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

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icon7 to 8 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)
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    Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton, 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 Pick Up Time: 4pm(March-August) 3pm(September- February)

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

  • Bank of Hawaii , 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)

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • 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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    Traveler Tips


    • "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

    Reviews

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    star-5
    Awesome tour
    Tristan_R
    , Oct 2021
    Amazing your. The sunset was beautiful and our guide did a great job giving us the history of Mauna Kea, the observatories and the native plants. It was a bit cloudy but we still got to see a lot of stars especially with the telescope they provided.
    star-5
    Wow
    Michael_d
    , Oct 2021
    What a great adventure! Thanks to our guide “Hunter” for doing a great job!!!!! This is one of those rare, potentially once in a lifetime places to go. It was amazingly beautiful and breathtaking at the summit.
    star-5
    Amazing experience worth every penny!
    Malin_S
    , Oct 2021
    The tour was amazing in so many ways! Our 2 tour guys (Jarron and Ridge) were young but very knowledgeable! They did an awesome job explaining about the stars, very professional. The view itself was breathtaking and I really recommend it. They do serve some noodle/ramen soup, hot chocolate and some snacks during the stargazing. Can’t recommend the tour enough. Worth the money!
    star-5
    Best Sunset and Star gazing!
    Theresa_C
    , Oct 2021
    The best sunset I’ve ever seen in my life. Up in the clouds. Awesome experience with stargazing remembering the constellations, our guide Nick was amazing! Highly recommended! 10 stars 🌟
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Fantastic
    rey
    , Oct 2021
    Climbing to the highest peak is quite an experience. Learning about the constellation, galaxy, Milky Way, stars the planets and watch on the telescope is an educational experience.
    star-5
    Great experience! You...
    Keith_P
    , Oct 2021
    Great experience! You don’t get to see the stars like this very often! My only recommendation is to wear warm socks or thicker shoes
    star-5
    Unforgettable Out-of-this-world Mauna Kea Summit Experience!
    Denise_N
    , Oct 2021
    This is an awesome tour. Tour guy Hunter is super cool giving smooth ride and explaining the history about the islands including but not limited to people’s plants animals who reside on the islands. His prowess background in astrology astronomy science and field research are excellent attributes and vital components for this type of tour. I’m so mesmerized with the Galaxy viewings of the brightest stars of the night. Haven’t seen anything that beautiful filling up the night sky with gazillion twinkles including Venus Jupiter etc... Delicious munching of hot cup noodles, snacks cookies drinks hot cocoa on a freezing night are wonderful. The free Astro photos are great plus in addition to the Sunset Mauna Kea photos. The provided cozy parkas kept me staying warm with the windy bone chilling atmosphere at Mauna Kea Summit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that I’m so glad I was able to make it and that I highly recommend this tour. This tour company Super Vacations is very organized, on time and very efficient. From the moment of booking till the day of tourist pickup they follow up thoroughly with all details thru text messages. Love the pickup convenience right outside hotel lobby. I’ve had such a memorable and pleasant experience with this tour. Thank you 😊
    star-5
    An Amazing Experience
    WilliamN_T
    , Sep 2021
    The stargazing was the best. Never have seen so many stars in my life. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sunset was so beautiful.
    star-4
    Good!
    Rohit_B
    , Sep 2021
    The sunset and stars were really good. We got to see both saturn and Jupiter through the telescope. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The only room for improvement is that our guide could’ve spent more time using the telescope to shows us different stars (which other guides were doing). I would also add if you’re not trying to spend $200 you can just drive up to the visitor center yourself on a clear night and see a lot.
    star-5
    Extraordinary. Must do.
    Michael_B
    , Sep 2021
    Hunter was our guide for the evening and simply exceeded our expectations. He shared his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for astronomy as well as Hawaiin culture. Highly recommend this tour.

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