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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Skiing, Watching sunrise/sunset, Hiking
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Small Group
$207*
and up
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

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Starry, starry night .....

What a fantastic experience ! We chose not to try for the summit - either on our own or with a tour - just made it to the observatory in our hire car: and we weren't in any way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

What a fantastic experience ! We chose not to try for the summit - either on our own or with a tour - just made it to the observatory in our hire car: and we weren't in any way disappointed. We had a truly memorable experience ( me, my wife and two teenage sons). I should add that we aren't... More 

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Doonan, Australia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
41 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Didn't do enough homework and missed out on the summit. Tried to hire a 4WD from Alamo, didn't get one and then found out wasn't allowed to go to top with that company anyway. The wall of shame at the visitors centre ( its a very small visitors centre)shows the disasters that have befallen others and most looked like FWD... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Pros: I've never seen so many stars. It was an awesome sight. The center's speaker was interesting and kind of funny. Watching the sunset from sunset trail was a beautiful sight. The drive from Mauna Lani was easy, 55 minutes, minimal traffic, clear (no fog) although from the resort it appeared that Mauna Kea was totally clouded over. The road... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful tour up to the very top along with stargazing through amazing telescopes. Even watched the space shuttle fly over. Take warm coats, it's 35-40 degrees at the top.

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Tokyo
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We drive a 4WD from KEAUHOU and leave for 3:00. Although starlit sky tour is also good, sunrise is the highest more. After sunrise, when I was walking toward the summit, the double rainbow was visible to my shadow. ***Tips which do not get altitude sickness*** Drinking a little water is continued every from the entrance this side neighborhood of... More 

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SF Bay Area
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It is possible to visit the summit on your own for a fraction of the cost of a commercial tour. We rented a 4x4 SUV with low range from Harper https://www.harpershawaii.com/, and with layers of clothing, plenty of water and food, we headed for the Ellison Onizuka Visitors Center where we had a picnic, watched videos, geo-cached and got some... More 

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Wildwood, Missouri, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Mauna Kea is one of the best places for star gazing in the world. We had an excellent 8 1/2 hr experience of Star Gazing at Mauna Kea. We went with a group of 14 with Hawaii Forest & Trail. It's pricey at just over $200 each. We got 20% off w/ a Holo Holo Discount Card. The guide was... More 

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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156 reviews 156 reviews
72 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Go for the sunset for an amazing view of the island below and the stars above. Make sure you bring something warm as it can get close to freezing on your island adventure.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We couldn't make it for the sunset, but we got there to see the star show. Have never seen so many stars so clear. It was like you could reach out and touch them. Very knowledgeable people to tell you about the stars and formations using a neat laser that seems like it touches the stars themselves. Make sure you... More 

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a must do to see a awesome sunset. We drove ourselves in a 4WD it's is an experience driving to the top but part of the adventure. We stopped at the visitors centre for 45 minutes to help prepare for the high altitude at the summit. People were driving to the top in normal hire cars, don't do... More 

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