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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 #56 of 188 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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Portland, Oregon, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Took the tour to the Mauna Kea summit, to watch the sunset. Overall a great experience. The driver was pleasant and knowledgeable. The only reason I did not rate it excellent has to do with the seat in the van. It was extremely cramped and over a wheel well, which required me to wedge my leg in at an awkward... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

1) the weather was great. Nice to be above the clouds and see the observatory and sunset. 2) the food was so-so. We had the BBQ chicken. 3) I suggest bringing your own water or soda. 4) Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. 5) The tour is very long - about 7 hours I believe. In retrospect, it would have... More

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fullerton
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Took this tour on October 3, 2014, four adults, approximately $200 per person. Trip was in a van holding 13 people plus the driver/tour guide. Van was okay, food was fair. 1. WEATHER. Let me start by saying that I understand weather and the risks involved in planning an activity that depends on good weather (most of my working life... More

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Pasomonte, Owner at Mauna Kea Summit Adventures, responded to this review

The special Mauna Kea forecast for October 3rd called for a small to moderate risk of fog ,primarily in the latter half of the night. Given that forecast and existing conditions at the time of our Go/NoGo decision I think the Go decision was reasonable. Of course ,we'd love to be able to predict the weather after the fact but... More

Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our guide was very knowledgeable of not only the Kona area but the Kona skies, as well. The bus was very comfortable although the journey over the unpaved portion of the road was jarring. The tour provided warm jackets and gloves, which were definitely needed at the 13,000 foot level. The vegetarian lasagna was tasty & plentiful; the brownies delicious.... More

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Texas
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We went on this excursion with my husband. We had Blake and Chris as guides. We had to pick up people along the way but it was a nice drive and Blake was very informative. We stopped at the visitor's center to acclimate to the altitude and they gave us the veggie lasagna and the brownie like other reviews mentioned.... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My husband and I both went last week; we both had very different outcomes and views on a few things and agree on others. We agree on these points: the trip is well planned, jackets & gloves provided, clean and very comfortable van to ride in, well priced considering the excursion, great additional telescopes provided to use, well trained tour... More

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Castro Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The highlight of our trip to Kona this year was taking the trip to the top of Mauna Kea for the sunset and stargazing! Awesome to experience this lifetime memory. Our guides Blake and Chris were very knowledgeable, giving us information as we traveled and during our stops. Watching the sunset above the clouds was gorgeous. Looking at the stars... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

And it did not disappoint! My tour guide was Jim. He was a very nice and informative guide. He helped make the trip an awesome experience. It was definitely a bit pricey, but well worth it! It was overall an 8 hour trip. The veggie lasagna that was provided for dinner was scrumptious! The sunset at the summit was so... More

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I really wish I had read these reviews before booking our Mauna Kea Summit Adventure. I agree mostly with what everyone else has stated; however, our guide was very nice, and informative. The "new" van surely needed shocks because the ride to the summit and back nearly killed me! I honestly could not get out of bed the next morning!... More

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Flushing, New York
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My three friends and I booked a trip to through Mauna Kea Summit Adventures this past August. I was a little hesitant to spend so much money for a trip we could have technically taken ourselves, but this is one example where you really do get what you pay for. Although I did appreciate our chipper tour guide's explanation of... More

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