Sunset & Stargazing Tour

Adult (Ages 16+)
$150
Child (Ages 15 and under)
$139

Are you ready for Maui's ultimate science-based activity that is fun for all ages?

Maui Stargazing Tour Details
Duration: 5 Hours!

Join Maui Stargazing for a stunning sunset at Haleakala Summit followed by a science-based, 60 to 90-minute guided telescope tour of the cosmos. Observe the most deep-sky objects through the largest portable telescope on Haleakala. Stay warm in our winter jackets and snowboard pants in sizes that fit toddlers all the way to adult 4-XL. This Haleakala National Park astronomy tour spans five hours.

Start with a breathtaking sunset at the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s 10,000′ dormant volcano. Before darkness settles, we move to a family-friendly observing site for a fascinating laser-guided tour of the constellations and unparalleled views in the field setting. You’re treated to telescope views of the visible planets and deep-sky objects of the Milky Way, including nebulae, star clusters, and the galaxies beyond through a 12-inch aperture Dobsonian telescope! Maui Stargazing supplies all the necessary warm clothing to keep you comfortable throughout the stargazing session.


Your Astronomy Tour at Haleakala Includes

  • Exclusive: The only English-speaking astronomy tour at Haleakala National Park
  • Sunset at Haleakala Summit
  • Expert astronomy guide
  • Laser-guided survey of the constellations
  • Largest portable telescope on Haleakala!
  • 60 to 90 minutes of telescope time
  • See best views of deep-space objects in the field
  • Winter jackets, fleece hats, and gloves
  • Insulated snow pants in your size!
  • Hot beverages and assorted snacks
  • Family-friendly observing site with restrooms and paved surfaces.
  • Group size limited to 11 people

Where We Meet

We meet at the Kula Lodge at 15200 Haleakala Hwy, Route 377 in Kula, approximately two hours before sunset. There, you receive outerwear, an orientation on the evening’s observing plan, and sign the National Park’s waiver. Please park in the street level parking lot by the yellow flags, then board Maui Stargazing’s new Sprinter passenger for the trip to Haleakala summit.


Maui Tour Tips

  • No scuba diving within 24 hours of your tour to avoid decompression sickness. (It’s okay to snorkel/swim)
  • Dress warmly (long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed shoes, and thick socks above the ankle).
  • Eat a late lunch or early dinner or bring your meal to store in our cooler.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen, wide brim hat, camera, and a tripod.
  • Reserve as early as possible as our Maui stargazing tours fill up.
  • Wait for instruction before touching the telescope.
  • No eating or drinking in the van.
  • Please remove shoes and be seated while putting on and taking off snow pants.
  • Guests who are prone to motion sickness, please hydrate and consider taking an over-the-counter, non-drowsy motion sickness remedy and use pressure point wrist bands.

 

  • Fine Print
    • All activities are at your own risk. No liability, expressed or implied, rests with Maui Stargazing LLC or its officers.
    • Check-in time is two hours before sunset.  If you are late you forfeit your spot on the astronomy tour at Haleakala National Park and the right to reschedule or receive a refund.
    • If you need to cancel, please notify Maui Stargazing via email as soon as possible so that others may reserve their spot on the tour. [email protected]
    • No refunds for no shows or cancellations within 72 hours of check in time.
    • Changes to reservations are not permitted within 72 hours prior to the scheduled check-in.
    • Maui Stargazing LLC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a tour at the discretion of the management.
    • Observing locations and equipment can be subject to change without notice.
    • Not all tours are conducted under perfectly clear skies. If bad weather interferes with a tour, you may reschedule or receive a rain check that is good for one year. Upon re-booking you will be charged only the park entry fee.
    • No refunds once the tour has left the meeting place and started to the national park.
    • Maui Stargazing utilizes the largest portable telescope on Haleakala, which offers the best views in the field setting. The objects will not appear as they do in the Hubble Space Telescope or photographs.
    • By purchasing your stargazing tour you agree to these terms.
  • Live Summit Webcams, Current Weather, Satellite Imagery
  • Faulkes Telescope North – Live Summit Webcam

    http://132.160.98.225/view/view.shtml

    PanStarrs II – Live Summit Webcam

    http://kopiko.ifa.hawaii.edu/cams/ps1.shtml

    NOAA Summit Five Day Forecast

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-156.25240&lat=20.70949#.VVDqsPlVhBc

    Weather Instruments at Summit…Current wind speed and temperatures

    http://kopiko.ifa.hawaii.edu/weather/

    Animated Satellite Imagery

    About Haleakala Observatories

  • Observing Links
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    J. Watumull Planetarium

    Astronomy Highlights 2016

Maui Stargazing
(808) 298-8254

18505 Haleakala Highway
Kula, HI 96790