon on our trip. While this doesn't affect the use of the telescope, it diminishes the amazing spectacle of the Milky Way from high altitude and with no light pollution.
All in all, this trip was perfectly orchestrated and exceeded our expectations for this truly unique and amazing evening!
Great trip, knowledgeable guide. Provides a great contrast with temperatures and environment of the resort areas. You travel though the diverse climate and environmental zones of the Big Island.
Tour was one of the best ever taken. Beware that Viator sends everyone on this tour to the wrong location for pick-up. Do not book this tour thru Viator. Vendor has tried without success to correct this issue with Viator.
Even though the summit was closed due to weather, the star gazing was better than I could have imagined. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the region and the local history. I would highly recommend this trip and I will do it again next time I am in the area.
Another fabulous Big Island adventure! Our guide, Joe H, was excellent...very informative and passionate about the island culture and the stars! The sunset from the summit was unforgettable, and the thin air experience was really cool. The star gazing was incredible, especially compared to the light polluted northeast suburbs. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
This was an excellent tour for a first-time Big Island visitor like my girlfriend and I. We thoroughly enjoyed every part of this tour. Our guide Hank was extremely knowledgeable and knew the entire place and route like the back of his hand. Driving up the rocky mountain side in a 4-wheel drive van, I knew that it wasn't something I wanted to try myself! He expertly guided us to the best spot, and gave a great star show. The stars were amazing, even though there were clouds in the sky, they were unnoticeable because the stars were so bright. I would recommend this tour to anyone who really loves star gazing.
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