Mauna Kea Summit Day Tour

Hawaii Forest & Trail
Transportation Available
Lunch Included
Tour group at summit with views of Big Island and Maui during day


  • Private group tour of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and the highest point in Hawaii
  • Visit inside a world-renowned observatory at the Summit
  • Stunning views above the clouds of the Big Island and Maui
  • Private tour and star show at Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Short walks and deli lunch at Mauna Kea
$2,496 per charter
  • Starts Morning
  • Duration 4.5 - 7.75 hours


On this adventure to the highest point in Hawaii (13,796 ft), learn about our universe, the cutting edge scientific research being done on the Big Island, and the special connection Hawaiian history and culture has to the stars and sky. After a private tour and star show at the renowned Imiloa Astronomy Center planetarium in Hilo, you will voyage to Mauna Kea to enjoy multiple stops/walks, breathtaking views, and a visit to the world-famous Keck Observatory. Transport to the summit is with safe and comfortable vans, a deli lunch will be served, and knowledgeable guides will make it an experience to remember with your private group. 

The Day Tour is a great way to avoid the colder nighttime temperatures on Mauna Kea. For those who do not wish to visit Hilo (and do the planetarium visit), pick-up can be from Kona or Waikoloa instead. Minimum age is 16 due to altitude.

Don't have a large enough group for this to fit your budget? Consider the more popular sunrise and sunset tours with stargazing.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • This rare tour of Mauna Kea during the day allows you to enter an observatory (closed at night)
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Top-notch ecotour outfitter with knowledgeable guides

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Hawaii Forest & Trail is a wonderful company with an excellent environmental ethic—the tours are highly recommended.


  • Hilo
  • Hilo, Kona, Waikoloa
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Recognized at the local, state, and international levels as a leader in sustainable tourism
  • Certified by the Hawai’i Ecotourism Association
  • Donates to and partners with local environmental and community organizations
  • Reusable silverware, containers, and water bottles to reduce waste
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds after 48 hours prior to tour
Tax added at checkout:
  • 4.712% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
Restrictions (no refunds given if not followed):
  • No children under 16.
  • Visiting the summit is not for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy, or poor health.
  • Should not participate within 24 hours after going scuba diving.
  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain.
  • We sometimes encounter cool, wet or, muddy conditions.