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

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Fantastic free experience

This utterly blew us away. We watched the sun set from the summit and then went to the free star gazing at the visitor centre. An utterly beautiful experience and so well done... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Jacquiandnick
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This utterly blew us away. We watched the sun set from the summit and then went to the free star gazing at the visitor centre. An utterly beautiful experience and so well done. That this is free is a credit to all involved. Be sure to leave a decent tip - this is how they fund this 💕

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Lake Winnebago, MO
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We visited on April 28th when the fountains of lava could be seen during the day! The lower trail was closed, but I saw on the news that these fountains had spewed hot debris on the lower observation area. This was a neat museum too.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Best to go after sunset so you can see the glow from the lava. Such an amazing sight! We walked from a park before the observatory then walked up to the observatory. There is also a nice view of the glow from that park. Another great place to see in the Big Island!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A great diversion, but it's above the cloud line. Dress warmly and be prepared for potential cloud cover. A weather-dependent event.

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautifully diverse 1 lane paved road through spectacular scenery. Drive slow for safety and enjoy the drive. Did not like that we could not get into the observatory or get close enough for a good pic.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This road was surprisingly well made and maintained. It is a very smooth albeit long drive to the end where it reaches the observatory, which is closed to public. There are two hiking trails at the end of the paved road, but they look like really for the serious hikers. If you do plan to hike there, do your research... More 

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It was a very rainy afternoon when I decided to take a detour up Mauna Loa. Not to be confused with Mauna Kea - as this is the weather observatory and not the astronomy observatory. My experience was almost other worldly given the dense fog the entire climb on a very well paved, one lane, 13 mile road. At least... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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