Big Island of Hawaii

Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)

Kailua-Kona, United States
Hawaiis Best and Cheapest Maunakea and Kilauea Volcano Tour

From $280.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The 13,803-foot (4,207.3-meter) peak of Mauna Kea is Hawaii's highest point, and a popular spot for star-gazing. With this tour, travel up to the summit with your guide, stop for dinner at the Onizuka Astronomy Complex, then arrive at the summit in time to watch the sunset. As dark sets in, enjoy a guided stargazing experience and marvel at the stars and planets using a refractor telescope and razor pointer.
  • Stay warm with included winter clothes, hot drinks and a light dinner
  • Pose for group sunset and star-gazing photos included with the tour
  • Choose from three different pickup and drop-off locations
  • Intimate small-group experience with a maximum of twelve people

What's Included

  • Dinner
  • Snow parker, Ski pants, and Gloves
  • Admission Fee for Mauna Kea
  • 4x4 Passenger Van to the summit
  • Expert tour guide
  • Free DSLR camera photo of sunset and stars with you in it!
  • An astronomical telescope
  • An optional TIP per person for good service is customary in Hawaii.
  • Guest under 16 years old or older than 70 cannot participate

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What To Expect


2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Onizuka Astronomy Complex

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Mauna Kea Summit

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Onizuka Astronomy Complex

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Kailua-Kona (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please check the message on Viator. We will send a message about pick up time and location after the confirmation of your booking.
  • Please note that we do not take any responsibility or liability for any damage or loss caused through the parking
  • Operated by Hawaiian Eyes Tour
  • Not recommended for person weight more than 300lb
  • Not recommended for person having respiratory problem such as asthma
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Stephen make our tour guide experience! He answered all of our questions and is extremely knowledgeable about the telescopes, Mountain, and constellations. We were so impressed and had the best time on our guided tour!


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Memorable Evening
Mark_K, Sep 2023
A couple in our group got engaged as we watched the sunset from the sunset. Our guide, Stefan, was friendly, extremely knowledgeble, and friendly.
An Amazing & Memorable Experience
Marjorie_W, Sep 2023
Wes was an amazing guide. He definitely made the trip memorable. He took the time to make sure everyone got the full experience of the trip. These pictures are his. He likes to get creative with his sunset pictures. Unfortunately the high altitude actually made me lightheaded. Wes explained that could happen and what to do if it does. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the views and taking pictures. We also got to see Saturn through the telescope he provided. It was an awesome experience and well worth every penny.
This was a fabulous...
CATHY_S, Sep 2023
This was a fabulous experience. Joseph was very personable and very knowledgeable. He took the time to make certain that the tour was a good experience for everyone.
Kei Summit
Kyndall_B, Sep 2023
Being able to experience something so pretty at such a high altitude was amazing. It does get very cold up there so if I were to do anything differently I would layer up once you get up there. And bring something warm to drink.
Spectacular. Breathtaking
Debbie_W, Sep 2023
Words can hardly describe how spectacular this tour is. Astronomy geeks, stargazers, and anyone in general individuals will be blown away at how many stars you see. It’s a patch quilt of a million points of light. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Lindsay_S, Sep 2023
This was an incredible experience! Wes was such a kind and informative guide. We are so grateful that we did this tour. Not only was it incredible to watch the sun dip below the horizon, but the star gazing was wonderful! We were incredibly lucky and had perfect conditions, but also we could see the lava glow from volcano national park. Again, even Wes said we had excellent conditions and this isn't common. With the road conditions and travel up to the summit, I wouldn't recommend doing this alone, pay the money and take the guide. It's so worth it! Mahalo!
Tenalyn_F, Sep 2023
We saw a few shooting stars as well as a gorgeous sunset and the wonders of the night sky. The hot chocolate was great and the close-up of Saturn through the telescope was really cool.
A little enjoyable
Deborah_G, Sep 2023
The tour was pretty good but even with the jackets and leggings you are supplied with it is still extremely cold. It was a nice sunset, The star gazing was good and you got a lot of information about the stars. The main problem was that where you are dropped off is a 45 min walk back to the hotel, the company really needs to rethink where they pick up and drop off especially when being from a foreign country you don’t have any internet and cell phone access. All the shops are closed and it is 10pm at night.
Nice way to see the Summit
coraliesm, Sep 2023
Stefan was an amazing tour guide and photographer. Hot chocolate was great! Enjoy letting them do the driving and bring the warm coats.
Amazing view funny driver
Larissa_O, Sep 2023
The view is amazing, very nice driver who took extra pictures of us (very nice), good jackets, the telescope could have been better and maybe more than 1 sandwich per person or a fruit or something like that with it.
Wes was a great guide!!!
Jacob_F, Sep 2023
Wes was a great guide so much information! Speaks 3 languages so he was very inclusive, unfortunately my and my husband could not go to the summit as I was pregnant and not aware that was not recommended. But was a great experience from what we did see
Fun times on Mauna Kea
Eric_K, Sep 2023
Mauna Kea is just magical and Hawaiian Eyes does a fantastic job to showcase why it is such an astronomical hotspot. Our guide, Joeseph, made our trip super comfortable, safe, and fun. This trip is a must do while visiting the Big Isle. The veggie sandwiches were even top notch!
Great Sunset and Stargazing Tour atop Mauna Kea
Kevin_W, Aug 2023
I was keen to get to the top of Mauna Kea to see the observatories. Our guide Wes was very knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and the controversial nature of the telescopes on the mountain, yet was balanced in representing the scientific benefits against the sacred nature of the site. It's a difficult subject about which there is much passion. Our tour took us up to the visitors center at 9,000ft where we had BLT sandwiches for dinner and time to acclimatized to the altitude. After a brief delay due to weather, and waiting for the park rangers to re-open the road, we enjoyed a comfortable if bumpy ride to the 13,750ft summit. The view is spectacular, and the observatories are majestic. We arrived about 40 minutes before sunset, which was lovely. It's quite cold at the top and the tour provide parkas, ski-pants, and gloves if you need them. After sunset you descend to about 11,000ft for about an hour of stargazing, a few quick peeks at the moon through a telescope they provide, and some hot cocoa. The only downside to the tour is you operate on their schedule. It's really a sunset tour, more than an astronomy tour. Subaru and Keck telescopes allow visitors during the day, and this tour arrives near sunset well after they've closed to the public. But if you're not up for renting the 4x4 required to ascend on your own, this tour is an excellent choice.
So glad we booked this excursion!
Steve_C, Aug 2023
Seeing the Blue Moon rising at the top of Mauna Kea was Spectacular! It was shining on the Clouds below so beautifully! The constellations were pointed out by Todd and they were a sight to see! Todd was kind, and have us the island's volcano history, and took good care of us! Very enjoyable!
Great tour and tour guide
Linda_D, Aug 2023
Great tour. Loved that we had Wesley! He was great! Soooo knowledgeable. He made sure everyone got great pictures - he is quite the photographer and a hard worker! You won't be disappointed with this tour!
Experience of a lifetime
James_S, Aug 2023
The view was awesome. The narration was superb and informative. Experience of a lifetime. Only thing that could have been better was the BLT sandwich.
Great tour
cjccfamily, Aug 2023
Great tour. Really friendly guide and a beautiful experience. I would recommend this tour. Just be careful of the altitude. Can make you sick
Lifetime experience
Melvin_H, Aug 2023
Our guide was West he is amazing. The whole experience was great driving up to the submit. West was very informative and took really good care of all of us. The sunset was amazing wished we could have a better stargazing but over all it was great. The sandwich was great however the hot chocolate was ok.
Best Sunset Ever!!!!
Tom_G, Aug 2023
Stefan and Wes were amazing. Some much information, this trip is a must. The pictures they took were breathtaking. Mahalo.
Beautiful strargaxing experience!
Monica_R, Aug 2023
Service was exceptional and locations selected could haven’t been more perfect!! Love it! The view were magnificent!

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