Due to the popularity of this tour, it's only available to reserve at least 10 days prior. We recommend that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Mauna Kea Summit and Stargazing Experience with Dinner
Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Experience the wonders of Hawaii’s highest peak, Mauna Kea Summit. Gaze up at the starry night sky, seen clearly through an 11-inch Celestron telescope. A savory picnic-style dinner is included.
- Mauna Kea Summit sunset experience
- Tour world’s largest collection of research telescopes
What’s included in the tour
- Expert guide
- Picnic-style dinner with tea, hot chocolate, and dessert
- Hooded parkas and gloves
About this Kailua-Kona tour
Experience the beauty of the Hawaiian sky on the island’s highest peak! This tour will take you to Mauna Kea Summit, where you will be able to observe the stars in all their glory.
You will travel to the summit via a motor coach designed to travel on the bumpiest terrain. Upon your arrival, prepare for a breathtaking experience. Walk around the rocky terrain as your informative guide provides historical context about the area, including stories about early explorers who trekked the rugged landscape.
Before your tour officially begins, enjoy a private picnic-style dinner at Humuula Sheep Station, a historic location. Choose from teriyaki chicken, Kalbi beef short ribs, or vegetarian Thai curry, all gluten-free, as well as dessert.
Then, spend some time at the Mauna Kea Vistor’s Center, located at 9,000 feet above sea level. You will be able to acclimate to the rising elevation as well as check out the exhibits before the ultimate stop of your tour.
The last stop is the Mauna Kea Summit. The access road to reach the location is rather shaky, but you’ll discover why it was worth it. Experience a dazzling sunset as you tour the area. Stand tall as you check out the world’s largest collection of research telescopes. For a delicious treat, savor hot chocolate as you experience a riveting starshow at 9,000 feet above sea level with an 11-inch Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
Please make your way to Hawaii Forest & Trail HQ: 73-3393 Olowalu St. #A, Kailua-Kona. Staying at one of the listed resorts? Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you.
A minimum of 4 persons is needed to operate this tour. This tour typically sells out a minimum of 2-weeks in advance. Make sure to reserve this tour as early as possible to confirm availability. All tour timings are approximate and may vary depending on guide, weather conditions and interests of the group. With advance notice we can pick you up for your tour from the following locations: Four Seasons Hilton Waikoloa Marriott Waikoloa Queens Marketplace by Charlie's Thai Restaurant Paniolo Greens HWY190 & Waikoloa Village Road Junction Puuhulu-hulu Mile Marker 28
Persons with respiratory or heart conditions or in poor health should consult with their physician prior to travelling to the summit. Pregnant women should not travel to the summit.
Adventure, Scenic, Cultural
Ford E450 Super Duty Passenger 4-WD or Mercedes Sprinter 2500 Passenger 4-WD
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for ages 16 and older. Though not recommended, children ages 14-15 may travel to the summit if a parent/guardian has been advised of the health risks and signs an additional acknowledgement and waiver of risk.
Special Medical Restriction
Scuba divers please note that the summit altitude is over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 10 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 10-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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