Its slopes etched with rivers of hardened lava, Kilauea is one of the five volcanoes that form the Big Island of Hawaii, rising 1,300 m (4,200 ft) above the Pacific. In Kilauea’s fiery depths, according to traditional Hawaiian beliefs, dwells Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. Meanwhile, about 40 miles to the north lies Mauna Kea, a long-dormant volcano that is the world’s tallest mountain from the sea bottom, measuring 10,200 m (33,500 ft) from its undersea base. At its summit, long held sacre ...Show more
d by Hawaiians, is one of the best astronomical vantage points on Earth.
These are the kinds of contrasts you find amidst Hawaii’s rainforests and volcanic peaks: glimpses of the planet’s molten heart under vast star-filled skies, and the intuitions of an ancient faith alongside the precise observations of science. These are the dimensions of the Big Island that we celebrate in TravelQuest’s Hawaiian Fire and Skies tour, a unique exploration of natural beauty, rich culture, and spectacular astronomy that we’re proud to offer travelers in the summer of 2022.
Our journey crisscrosses the Big Island, the largest in the Hawaiian archipelago, exploring a wonderland of pristine beaches, stunning waterfalls and lush rainforests. Along the way, there are endless opportunities to spot exotic flowers and vibrantly colored birds, along with an incredible profusion of marine life. The island is also a paradise for starwatchers: Mauna Kea, in addition to its renowned observatories – housing 13 major telescopes staffed by scientists from around the world – boasts what is arguably the best public astronomical viewing anywhere, revealing deep-sky phenomena in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres.
TravelQuest’s one-of-a-kind adventure combines the magic of Hawaii’s volcanic peaks and amazing biodiversity with unmatched stargazing between the ocean’s far horizons. Space is limited for this special journey, so make your reservation today! Show less