Mauna Kea Sunset

Private Tours

Share this once-in-a-lifetime experience exclusively with your family and friends.

If you wish to experience the magnificent journey to Mauna Kea only with your family and friends without worrying about other guests, consider booking our private tours.

  • Touring safely in a small private group
  • Intimate atmosphere without worrying about others
  • Relaxing journey in plenty of personal space
  • Free pick-up/drop-off at your accommodation*

*Free pickup is available for hotels and vacation rentals in Kona, Kohala resort, and Waimea areas only. For private residences such as AirBnB accommodations may not be arranged due to inaccessibility by our vehicles. Guests staying on the east side of the island such as Hilo and the Volcano National Park areas can meet us at Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station.

Tour Vans & Prices

Prices are applicable for both Sunrise & Sunset Private Tours.

Cozy & Comfy SUV $1,900 + tax Up to 4 passengers Ford Expedition or equivalent
Taikobo SUV
Taikobo SUV Seats
Luxury SUV $2,400 + tax Up to 5 passengers Ford Expedition Limited or equivalent
Taikobo SUV
Taikobo SUV Seats
Spacious Van $3,180 + tax Up to 10 passengers Ford Transit Van or equivalent
Taikobo Ford Transit Van
Taikobo Ford Transit Van Seats
Luxury Van Premium Seats $3,280 + tax Up to 8 passengers Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 or equivalent
Reclining seats
Taikobo Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
Taikobo Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Seats
Super Spacious Van $3,710 + tax Up to 12 passengers • $3,985 + tax (13 passengers)
• $4,260 + tax (14 passengers)
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 or equivalent
Reclining seats
Taikobo Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Taikobo Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Seats

A 6% processing fee will be added if you book online.

Tour Details

Mauna Kea Sunset & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour
Age Restriction13 and older*13 and older*
Departure TimeEarly afternoon
(time varies with season)
After midnight
(time varies with season)
Tour Duration7-8 hours7-8 hours
Time 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

*Children 12 or younger are not allowed on our tours due to the high altitude. If you are over 90 years old, you are required to submit a medical certificate from a doctor confirming your fitness for staying at an elevation of 14,000 feet for several hours.

Please note;

  • Our tours do not include meals. We provide light snacks and you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Please bring warm clothes to wear under the provided parka. Warm clothes such as long pants, sweater/hoodie, warm socks, and closed-toe shoes are must-haves.
  • We strongly encourage you to bring water. Drinking water will reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Gratuity is not included in the tour price but tips are greatly appreciated.

Read the FAQ to learn more about our Mauna Kea Tours.

We’d love to accommodate your needs. If you don’t see desired availabilities in the booking calendar, please send us your plan by filling out the form below or call us at 1-808-300-8552.

Private Tours Inquiry Form