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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour provided by Hawaii Forest and Trail

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A note from Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
We have developed an approach that introduces a new standard of cleanliness and disinfection to ensure our guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer experience. Implementing strict protocols and using the latest disinfection technology, updated continuously to current State and Federal Guidelines.
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Travel up Mauna Kea for a small-group sunset and stargazing tour by luxury 4WD van. Leave the off-road drive to the pros, and ride from Kona or Waikoloa to a historic Hawaiian ranch for a picnic dinner. Continue to the Big Island's tallest peak for sunset, then use powerful telescopes to observe constellations from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Hear commentary from your guide, and keep warm with the provided jackets and hot chocolate.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Mauna Kea Summit
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Maunakea Visitor Information Station
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
    75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Small-group full-day Manua Kea sunset and stargazing tour
  • Use the powerful telescope to view the stars from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
  • Warm up with the provided hooded jacket, and a hot picnic dinner, cocoa, and dessert
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 participants ensures a personalized experience
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a central location in Kailua-Kona or Waikoloa, then relax in the deluxe 4WD van as your small group heads to a ranch at the base of Mauna Kea. At the ranch, sit down for a hot picnic-style dinner (sample menu under Itinerary below). After dinner, your guide provides a warm jacket with hood to help keep you warm at the Mauna Kea summit. Return to the van for the ascent to the summit, learning from your guide about the Big Island's natural and cultural history along the way. When you reach the summit, enjoy views of the sunset, Mauna Loa, the Haleakala volcano on Maui, and other landmarks. Then drive down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), home to more than a dozen international observatories that draw scientists from around the world. Your guide sets up a telescope and provides an astronomy lesson as you star gaze. Stay warm with hot drinks and dessert before returning to Kona at the end of your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas and gloves
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes
  • Select Hotel/Resort Pick-up & Drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea Summit
  • Entry/Admission - Maunakea Visitor Information Station
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • 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
  • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal 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.
  • There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards
  • Guests are required to wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants. We recommend bringing a light sweatshirt or jacket
  • The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road transit vans will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. The transit vans can carry a maximum of 14 passengers
  • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Guests must bring their own water bottles. Tour operator will provide filtered water refills.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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C&B S wrote a review Apr 14
Geneseo, Illinois10 contributions3 helpful votes
Our guide, Jeff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The views above the clouds during the sunset were fabulous! It was a very clear night so we saw so many stars! Well worth the trip.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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SLord56 wrote a review Apr 14
Denver Co7 contributions37 helpful votes
Hello to "fans" of the Big Island...this was the second tour I have booked with Hawaii Forest and Trail. Love this tour company...their staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating on special requests. I love the fact that their tours are small groups and attract
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Ally S wrote a review Apr 11
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Fantastic guide, very knowledgeable (Jeff)! He made us feel very comfortable and was very attentive to the altitude changes. Sunset was amazing and the star gazing was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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jmpozz wrote a review Apr 11
Fort Lauderdale, Florida2 contributions
An amazing experience! One of the best tours I've ever been on. Justin was extremely friendly and did a great job guiding us throughout the tour. He's extremely knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture, history, and astronomy and was able to answer all our questions. The tour
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Madison P wrote a review Apr 11
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One of the best tours we've been on and a must-see! Our tour guide, Justin, was so knowledgeable about local vegetation, history, and the stars and was able to answer every question we threw at him, and he was so attentive to our tour group making sure that everyone was doing
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Christina S
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great activity in big island
Had a wonderful day, beautiful private hike, beautiful waterfalls, great swim in one of them. Our guide was fabulou
robbildi
robbildi
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Great tour
We did the zip and dip and it was great first when it was sold out they helped me to a reverse dip and zip :) and g
isepa
isepa
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TAKE THE DIP
We had a nice time exploring the Kohala waterfalls. The weather was a bit rainy so the water had a brown tinge to
LehiDave
LehiDave
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Don't Miss It
We had a terrific time. Our guide was full of Hawaii knowledge. He told us about ancient Hawaiians and how they in
Mike M
Mike M
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Awesome hiking and swimming, waterfalls, caves and more!!
Awesome hiking and swimming, waterfalls, caves and more!! Peter, our guide, was fabulous. He was engaging with the
jnhnt0126
jnhnt0126
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Volcano Unveiled and Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Tours
Both guides -Taj and Justin- were personable and seemed like genuinely nice guys. They filled in the time on the l
540juliannaj
540juliannaj
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Wonderful Experience
We had a blast on this trip in March. Unfortunately it was a little cloudy during the star show, but everything els
cmdavitt
cmdavitt
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Fantastic trip
We went up Mauna Kea to 13,000 feet and saw the sunset- magnificent! Then we headed down to a dark sky parking lot
scubamomohio
scubamomohio
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Hike to the Summit!
Gary was an excellent guide and had a great deal of knowledge about the area. I felt very safe with him. Be prepa
Liz L
Liz L
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Learn about volcanoes!
You will learn so much about volcanoes, Taj taught us about history, lava, the area and we were able to see the glo
Liz L
Liz L
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You can't go wrong with this company
Jason was friendly and knew so much about the area, going to the private area gives you an experience you couldn't
13melanieh
13melanieh
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Good for the family
Our hike was a highlight of the week spent in Hawaii. We did this 7-8 hour trip and were back by 2:30. It was well
elainewM1606IS
elainewM1606IS
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Awesome Volcano Hike Experience!!!
Rob was fantastic and we had an amazing group too! Totally recommend it for anyone who's down for a bit more challe
katflier
katflier
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Stargazing
Excellent tour with Jeff as our guide. We learned a lot about the flora and fauna of Hawaii as well as the volcanol
MarkM2348
MarkM2348
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Volcano unveiled and Forest hike tours
This was our family of four’s first visit to the big island. We booked both of these tours on two separate days. Th
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