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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna...

Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea for sunset and stargazing. We are the pioneer service of this kind and we have over 30 years of experience. Our daily trip starts off on the Kona coast 4 hours before sunset and returns 5 hours after sunset. We travel in custom built 4x4 mini coaches with panoramic windows. Our guides are experts in island geography, geology, culture and astronomy. At the 9,000FT.level, we stop for the better part of an hour to dine and experience the visitor's center. We arrive on the summit before sunset and we stay until the best of the color has faded. Afterward, if natural conditions allow, we put on a highly informative stargazing session with large, computerized amateur telescopes.

  MKSA does not guarantee the weather in any way. Although the mountain enjoys a great majority of fine weather there is the possibility the tour may be canceled, and refunded or may encounter poor conditions in the field.

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Our tour guide Greg kept our 14 multinational group engaged during the entire 7 hour round trip to Mauna Kea's summit. Although it may seem lengthy, the tour is perfectly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our tour guide Greg kept our 14 multinational group engaged during the entire 7 hour round trip to Mauna Kea's summit. Although it may seem lengthy, the tour is perfectly sectioned so that one doesn't feel confined in any manner. Our group consisted of 4 Californians, 2 Scottish gentlemen, 1 Canadien, 6 French Canadiens, and a young lady from Switzerland.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this tour group by chance and did not regret our decision as we found out (and through first-hand experience) that they are THE best Mauna Kea summit tour group on the island. All their vehicles ran great, food was delicious (thanks Chris!), the telescopes were top notch and the guides were informative and were great company. Blake was... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic and amazing tour to Mauna Kea - Chris was our guide on the day of our trip and what an excellent job he did, from the time he picked us up at our pickup location and on the drive to the visitors centre he was so informative and knowledgeable about the areas along the way, the wildlife, lava, history... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a cloudless day in Kona, Mauna Kea may look a bit imposing, but you have to take the trip up there and experience the top of the world for yourself. And Mauna Kea Summit Adventures is the way to do it. Chris, the tour guide, was excellent, very knowledgeable about the volcano, wildlife, and the stars. Parkas are supplied.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd been interested in visiting the telescope array on Mauna Kea so my wife arranged our tour as a birthday present. It was great! Our guide was Chris, who discussed the geology of the island, animal life, and some island history. Good lasagna, great brownie - but you don't come for the cuisine. Their parkas kept us warm and we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are on Big Island, this tour is definitely recommended, even if rather pricey! However, there is no other comfortable way to enjoy the clear air and view the spectacular sunset at the top of Mauna Kea, 14,000 ft above sea level! You don't want to drive up to the summit yourself, believe me (and I'm certainly not afraid... More 

Thank Shaun A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

being a little scared of the high altitude, i could completely trust in our tourguide Greg. We had several stops on the way uphill (not only at the VIS) to acclimate to the altitude. Furthermore, interesting information about the island in general and detail of animals, plants, rocks, telescopes and stars were given. I can highly recomand this company for... More 

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Cypress, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chris and Gordon were awesome tour guides on our way to and from the Mauna Kea summit. They are very knowledgeable and entertaining. They stopped for several photo opportunities and even offered to take photos of you with all of the beautiful scenery behind you. I enjoyed the stop at the gift shop and after visiting the summit Gordon and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. It was very well organized and our guide, Chris, was educated and knowledgeable about the volcanoes, the island, the observatories, the wildlife and the history of Hawaii. He provided much information. He was also incredibly informative when we started star gazing. I would strongly recommend this tour on the big island. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were on the Big Island celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and we decided to go to the top of Mauna Kea (a dormant volcano which, when measured from the base under the Pacific to the peak is actually taller than Mount Everest). Our bus driver, Jim, was a great source of information about the mountain, Hawai'ian... More 

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