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Mauna Kea Sunset Tour - Epic Tours

Starting at: $250.00

Mauna Kea Summit is home to the world's largest telescopes and has atmospheric clarity better than anywhere else on earth. Breathtaking views from Hawaii's tallest volcano! Check this activity off on your bucket list! The drive to the summit of Mauna Kea is unforgettable. It's hard to believe you're in Hawaii as you climb to 13,796 feet above sea level amongst dozens of volcanic craters and above the clouds. Once at the summit we are afforded spectacular views of the horizon, Haleakala on Maui, Mauna Loa and Hualalai, and Mauna Kea's world-class array of telescopes. Mauna Kea is the actually the world's tallest mountain, rising over 32,000 feet from the ocean floor to its summit, which is considered by many Hawaiians to be the most sacred place in all of Polynesia. You'll stand in awe at both nature's sublime creation and man's astonishing technological achievements. Starting out from Kona or Waikoloa, we travel up the coast over desolate lava flows for about a half hour before proceeding up the rolling pasturelands on the flanks of Mauna Kea. Turning onto the Saddle Road that travels the island between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, you'll see a dramatic and diverse landscape of ranchland, sub-alpine dry-forest and rainforest (with striking features such as cinder cones, lava flows, lava tubes and kipuka). We will first spend some time acclimating at the 9,200 level while enjoying deli sandwiches, Hawaiian Kettle Chips, Chocolate covered Macadamia Nuts and hot chocolate. After dinner and with a jacket in hand, we'll make the 30 minute drive to the summit. As you make your way up, you'll be fascinated by your Interpretive Guide's interpretation of Hawaii's remarkable natural, cultural, and geologic history. From the summit we will witness a sunset above the mountains and 4,000 feet above the clouds! Soon after the sunset, we will make our way down the visitors center to enjoy a Stargazing Tour provided by a Gemini Telescope Observatory guide. After the tour, we will head back down for a drop-off at your resort.
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Operates: Daily, times vary with season, usually around 3:30 pm return around 10:00pm.
Departure Point: Pick up available from Kona and Waikaloa hotels and resorts.
Duration: 7 hours.
Equipment: 4 x 4 Jeep or 4 Runner.
Capacity: 4 to 6 passengers. Minimum of 2 to confirm and can take up to 10 in multiple vehicles.
Menu
Mediterranean sandwich, chips, Chocolate Mac Nuts and beverages. Water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate or juices.

Inclusions: Pick up and return to your hotel or condo, dinner. Translation information available in different languages.

Foreign Language Translation: Portuguese translation is available during this activity.
Handicapped Accessible: This tour is not suitable for handicapped individuals.
Required Certifications: The participant is not required to have any certification or special license in order to participate.
Serves Alcohol: There is not any alcohol available during the activity.
What to Bring: It is recommended that you bring a camera with you. We suggest bringing your camera in a ziplock bag in case you need to protect it from the elements. Everyone must bring identification. We recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket. We recommend that everyone in your group wears long pants. We recommend that everyone in your group brings sunglasses. We recommend that everyone in your group brings warm clothes.
Restrictions: Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. People who have gone SCUBA diving within twenty-four hours of the scheduled check in time are not permitted on this activity.
Minimum age to participate is 16 years old. No guests with medical conditions including back or neck problems, recent surgeries or pregnant women.
This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 3% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid.

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Mauna Kea Sunset Tour - Epic Tours

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Private Up to 6 Guests

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Restrictions:

Minimum age to participate is 16 years old. No guests with medical conditions including back or neck problems, recent surgeries or pregnant women.
This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 3% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid.


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