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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mountains
Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Incredible sunset but very cold. Be prepared to bundle up. It helps to have a four wheel drive vehicle.

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woodland hills, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is the best place on the island for star gazing, at 14000 feet you are above all the haze and clouds. If you want to be awe inspired you have to come up here. Words of caution - it gets cold, take warm clothes...yes you are in Hawaii, but when the sun goes down the temp drops to 50... More

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

To view the sunset we used Hawaii Forest and trails. Greg was a great guide. We got to the summit about 10 minutes before sundown. I was lucky because I have heard at 14,000 feet the winds up there can be brutal. There was barely a breeze. The temperature was about 30°. Unlike most days the cloud cover was higher... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I got really lucky to get the last seat from two agencies. And I got really lucky that the weather was perfect when I was on the summit of Mauna Kea. The sunset view, WOW, how could I describe it with words?! No, no words in this world could ever describe it because it was out of this world. I... More

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Fontana, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The astronomy show with the laser telescopes was fun and informative, although I was there to mostly to take in the incredibly clean night sky views and try out a new wide angle lens for senic star photography. There were so many people there for the astronomy show that The outside terrace was maxed to capacity. There were bathrooms, which... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I have hiked the summit of Mauna Kea during our trip to Big Island. We hiked from the visitor center to the top, 5 hour ride which was absolutely breath taking!! Would do it again any time, this was a wonderful hike.

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Moscow, Russia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Yes, Mauna Kea Summit is really one of the best places to explore on the island! Views from the top of Mauna Kea are fabulous! If you're looking for ideas how to spend a nontrivial and memorable evening on Big Island — Mauna Kea Summit is your place. When you reach the Summit you'll see clouds from above, incredible sunset... More

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Davie, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Won't see sunsets like this any where else in the world! Above the clouds, on an island, away from all the city lights. Thank you Mother Nature!

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Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The view of the sunset from the summit was beautiful. After sunset the stars are so bright up there. Recommend taking a professional tour as they use a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The middle section of the road is very rough for a regular car.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Its a great experience to be at the beach one moment and after a 2 hour drive (from Kona) be at an altitude of 12,500 Feet. The drive is quite smooth and straight forward to the visitor center. There might be some visibility issues when you pass trough the clouds. GPS or proper directions are required to exit off the... More

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