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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
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Mauna Kea summit adventure

The hosts pretty much drive you up the mountain to the visitor center where they serve you jail... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anthony C
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Breathtaking!!

Very well run professional tour with excellent qualified guide and great vehicle. Local knowledge... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Neale C
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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea for sunset and stargazing. We are the pioneer service of this kind and we have over 30 years of experience. Our daily trip starts off on the Kona coast 4 hours before sunset and returns 5 hours after sunset. We travel in custom built 4x4 mini coaches with panoramic windows. Our guides are experts in island geography, geology, culture and astronomy. At the 9,000FT.level, we stop for the better part of an hour to dine and experience the visitor's center. We arrive on the summit before sunset and we stay until the best of the color has faded. Afterward, if natural conditions allow, we put on a highly informative stargazing session with large, computerized amateur telescopes. MKSA does not guarantee the weather in any way. Although the mountain enjoys a great majority of fine weather there is the possibility the tour may be canceled, and refunded or may encounter poor conditions in the field.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The hosts pretty much drive you up the mountain to the visitor center where they serve you jail house lasagna.... I could literally puke thinking about this food. So nasty. Trip to summit was cool... some good views. Stargazing not interesting... you can just use...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very well run professional tour with excellent qualified guide and great vehicle. Local knowledge counts for a lot when there is weather and other groups to consider. Our guide grew up on the Big Island and knew where and when to be to get the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took this trip on the advice of a friend who warned us not to drive up Mauna Kea ourselves. After experiencing the drive I can see it was best to go with a guide service. Our driver, Gordon, was excellent. He provides great information...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great excursion. We were picked up from the specified location (they gave great directions). It is quite a drive up to the mountain but we were in a comfortable van. We stopped at the visitor center for a quick dinner and a...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

While being beyond their control, we had a woman on our tour van who was on the waiting list and was so excited when she got called, however she had a VERY bad cold and coughed and hacked the entire 7 hours while confined in...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved our trip up Mauna Kea. It was wonderful to see the observatories. Absolutely expertly orchestrated trip...flawless. The lasagna was good, the star watching excellent, and best of all was our guide, Art, who was knowledgeable, interesting, and good spirited. Couldn't recommend him more...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The trip was very enjoyable, the guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The company took care of everything including food and hot drinks.If you are on the big Island you should definitely take this trip to the top of Mauna Kea you will not regret...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was ok. Long drive in tight seats. Cold on summit and during stargazing. Dinner was not good. Got lucky and saw lava flowing in the distance. Ok if you are an astronomy buff, otherwise maybe not so much.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very comfortable ride- BMW van, and extremely knowledgeable guides. Thoroughly enjoyed this! We especially appreciated the chant by one of our guides, Entiki, at the Mauna Kea ahu. Incredible stargazing through their telescopes after susnset. Everything about this experience was positive. Highly recommend.

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mangomango8
19 September 2017|
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Response from Michael H | Reviewed this property |
I think is enough time to just stroll around on your own, yes. I had plenty of time to walk around and take in the sites, and even pop the big question without feeling rushed or left out of anything!
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Wlaii
23 July 2017|
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Response from Pasomonte | Property representative |
Our company(MKSA) has a minimum age limit of 13 years. Each company has their own policy. If you attend public programs on the summit the limit is 16 years. Experience has shown us that children don't adapt to the rapid... More
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Mariela M
8 May 2017|
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Response from Judyap2016 | Reviewed this property |
Not taken a 16 year old up but unless he has asthma he will be fine.there is nothing dangerous about the trip....just lots and lots of information he will find amazing!!!
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