Mauna Kea: Stargazing Experience with Free Photos
- Small group
- Duration: 2 hours
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We loved our stargazing experience! Rich was an excellent guide and picked us up at our AirBnB in Kona. On the drive to Mauna Kea we learned so much about Hawaiian culture and about life on the big island. There were just two of us on the tour so we got a very personal experience! Once at the site, Rich set up the telescope and was able to point out so many constellations... up to 6,500 stars are visible and this was most I've seen in my life by far. It truly was a magical tour! Highly recommended!!
Just do it. Don’t think twice. This is hands down one of the best tours I’ve ever done in Hawaii. James is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He shares a ton of information with the group and ensures everyone is enjoying the trip. The pictures he took were incredible! It’s COLD out there. Wear pants, not leggings like me the tour does provide you with parkas to stay warm but you may consider layering up a bit more if you get cold easily.
Way more options than you can possibly do in one week! I loved the Volcanoes National Park tour. It steered us to the best sites and which scenic pullouts were not needed after already seeing craters and lava. The arch is worth the drive. Also used a portion of the Southern island audio for the other National Park. Hope to come back and do other sights that we missed the first time.
James is a NASA professional with a vast knowledge of astronomy. And the pictures he takes for you with his deep space camera— a camera that captures what you can’t see with your bare eyes - are amazing. I highly recommend this experience!
The tour was great, we didn’t realize the pick up and transportation would take 4 of the 8 hours of the tour. No way around it really because of the distances that needed to be travelled.