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Mauna Kea: Stellar Explorer Tour from Hilo

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30 reviews

Activity provider: KapohoKine Adventures

Mauna Kea: Stellar Explorer Tour from Hilo

Activity provider: KapohoKine Adventures
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From US$ 240.73 per person

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Have an out-of-this-world experience. This thrilling adventure is the only Big Island star tour to feature nighttime astronomical observing for all ages.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 13 participants


  • Visit Rainbow Falls
  • Explore the Kaumana Caves
  • Learn about two of the tallest and biggest volcanoes on Earth
  • Visit Boiling Pots
  • Go stargazing at night and experience a unique perspective of the sky
Full description

Visit Rainbow Falls and the Kaumana Caves before heading to your stargazing location. Travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, 2 of the tallest and biggest volcanoes on Earth. To complete your tour, your guide will take you to one of the preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing.

Observe the deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture telescope, under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth.

Enjoy narration from expert astronomers, who have written articles for well-known magazines and worked at world-class observatories for decades. The telescopes are a true purist way to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide-field views of objects that are simply not possible with other telescopes. 

Weather permitting and depending on what is visible in the current sky, you can observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more.

  • Entrance fees
  • All telescope equipment
  • Jackets

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    Meeting point

    Grand Naniloa Double Tree Hotel, 93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Jacket
    • Long pants
    • Closed-toe shoes

    Not allowed

    • Open-toed shoes

    Know before you go

    • This tour does not visit the summit of Maunakea out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns
    • You must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and bring a jacket
    • Telescope equipment will be provided
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 30 reviews

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    After the Honolulu Marathon, I wanted to go on a starry sky tour, so I participated. There are Japanese-speaking tours and tours that go all the way to the summit from Kona, but due to the schedule, I joined the tour from Hilo. The meeting place was a loop road in the direction of 7 o'clock from the pin position on Google Maps, where the red tour bus stopped. The place where I can see the starry sky is over 1800m above sea level and the temperature was around 10℃, but I didn't use the fleece that I brought with me because it was warm enough with the down I could borrow.

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    December 17, 2022

    Our tour guide Nate really had an answer to all our questions, we visited some waterfalls, a cave - while the sunset was a picnic and after it was dark we got a lot of sneaks and insights to the stars over us (we even saw some shooting stars). Amazing Tours!

    November 21, 2022

    It was a wonderful tour. We were traveling with Richard. He was such a sweetheart and had an answer for everything. He brought us closer to the history of Hawaii and told a lot about the stars. Rich knows a lot and we could really benefit. He loves his job and it shows! It was really nice to see the stars from so close. Wonderful tour and great guide!

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    November 19, 2022

    Product ID: 206445