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Mauna Kea Summit: Sunset Stargazing Adventure w Free Photo

4.8 / 5

41 reviews

Mauna Kea Summit: Sunset Stargazing Adventure w Free Photo

Activity provider: hawaii island holidays
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From US$ 239 per person

View the sunset from the peak of Mauna Kea and learn about the stars and planets during this unforgettable stargazing experience. Enjoy snacks, drinks, and free photos.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7.5 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See a picturesque sunset from Mauna Kea
  • Sip on a hot beverage as you gaze at the stars
  • Discover where the first black hole photo was taken
  • Use a Celestron telescope to get an up-close view of the sky
Full description

Get your photos taken by the stars during this sunset and stargazing adventure on the summit of Mauna Kea. Learn about the area from your guide as you sip on hot chocolate and eat snacks. Choose from pickup and drop-off options at several locations. 

Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Pacific. Get cozy with a parka, gloves, and hot drink as you learn historic accounts of Hawaii, the Big Island, from your guide.

Stand amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes and see two of the eight telescopes which took the first photo of a black hole. Enjoy your very own private star show with a Celestron telescope.

Capture your experience forever with photos taken by your guide on a DSLR camera. Get emailed these photos after your experience.

After your unforgettable evening with the stars, depart back to your pickup location for drop-off.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off (select locations)
  • Snacks and hot chocolate
  • Free DSLR night photos (sent via email)
  • Parkas
  • Gloves
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People diving up to 24 hours prior
  • People with altitude sickness
  • People over 80 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long pants

Not allowed

  • Non-folding wheelchairs
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Weather changes can occur quickly and the access road to the summit can close without warning, therefore access to the summit or favorable conditions cannot be guaranteed
  • The temperature can dip below freezing when at a high elevation on the mountain
  • Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. Sometimes cool, wet, or muddy conditions are encountered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 41 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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We had a perfect evening for seeing the sights and stargazing. Before sunset we could see all the way to Lanai (and have the pictures to prove it). Watching the sun set into the ocean and looking back to see the shadow of Mauna Kea stretch out into the ocean in the other direction were both wonderful. Then stepping out of the van for the stargazing and looking up into the full Milky Way as I haven't seen it since I was sitting on a small boat in the middle of the ocean caught my breath. Just amazing. Hunter was a great guide and we appreciated everything he showed us.

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March 3, 2022

The weather was perfect, the guides were full of stargazing info with great lasers that could focus everyone's eyes to the specific star clusters and constellations. The weather was cold when the sun went down, but they had plenty of warm coats, hot drinks and insights as to what goes on at the 13 telescopes.

January 25, 2022

After a short period of getting used to it in the Visitor Center at approx. 2800 m above sea level. we went all the way to the summit and admired the beautiful sunset there. Then we are at approx. 3800 meters above sea level. drove down and were allowed to eat a soup and many snacks and drink a warm chocolate. In the meantime it was getting darker and darker and we looked at the gigantic starry sky by eye and through a telescope. After the photos at the end we drove back down and finished the tour on time as indicated. Very impressive!

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November 11, 2021

Product ID: 401787