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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
+1 808-322-2366
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Ranked #50 of 183 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Melbourne
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This approx. 8 hour tour was worth every cent. My husband and I, and 17 year old grandson absolutely loved every minute. Our tour guide enthusiastically informed us about the geology, geography, and history of Hawaii, and more specifically the Big Island, along with astronomy details and anecdotal stories about the observatories at the summit. After eating our dinner, Tim... More

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

Guides were truly knowledgeable of every aspect of the trip. Can be physically demanding if you're not able to handle the altitude. Very interesting trip; the geography lessons of Hawaii, the climb-the varied uses of the terrain, at the top; the observatories and their back stories. The wonder of Mother Nature, especially when she is playing with water colors for... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Loved this tour, definitely worth doing! Picked up from near our hotel. Had a very knowledgeable guide. Bus was a bit squishy. Stopped at visitor centre to acclimatise to the higher altitude and for dinner. Vege lasagne was very tasty. Water and sodas were on hand too. Time at the visitor shop too if you're keen. Then back on to... More

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Pennsylvaina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Sunset on the summit was breathtaking. Very knowledgeable guides. Very well run tour. We were up on the summit long after the other tours had left. They supplied their own telescopes and everybody had a chance to see some cool stars.

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Long Island, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Pray for a great clear evening..we lucked out it was amazing from beginning to end. Our tour guide was phenomenal.

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Chandler, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great trip but could me a great trip! It is more physically demanding than I had anticipated, but the altitude had gotten to me. It was a raining, fogging evening, I thought that a tent of some kind with seating would have made the dinner more pleasant (the food was meh) as well as due to fog... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

First off, WOW... This trip was my first and I have been going to Hawaii for 25 years and I am so glad I did this. Be sure to take pictures the whole time including on the trip up in the van. Take them through the window as some will be great. When you stop to eat, be sure to... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I booked our summit tour three days before we went, and got lucky and got the last two seats on the tour. We had a long drive from Volcano, but the staff was super friendly and made sure we had good directions and emailed detailed instructions (a few times until the email went through!) Jim booked my reservation and was... More

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York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went on this tour August 2014, Blake and Chris were our guides. We did some lovely things whilst on Hawaii, but this trip is was truly amazing - one of those memories that will live with you for the rest of your days. This is essentially an evening trip, leaving at 3pm and returning around 11pm. The guide collected... More

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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is an incredible tour. I thought I knew what to expect but it far surpassed my expectations At 9,000 feet we stopped, ate dinner, and walked scenic paths. Then we were given warm coats and gloves to complete the journey to the top, nearly 14,000 feet up. The sunset view from that height was unbelievable. Our guide was very... More

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