MaunaKea Stellar Explorer From Kona
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
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Our guide was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He did everything he could to make star gazing on a full moon night interesting. However I definitely wouldn’t recommend going on any night near a full moon. It would be nice to offer a small discount for the altered viewing location because of the observatory protests. Another suggestion: list your “star gazing” activity as a “full moon viewing” on nights on and around a full moon so your customers are aware when they book weeks or months in advance. Especially while the protesters are keeping you from taking people to your normal location.
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!!
It was a really nice excursion. We drove past the military training grounds and ate some delicious sandwiches. Then we went searching for a spot to see some good stars. Unfortunately we had a lot of cloud cover and was not able to see any galaxies, but Crystal was such a lovely tour guide and we had a wonderful time.
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.
Very good and interesting but very difficult to understand for French people (spoke too fast)