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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...
At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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Star light, Star bright..

We only went as far as the visitor's centre. We had a rental car, so didn't go all the way to the summit. It was a good climb just to get to the visitor's centre. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Lethbridge, Canada
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Lethbridge, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We only went as far as the visitor's centre. We had a rental car, so didn't go all the way to the summit. It was a good climb just to get to the visitor's centre. It was interesting to look through the telescopes that were set up there. The line-ups were a bit confusing, especially as it was dark. The... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

A great experience above the clouds. Our tour operator took good care of us, including providing coats as gets pretty cold up there. Beautiful!

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msp
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We rented a 4 wheel drive and visited the summit on a clear day. Great views and not too cold. Make sure you check the weather before you rent or book a tour. They close the road due to high winds and/or snow. If it is cloudy there is no reason to go.

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New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you're a city dweller, type A person - chill out before you venture to the top of Mauna Kea. Like so many others have stated, relax at the 9000 ft station for a while and if you're there in the evening, take advantage of the telescope to get amazing views of the moon and other celestial objects. You'll want... More 

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Austin, TX
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We went with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures, and I would definitely recommend them. The sunset was amazing! There was some left over snow on the ground, and a tiny snowman welcomed us to the summit. The air was really thin, so move around carefully/don't exert too much effort at the top. Be sure to dress warmly as it is extremely... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

OMG, this is amazing. We took a tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail and so glad we did. They offered an excellent experience with dinner at an old Parker Ranch site in a big white tent, checked table clothes and a hot meal. Once acclimated at 7,000 feet they drive you up to the summit (almost 14,000 feet). Part of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful nighttime sky! So many amazing stars! The drive to the visitor's center was a nice but bit long. The sky and Milky Way were so impressive. This is a free activity and the volunteers and employees were all very informative and helpful. It is truly something to see.

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Mission Viejo ca
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Took the tour with Hawaii Forest & Trail and so glad we did. Very informative and worth the money. Got a great lecture on astronomy

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Golden Beach, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth it. Very interesting, our guide Chris was very knowledgeable. It's very cold so where warm clothes. We saw Jupiter and it's 4 moons and the stars were unbelievable, the best you will see due to the lights in Hawaii being yellow and not white so it's a great place if you are into star gazing. We went with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We finally got around to going up Mauna Kea after a few visits to the Big Island. Had booked a tour to go to the summit but after reading the weather reports for that area ended up cancelling. Instead, on a better day, weather-wise, we drove ourselves to the Visitors Centre at the 9200 ' level. So we didn't get... More 

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