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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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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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A unique experience, especially with a guide

We went on a guided tour with an expert in astronomy who greatly added to the pleasure of this visit--its remarkable cold on the top of the mountain and without preparation full... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Larry D
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Morristown, New Jersey

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Morristown, New Jersey
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202 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a guided tour with an expert in astronomy who greatly added to the pleasure of this visit--its remarkable cold on the top of the mountain and without preparation full enjoyment of the area may be difficult

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Windsor, Canada
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wear a hoodie and sweats if you go to the summit! It may be hot in Kona or Waikoloa, but it is chili at Mauna Kea!

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Columbus, Ohio
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the best places for star gazing. The road to the mountain top is extremely nice. You can drive yourself without any tours upto 9000Ft . There is a visitor center at 9000ft mark. You can get coffee here.They run a documentary about the mountain and its history here. There is a small gift/souvenir shop here. You have to... More 

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Golden Eagle, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the summit with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. Our guide and driver Greg, did an excellent job. The trip itself is one of the coolest things to do here on the Big Island. I would recommend this company to anyone thinking about visiting Mauna Kea.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were a little concerned about driving our crappy mini van rental car to the summit for sunset. Our first stop was the visitor center, 9,000 feet above sea level. After reading all the warnings and looking at photos of all the cars that crashed and flipped, we actually decided to to try and make it to the summit. It... More 

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take a legitimate tour. Not only is the road not suitable for most cars but the information and stargazing experience provided by Mauna Kea Summit Adventures was worth every penny.

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SOUTH MISSION BEACH QLD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The summit is almost 14000 feet above sea level. It's cold up there, so wrap up. Unless you have a 4wd do not even think about driving up to the top. Take a tour. The views from the top are breathtaking. No words can describe the countless stars and the feeling of being so small in the universe. I would... More 

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Thank JAMESTOLD
Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mauna Kea Summit, the top of Hawaii, amazing and wonderful. The sunset from the summit and the night sky with stars are amazing.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First let me make it clear, I did not actually make it to the summit at nearly 13,000 ft. We had a 14 year old and the rangers were absolutely adamant we not take her up to the summit! So we did not. I spent a good course of the day at the ranger station which is at 9,000 ft... More 

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Thank PaulaM549
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Drive to the visitors center at 9200 ft. You can stay here and enjoy the sunset & then enjoy the most amazing star gazing time of your life! They have experts explaining the constellations, how to spot the North Star, etc. a great experience. Advice: if you want to go to the summit 13,000 ft, you must plan in advance... More 

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