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Mauna Kea Summit

Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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$207*
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
95%
Ranked #1 of 53 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert...
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

all i have to say is this tour to the top of mauna kea was amazing to the least. our trip up was perfect weather wise, but very cold with winds adding to a wind chill that made it even colder...i suggest you don't wear shorts unless your from the yukon, siberia or scandinavia...you get the message. by 6pm we... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas, United States
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Must do is go to ranger station at night a view stars. Astronomy students set up telescopes every night. Well worth the drive up.

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Johnstown, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We only had a few hours and wish it had been more. It was a sometimes bumpy but doable road, even in a street car. The moonscape scenery was fabulous, the air clear and cold. The top of the road is nearly as high as it gets and with a view to die for. Snow on much of the upper... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We knew that it was required to have 4-wheel drive to go all the way to the summit and our little convertible rental wasn't going to make it, plus we didn't have the budget to pay for an expensive tour, but we were strongly encouraged by our hosts to go the Visitor Center to view the stars for free. Though... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We drove up despite the warnings (shh, don't tell!) but it's a great road; much better than some of the country roads in NSW! We were in a 4WD but saw plenty of people go up in sedans and going MUCH faster than us. The location is fantastic and really interesting. It was pouring with rain at the foot of... More 

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Dundee, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Watched the sunset and gazed at the stars atop Mauna Kea. We went with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures (maunakea.com) and our driver Greg did an excellent job. After sunset, we went off to a secluded spot away from the busy Visitor Center and used some nice telescopes to see the most amazing star-studded sky I've ever seen. We purposely booked... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The best experience ever! Seeing the sunset above the clouds was stunning!! Went with Hawaii Forest and Trail Tours. Our guide was Nate, he was so incredibly knowledgable about the history of the island, he also guided us through a star show at night, we learned so much from him! A must see if you are on the big island!!

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San Jose, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The guides were great, and so were the stars until the moon arose and washed many of the stars out. Also, it was a bummer that we were not allowed any higher than the visitor center.

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USA
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271 reviews 271 reviews
58 attraction reviews
1,214 helpful votes 1,214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Really amazing experience to say the least. There are some good pointers in my post that everyone needs to know. The drive up the mountain starts at the main Saddle Road Highway that is also named Highway 200. You turn off on Mauan Kea Access Road and it is paved for about 5 miles up part of the mountain to... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is a once in a lifetime experience going to the peak of Mauna Kea. The closeness to the stars and the chance to reflect on the place we have amongst it whatever your beliefs. Take the whole day, leave the beach early, climitize, dress in layers and. Be prepared to be amazed. My son, 15 enjoyed this experience more... More 

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