Guided tour

Mauna Kea: Stargazing Experience with Free Photos

Mauna Kea: Stargazing Experience with Free Photos

From US$ 299 per person

Travel to a remote location for a stargazing and photo experience unlike any other. Immerse yourself in the dark beauty of the night sky.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Enjoy a stargazing tour that's fun for all ages
  • Have epic photos taken of you by a pro astro-photographer
  • Marvel at some of the darkest skies on the planet from a remote area
Full description

Explore a secluded stargazing spot on the slopes of Mauna Kea.

Stargazing on this summit has never been allowed for any individual or tour group; all other tours do their stargazing on the side of a busy road near the highway, but this tour allows you access to a remote spot located miles from any highway.  Head to the meeting point and grab a parka jacket. Hear about this unique spot from your guide, as they use a green laser to point out constellations, planets, space objects, and hopefully some fast-moving shooting stars. Your guide will also take some photos of the best objects in the night sky with an astro-modified camera/lens for you to check out later.

Next comes everyone's favorite part; have some fun posing for astro-photos with the stars in the background. 2-3 photos taken during the experience will be sent to you after the trip. Look back on these photos, touched up with Lightroom photo-editing at no extra cost.

  • 2-3 medium-resolution photos from the trip
  • Use of parka jackets
  • Tour guide who is an Analog-Astronaut who works in association with NASA
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 99 high resolution photo upgrade
  • 199 ultra high resolution photo upgrade
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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Meeting point

• Look for your guide, James, near an Epic Tour 4x4 van • The meeting point might change to an alternative location 5-15 minutes from what is listed, depending on the weather and the crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts

Know before you go

  • Photo upgrades are available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

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James was very knowledgeable, with a good sense of humor. The tour was extremely well planned and he has invested in great equipment to make the stargazing and the photos very memorable. He planned for everything including the weather, the moonrise and the impact of outside influences on the tour.

July 17, 2022

Just do it. Don’t think twice. This is hands down one of the best tours I’ve ever done in Hawaii. James is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He shares a ton of information with the group and ensures everyone is enjoying the trip. The pictures he took were incredible! It’s COLD out there. Wear pants, not leggings like me the tour does provide you with parkas to stay warm but you may consider layering up a bit more if you get cold easily.

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Product ID: 352716