Big Island Volcanoes
Go See The Volcanoes Any Way You Can
There may be no Hawaiian experience more magical than stargazing on the world’s tallest sea mountain, Mauna Kea. Once there, one can’t be blamed for forgetting where they are; between the rocky landscape of this former active volcano, the frigid temperatures, and the proximity to the stars, Mauna Kea feels more like outer space than Earth—much less Hawaiʻi!
The mountain boasts two places ideal for stargazing: halfway up the volcano at the visitor station or through the telescopes at the actual summit. While it’s possible to get to the visitor station with a personal vehicle, the road to the summit is steep, winding, and gravelly. For this reason, visitors will find it much easier and enjoyable to experience Mauna Kea through an organized tour. In addition to ease of access, our tours also provide visitors with additional perks such as a private planetarium star show at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, a walkthrough of a koa forest in a state preserve*, and a complimentary deli lunch.
A crossroads of ancient Hawaiian culture (Mauna Kea is considered sacred in the Hawaiian culture and community) and the technological exploration of our universe, a tour to Mauna Kea allows visitors to connect with two worlds at once, making for a unique experience you won’t want to miss!
*Designated nature preserve