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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
+1 808-322-2366
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Sunset and stargazing tour

This tour was high on our "must do" list and didn't disappoint. Our driver Greg was great, he was... read more

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Wonderful Experience with Great Guides

From pick up to drop off we had a wonderful time up on Mauna Kea. While there are other companies... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Brian F
Charleston, South Carolina
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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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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
+1 808-322-2366

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Reviewed today via mobile

This tour was high on our "must do" list and didn't disappoint. Our driver Greg was great, he was full of knowledge about the island and the landscape and it made the journey very enjoyable. The view from the top was absolutely incredible. Photos can't...More

Thank TinaQuealy
Reviewed 5 days ago

From pick up to drop off we had a wonderful time up on Mauna Kea. While there are other companies that do similar tours and really if you had a 4x4 Jeep you could drive up yourself it would not do Mauna Kea any justice...More

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to stargaze on Mauna Kea but struggled to decide which company to choose. We picked this one because it's the oldest, but we now know more reasons why it's a great choice. First, all the guides have a degree in a pertinent field....More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the sunset tour on Mauna Kea! In particular, we appreciated our guide, Gordon's, knowledge; we are not even amateur astronomers so his expertise was key to our educational and satisfying experience. The sunset was beautiful, and not to be missed, but being...More

Thank NCTraveler23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Long trip from where we were staying, but the view was one of the most spectacular ive ever seen!!! Great for older and teens, probably not recommended for kids, air is thin and trip is long, but worth it.

Thank Deborah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on this tour with my mother, great experience to share with her. The view is incredible, sunset is spectacular, overall great experience. Our guide Maka was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the island, the stars, and a wide variety of nature information. We had...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maka does a fabulous job at tour operator. Sunset is nice, but star experience is not to be missed. Seeing the Southern Cross was an experience!!!

Thank j0j0traveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful night with Arthur on Mauna Kea. Pick-up was prompt, our guide was very informative, and the lasagna dinner was pretty tasty. We had wonderful conditions for viewing the sunset and for stargazing. It definitely gets cold up there, so wear closed...More

Thank Kristen D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must for every Big Island visitor. The team at Mauna Kea Summit Adventures are the best in service, friendliness, knowledge and safety that we could have asked for. Our guides, Justin and Greg were fantastic and made our trip to the summit...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide Arthur was so knowledgeable and pleasant that our day and evening experience was awesome. Being life long learners, we would recommend everyone to discover this island's beauty. The tour was comfortable in their van and just the right amount of stops for walking,...More

Thank Lcassit
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23 July 2017|
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Response from Richard G | Reviewed this property |
In the FAQ section of their website they indicate they don't take children under 13 due to possibility of altitude sickness.
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!!!
25 February 2017|
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Response from MikeSessions | Property representative |
Aloha, It is best to join our adventure from the pickup locations on the west side of the Big Island, in Kailua Kona, or Waikoloa resort. If you decide to take this tour from Hilo, you would be required to drive (in your own... More