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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Experience big skies and incredible nighttime views on this Mauna Kea stargazing trip with a small group. Join no more than 28 guests for a pre-trip picnic at a historic Hawaiian ranch, proceeded by a ride in a 4x4 luxury van to the summit of the Big Island's tallest peak. After admiring a sunset view, continue down to 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) for a stargazing session, complete with a telescope, hot chocolate, and dessert. The trip also includes a guide and a hooded parka to keep you warm.
  • Enjoy a private stargazing show through 11” Celestron telescopes on Mauna Kea
  • Learn about the history, culture, and ecology of Hawaii
  • Indulge in a picnic dinner at a historical ranch
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 participants, ensuring a personalized experience with a naturalist guide
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Guide
Hooded parkas and gloves
Hot picnic dinner
Hot cocoa and cookies
Private star show with telescope
Local taxes
Central Meeting Locations for Pick-up & Drop off
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel , 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

**IMPORTANT - Please note, guests meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel must meet at least 15 MINUTES PRIOR to the tour's departure time. Mahalo!**

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai , Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-5610
  • Paniolo Greens , Paniolo Greens, 68-1745 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738-5532
  • Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel , Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

    This activity will end right where it started.Also can pick-up from: Queens' Market Place, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 Gilbert Kahele Recreation Park, 44-5400 Daniel K. Inouye Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 16 years
    • Due to the high altitude; this tour is not suitable for those with respiratory, heart or circulatory conditions, poor health, or pregnancy
    • Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers
    • **IMPORTANT - Please note, guests meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel must meet at least 15 MINUTES PRIOR to the tour's departure time.**
    • Guests are required to wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants. We recommend bringing a light sweatshirt or jacket
    • Guests must bring their own water bottles. Tour operator will provide filtered water refills.
    • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal at time of booking. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly.
    • There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road transit vans will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. The transit vans can carry a maximum of 14 passengers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Hawaii Forest and Trail
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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 Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
    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 and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour.

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    • "Bring a hoodie or jacket it gets COLD up there." See review
    • "It also got pretty cold up at 14,,000 ft. Those jackets were definitely a must!" See review
    • "The parkas provided kept us warm, but recommend bringing some gloves," See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    Experience of a Lifetime
    Rylie_B
    , Oct 2021
    My husband and I were most excited for this experience on our trip to Maui and the Big Island, and we ended the trip with this experience as by far our favorite. Our tour guide, Justin, made the experience both so culturally enriching and fun all while making sure everyone in the group was safe. This tour is truly a once in a lifetime experience. We couldn’t recommend this tour enough!!
    star-5
    Maunakea summit
    Rebeca_S
    , Sep 2021
    Awesome and surreal experience. Jason was our tour guide and he made sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves . He was very knowledgeable and an great driver.
    star-5
    Spectacular and Memorable
    Lorraine_G
    , Sep 2021
    What an Amazing Night! The 2 hour drive up the 13,768 ft mountain passed so quickly. Our guide, Jason, truly was a gifted storyteller, bringing the Hawaiian history and legends alive through the ride up. Our meal, hot beef stew was delicious, my husband had the Vegetarian chili and he loved it too. The telescopes at the top astounded us, what a feat to get the material up that Mountain side to build the telescopes.The sunset was spectacular!Then the best of the best, Jason took us back down the mountain to about 9000 ft to view the night sky. Mother Earth did not disappoint us, the beauty and vastness of the sky astonished and awed us, it was truly spiritual. This truly will be a memorable night, only made better by Jason, and the people that were part of our bus group.
    star-5
    Mauan Kea Summit Tour
    Tara
    , Sep 2021
    Jeff was an awesome tour guide..informative and fun. Mauna Kea Summit was amazing. Had a great time. Glad we booked thru you guus.
    star-5
    Amazing experience and a...
    Ana_N
    , Aug 2021
    Amazing experience and a wonderful tour guide. Jason was super knowledgeable and friendly. My family and I enjoyed this excursion so much. Seeing the sun and the moon was beautiful. Hot chocolate was delicious. Thank you!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Top of the world
    David_S
    , Aug 2021
    We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful sunset and Jason gave an amazing star presentation. What an amazing night!
    star-5
    Not to be missed view of the stars
    William_M
    , Aug 2021
    Without exaggeration one of the best tours I have ever done. A jaw dropping experience to be on top of the world looking at stars. The expertise of guide on Hawaiian history, geology and astronomy was exceptional.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome experience
    William_V
    , Aug 2021
    Being at the top of the highest point in the Pacific was awesome. Sunset was gorgeous. Star gazing and Jason our guide was very super interesting , learned how early Polynesians navigated. Tour was exceptionally well organized. The parkas were a great idea.
    star-5
    Great guide and tour
    Mark_S
    , Aug 2021
    The stars/the mountain are beyond your imagination. Our guide, Jason, made the trip even more amazing.
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Tasin_R
    , Aug 2021
    Amazing experience. Our tour guide Adam was so hospitable and even provided us with a surprise at the end with cookies and hot chocolate. He was also very knowledgeable about many aspects of Big Island so it was enjoyable just to listen to him.

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