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

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)

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Overview

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
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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
  • 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

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • 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
    • OPERATED BY Hawaiian Eyes Tour
    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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    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
    See all safety measures taken by Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!).
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!).
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!).
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!).

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    • "Expect the tour to take about six hours, depending on where you are picked up." See review
    • "We very highly recommend this tour, A must thing to do on Big Island." See review

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    5.0
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    372 Reviews

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    star-5
    Amazing Night at MaunaKea Summit
    Elaine_F
    , Jul 2022
    The tour was an amazing experience! Shawn was our tour guide and I would highly recommend him. He was very attentive to all the guests, making sure everyone was feeling fine, watching for altitude sickness. He took numerous pictures of guests for the sunset and galaxy pics making sure everyone was happy with their photo. He was also very informative with history of the island and made recommendations for sites to see along our journey to the summit. Thank you so much for everything!
    star-5
    Heavenly tour!
    Elizabeth_H
    , Jul 2022
    Viewing the sunset and stars from Mauna Kea with tour guide Shaun was amazing! Shaun is an excellent guide and very caring, always making sure we were OK during altitude changes and he also instructed us how to best prevent altitude sickness which worked! He is also an incredible photographer and we loved the photos he took! He was also great at pacing the tour to maximize our viewing time to view the telescopes and clouds! Being above the clouds and seeing the myriad of constellations is a heavenly and other-worldly experience! The other guide, Stefan was very knowledgeable about the stars and we could tell these guides love what they do. The one thing I would caution you about is if you are uncomfortable taking off your mask in a full van of 13 people you may not like that you should take your mask off while ascending the highest part of the mountain. If you leave your mask on you may not get enough oxygen and pass out, so you really should take it off. Glad we planned this tour for our last day for practical health reasons and it was a fabulous way to end our trip! You won’t regret taking this tour!
    star-5
    If you could see what I saw, you would come see it!
    WeiLik_L
    , Jul 2022
    A top of a great volcano with views to excite and calm the soul at the same time. To the greatness of technology framed by the greatness nature I am greatfull to have been able to see it with my own eyes. To the guides, Sean and Stephan, thank you for a great adventure. To the darkness of night I would quote Dave Bowman's final words, "My God, it's full of stars!" The Liems
    star-5
    Amazing experience!
    Annemarie_C
    , Jul 2022
    Amazing experience with Hawaiian Eyes Tours. Our guide Shawn was wonderful. The views from Mauna Kea are incredible and Shawn took great pictures of us. He airdropped or emailed the pics to everyone on the tour. The stargazing part was my favorite. Make sure you bring an extra layer as it's cold up there, but Hawaiian Eyes did provide really nice heavy coats. I can't recommend this tour enough.
    star-5
    Unique Experience with Great Guides
    Elizabeth_M
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide Wes and driver/photographer Aoki we're incredible. Not only did we learn a ton about Mauna Kea but we got some incredible photos of us during the sunset and against the Milky Way. They made sure we were well taken care of - I was feeling very light headed and they made sure I got oxygen and checked in on me regularly. A perfect way to experience a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommend.
    star-5
    Worth the Money
    Bill_S
    , Jun 2022
    Awesome experience! Driver/guide was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job. Stargazing was a lot of fun too!
    star-5
    Tour of a lifetime
    Ann_M
    , Jun 2022
    This was one of the most beautiful, informative, exciting tours I’ve ever been on! Our guide- named Hero- was outstanding!
    star-5
    Highly recommend, this was an incredible experience!
    Jacqui_K
    , Jun 2022
    This was an awesome tour! The views were absolutely incredible, with seeing sunset above the clouds of the island and then all the stars afterwards so high up. Being that we were at such a high altitude, our driver Sean took every precaution driving up the mountain slowly, and taking a break half way up when it was needed to acclimatise. Due to the altitude, exerting a lot of energy up that high can make you feel a bit sick, but otherwise everything was amazing! Sean was very knowledgeable on all the sites and history of the island, the mountain and the telescopes, and made the drive there and back entertaining! We were even lucky enough on the way back down after dark to see a slight glow from the Kilauea Volcano lava lake! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone considering it, it was so worth it!!
    star-5
    The most amazing tour...
    Mitchell_J
    , Jun 2022
    The most amazing tour while on our honeymoon! Worth it all to take the time to go! Wes our guide was the best! And our other tour guide took the best pictures! Unforgettable time!
    star-5
    Super
    Mack_F
    , Jun 2022
    This experience is simply amazing. Thankyou Wes and Mr Aiko. Sunset was beautiful and Stargazing informative and the Milky Way so bright
    star-5
    Amazing trip
    Andrea_O
    , Jun 2022
    Es war ein unbeschreibliches Erlebnis für uns. So wunderful, awesome, amazing…everything of this.thanks vety much of the magic photos. 🙏🏻
    star-5
    Awesome experience!
    John_G
    , Jun 2022
    Hero our tour guide was amazing! So attentive and very knowledgeable. Overall a Great experience!! Highly recommend this tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Don’t think just book it
    Subhamoy_P
    , Jun 2022
    Mr Wes and Aoki were amazing guides and made this a memorable trip. This is a must do activity in Big Island and was our highlight of the trip. The photos they took were so professional and of great quality. Wes is very knowledgeable and shared a lot of history of the place.
    star-5
    Great tour
    Michelle_G
    , Jun 2022
    Great tour and unbelievable experience! The stargazing was incredible and an extra added bonus to the trip to Maunakea. I would recommend this tour.
    star-5
    Must do experience!
    Christian_K
    , Jun 2022
    Fantastic tour! Well organized and perfectly run from every aspect! Mr Aoki and Wes are absolutely fantastic! Would recommend to anyone!
    star-5
    Stefan is a fantastic...
    Maureen_C
    , Jun 2022
    Stefan is a fantastic tour guide! Stefan showed care and thoughtfulness. He was informative and provided time for customer’s needs (bathroom breaks and watching over customers with altitude fatigue), and allowed time to rest, with relaxing music. His picture taking is stellar! Thanks Stefan for a fantastic experience!!!
    star-5
    This is the only Mauna Kea tour to go to.
    Al_D
    , Jun 2022
    It was a memorable night and all the more when our guide, Wes, talked about the Hawaiian history, the constellations, and local tips. Our driver and professional photographer, Mr. Aoki, was very meticulous in his pictures. He put in the effort and would constantly try to capture the best angles and shots. They were a dynamic duo! Mahalo and arigatou! The only thing I would comment is the meal, which is described as a "light dinner" and consisted of a sandwich per person. Since we didn't get back to the hotel until about 1045pm, the majority of food places are closed which I recommend having a decent size lunch prior to the tour!
    star-3
    Tour guide needs training on manners
    Melissa_W
    , Jun 2022
    Beautiful view worth the trip to see , could have done without the tour guide who insulted tourist during the ride up loved the photographer
    star-5
    a different world
    jewelryyep
    , Jun 2022
    The tour was great. Informative & exhilarating. I've never been to such a high altitude, and the landscape was so unique.
    star-5
    Great Tour!
    Eric_B
    , Jun 2022
    Great guide (Shawn) - so informative and amazing views. A great way to spend the day. Best tour I’ve done!

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