Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA


6 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket

Overview

For an out-of-this-world experience, check out Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KapohoKine Adventures. This thrilling adventure is the only Big Island star tour to feature nighttime astronomical observing AND safe daytime solar viewing with all ages welcome! Our in-house stellar explorers are the best and most experienced in Hawaii with one having created the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center and operated it for a decade. Others on staff have written noted articles and reviews for well-known astronomy magazines and have worked at world-class observatories.

Inclusions

  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Jackets
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Saddle Road

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

The adventure starts with dinner.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Saddle Road, Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. Lastly, your guide will take you to one of our preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mauna Kea, Island of Hawaii, HI

You’ll observe deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth! Our Dobsonian telescopes are a true purist’s experience to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that simply aren’t possible with the types of telescopes used by other tours. Depending on what is visible in the current sky and weather permitting, you’ll observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more; all the highlights and showpiece objects like you’ve never seen before! Afterwards, warm up with Kona coffee and hot chocolate before returning to your resort. Warm jackets provided. This tour does not visit Maunakea’s summit out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Time of tour

03:30 PM

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please call the phone number on your ticket/voucher for your pick up time and schedule.

Airports

  • Keahole Airport, 73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740


Ports

  • Kona

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 26 travelers

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Richard_B
April 2022

We had an excellent driver/guide. Really enjoyed his stories. We were rained out but he made the most of what he could control. Not his fault as he was good but didn’t control the sky. I took a chance but it didn’t work out.

Nancy_D
February 2022

We saw no stars. This company does not drive above the clouds. There was no compensation for seeing no stars. Very expensive van ride with a fish taco dinner!

Emily_C
January 2022

It was good stargazing (the best view of sirius and the moon I've ever had), and our guide was knowledgable about astronomy, and good at keeping up an educational dialogue through the trip, and helpful/ensuring everyone's comfort. However, the description on Viator says that there are two stops ...

Gregory_G
January 2022

Marcus is informative and an excellent guide. Clouds limited the experience And viator suggested the worst pick up location

Miller O
January 2022

We had an amazing experience even though the clouds tried to affect visibility. Our guide Marcus did his best moving us from one site to another and also getting us there in time for sunset. He was very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer our questions. Even though it got pretty cold he w...

ashimmy
January 2022

You need to be able to see the stars. We had a not great experience because it was rainy with dense clouds and there were no stars or planets to see. The food is not great and they shorted us one meal. On the positive the tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept trying her best to find us a pl...

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