Big Island of Hawaii

Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars - Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset Stargazing Adventure with Free Photos

From $269.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a sunset and stargazing experience like no other on this small-group trip to Mauna Kea—the highest point in the Hawaiian islands. Following afternoon pickup, travel in a 4x4 van to the summit—you can change into a warm jacket and pair of gloves, and sip a hot beverage, as the sun starts to set. Then, learn why so many research telescopes are located here during a brilliant celestial show.
  • This bucket-list experience whisks you up to the Mauna Kea summit
  • Watch the sunset from the mountaintop, and see the stars come out
  • Leave all the driving to your guide with round-trip 4x4 van transit
  • Warm jackets and gloves, hot drinks, and pro photographs included

What's Included

  • Transportation in a comfortable 4X4 van
  • Snacks and a hot beverage
  • Jackets and gloves to keep you warm
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Professional telescope (Weather Permitting)
  • FREE night photo with our professional camera
  • Dinner (Travelers may bring their own)

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What To Expect

This Mauna Kea summit sunset and stargazing experience starts with easy pickup from one of the three options: Hilo, Waikoloa Village, or Kailua-Kona. Get picked up in a comfortable 4x4 van with the rest of your small group that’s limited to just 14 people.

Once you reach the Mauna Kea summit by vehicle, get suited up in a provided jacket and gloves to stay warm during the evening. Your guide tells you about Hawaii and its history related to the area as you watch the sunset and stargaze as the night falls. Your guide uses a laser pointer and professional Celestron telescope to show you important spots in the sky. Plus, enjoy snacks and a hot beverage while you relax on Mauna Kea.

Your trip is remembered easily with an included night photo using a DSLR camera. Your full-day adventure ends with drop-off back at the original pickup location.

Mauna Kea Summit

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Maunakea Visitor Information Station

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers under 13 years old
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:How can I arrange pickup for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:Pickup is available from select locations in Hilo, Waikoloa, and Kona. Be sure to select the correct pickup option when making your reservation.

May 2021

Q:Can I change my departure point for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour after the booking is confirmed?

A:Pickup is included from the location on your selected option when making your reservation. If you need to change the pickup location, please call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket.

May 2021

Q:How should I dress for the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:It can get very cold on Mauna Kea, so dress accordingly. You will be provided with coats and gloves to help keep you warm.

May 2021

Q:How strenuous is the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:All guests should be in moderate physical condition. There is a significant change in altitude as the tour group ascends Mauna Kea.

May 2021

Q:How high is the Summit of Mauna Kea?

A:The Visitor Station is located at 9,200ft (2,800m) and the summit is 13,796ft (4,205m).

May 2021

Q:Do we get to use the telescope at the Summit during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:The large observatories are run by several different universities/organizations from several different countries. You may, however, get close to the stars with a professional Celestron telescope to view the incredible night sky.

May 2021

Q:Are there age restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:Guests under age 13 are not recommended due to the high altitude.

May 2021

Q:Are there other restrictions to participate in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:This tour is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has back problems, or is in poor health due to the high altitude.

May 2021

Q:Are there restrooms available during the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:There are restrooms at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center as well as portable restrooms near the summit.

May 2021

Q:Is food included in the Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Tour?

A:Food is not included, however, you may bring your own packed dinner with you. There will not be food available for purchase upon arrival.

May 2021

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958 reviews
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For a good time…
Cheryl_R, Apr 2024
A well-organized tour. Robert was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I would highly recommend!!!!
Best attraction on the big island
Nick_R, Apr 2024
Everything about the trip was fantastic. The view from the summit is unbelievable. The tour guides are friendly and very knowledgeable, and helped make the tour so much better. I have done most of what the island has to offer and this was by far the best experience.
At the top of the world … yes, in Hawaii!!
Rossana_B, Apr 2024
If you come to Big Island and don’t visit Manoa Kea, you have not come to Hawaii! The tour company guides, Robert and Blaze were enthusiastic and caring, delivering great customer services. Robert, our group guide and driver is very knowledgeable and personable, sharing so much about Hawaii’s culture, history, geography and astronomy. It is a must do tour!
Rob and Jess did an...
Caryn_H, Apr 2024
Rob and Jess did an awesome job. So did our driver from Kona up to the meet up area where Rob and Jess picked us up.
Out of this world
GeorgeThomas_K, Apr 2024
This was an amazing and worthwhile trip . Robert was our guide up to the viewing area . He was very knowledgeable, extremely personable and very conscientious. He made us feel at ease as he navigated the very challenging roads and terrain . I recommend this trip to anyone visiting the big island .
Amazing opportunity to view the stars and stand among the clouds
Jennifer_B, Apr 2024
Experiencing the Mauna Kea tour was an absolute highlight of my visit to the Big Island, Hawaii! From the very start, our guides, Robert and Melia, made us feel safe and informed. The ride up to the summit was breathtaking as it was thrilling, offering views that seemed almost otherworldly. Standing atop Mauna Kea, witnessing the sunset above the clouds, was an unforgettable moment, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The stargazing session that followed was equally impressive. Robert and Melia allowed us to view the stars through a telescope while also providing details on both Greek and Hawaiian names and stories associated with the constellations. This tour not only connected me more deeply with the natural world but also with the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii. A must-do for anyone visiting Big Island!
Fantastic experience
Lori_M, Apr 2024
Amazing experience with fantastic guides, Jess & Rob were friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole trip very enjoyable. View of Orion Nebula was incredible.
Awesome summit view and stargazing.
Leon_M, Apr 2024
Summit view was excellent! Zach provided a great stargazing experience and “star talk”! We would highly recommend this tour.
Great experience
Tseggy_K, Apr 2024
Stars gazing was amazing and Robert was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time! It’s very cold up there. Make sure bundle up!
Out of this world
James_P, Apr 2024
The experience is one you’ll never get anywhere else. Guides are very knowledgeable and made the ascent and descent easy.
Amazing experience!
Heather_B, Apr 2024
Kimo and Rob were amazing guides and always on top of anything needed. They made it an amazing experience every step of the way. We had an amazing tiime that we will never forget!
Awesome tour
Nilang_P, Apr 2024
It was an amazing experience. Jess was knowledgeable and our overall experience was good. Blaze’s star talk was amazing as well. The sunset was beautiful and the tour guides were very well knowledgeable. Whenever we had a question, they always knew the answer. Overall, highly recommend!!
Stars and Sunset Hard to beat
MichaelSmith, Mar 2024
Excellent experience. Excellent guides. Jess was wonderful. App Was not clear on the pick up location. We could’ve picked it up much closer than we did. Well, organize, Sunset stars, snacks drive. educational talk. Excellent focus on safety.
A Must Do!
Mark_W, Mar 2024
Robert provided our family with a fun, engaging and educational experience on one of the most unique places on the planet. This curated tour was perfect for our family; simply show up at the designated time and place, and Robert and team do all the rest! A must do!
Once in a lifetime experience.
Dana_R, Mar 2024
Sunset above the clouds was beautiful. Able to see more stars at one time then I have ever seen before. Rob and Jes were extremely knowledgeable and fun hosts.
Christina_T, Mar 2024
Unbelievable star viewing, so close you felt like you could grab them. The transportation was really well organized. The guides (we had Robert as our main guide) were phenomenal..,knowledgeable, energetic, and fun! It’s a whole different world up there!
The vast knowledge of...
DAVID_C, Mar 2024
The vast knowledge of Robert and his easy thoughtful way of keeping everyone focused and interested . He provided the best access and gave everyone the opportunity to gain knowledge about the volcanos , local Hawaiian culture and astronomy ( both the observatories and the stars ) . We reached the summit and and had the best locations for photographs of the sunset , view of Haleakala summit on Maui and of the many observatories . We were also presented with a knowledgeable presentation of the night sky . If this interests you it was done as well as possible . Not my thing . However I do love mountain summits and sunsets . MAHALO
Great experience!
Heidi_Y, Mar 2024
Communication was excellent. The 4x4 vans are comfortable and our guides (Robert & Zack) were stellar! I appreciated the info & reminders to be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness. You can definitely feel the altitude change. We had weather move in just as we arrived at the summit, so we weren't able to view the sunset. The park rangers ended up closing the summit fairly quickly before roads or visibility worsened due to below freezing temp and fog. Down near the visitor center the weather was much improved and skies were clear where they set up for the star gazing portion of the tour. We were sad to miss the sunset view, but that was beyond anyones control. It was still fun to see the observatories and be up on Mauna Kea. Oh, and the parkas were fun and cozy. Overall our family of 3 had a great experience!
Overpriced, but a great experience
Matt_R, Mar 2024
Overall it was a really good experience, and I would both do it again and recommend it, but there were several drawbacks specific to the company. PROS: jackets! They were long, going down to the knees (I’m 5,10”) and were plenty warm, and they also had good gloves. The guides were knowledgeable and provided interesting information along the way. The vehicle was comfortable and warm, with plenty of room. They did a good job of making frequent stops at various elevations along the way to allow people to acclimate to the elevation gain. CONS: There was only one telescope, and it seemed like a nice home model, or a poor commercial version. There were roughly 30 of us meant to share 1 telescope, and it was only able to view the moon. For the stargazing portion of the evening, it was lackluster. The snacks were poor, specifically the hot water. They only had a few gallons, and with people acting as though they were about to die of cold, 2 of our 4 person party didn’t even get a hot drink or oatmeal. While the company can’t control human behavior, they should have better anticipated it. I think $270 is steep, perhaps $200 would be more appropriate.
Worth the trip
Roy_C, Mar 2024
Beautiful sunset, guide (Robert) provided a lot of energy and was a wealth of knowledge from hawaiin culture to astronomy. Truly amazing.

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