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TMM57
TMM57
November 10, 2022.
Amazing! If you want to stand on the top of the world, this is a great tour to take. Our host/guide made it fun, and relaxing all the way to the top and back down. It was great to have him treat us to a chant as we stood near the summit of Mauna Kea. The sunset was beautiful in spite of the clouds. We did go on a full moon night because we could not go at any other time. Yoshi, was very helpful when she explained that we would not get to experience the spectacular night sky because the full moon would take away from the experience. It didn’t take away from the experience because the trip to the summit was just spectacular, and Yoshi and John made the trip very memorable. Thanks!
Sebastian W
Sebastian W
November 9, 2022.
Best tour company! Highly recommend! This trip was better than expected from start to finish! Emmy was very helpful throughout the booking process to start. Then when we went on our tour, John provided us with an extensive amount of information ranging from cultural history, geology, to astronomy. We actually ended up being the only people in the group which was an added bonus! The top looks like another planet and is very cold but this company has the best jackets, all the other tour groups were jealous. We didnt have the best conditions for stargazing after the breathtaking sunset but even still, we were able to see saturns rings and the moons of Jupiter.
Melissa P
Melissa P
October 31, 2022.
Book It My husband and I were so pleased with our Mauna Kea Sunset/Star Gazing tour. Our guide, Shin, was so enthusiastic, attentive, and overall a pleasure to be around. We rode up to the Summit and were pleased with the amount of time we got at the top, the explanations of the telescopes, and the kind offer to take photos for us. As a couple, we don’t often get photos together and he made sure we got plenty. The star gazing was great! We were able to see Saturn AND its rings—so awesome. They provided snacks and hot chocolate which was a nice touch with the temps being so cold. The photos we received from our trip were very cool. Shin did such a nice job with them. The experience we had with this company was great. I would recommend booking your trip to the top of Mauna Kea with this company.
JPArlon_Bel
JPArlon_Bel
October 26, 2022.
We are a picky family but this was absolutely perfect! We booked this tour almost by picking a random company but what a great choice that was! Our guide and driver Shin was absolutely perfect from the beginning to the end. Shin was early at our meeting spot and had everything covered for the whole 8 hour tour. The website says that you should have a big lunch beforehand but, believe me, we are still finishing the snacks provided by them 2 days later, so I wouldn't be scared of dying from hunger or thirst during the trip. Shin took us through an amazing road where we felt we had travelled through Ireland, Texas, the desert and a tropical island in just an hour!Then came all the ascension of Mona Kea itself and that all happened in perfect conditions, with all the right explanations but not overbearing either. The sunset was as amazing as you would hope. The telescopes started opening as the night fell - a bucket list item for me. Then came the amazing star gazing part slightly before the summit. It got really cold but they do provide you with really thick coats and even hot chocolate! Shin then showed us how to find our way through the night sky and used his 8 inch wide telescope to show us planets and other celestial bodies before bringing us back to our hotel near Kona just after 10pm. If we had to mention just one point of attention it would be that Shin's accent could at times be harder to understand (he is originally from Japan but has been in the US for 20+ years) so if you are not fluent in English it may sometimes be difficult to understand him. But his smile and good mood more than compensate for it!Highly recommended.
Tianyu L
Tianyu L
October 24, 2022.
Amazing tour of star gazing and Mauna Kea Sunset John gave us an amazing tour of Mauna Kea sunset and star gazing. He is very knowledgeable, and I see his grateful for the Hawaiian culture. We highly recommend this tour!
Passenger815659
Passenger815659
October 18, 2022.
Le clou de notre séjour à big island Avons adoré l’expérience. La séance d’astronomie était vraiment bien et les telescopes de haute qualité permettaient de voir très clairement les planètes. Le van était très confortable.
Mashiyat S
Mashiyat S
October 12, 2022.
It felt like we were not on the earth anymore My husband and I took the Mauna Kea stargazing tour in the beginning of September. I wanted a romantic experience in the Big Island and this trip definitely delivered. Our tour guide Shin was an absolute delight and the tour members were very kind too. I was slightly nauseas as I didn't eat a lot before the trip and Shin provided a ginger candy which was extremely delicious and helpful. The experience during sunset was out of this world, as the sky and everything around turned pink. After that we were taken to the star gazing point where we could see stars but would have been even clearer if it was not a moonlit night. At that point someone was having elevation sickness and Shin was well equipped with oxygen cylinder to help him out with elevation sickness. We also got to spend time watching individual stars with the telescope that Shin brought with him. Shin offered to take photos of us and the other people on the tour at every scenic point. Thanks to him we have a lot of romantic pictures from the trip. One couple even decided to propose to each other, it surely seemed like the perfect moment. Shin took lots of pictures for them too. Additionally Shin gave us print outs of some really beautiful pictures he took on top of the Mauna Kea for us to take home as souvenirs. It was the best tour experience we ever had. Highly recommend.
Daniel C
Daniel C
September 27, 2022.
Highly recommend for anyone vacationing on the big island Top 5 excursions we have ever been on. The view of sunset from the top of Mauna Kea was epic and unlike anything i have seen before. On top of that, the view of stars was once in a lifetime, i have never seen such clear skies and so many stars with the naked eye. Our guide John was fantastic and helped connect us to the local culture surrounding the volcanos and the significance to the Hawaiian people. It helped align the views with importance of the volcano that provides them. To top it off, John brought a telescope so we could see planets and the constellations with greater detail. Can’t say enough good things about the service he provided. You can tell he went above what most other tours were doing and was there to ensure an excellent Experience for his guests. Yeah we’ll worth the money to not have to stress about the drive and just enjoy the views and experience.
Helen O
Helen O
September 18, 2022.
Most Amazing tour The star gazing was amazing Johns gave us great information and set up a telescope we saw the rings of Saturn and Jupiter with moons and stripes.
Mari M
Mari M
September 18, 2022.
Amazing tour Highly recommend, Our tour guide John was very informative and patient! Definitely worth the tour. Beautiful sunset and gave us photos at the end. Amazing experience to end our trup