SUMMIT SUNSET AND STARGAZING TOUR
Experience the wonder and clarity of the Hawaiian night sky
Amateur stargazers and experienced astronomers alike will be in awe as they spend the evening stargazing from the side of Mauna Kea. The visibility from Hawaiʻi’s tallest mountain is famous for its unmatched views of a clear night sky. Due to the remote location of the island chain, and the elevation of Mauna Kea, glimpsing the galaxy from this location is an experience exclusive to the Big Island. Whether viewing through the naked eye or using a powerful telescope, stargazing from Hawaiʻi Island’s Mauna Kea will leave you with an appreciation for the vastness of the universe and a look at the universe unlike any other.
Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner, then experience an incredible Kona sunset at Mauna Kea's summit, the Pacific's highest point. Once the sun sets, we then go back down to 9,000 feet to set up the 11” Celestron telescope to look at the stars. We'll partake in warm hot chocolate, traditional Hawaiian folklore, and guided or independent star gazing. Taking in the night sky from Mauna Kea will be nothing short of spectacular.
Spend a memorable night gazing into a clear, starry night sky with unbeatable visibility from Hawaiʻi’s tallest mountain. Watch the sun go down, and the stars come out from the pristine peaks of Mauna Kea. Unwind while glimpsing another golden sunset from the summit. As the evening sets in, guests will dine outdoors on a delicious warm meal. As the temperature lowers and the meal winds down, chat with other guests, or spend quality time with loved ones.
Watch the sky turn orange and pink as the sun goes down and it slowly becomes dark. When the sun has completely set, stars will be at their best visibility, and locating constellations, planets and simply enjoying the view will be the experience of a lifetime. We will move down the mountain a little way to view the stars through 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Telescope viewing option available
Cultural legends & constellation information shared by the guide
Sunset at the summit
1:14 guide-to-guest ratio
Spend a memorable evening gazing into a clear, starry night sky. The visibility from Hawaiʻi’s tallest mountain is unmatched, drawing both amateur star-gazers as well as trained scientists to view the heavens from the summit of Mauna Kea. First, enjoy dinner as the sun sets on another Hawaiian day. Listen as your tour leader regales you with legends of Hawaiʻi’s ancient celestial navigators, mountaineers, and other historical adventures, pointing out their map of guiding constellations. Due to the island chain's remote location and Mauna Kea's elevation, glimpsing the galaxy from this location is an experience exclusive to the Big Island. Whether viewing through the naked eye or using the 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, stargazing from Mauna Kea will leave you with an appreciation of the vastness of the universe from this tiny island speck in the middle of the Pacific. In total, the tour is between 7-8 hours. Must be 16 or older to participate.
7.5-Hour Summit Sunset & Stargazing Tour From Kona Resorts
6:30 PM - 1:00 AM - 7 - 8 Hour Tour
|6:10 PM - 6:55 PM||Hotel Pickups|
|7:00 PM - 7:40 PM||Travel to the summit|
|7:45 PM - 8:00 PM||Sunset and Dinner with Cultural Storytelling|
|8:05 PM - 9:15 PM||Stargazing|
|11:45 PM - 12:30 AM||Transportation Back To Hotel|
There is currently a picnic-style meal available on this tour.
A full refund is available up to 72 hours prior to your tour starting. After that time, there will be no refunds for no-shows.
Bring warm clothes for the cold weather. Binoculars are optional for viewing. Viewing from an 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is available. Minimal walking of up to 150 yards. Kids must be 16 years or older to participate. The tour is a 7-8 hours roundtrip. Transportation in vans is provided for a maximum of 14 people. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included from various designated locations.