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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour
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A little lightheaded

We rented a 4X4 so we could make the trip up, bit of a rough drive but we have been on way worse. We were surprised how lightheaded we felt at the top, gee, got to us fast as... read more

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DeLand, Florida
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We rented a 4X4 so we could make the trip up, bit of a rough drive but we have been on way worse. We were surprised how lightheaded we felt at the top, gee, got to us fast as well. We have lived at sea level for to long.

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Aylett, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The drive to reach the summit was simply breath taking, it was like going through different zones one minute we were traveling through a housing community then for you know it we were back in volcanic zone.

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove to the top of the summit, the road is no joke. I recommend emptying your bladder before going to the top and waiting at the visitor center to prepare yourself for the altitude change. Beautiful views.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a great sunset here and beautiful star gazing afterwards. A must visit and a great thing to share with visiting friends!

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Mountain View, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The summit of Mauna Kea is unlike anywhere I have been. It's quite an adventure to get to the top and it's so worth it. The view is spectacular, especially at sunrise or sunset. Dress warmly if you go up near those times especially because it's cold up there. There are usually rangers around to ask if you need help... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Mauna Kea to experience some interesting scenery, was not disappointed! When you go, you have to stop at the visitor centre to get acclimated to the elevation, get info if you are going up to the top. Very knowledgeable staff at the visitor centre. We went up to the top to enjoy the sunset, was Soo beautiful,... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited Mauna Kea today around midday. We planned to ascend the summit earlier than that but were caught up for several hours in road works on the Kuakini Hwy. We stopped at the visitor centre on the way up as advised to check for current advice and warnings. None were visible so we asked the lady behind the counter... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the drive up to the top was breathtaking. It completely justified our renting a 4WD as it was a non paved road going up a steep incline for what seemed like forever. The scenery above the clouds absolutely distracts you from the desolate moonscape up there. there is nary a creature except for other tourists up for the sunset and... More 

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Atlanta, United States
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Truly an amazing experience! We were kinda skeptical making the journey uphill since we had a sedan but we made it all the way up without a 4x4 vehicle. It is definitely an experience out of this world. Dress warmly because it's windy and cold up there. We went from having breakfast by the beach with 85 degrees to being... More 

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring plenty of warm clothing - coats, blankets, hot potatoes in your pockets, hot drinks. Do not go if you have cardiac issues (14,000 ft high), pregnant, need oxygen assistance, or if you have dived in the last 24 (maybe up to 36) hours? Check rules. Check schedule Keck Observatory or public nights and it is the closest to space... More 

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