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Mauna Kea Tour by Hawaiian eyes tour

Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Adventure

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Maunakea

Sunset & Stargazin

This spectacular Mauna Kea sunset and stargazing tour will bring you the most beautiful sunset you've ever seen in your entire life, at least, one of the most. The stars and sunset from above the clouds, at 13,803 ft! You can reach to the summit by a car! After a gorgeous sunset, we'll move down to the night sky lights up with thousands of glittering stars. ※ Estimated pickup time will be between 1:30~2:30pm @Kona area. ※ We don't discount even if we meet up at Hilo district. ※ It'll depend on traffic and weather conditions, but we'll drop you off around 9-10pm at Queen Market Place. ※We recommend to wear the long sleeve, pants, and sneaker Our tour is included down blow. ・Guide (English Speaking) ・Snow jackets, pants and gloves ・Bottled water ・Hot Drinks ・Light meal (Normally BLT sandwich. Let us know ahead of time if you want to change to Veggie sandwich) ・Oxygen cylinder ・Astronomical telescope ・Admission fee for Mauna Kea summit

  • Adult (ages 16+)

    USD 260.00

  • Days of Week

    Sun,Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat

  • Duration

    8 hours

Outline

  • 15:05 - 15:15

    Target

    Please meet in front of the Mcdonald’s that is in the Target parking area 🤙/74-5453 Makala Blvd ※Pick-up time varies depending on the season and the place you stay

    15:50 - 16:00

    Queens’ Market Place

    Please meet up at the backside parking area of Queen's Market Place in front of Island Gourmet Markets🌺 /69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr #201 ※Pick-up time varies depending on the season and the place you stay

    17:00 - 17:35

    Onizuka visitor center

    We took a break at the Onizuka Visitor Center at an altitude of 2,800m for a dinner and an altitude acclimatization. We also change clothes for winter clothes here.

    18:15 - 19:30

    Mauna Kea summit at an altitude of 4,205 m

    We will stay at the summit for about 60min until sunset. Watch the sunset at the top of Mauna Kea near the universe. Enjoy a fantastic moment!

    20:15 - 21:00

    Starry sky observation with an astronomical telescope and a laser pen at an altitude of 3,600-3,700 m (2,800 m depending on the weather)

    A guide explains the constellations and stars using a reflective telescope and laser pen. Hot drink will be provided at this time. At the end of stargazing we will take your photo with the stars!

    22:00 - 22:35

    Drop Off

    Dropping off the guest in reverse order of pick up

Add-ons / Transportation

Transportation

  • Hotel Pick Up

Plan Information

  • What's Included
    • Guide (English Speaking)
    • Snow jackets, pants and gloves  
    • Bottled water
    • Hot Drinks
    • BLT sandwich Let us know ahead of time if you want to change to Veggie sandwich
    • Oxygen cylinder (Emergency use only) 
    • Astronomical telescope 
    • Admission fee for Maunakea summit
  • Restrictions
    • Not recommended for expectant mothers or guests with heart or respiratory problems.
    • No scuba diving within 24 hours before your tour date to avoid decompression sickness.
    • Participants must be older than 16 years old or younger than 70 years old.
    • Please refrain from drinking within 8 hours before the tour departs.
    • You can join the tour on the day of arrival on the island of Hawaii, but we do not do pick up or drop off at the airport.
    • Please refrain from bringing in large luggage such as suitcases.
    • Cancellation within 48 hours before the tour pick-up time, due to problems such as flight delays and missing backs, we will not be able to meet the tour pick-up time and will be charged 100% even if you do not participate in the tour.
    • We do not provide transportation to Hilo or Waimea area.
    • People with deafness and wheelchair users can join the tour. We will prepare guide content documents and wheelchairs during the tour, so please be sure to tell us when you apply.  ※Electric wheelchairs are not allowed. Only simple manual wheelchairs are allowed to bring.
  • What to Bring
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes. Long pants, a heavy sweater or jacket is highly recommended as the weather is extremely cold at night at the summit and temperatures can drop below freezing at any time of year with the wind chill factor.
    • We will guide you to the top of the mountain by car, so you do not have to climb on foot.
  • Additional Info
    • Depending on the weather, you may not be able to reach the summit of Mauna Kea. If the gate is closed due to bad weather during the tour, you will watch the sunset at the foot of Mauna Kea (around 2000m) or the beach, and observe the starry sky at the foot of Mauna Kea (around 2000m).
    • We will guide you to the summit of Mauna Kea, so there is no walking.
    • You need to sign the disclaimer when you participate.
    • The tour will be operated by Hawaiian Haoles, Inc. dba Hawaiian Eyes Tours.
    • IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT BE LIABLE TO ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, EVEN IF INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHERMORE, NEITHER PARTY MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY TO ANY OTHER PARTY REGARDING THE EFFECT THAT THE AGREEMENT MAY HAVE UPON THE FOREIGN, FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL TAX LIABILITY OF THE OTHER.
  • Cancellation Policies

    0%

    2 days before to 12:00

    After 12:00, 2 days before

    100%

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Reviews

Average Rating

4.9(43)

  • 5-star

    40

  • 4-star

    3

  • 3-star

    0

  • 2-star

    0

  • 1-star

    0

  • Family

    4.9(18)

  • Couple

    4.9(19)

  • Friend

    5(4)

  • Solo

    5(2)

  • Work

    0(0)

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Customer Reviews

  • 5

    Participation Date: 2024-04

    Couple

    Great guide and excellent tour

    We had a great time and would highly recommend this tour. Just one feedback - please invest in a new telescope.

    S

    Soham

    Posted Date: 2024/04/03

  • 5

    Participation Date: 2024-03

    Friends / Colleagues

    The life best scenic experience

    It was great . Nice weather and people who helped us. Thanks Joseph. You are awesome.

    V

    Vivian

    Posted Date: 2024/03/25

  • 5

    Participation Date: 2024-01

    Couple

    A must while in Kona

    During our week in Kona, we visited the whole island, and it was our favorite activity. Stefan was great, funny, and knowledgeable. It was also during this trip that we took our best pictures of our trip, highly recommend!

    A

    Anthony

    Posted Date: 2024/02/02

  • 5

    Participation Date: 2024-01

    Couple

    Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Adventure

    Based on the other reviews we were hoping our guide would be Wes and it was! I can see why he gets those rave reviews. He’s an amazing photographer. He could be a teacher. We definitely knew what to expect and learned so much from him. He’s an excellent driver and part of the trip we’re with rugged roads. It was nice to get to know him too. He remembered where we all lived. This was one of the highlights of our trip and there were many.

    P

    Pat

    Posted Date: 2024/01/22

  • 5

    Participation Date: 2024-01

    Friends / Colleagues

    great journey

    very great timing tour is the best have jacket foods and hot drink

    K

    Katrina

    Posted Date: 2024/01/04

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  • Adult (ages 16+)

    USD 260.00