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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Enjoy a sunset and stargazing experience like no other on this small-group trip to Mauna Kea—the highest point in the Hawaiian islands. Following afternoon pickup, travel in a 4x4 van to the summit—you can change into a warm jacket and pair of gloves, and sip a hot beverage, as the sun starts to set. Then, learn why so many research telescopes are located here during a brilliant celestial show.
  • This bucket-list experience whisks you up to the Mauna Kea summit
  • Watch the sunset from the mountaintop, and see the stars come out
  • Leave all the driving to your guide with round-trip 4x4 van transit
  • Warm jackets and gloves, hot drinks, and pro photographs included
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Transportation in a comfortable 4X4 van
Snacks and a hot beverage
Jackets and gloves to keep you warm
Experienced tour guide
Professional Celestron telescope
FREE night photo with our professional camera
Dinner (Travelers may bring their own)

Departure Point

93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton, 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 Pick Up Time: 4pm(March-August) 3pm(September- February)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive #1001 K-1, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

Starbucks, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive #1001 K-1, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 Pick Up Time: 4pm(March-August) 3pm(September- February)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

74-5457 Makala Blvd Suite 102, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Bank of Hawaii, 74-5457 Makala Blvd Suite 102, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Pick Up Time: 3:20pm(March-August) 2:20pm(September- February)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers under 13 years old
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Island Holidays
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I arrange pickup for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:Pickup is available from select locations in Hilo, Waikoloa, and Kona. Be sure to select the correct pickup option when making your reservation.
May 2021
Q:
Can I change my departure point for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour after the booking is confirmed?
A:Pickup is included from the location on your selected option when making your reservation. If you need to change the pickup location, please call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket.
May 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:It can get very cold on Mauna Kea, so dress accordingly. You will be provided with coats and gloves to help keep you warm.
May 2021
Q:
How strenuous is the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:All guests should be in moderate physical condition. There is a significant change in altitude as the tour group ascends Mauna Kea.
May 2021
Q:
How high is the Summit of Mauna Kea?
A:The Visitor Station is located at 9,200ft (2,800m) and the summit is 13,796ft (4,205m).
May 2021
Q:
Do we get to use the telescope at the Summit during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:The large observatories are run by several different universities/organizations from several different countries. You may, however, get close to the stars with a professional Celestron telescope to view the incredible night sky.
May 2021
Q:
Are there age restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:Guests under age 13 are not recommended due to the high altitude.
May 2021
Q:
Are there other restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:This tour is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has back problems, or is in poor health due to the high altitude.
May 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms available during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:There are restrooms at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center as well as portable restrooms near the summit.
May 2021
Q:
Is food included in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?
A:Food is not included, however, you may bring your own packed dinner with you. There will not be food available for purchase upon arrival.
May 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
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
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up?
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
See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up.

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  • "Masks were required, but this was a lot of close exposure." See review
  • "I recommend bringing headphones to listen to music or watch something on the way to the mountain." See review

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star-5
What a Blast
Jonathan_S
, Jan 2022
The drive and botanical garden alone is remarkable. Coupled with the sunset from Mauna Kea and the stargazing afterwards, this trip proved to be a highlight of my stay. The tour operators are engaging, knowledgeable, and inviting. Don’t miss out on this.
star-5
It was really awesome....
Aniket_R
, Jan 2022
It was really awesome. Loved it. The tour guide was really cool and friendly. However, the travel time was more than mentioned.
star-5
Awesome trip!
Alana_D
, Jan 2022
Seeing the beautiful sunset. The star gazing with laser pointer was awesome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The telescopes are impressive. All around great experience.
star-4
Worth it
Egor_E
, Jan 2022
Well organized trip, great guide, comfortable transfer. But the telescope in stargazing part is not so good (was expecting something a bit more powerful)
star-5
Great experience!
Mary_M
, Jan 2022
Great experience. Decided last minute to join a tour instead of going on my own, and it was well worth the cost! Hunter is very knowledgeable about the stars and the myths surrounding them. The drive up Mauna Kea + knowledge about Hilo and Mauna Kea + stargazing experience was well worth the cost.
star-5
Sunset on top of the world!
ZoeJordan
, Jan 2022
We had a wonderful time on this trip! The tour guides were wonderful and the view was amazing. Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. This is a must do on your trip to Hawaii. My fiancé had a little trouble with the altitude and they were very responsive. The night time photos are AMAZING!
star-5
Our guide Hunter is very...
SZRUNG_S
, Jan 2022
Our guide Hunter is very knowledgeable. pick up was on-time and the transportation van was clean. We ended up not seeing the sunset and stars due to the weather, but the view on top of the summit was still great.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Karen_S
, Jan 2022
Guides were great and very informative, sunset and star gazing were breathtaking! Definitely worth the time and money.
star-5
Surreal and awe inspiring!
Mary_D
, Jan 2022
Surreal experience ! So beautiful and awe inspiring! Our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. But - bring warm layers-it was cold!
star-5
A must do!
puravipatel
, Dec 2021
This trip to the top of the summit where you are above the clouds is an absolute must do! Donna, our guide to the summit was friendly, energetic and knowledgeable. Her respect for the land and the mountains was very evident. The views of the sunset were spectacular.. and the stargazing was good too. I have never seen so many stars in the sky and the person explaining and showing us the stars was very informative

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