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Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience (from Kona / Waikoloa)

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Travel 13,000 feet upward to the summit of the world's tallest volcano and watch in awe as the sun makes a majestic ascent over an ocean of white clouds.

Description

Enter the world of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that towers over the Big Island of Hawaii. Its barren slopes and incredible elevation give it unobstructed views of the surrounding skies, making it a mecca for astronomers and amateur stargazers alike. Witness an incredible transformation at the break of dawn as the sun crests the cloud line below, washing the world in new light, an experience by itself that can justify any trip to the Big Island. After your journey back down the mountain, enjoy a continental breakfast and unwind over a cup of hot coffee.

Includes

  • Hooded winter parka

  • Hot chocolate

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Continental breakfast
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Marvel as the twilight world of Mauna Kea is transformed by the breaking dawn into into an dazzling landscape ringed in clouds. Don't miss one of the ultimate sightseeing experiences on the Big Island.

Duration: 5 - 7 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Hooded winter parka / Hot chocolate / Coffee / Tea / Continental breakfast

Our guide Kim was one of the most informative and well prepared guides we ever had on any tour we’ve ever taken. Her positive attitude was really a plus! We highly recommend this excursion and if you get Kim as your guide you’re really in for a super experience!

DeSilva Family

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Schedule

Starting time: 02:10 - 03:10 (Show more)
  • 02:10

    Pick-up from Select Locations

  • Drive to Mauna Kea

    You can use this time to catch a bit of extra sleep. The transportation van is comfortable and should have enough space for everyone. You can also speak with your guide about what makes Mauna Kea such a unique geological feature.

  • Stop at Ellison Onizuka Visitor Information Station & Star Viewing (30 mins)

    Due to the dramatic change in elevation, your body will need a few minutes to get acclimated. At the visitor's center you can enjoy a hot drink while browsing the gift shop.

  • Travel to Summit (30 mins)

    You will need to traverse an additional 4,000 feet from the visitor's center to the summit. The ride might get a bit bumpy here, but that can also add to the excitement of the incredible sight you are about to witness.

  • Sunrise viewing at Summit (30 mins)

    Some have used the word "surreal" to describe the experience of standing at the summit of Mauna Kea, but that's not quite right. The world around you there exists in a state of breathtaking clarity that is only intensified by the sun breaching the clouds around the peak in an eruption of color.

  • Breakfast Stop (45 mins)

    Before departing the mountain you will have the chance to stop for a tasty continental breakfast that includes authentic Kona coffee, a spread of fresh fruit and baked goods.

  • 08:10

    Drop-off

  • 02:25

    Pick-up from Select Locations

  • Drive to Mauna Kea

    You can use this time to catch a bit of extra sleep. The transportation van is comfortable and should have enough space for everyone. You can also speak with your guide about what makes Mauna Kea such a unique geological feature.

  • Stop at Ellison Onizuka Visitor Information Station & Star Viewing (30 mins)

    Due to the dramatic change in elevation, your body will need a few minutes to get acclimated. At the visitor's center you can enjoy a hot drink while browsing the gift shop.

  • Travel to Summit (30 mins)

    You will need to traverse an additional 4,000 feet from the visitor's center to the summit. The ride might get a bit bumpy here, but that can also add to the excitement of the incredible sight you are about to witness.

  • Sunrise viewing at Summit (30 mins)

    Some have used the word "surreal" to describe the experience of standing at the summit of Mauna Kea, but that's not quite right. The world around you there exists in a state of breathtaking clarity that is only intensified by the sun breaching the clouds around the peak in an eruption of color.

  • Breakfast Stop (45 mins)

    Before departing the mountain you will have the chance to stop for a tasty continental breakfast that includes authentic Kona coffee, a spread of fresh fruit and baked goods.

  • 08:25

    Drop-off

  • 02:40

    Pick-up from Select Locations

  • Drive to Mauna Kea

    You can use this time to catch a bit of extra sleep. The transportation van is comfortable and should have enough space for everyone. You can also speak with your guide about what makes Mauna Kea such a unique geological feature.

  • Stop at Ellison Onizuka Visitor Information Station & Star Viewing (30 mins)

    Due to the dramatic change in elevation, your body will need a few minutes to get acclimated. At the visitor's center you can enjoy a hot drink while browsing the gift shop.

  • Travel to Summit (30 mins)

    You will need to traverse an additional 4,000 feet from the visitor's center to the summit. The ride might get a bit bumpy here, but that can also add to the excitement of the incredible sight you are about to witness.

  • Sunrise viewing at Summit (30 mins)

    Some have used the word "surreal" to describe the experience of standing at the summit of Mauna Kea, but that's not quite right. The world around you there exists in a state of breathtaking clarity that is only intensified by the sun breaching the clouds around the peak in an eruption of color.

  • Breakfast Stop (45 mins)

    Before departing the mountain you will have the chance to stop for a tasty continental breakfast that includes authentic Kona coffee, a spread of fresh fruit and baked goods.

  • 08:40

    Drop-off

  • 02:55

    Pick-up from Select Locations

  • Drive to Mauna Kea

    You can use this time to catch a bit of extra sleep. The transportation van is comfortable and should have enough space for everyone. You can also speak with your guide about what makes Mauna Kea such a unique geological feature.

  • Stop at Ellison Onizuka Visitor Information Station & Star Viewing (30 mins)

    Due to the dramatic change in elevation, your body will need a few minutes to get acclimated. At the visitor's center you can enjoy a hot drink while browsing the gift shop.

  • Travel to Summit (30 mins)

    You will need to traverse an additional 4,000 feet from the visitor's center to the summit. The ride might get a bit bumpy here, but that can also add to the excitement of the incredible sight you are about to witness.

  • Sunrise viewing at Summit (30 mins)

    Some have used the word "surreal" to describe the experience of standing at the summit of Mauna Kea, but that's not quite right. The world around you there exists in a state of breathtaking clarity that is only intensified by the sun breaching the clouds around the peak in an eruption of color.

  • Breakfast Stop (45 mins)

    Before departing the mountain you will have the chance to stop for a tasty continental breakfast that includes authentic Kona coffee, a spread of fresh fruit and baked goods.

  • 08:55

    Drop-off

  • 03:10

    Pick-up from Select Locations

  • Drive to Mauna Kea

    You can use this time to catch a bit of extra sleep. The transportation van is comfortable and should have enough space for everyone. You can also speak with your guide about what makes Mauna Kea such a unique geological feature.

  • Stop at Ellison Onizuka Visitor Information Station & Star Viewing (30 mins)

    Due to the dramatic change in elevation, your body will need a few minutes to get acclimated. At the visitor's center you can enjoy a hot drink while browsing the gift shop.

  • Travel to Summit (30 mins)

    You will need to traverse an additional 4,000 feet from the visitor's center to the summit. The ride might get a bit bumpy here, but that can also add to the excitement of the incredible sight you are about to witness.

  • Sunrise viewing at Summit (30 mins)

    Some have used the word "surreal" to describe the experience of standing at the summit of Mauna Kea, but that's not quite right. The world around you there exists in a state of breathtaking clarity that is only intensified by the sun breaching the clouds around the peak in an eruption of color.

  • Breakfast Stop (45 mins)

    Before departing the mountain you will have the chance to stop for a tasty continental breakfast that includes authentic Kona coffee, a spread of fresh fruit and baked goods.

  • 09:10

    Drop-off

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Guests who have gone scuba diving within the last 24 hours are not permitted on this tour. The altitude at the summit of Mauna Kea is over 13,000 feet, greatly increasing the risk of decompression sickness.

  • Guests with asthma or other respiratory problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • People 16 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • A winter parka will be provided, but please dress warmly. The average temperature at the summit of Mauna Kea is 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius).

  • Closed toe shoes

  • Long pants

  • Long sleeve shirt

  • Socks

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.

  • Minors are required to have a parent or guardian sign their liability waiver.

Additional Note(s)
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • Start times vary seasonally depending on the sunrise and sunset.

  • You will share the transportation with other customers.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.

  • You will be refunded if the tour is canceled due to inclement weather. Please contact VELTRA for your refund.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the ride to the summit?

The access road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea can be bumpy, but the transportation vehicle used has four-wheel drive drive and is built for these types of excursions.

Will we be able to see any stars?

Weather permitting, you should be able to see the night sky from the visitor's center before the sun starts to rise. Your guide can help you identify certain stars and constellations. Please note, however, that telescopes are not provided on this tour. The highlight of this tour is the sunrise. For a comprehensive stargazing experience, please consider our Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Adventure.

Is there much walking or hiking on this tour?

No. This tour does not involve hiking and requires very little walking.

Is it cold at the summit of Mauna Kea?

Yes, the average temperature at the summit is around 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius), and snow is not uncommon in the winter. Please dress warmly.

Can we access any of the observatories?

No.The public operation hours for the observatories do not overlap with the time of the tour.

How cold does it get on Mauna Kea?

Average temperatures can reach 32° Fahrenheit or 0° Celsius.

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Reviews

Our guide Kim was one of the most informative and well prepared guides we ever had on any tour we’ve ever taken. Her positive att...itude was really a plus! We highly recommend this excursion and if you get Kim as your guide you’re really in for a super experience! more

DeSilva Family

Great tour guide and very informative. We got a lot of information about how the native Hawaii live oncthese mountain.

Herman

Don't hesitate to get up for this experience, yes, we too, were on vacation; however it's the most amazing sunrise witho...ut doing a major mountain climb. Very well planned and coordinated, not over crowded like sunset. Amazing view of the stars, like you have never seen before; and an unforgettable view at 14,000 feet of the sun. more

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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