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Travel by starlight to the dormant Mauna Kea volcano in Hawai’i! With our stargazer guarantee, we make sure to take you out on the nights with the most amazing shows, led by our Pro Astro-Photographer James.

Adult Ages 13+
Child Ages 12 & under
Private Tour Maximum 16 people
  • Stargazing At Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa
  • Guided By Former Analog Astronaut
  • Stargazing Guarantee

Mauna Kea: Stargazing Experience

Journey to a remote stargazing location, far away from the touristy spots to truly enjoy the dark skies of Hawaii. Celestial objects and constellations will be pointed out with a powerful green laser pointer. Hear about James’ time spent as an Analog-Astronaut, ancient Polynesian navigation and more. Being a Pro Astro-Photographer on the Big Island and spending eight years as a guide, James knows the best spots and angles to take a few stellar photos of you with the Milky Way.

View live details of deep space using the most sophisticated, light-sensitive camera/scope out of any company in Hawai’i. Take in awe-inspiring views of deep space objects like Galaxies and Nebulas that you didn’t know were possible! Epic Tours is the only stargazing adventure in Hawai’i that doesn’t do stargazing tours when the moon is brighter than 30% and they give a full refund if it’s too cloudy.

All of the time slots are hand-selected for optimal stargazing views. Epic Tours go to touristy or culturally sensitive locations, which gives you the best stargazing experience possible.

Epic Tours offers a stargazing guarantee. See the stars or get a full refund.

Tour Highlights

  • Led by an Analog Astronaut/Astro-Photographer
  • Your Photo-Guides will take epic photos of you
  • Look at Galaxies, Nebulas and Star clusters through an Astro-Cam.
  • Photos from your trip are given complimentary (upgrades are available)
  • Only Mauna Kea stargazing tour company that avoids the bright moon

Included In Your Tour

  • Comfy Parka Jackets with pockets and a hood
  • Complimentary photos available for download within five days after the experience

About Your Guide

  • James Ward is the owner/guide and astrophotographer for Epic Tours, a company he started in 2013 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Currently assisting as Mission Support for simulated moon and Mars missions at the HI-SEAS Habitat.
  • Formerly an Analog Astronaut and Vice Commander for the Sensoria M3 Moon Mission directed by the International MoonBase Alliance in collaboration with NASA.

What To Bring

  • In the winter and spring months the temperatures can be around 40°F. In summer and fall months, it can be just over 45°F. That doesn’t sound too bad unless you’re standing outside for over an hour and a half.  So it’s recommended to dress accordingly. They also have parka jackets that have pockets and a hood to help keep you warmer.