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Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

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Waikoloa, United States
Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Hawaii’s natural wonders aren’t only on land and in the sea—the Big Island is also a prime spot from which to admire the wonders of the solar system. This tour is the only one that includes both afternoon solar viewing and nighttime stargazing, accompanied by astronomy experts. Visit different destinations and use a state-of-the-art solar telescope and Dobsonian telescope to spot solar flares, galaxies, star clusters, and planets.
  • Spectacular solar and astronomical sightings through high-powered telescopes
  • Delicious Hawaiian-style dinner with a view over Kailua Bay
  • Learn more about astronomy from expert guides
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport
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Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Please call the phone number on your ticket/voucher for your pick up time and schedule.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kapohokine Adventures
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 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:
I am a vegetarian / I have allergies / I am gluten or lacto free.
A:Just let us know any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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  • "Notwithstanding everything else, i would recommend this tour if you have any interest in the night sky!" See review

Reviews

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star-4
Great stargazing
Michael_S
, Oct 2021
Stars and planets were cool. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the experience. Yeah!
star-5
Very cool
Samuel_D
, Sep 2021
Rich was a fantastic guide. Super nice, funny, and very knowledgeable. Got to see and incredible number of astrological objects.
star-4
Stargazing
Karen_M
, Sep 2021
Our guide was the best ever, he was knowledgeable, good communicator, engaging… he made the tour very nice. I believe he's name is Mr. Richard Berner The one thing we did not like is the amount of hours in car picking up other people in hotels, not good and too long.
star-2
Not Covid Safe
cvn9gtvkqr
, Aug 2021
This was incredibly disappointing. The weather did not cooperate so we just drove up then back down. This trip is not Covid safe. There were 13 people in a van and the driver did not enforce masks. I had to ask him to remind people to wear a mask, he did once and they took them off immediately after. So much time was wasted picking people up, some were staying 45 min away. Also the trip is misleading. You are not going to the observatory at all. You go up to a park 7000 feet up and park by a playground. We then tried to other locations which were a bust. I’m giving two stars because the guide was very friendly and told a lot of stories about Hawaii. I applied for a partial refund, so I hope I get it and at least didn’t pay $240 for an over crowded van ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Saw a Moon Bow!
James_A
, Aug 2021
Marcus, our tour guide and driver, was able to find planets and star clusters for us to view despite the bright moonlight and clouds. We viewed a moon bow—created from the moisture in the air and the bright moonlight.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Cheryl_K
, Aug 2021
Marcus was a great tour guide. He is very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the island, the vegetation, the microclimates, the volcanic activity, and full of suggestions for places to go. The star gazing through the telescope was amazing. We saw the rings of Saturn and nebulae and constellations. This is a great experience for all ages and definitely worth the money. Highly recommend.
star-3
Not great
Laura_H
, Jul 2021
Our guide was knowledgeable. We were under impression we'd be going to the observatory ABOVE the clouds which we DID have. The food was OK at best, facility was dirty & no bathroom service. We observed stars from a military base parking area where active combat firing drills occurring. Not something I liked hearing
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Worth the time
Andrew_S
, Jul 2021
The amount of stars in the sky was truly amazing. It had to be thousands. Marcus was very knowledgeable and informative. The only downside was how cold it was. Even with the jackets in the hoods the wind made it extremely cold.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Marina_M
, Jun 2021
Saw so many amazing stars and galaxies, we also got to witness Saturn in such clarity, it was amazing to see it in real life. It almost looked as good as the google image search. Got to drink hot coco under the amazing stary night. The tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Bad weather
Eugene_C
, Jun 2021
Good information from Krystal but disappointed that the weather prevented us being able to get out of the van and stargaze.

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