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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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$207*
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
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$590*
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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline...
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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zw2l
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Absolutely incredibly to see the sunsetting from above the clouds. Its worth going with a tour company so that they can handle the driving, provide information, and supply the cold weather gear, which is an absolute must.

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Ypsilanti
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This was really quite an experience. We were able to drive all the way to the top. I drove there in a 4x4 Jeep but I saw 2 wheel drive cars going all the way up so I wouldn't worry about what type of car you are driving. Also, it was 39 degrees with a strong wind so dress approprially.... More

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Petrolia, Ontario
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16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We only went as far as the visitor centre as had been to the summit before but our sons & their girlfriends continued to the top never having been there before. They had a 4WD jeep & had no issues. There was no fog or snow so ideal conditions. The girls did not get out of the jeep..too cold for... More

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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

well rented a 4x4 for the day and it was worth it drove up to visitor info center at 10a.m and was able to view the sun through their telescope after 1hr decided to drive up the 5 miles needed to reach summit but wow what i drive i concentrated on road wife the sights lol its a tough drive... More

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

loved it. scary ride up to the visitor center (some said its easy to drive up:).. love the night sky, can see milky way just like in pictures... before moon came up. also saw couple of shooting stars and the ranger led talk was wonderful. cold up there. make sure you are prepared. they have hot water - can get... More

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Stamford CT
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

First of all, this should not be listed under “Kailua-Kona.” It’s 60 miles east of Kona, and about 40 miles west of Hilo. The tours leave from the Kona Coast, but the mountain is approximately in the middle of the island. We drove our Jeep from Hilo (at sea level) up to the observatory at 9000 feet. Both the recently... More

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Mesa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

Was great,,,BUT and this is something you can't get out of, when cars are backing up and leaving, their lights throws everything off,, they should put a sign to use parking lights only, my husband did and its only for a few feet... again you can't avoid this,, I recommend you go there

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New York City, New York, USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

this is a must do when on the big island. we saw the most beautiful sunset ever. we went to the mauna kea summit with a tour, I can highly recommend doing that.

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Rent a jeep. Get there early and see the best sunset of your life. Or.....beat the crowds, get up really early and see the best sunrise of your life. It will be cold, you are 14000 feet above sea level. So wear a winter coat. Have a toque and keep your hands warm. It is a natural wonder having something... More

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Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I traveled with a group, with maunakea summit adventures. The trip was superb, including a state of the art air conditioned van, a knowledgeable guide, warm parkas, hot dinner, and hot chocolate. We visited the informative visitors center, the summit at sunset, and a private stargazing area equipped with a powerful telescope. This is one of the best days I... More

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