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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
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Ranked #48 of 173 activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Tours
Description: Guided trips to Mauna Kea at sunset and for stargazing.
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This whole experience was out of this world--Mars, Jupiter (and 3 of her moons), and our moon included! Chris was so enthusiastic, informative and professional, Jim was great as well, although my husband and I didn't have the same interaction with him as we did with Chris. This is a must do tour while staying on the big island of... More

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Warne, NC
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7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

There are two well-regarded tour operators: Hawaii Forest & Trail and Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. We chose the latter because booking online they were a bit less expensive and they stop at the Visitors Center on the way up rather than on the way down when the shop can be closed. We were picked up in the parking lot of... More

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Norwalk, CT
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii. Watching the stars from an altitude of 9,000 feet was amazing. Our guide Maka was wonderful - very knowledgeable and friendly, but did not talk nonstop, as some guides do. Seeing the sunset from the summit was beautiful, but the star gazing was the best part. Driving to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Mauna Kea Summit Adventures is a well-run and professional company. We went on one of their tours to the summit of Mauna Kea. From the reservation stage to the actual tour itself, we were treated well and the staff treated us as valued customers. We enjoyed that they gave us enough time at the summit for pictures and to find... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

WOW highlight of my trip to The Big Island. Did the Mauna Kea Summit Adventure with the wonderful Hawaii Forest and Trails http://www.hawaii-forest.com. To be able to go above the clouds 13-14,000 feet above sea level and see the sunset was just magical. Once in a lifetime experience-cliched to say but 100% true. To come from sea level where its... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a fabulous trip to Mauna Kea summit. It was well-organized and run by Blake and Chris. Blake took time out from a busy schedule and his responsibilities to make tea for my wife who wasn't feeling well and Chris handled the star-gazing superbly, knowledgeably and with humour. A great experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Totally worth it! Normally we do not go on tours, but this one gave us a peace of mind, they pick you up, they feed you, the drive you up to the summit and star gazing? well, it is literally out of this world. The sunset magnificent and all the explanation about the area, the volcanoes, the observatory, etc., just... More

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Arlington, Virginia, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My husband and I used Mauna Kea Summit Adventures for a sunset and star-gazing atop Mauna Kea. Blake was our guide and was very knowledgeable. We thought the sunset was beautiful and worth doing, but beware of altitude sickness. Bring gum to chew on for the ride down--ear popping and headaches took away from the experience, but we were glad... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

You go for the star gazing and sunset. They are experts on the stars. Its worth a one time look. Don;t worry about the dinner. Its a courtesy they do but not exactly what we where expecting. You are in for the tour and its long but worth it. They know what they are doing so let them show you... More

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

What a joke. The vans are anything by luxurious - you will have cramped legs from being folded into a pretzel in the tight seats. I am only 5'7" and had a really hard time getting comfortable in the seat. While the guide on our trip was a nice guy, he is probably not the best person for the job... More

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