Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $217.71

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Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. Discover Hawaii from the top of the island's tallest peak, Mauna Kea, also known as 'White Mountain,' located 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Limited to 12 people, this small-group star-watching tour ensures a personalized and unique experience at the enchanting Mauna Kea summit.

Highlights

  • Free snacks included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • See the sights illuminated at night
  • Dinner included
View a spectacular sunset from the top of Mauna Kea and enjoy a unique stargazing experience on this Big Island adventure tour. After pickup from a central location in Kona, you'll travel through Hawaii's historical Parker Ranch in a 4x4 luxury van to Mauna Kea summit.
Enjoy a hot, picnic-style dinner (see sample menu below) at a Hawaiian ranch where you're provided with a warm, hooded parka. Then prepare to make the climb to the top of Mauna Kea, learning about the Big Island's cultural, natural and ecological history from your naturalist guide en route to Mauna Kea Observatory.
From the summit, enjoy views of Mauna Loa and see Maui's volcano, Haleakala, along with other special points of interest. Stand among some of the earth's most powerful telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory as you enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sunset view.
After sunset, travel to the Mauna Kea Visitor Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), where your guide sets up a telescope for a personal, entertaining and educational star party. Learn how Mauna Kea's unique geography draws scientists from all over the world to study the heavens, and also allows for incredible nighttime views of the stars.
Enjoy hot beverages and chocolate macadamia nut cookies as your guide gives a personal astronomy lesson before your return to Kona.
Picnic Dinner Menu (please specify at booking):

Hot Entrée Option
Barbecue chicken with mild Korean BBQ chili sauce (served hot)
  • Warm homemade cornbread
  • Cole slaw with blond raisins
Cold Vegetarian Entrée Option
Vegetarian Spinach Wrap (served cold)
(Wrap includes: hummus, lettuce, tofu, cucumber, tomato, carrot, avocado, bell peppers and tomatoes served with a side of sesame soy dressing)
  • Glazed carrots
  • Tabouleh
Gluten-Free Option
Grilled chicken breast with lemon garnish (served hot)
  • Rice
  • Glazed carrots
Dessert
  • Chocolate brownies

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, or Waikoloa Kings Shops.
Departure Time:
Departure time varies between 1:40pm and 4:00pm, depending on the time of year and accommodations
Duration:
8 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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1:25pm Departure
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Departs at 1:25pm; Nov 11 - Dec 8

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2:10pm Departure
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Departs at 2:10pm; Feb 1 to March 9 and Sep 8 to Sep 25

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

Inclusions:
  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Due to the high altitude; this tour is not suitable for those with respiratory, heart or circulatory conditions, poor health, or pregnancy
  • Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers
  • There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards
  • We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket
  • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal (BBQ Chicken, Grilled Chicken Breast or a Vegetarian Tofu Wrap) at time of booking . If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly.
  • The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road motor coaches will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. Motor coaches can carry a maximum of 12 passengers
  • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
  • Minimum age is 17 years
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jim R, September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It is timed just right so that you have enough time to have a good look around the summit before sunset but not too long that you get really cold.

Our guide Brett was excellent. He was very safety conscious whilst we were up at the summit checking that no one was feeling the effects of the high altitude. Also he was very knowledgable about Mauna Kea and the Stars. He made it all very interesting and we learnt a lot.

We highly recommend this tour.

Annette and Jim, Australia

Reviewed by: Cassandra L, September 2016

Not only was the view from the summit spectacular, our guide, Nate, was so knowledgeable about the night sky that we had an amazing time with his explanation of space. My husband had a hard time with the high altitude, but Nate was prepared to accommodate him with oxygen readily available, which allowed him to enjoy the experience. This tour was not only a must do, we also felt safe and was well taken care of throughout.