Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Tour

Hawaii Forest & Trail
Mauna Kea
Transportation Included
Dinner Included
Van and telescopes against night sky with stars

Highlights

  • Tour of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and the highest point in Hawaii
  • Sunset above the clouds surrounded by a Mars-like landscape
  • Stargazing at one of the best places in the world among famous observatories
  • Private telescope and a guide using laser pointer for constellations & planets
  • Hot dinner at a private ranch, along with gear to keep you comfortable
  • Roundtrip transportation
From
$221 per adult
  • Afternoon, Evening
  • Duration 5.25 - 8 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

On this adventure to the highest point in Hawaii (13,796 ft) and a world renowned stargazing spot, you will witness the universe like never before atop Mauna Kea. After a stunning sunset above the clouds amongst some of the leading observatories in the world, the night sky will reveal its wonder to you with your expert guide serving as your astronomer while pointing out planets, galaxies, stars, and more with a laser pointer and a private high-powered telescope. You should come away with a greater appreciation and understanding of space, Hawaiian culture, and the fascinating geology of the Big Island.

Tour Details

Due to chilly temperatures at the high altitudes, hooded parkas and gloves are provided for your comfort, as well as hot chocolate and teas (with brownies / cookies for dessert).

Due to the impacts of high altitude and regulations, only those age 16 and over can go on this tour. See FAQ for details about doing a private tour with kids.

For those staying in Hilo, there is no pick-up service from Hilo, but you can drive about 45 min inland to a pick-up spot near the base of the mountain without missing any portion of the tour. See map below.

Booking Tips

NO AVAILABILITY? This popular tour usually sells out weeks in advance. Consider the similar sunrise & stargazing tour, or email us with the # of people in your group and all possible dates to be put on the waitlist.

Weather, including cloudy conditions, sometimes cancels the tour, especially during the winter months. Therefore, it is recommended you book the earliest possible date during your trip so you have a better chance of being able to reschedule if needed.

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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • Pick-up locations include multiple Kohala Coast/Waikoloa resorts
  • Hot picnic dinner at private country ranch at 7,000 feet acclimatizes your body to the elevation gain
  • Parkas and gloves to keep you warm
  • Advanced 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a closer look at the stars, planets, and moon
  • Stargazing session is up to 1 hour
  • Large comfortable tour van with big windows, not cramped cargo van
  • The most reputable and longest running small group tour operator on the Big Island (almost 25 years)

Location

  • Mauna Kea
  • Kona, Waikoloa, Mauna Kea
Distance to Mauna Kea Pick-up
40 min from Hilo
50 min from Waikoloa
1 hr from Kona

Tour Times
Pick up 1:30-5 pm and return 8:30-11 pm, depending on location & time of year. See FAQ for more details.
Guidebook Reviews

Hawaii Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

Possibly the best place in the world to observe stars. Sunsets when clouds cooperate are an unrivaled splendor of unequaled expansiveness.

If you want to go stargazing on Mauna Kea, Hawaii Forest & Trail does the best job.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Top 20 Activities in State of Hawaii. Sunsets are phenomenal. The stargazing is a unique and profoundly memorable experience.

Top-notch ecotour outfitter with knowledgeable guides

Fodor's Guidebook:

Fodor’s Choice

This comfortable, highly educational tour packs a lot of fun. Guides are knowledgeable, and the small group size encourages camaraderie.

Moon Guidebook:

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

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 (2 weeks for private tours)
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
Restrictions (no refunds given if not followed)
  • No children under 16
  • Not for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy, or poor health
  • Should not participate within 24 hours after going scuba diving