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Jiajing Z
Jiajing Z
July 13, 2022.
Really really nice experience It is a really really nice tour. Really comfortable car. Our tour guide Shin is really nice and give us good introductions. He also helped me take a lot photos so that I could share with my family and friends. Everything is nice, the star gazing is really really nice as well. I haven’t go to other companies’ tour on the island but I bet this is one of the best…
Pratibha
Pratibha
July 9, 2022.
Mauna Kea sunset and stargazing tour I would recommend this experience as a must do at Big Island. Our guide John was very knowledgeable and gave us just enough to absorb during the trip. He shared so many stories that made us understand local culture, significance of Mauna Kea and why it’s truly an astronomer’s paradise. We traveled in a very comfortable 4WD and John maneuvered a pretty tricky terrain while we all soaked in the sights. He made few pit stops before the summit to help us acclimatize. Him offering a chant to the goddess near the summit was a specially nice moment. After sunset, be ready to be mesmerized by the sky. John helped us read the night sky. We even saw the international space station. The milky way took my breath away for a bit. Viewing galaxies and stars millions of light years away was exceptional. To top it off the snacks were amazing and all locally sourced. Hot chocolate in the freezing cold cheered us all up. John also clicked a couple of memorable pictures for us with the Milky Way as the backdrop. On our way back we listened to local music (another nice little touch). Thank you! John. You are the best guide ever :)…
carrie9678
carrie9678
July 8, 2022.
Pictures don't do this tour justice- amazing experience This is one of those experiences that you have to see for yourself to truly appreciate it. Shin was a great tour guide- at times he could be a little bit challenging to understand (but I have hearing loss in 1 ear so really have to concentrate to hear in general). But the trip, van, experience was top notch. You stop several times heading up the mountain to help your body get acclimated to the altitude and use the restroom, have a snack etc. My daughters and I were in the last row of the van and while it can be windy and bumpy, it was not miserable nor made us feel sick. However, my youngest did end up having altitude sickness at the top. I thought she was being a tired teenager and Shin kept checking on her and then suggested we get some oxygen on her. It took about ten mins and she was doing much better and did not miss the sunset. It is COLD at the top. We had on pants, gym shoes, sweatshirts, vests, hats, gloves and the provided parkas and were still cold. After being in such warm temps on the trip, I think it just feels much colder. It was also very windy- like 30-30 mph winds on top of being below freezing temps. It's beautiful watching the sunset and being above the clouds. The stargazing is beautiful too. I have never seen so many stars. Shin really knows his constellations and I am clueless when it comes to astronomy, it was neat seeing him point so many things out and looking in the telescope, but it felt a tad too long and we were all very cold. I recommend having a hat and gloves and also bringing a red light head lamp (we had them at the hotel for volcano national park but did not think to bring on this tour). I am glad we had a tour taking us up top. It can be steep and 5 miles of it are unpaved to help keep the number of visitors down, so 4x4 is a must (and the jeeps we rented were not in the best quality so don't rely on them to get you to the top). Shin also took a photo of us by the milky way and it is such an amazing print- it looks photo shopped- but it is not- such a memorable gift for an amazing tour ! Also- book early- we booked about 2 weeks prior and could only get 3 seats on any of the days we were there, so my husband stayed back- they only allow a small number of tour vans to go each day.…
Carly
Carly
June 23, 2022.
Great views, comfortable tour We had an amazing trip. John was our guide and driver. John was very kind and knowledgeable. He struck the right balance of talking and letting us quietly enjoy the sights ourselves. The views were stunning. The van was exceptionally comfortable, which was a welcome surprise for our ~5 hours total time in the van. The tour provided delicious local snacks After we finished stargazing John took nice photos of us against the night sky as a great way to remember the trip. Overall the tour was a delight and a great way to spend our day! We had an AWD vehicle, so we could have done the summit tour on our own, but were very happy we opted for the tour instead—- so we both could see the sights, felt safer, and had a great guide.…
Becky K
Becky K
June 19, 2022.
Mauna Kea Sunset Tour The views, the tour guide Shin, just the all around experience. Beyond our expectations! He was so genuine, kind, and knowledgeable. He took good care of us! We thought we were looking down on heaven from the top..amazing!!!
Monica A
Monica A
June 19, 2022.
Amazing Experience!!! The views are Incredible! This trip was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide John was so knowledgeable and informative. He knew so much about Mauna Kea and the Observatories. Then when it came to stargazing, he was awesome, showed/educated us different stars, constellations, where the different astrology…
shu
shu
June 19, 2022.
Awesome Guide From the beginning to the end, it was all perfect. Shin is awesome. He will tell you everything that you need to know once you’re in the van. A must do.
Jennifer Lowe
Jennifer Lowe
June 17, 2022.
Best experience This was an excellent way to spend an evening in Hawaii. Our guide, Shin, was super accommodating. He was always checking on us to make sure we were doing okay with the altitude. He also took amazing pictures of us and emailed them which will forever be a great memory. The…
LCP
LCP
June 16, 2022.
Mauna Kea sunset and star gazing An experience like no other and must do when on the big island. Our guide John was very personable and knowledgeable, the Mercedes passenger van was comfortable, and the locally made snacks were good. The sunset views and the stargazing were incredible. The reservation staff…
Sara L
Sara L
June 12, 2022.
Top-notch tour guide and majestic views Our tour guide Shin was very knowledgeable and ensured each guest personally felt welcome and taken care of. He went the extra mile in taking photos, accommodating our food and cold-temperature needs, and even brought a telescope for us to view the stars more closely. The view…