Mauna Kea Stargazing
Mauna Kea Sunset
A Couple at Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Kea Sunset

The most epic experience on Hawaii’s Big Island

The breathtaking view you'll never forget

Watch an amazing Sunrise/Sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea, nearly 14,000 ft. above the Pacific Ocean. Located in the center of Hawai’i Island, Mauna Kea has an unobstructed view of the horizon and offers a breathtaking vista that is hard to match. This view, coupled with its famous clear skies and dry crisp air, creates the perfect condition for absolutely stunning scenery.

My God, it's full of stars!

Mauna Kea is also known as one of the best stargazing spots in the world for its air clarity and total darkness. Our tours include ample time to explore the amazing star-filled night sky from where ancient Hawaiians believed the earth meets the universe.

Tour Details

TourMauna Kea Sunset & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour
Price$265 (plus tax & fees)$265 (plus tax & fees)
Age Restriction13-80*13-80*
AvailabilityDaily (weather permitting)Non-scheduled
Minimum Participants3**3**
Maximum Occupancy Per Vehicle1212
Departure TimeEarly afternoon
(time varies with season)
After midnight
(time varies with season)
Returning TimeLate night
(time varies with season)
Early morning
(time varies with season)
Tour Duration7-8 hours7-8 hours
Time Spent at the SummitApprox. 1hr during sunsetApprox. 1hr during sunrise
StargazingApprox. 1hr guided with computerized telescopeApprox. 30min unguided (no telescope)
Gear ProvidedHeavy-duty hooded parkaHeavy-duty hooded parka
Food ProvidedLight snacks and hot chocolateLight snacks and hot chocolate
Vehicle4×4 passenger van4×4 passenger van

Please note;

  • Our tours do not include meals. We provide light snacks.
  • Please bring warm clothes to wear under the provided parka. Read the FAQ to learn more about our Mauna Kea Tours.
  • We strongly encourage you to bring water. Staying hydrated can help you reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • You will be standing outside for roughly an hour while stargazing. If you have difficulty standing, please let us know in advance.
  • Gratuity is not included in the tour price but tips are greatly appreciated.

*Children 12 or younger are not allowed on our tours due to the high altitude. Seniors 81 or older may only participate in our Private Charter Tours for our guides to be more attentive to their health during the tour.
**If the number of participants does not reach 3 by 24 hours before the tour departs, the tour will be canceled. Customers who have already applied will have the option to pay the difference to avoid cancellation.

FAQ

3 convenient locations to catch your tour van

We provide 3 convenient pickup points in Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa Beach Resort, and Onizuka Visitor Center. Select an ideal location according to where you are staying or your activity of the day.

Don’t have a car? Or just don’t feel like driving? No worries! We can pick you up at major hotels and condos on the west side of the island. (Subject to an additional fee)

Learn More

E Ola Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is one of the most sacred sites for native Hawaiians and the Hawaiian culture. We are dedicated to promoting a deep appreciation of and respect for the natural beauty, culture, people, and history of Mauna Kea and Hawaiʻi Island. E Ola Mauna Kea – Let Mauna Kea Live!

We continue to receive and pass on the traditional teachings of Kumu Kaela Ching, our exclusive advisor to the Hawaiian culture.

Kumu Keala Ching
Kumu Keala Ching

Isaac and Jenna B
Isaac and Jenna B
November 28, 2023.
The best tour! Do it! Book through Taikobo Hawaii. A lot of unfortunate events with our airlines caused us to miss our tour departure date. We communicated the morning-of and they were so accommodating and moved our tour to the next day. Our tour guide was Shin and he. was. AWESOME! I felt safe going up a mountain that steep, winding and unpaved in places. He knew and shared a lot of facts about the island, the mountain, and Hawaii. Star gazing was his jam. He was very passionate about stargazing and teaching us about stars. We didn’t have the clearest night to observe in the dark, but Shin made a great effort in showing us the planets and stars when the clouds would part.
Shashank Garg
Shashank Garg
November 26, 2023.
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Absolutely amazing sunset views and stargazing tour!! John was very knowledgeable and took real good care of us! He has all the right equipments to make sure the tour is amazing, comfortable and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this as this is a must do activity when on big island!
So E
So E
November 23, 2023.
Wonderful Mauna Kea’s tour with Shin-san! We went on this tour for a family trip and had an absolutely wonderful time. Even though we didn’t prepare anything other than clothes, our guide, Shin, provided us with a wealth of knowledge about both Mauna Kea and space, and we learned so much. The stargazing tour, in particular, was eye-opening and overwhelming. We could see much more than we expected. Looking up at the sky, I had the feeling that countless stars were falling on us. From now on, I will remember this tour every time I see the sky. I appreciate that we had this tour; thank you so much, Shin-san!
Oscar S
Oscar S
November 14, 2023.
Excellent tour, John is the nicest guy! Incredible experience, specially if you are a star freak! Really one of the coolest nights of my life, can’t wait to do it again!
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Curiosity30341920812
November 14, 2023.
Excellent experience! I have done the Sunset and Sunrise tour in the past. This was, by far, the best experience I've had! John was an amazing guide! I loved his explanations of Hawaiian culture and especially loved the Hawaiian chant he did before we went to the top of Mauna Kea. It was extremely moving and brought me to tears. He was also an excellent guide to the stars during the stargazing portion of the evening. This tour was top notch and I would highly recommend John as a guide!
823jackh
823jackh
October 14, 2023.
Phenomenal night sky adventure We signed up for this trip primarily for the sunset experience - which was indeed everything we hoped for. But this treat was to some extent surpassed by the night sky tour that John led us through with the help of his laser pen and telescope. His knowledge of the heavens above was extensive and he explained everything in a detailed manner with a touch of humour. Can’t fault anything about the arrangements, highly recommended.
Keito
Keito
October 10, 2023.
Star gaze tour The view was amazing. And the tour guide showed us all kinds of stars. It was fascinating to hear them. 参加者が全員日本人だったこともあり、 日本語でのツアーでした。 ジョークも交えた喋りと、ハワイの文化に敬意を表しながらのツアーで、楽しくハワイの歴史や文化を触れることができました。
Scott C
Scott C
September 16, 2023.
Breathtaking experience - Top notch guide! We are so glad we were able to book a last minute trip with Taikobo during our short stay on the big island. It is an absolute must do experience and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Our guide Shin was not only very knowledgeable about the culture, Hawaii, Mauna Kea, the various observatories and the stars, he was also very passionate about the experience making sure everyone was feeling well and having a great time. He made sure to check in with us frequently and took many photos of us at various points of interest during our ascent and sunset. The stargazing was spectacular the night we went up. Not only were the conditions great but we also had a red glow visible from Kilauea in the distance. Shin spent plenty of time pointing out various constellations visible with the naked eye including the milky way and also a star, galaxy and Saturn through his amateur telescope that he brought with him. We were probably the last van to leave the mountain after stargazing. Shin went above and beyond with the experience and took beautiful photos of us with his more advanced camera that was able to capture both the milky way and the lava glow in the same frame. If you are on the fence about doing an excursion like this I would highly recommend it. Shin will make it an unforgettable experience.
Elke G
Elke G
September 14, 2023.
Awesome Experience!!! My husband and I loved this tour to Moanakea. Or tour guide Shin was the best! He was caring and always concerned about our welfare due to the potential for altitude sickness. We did fine, however and had no problems. Shin is quite a photographer and took many pictures for us and the other guests. We especially enjoyed the Stargazing and the pictures he took of us with the Milky Way behind us! - Shin made it interesting and shared a lot of knowledge about the stars and skies. We highly recommend this tour - don't miss this great experience!
Josh C
Josh C
September 4, 2023.
Amazing!!! This tour exceeded all of our expectations. Shin is by far the best tour guide we have ever had and Mauna Kea is the most memorable experience we had while on the island. The beauty is indescribableI I can see why it’s a sacred place.

Tours operated by Taikobo Hawaii, Inc.

Taikobo Hawaii, Inc. has been providing guided tours to the summit of Mauna Kea since 1983 as well as other famous tourist destinations on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are one of the few companies that are officially authorized by Center for Maunakea Stewardship (part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo) to conduct commercial tours in this Hawaiian sanctuary.

We are dedicated to promoting a deep appreciation and respect for the natural beauty, culture, and history of the Big Island of Hawaii and the Hawaiian People by providing a variety of safe, enjoyable, and educational tours to visitors from all over the world, and by focusing company resources on the development of hospitable and knowledgeable guides and safe and comfortable tour vehicles.

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