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

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Take your vehicle up to the 9,000 ft point on the mountain. It is very cool and windy. If you want to go farther, there are tours that you can take to go to the 13,000 ft mark.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Take your vehicle up to the 9,000 ft point on the mountain. It is very cool and windy. If you want to go farther, there are tours that you can take to go to the 13,000 ft mark.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Drive to the observatory level viewing point. This avoids all the down hill bike tour buses. Yes, the road is fully paved to here. The rental car company isn't going to mind! If you want to see stars avoid full moon; Doh! Sunrise was great and worth the chill 50F. Quite a serene atmosphere until a spectator put his remote... More 

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Mornington, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Truly magical, you drive through the clouds and come out in heaven. Not only will the summit leave you short for words, if you have time Lake Waiau is a must. I will push everyone to go and experience it! Make sure you look up the recommendation's before you go, it is not recommended for everyone due to the lack... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Words and even pictures can't do justice to our trip to the top of Mauna Kea. Sunset was spectacular and star gazing from a small side road near the visitors centre on the way down was stunning. It's one of the best places on the planet for stargazing - hence all the best telescopes in the world are here. Trust... More 

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Toronto
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
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