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Mauna Loa Observatory

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Address: 154 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 933 6965

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One of the highlights of our trip

Highly recommended and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The as trombones are very knowledgeable and willing to answer all of your questions. I don't really recommend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Highly recommended and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The as trombones are very knowledgeable and willing to answer all of your questions. I don't really recommend spending time in the gift shop (unless you are in there to warm up) as the video they play doesn't even focus on Mauna Loa at all. It is quite cold... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

both observatory areas on this island are definitely worth the trip. Spectacular views and great photo opportunities. Bring a jacket due to change in weather.

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Media, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We visited the visitor area (at night of course). Would definitely not miss this. The drive from our site north of Hilo took about an hour up Saddle Road. Signs not well identified - keep eyes pealed and have a map. Rental car struggled up the road with the wind against us. Dress warm and layered and with hoodie (gloves... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We visited in July, and it got *cold*! Fortunately, the visitor's center does sell warm clothing, hot chocolate and coffee. There are some really cool hikes and places to watch the sun set. Then, visit the visitor's center for some great star gazing - we really learned a lot about the stars visible from Hawaii, and saw the Southern Cross... More 

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were driving back from Hilo and figured we'd check it out since it was a clear day. We only went about 3/4 down the road because we weren't sure we were allowed to be there. The road is 1 lane with several spots to pull off to let other cars pass but we only ran into 3 cars during... More 

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Brightwood, Oregon
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Great observation point and end of the road at this time as volcano activity prevents a full tour of the park.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Make sure to take in stargazing but make sure to wear winter clothes. I could not believe the weather changed from 88 before we started up to right around 32 when we got up there and we did not go all the way up. They do set up telescopes and point out the different stars so you can enjoy the... More 

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Auburn, Washington, USA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I would give this a 5 star rating for the view, but the COLDNESS knocked off some stars. It's difficult to believe that you are as high up in elevation as you really are, but bringing a jacket to Hawaii is just wrong. Going to the Observatory without a jacket is REALLY WRONG! Plan ahead, if you really want to... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Driving up a sharp, angry lava field on a winding one-lane paved road is a lonely and thought-provoking journey. There are rarely any cars in sight, so the mind has plenty of time to wander and consider the local history and geology. The colors of the lava change dramatically from jet black to blood red. The pahoehoe lava gives in... More 

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Wayne, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Like driving up a long driveway. One tiny section is unpaved in the middle. By the way you can walk in past the gate. The is a very clean out house just inside the gate. Great veiw of the lava fields and valley. When your done drive up to Mouna Kea for sunset. It will takeat least an hour to... More 

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