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

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Once in a lifetime stargazing

This was our second visit to Mauna kea but our first with kids (6 & 9). We were restricted to staying at the VIS as it is not recommended to take kids under 16 to the summit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit to Mauna kea but our first with kids (6 & 9). We were restricted to staying at the VIS as it is not recommended to take kids under 16 to the summit. Nonetheless it was a magical experience with cloud cover clearing for a perfect view of the early evening sky. Having been before we... More 

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Toronto
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The visit to Mauna Kea was truly amazing. The drive was really easy, roads are great, and no winding roads. We were concerned as my 4 year old daughter gets nauseous. She did good. We had drive through the clouds, which was an amazing experience, and once past the clouds the sky was clear. We got to the visitors center... More 

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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
52 helpful votes 52 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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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
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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
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60 helpful votes 60 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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