Mauna Kea - A Mars and Stars Photo Experience
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
We take the photos, you take home the memories!
This adventure will explore to a remote Mars-like location for a unique stargazing experience unlike any other. In fact, Nasa does Mars and Moon tests right around the corner.
Explore the mountains of Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa, which ever area has the best weather. Have no fear, you won't be going to touristy areas with lots of people around. We go to one of the best stargazing spots in all of Hawaii with no other buses or vehicles around.
Once we step foot onto the Martian soil, you'll be handed a parka jacket along with a hot chocolate, tea or coffee. We will talk about how the very spot we are standing at, is one of the most unique spots in the entire Solar System (and most people don't even realize it.) After that, we will do a green laser “light saber” show and point out constellations, planets, space objects and hopefully some fast moving shooting stars. Photos of the best objects in the night sky will be taken with an astro-modified camera/lens.
On to almost everyone's favorite part. We will have some fun and take some epic astro-photos of you with the stars in the background.
All of the complimentary photos that we take throughout your experience will be sent to you within 24 hours after the trip. You'll get the highest resolution photos included at no extra cost along with some free Lightroom photo editing as well.
Weather Guarantee: See the stars or come again for free
Led by an Astro-Photographer/Guide
Stargaze where Nasa performs Mars studies
Small Group Tour - 10 Passengers Max
Our Photo-Guides take epic photos of you
Green Laser "Light Saber" Star Show
Look at Galaxies, Nebulas and Star clusters through an Astro-Cam.
High Resolution Photos from your trip are now given complimentary ($200 value)
Comfy Parka Jackets with pockets and a hood
Unique Stargazing Photos, perfect for social media
Complimentary High-Resolution photos available for download within 24 hours after the experience
Kona Macadamia Nut Chocolates, Coffee and Hot Chocolate and Tea
Meeting Location: The base of the Mauna Loa Observatory Road
Dinner (It's recommended to eat before the photo trip)
Know Before You Book:
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Comfortable pants and walking shoes are highly recommended
If you would like to caravan behind our tour, send us a message
We can take a maximum of 10 guests in our 4x4 "Mars Rover" Van
Persons with respiratory/heart conditions or those in poor health are not permitted on tour
Persons with mobility issues or limited vision are not permitted on tour
This tour tends to book up early, so it's recommended to reserve your seats in advance
Not typically recommended for children under 10 years old
This is a 2 hour photo trip. We take the photos, you take home the memories
Scuba divers please note that we will be driving at high altitudes
Since we are able to start later in the evening, we avoid almost all of the other tour companies, giving you a more private and unique experience
You can bring your own camera, however, we will be taking photos for you and sending you the hi resolution downloads with 24 hours after your trip
Book your adventure on one of your first nights of your vacation, just in case we have to reschedule later in the week because of high clouds
Location, Price and Time:
We will be meeting at the corner of Highway 200 Saddle Road and the Mauna Loa Observatory Road (roughly 25-35 minutes from Hilo and Waikoloa Village.)
Check the online calendar for specific start times and prices
We will stargaze from altitudes below 11k feet on Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa
Tour companies and private individuals are not permitted to stargaze at the summit. We have our own unique locations that we go to for epic stargazing. The summit is closed 30 minutes after sunset and solely for research and cultural practices
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