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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for a weekend and was blown away by the sheer beauty and magnificence of the place. Highest mountain in the world is well worth the climb

Thank totohandala
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing views from the top but worth taking an organised tour - if possible one with stargazing - you won't find a clearer sky anywhere!

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 15 August 2018

My friend and I hiked up Mauna Kea or attempted to, we got about half way and decided to head back down. We totally underestimated the incline and boy, my calves were throbbing! We definitely learnt key lessons and look forward to going back next...More

Thank Teresa D
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Went to the visitor center at Mauna Kea - 9000 feet or so above clouds - never seen so many stars / absolutely amazing finally seeing constellations, milky way etc. Try to arrive before dark to see sunset and get parking - gets crowded. After...More

Thank MHD17
Reviewed 8 August 2018

great sunset, and the trip to the top looks like mars. worth the ride! clouds came in so we could not do the astronomy at night, but the sunset and trip to the top are worth it anyway. they had picnic table at the visitor...More

Thank tenisax
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We were staying at Hilo. It is a nice drive to Mauna Kea. The volcano was errupting so there was a plenty of Vog on the drive. But when we reached the summit it was amazing. Its cold so definitely need good warm cloths. Go...More

3  Thank Kartik S
Reviewed 17 July 2018

We wanted to go to the summit, but was not able to because of it being sold out. We decided to stay at the visitor center for the star gazing. I cannot say enough about how informative this was. It happened to be a clear...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We went here to see the sights at sunset. We were prepared and came with a four wheel drive. Looking at the website it is very confusing what is going on. First of all, there is a drive to the top where they say you...More

2  Thank darusjuarez
Reviewed 29 June 2018

This was such a neat experience while on the Big Island this week. The drive up is worth it itself, but once you get to the visitor center the real views kick in. You are truly above the clouds, and it is a very neat...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Go on a night the visitor center provides telescopes for star gazing. I would arrive by 6:30 and stay to 10. You can also see the glow from the lava fissure 8 way off in the distance while star gazing, as well as the lave...More

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Pankti M
19 May 2017|
Response from Lauren W |
Hi Pankti, Saddle road is easily accessible, and I assume there is parking at the pickup spot. Please make sure you are physically prepared for altitude, and enjoy your tour!
Kris J
10 August 2016|
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Response from 795stephie | Reviewed this property |
We flew into and stayed in Hilo. It really depends on the type of weather you like. Going to the Big Island in Hawaii the 2 sides are totally different. Hilo is like a rain forest and Kona (usually more popular with tourist... More