Mauna Kea astronomical tour from Hilo
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Mauna Kea astronomical tour from Hilo

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 7 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Observe one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth through a Dobsonian telescope
  • Watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares and prominences
  • Admire galaxies, nebula, planets, the moon and much more
What to expect

This thrilling adventure is the only Big Island star tour to feature nighttime astronomical observing and safe daytime solar viewing.

Start your adventure in quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before arriving at Rainbow Falls. This iconic waterfall right off a postcard features an 80-foot tall twin waterfall system. Look for the rainbow effect that gives the waterfall its name!

Continue traveling up the Wailuku River to Boiling Pots. Explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava 1.5 miles from Hilo-town in 1881. Take a peek inside the cathedral-like space before tucking into a quick picnic-style lunch atop the caves. Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Next, your guide will set up a state-of-the-art solar telescope for your viewing pleasure and will let you safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots, prominences and any other current activity weather permitting.

Lastly, your guide will take you to one of our preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. 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! The 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. 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. After this, warm up with 100% Kona coffee, hot chocolate, and a delicious dessert from a local artisan baker before returning to your hotel.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Guided tour
    • Hotel pickup/drop-off
    • Entrance fees
    • Picnic-style lunch
    • Warm jackets
    Reduced price
    • Children (ages 0-12)
    Where
    Meeting point:

    Your pickup time will depend on the location of your accommodation in Hilo. The local tour operator will contact you prior to the tour to arrange your pickup time. Please indicate your pickup location and phone number at checkout.

    What to remember
    • Pickup schedule will depend on the location of your accommodation in Hilo. The local tour operator will contact you prior to the tour to arrange your pickup time. Please indicate your pickup location and phone number at checkout
    • People of all ages can participate in this tour
    • This tour is not fully wheelchair accessible. Participants have to do a few stairs to get in and out of the vehicle on their own. But it's possible to store a wheelchair in the back of the van if needed
    • This tour does not visit Maunakea’s summit or Visitor Center out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns
    • Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a light jacket. Some sights are weather dependent
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated availability
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    Provider
    Kapohokine Adventures
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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