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Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

Waikoloa, United States
Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


Hawaii’s natural wonders aren’t only on land and in the sea—the Big Island is also a prime spot from which to admire the wonders of the solar system. This tour is the only one that includes both afternoon solar viewing and nighttime stargazing, accompanied by astronomy experts. Visit different destinations and use a state-of-the-art solar telescope and Dobsonian telescope to spot solar flares, galaxies, star clusters, and planets.
  • Spectacular solar and astronomical sightings through high-powered telescopes
  • Delicious Hawaiian-style dinner with a view over Kailua Bay
  • Learn more about astronomy from expert guides
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport
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Traveler pickup is offered
Please call the phone number on your ticket/voucher for your pick up time and schedule.


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


  • Kona

Departure Time

4:00 PM
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kapohokine Adventures
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 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
I am a vegetarian / I have allergies / I am gluten or lacto free.
A:Just let us know any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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  • "Notwithstanding everything else, i would recommend this tour if you have any interest in the night sky!" See review


57 Reviews

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It was good stargazing...
, Jan 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 going up Muanakea, and I think this is misleading. All we did was cross the street, and it was a location I had already been to on the island (across from a popular rest stop), so it doesn't seem that exceptional. The good news is that you have an easy bathroom opportunity. I thought we would be going higher up the mountain (although I knew this was not a summit tour). I would also like the company to incorporate more Hawaiian/indigenous stellar history/stories. For example, the constellations we learned about came largely from a western/European perspective. Since this tour mentions not going to the summit our of respect for Hawaiian concerns, it would be nice to incorporate more of their history/beliefs/culture into this tour.
Fun experience
, Jan 2022
Marcus is informative and an excellent guide. Clouds limited the experience And viator suggested the worst pick up location
Pick a clear night
, Jan 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 place to see the stars. It wasn’t her fault.
Tour Is Great, But Not To The Top
, Dec 2021
I was under the mistaken impression that this experience/tour went all the way to the top of Mana Kea, not a grass strip at 7,000ft ASL. It wasn’t until our guide Marcus, who was great by the way, mentioned we were going up to only 7,000ft that it became apparent this wasn’t a stargazing trip to the top of the mountain, nor even to the Visitors Center at 9,000ft. That needs to be stated in the description up front, not as the last sentence. Marcus was great, and made the best of the situation. He was very knowledgeable in astronomy.
A wonderful educational experience
, Dec 2021
Marcus, our guide, was passionate about astronomy. He had good knowledge base and took time to explain various stars and why their positions change at various times and months. In spite of some clouds he showed us several stars and galaxies using his large mirror telescope. Hot cocoa and jackets were provided at the right time. It was a small group. I believe everyone enjoyed the experience. If you are remotely interested in Astronomy or space science, you will enjoy this your.
, Nov 2021
Richard was very nice and knowledgeable. The stars were awesome. Thank you to Richard for this great trip
, Nov 2021
Trip was worth about $20 in my eyes our tour guide Marcus was amazing he should have got the $240 not the company providing the service
Pathetic dinner provided
, Nov 2021
Your guide was great but the dinner provided was pathetic . With the price of the tour, you should provide a descent dinner in a descent restaurant and at least some drinks (soda , coffee, etc.)
Well Worth It!
, Nov 2021
Absolutely AMAZING! Marcus was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly and personable. The shuttle was comfortable, food was good and stars were fantastic! Thank you! One suggestion... We appreciated the jackets, snacks and hot cocoa but maybe bring some beach chairs for guests too? Several hours of looking up and standing can be tiresome and potentially disorienting.
Great stargazing
, Oct 2021
Stars and planets were cool. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the experience. Yeah!
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