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Address: P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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Description: Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea...
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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We really wanted to visit the summit of Mauna Kea, My husband was daunted by the price at first, and was insisting we rent a Jeep and drive up to the Visitor's Center ourselves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We really wanted to visit the summit of Mauna Kea, My husband was daunted by the price at first, and was insisting we rent a Jeep and drive up to the Visitor's Center ourselves. The idea frankly scared the heaven out of me, especially since I didn't like the prospect of driving down the summit at night in unfamilar territory,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The smell of warm Vegetable Lasagne drifting through the Van for our 1.5 hour drive there and 1.5 hour drive back will live with me fore-ever. So will the epic stops on the lava flows, the drive up the mountain, the views of Mauna Loa, the view at Sunset, the great guides, the view of the Milky Way, Jupiter and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

There are many tour operators running tours to Mount Kea ... I think I counted 5 at the visitors information centre where they all stop. The trip seems popular and every operator was running two vehicles. MKSA run an excellent operation. Their communication from the start was good and our tour guide / driver (Greg) was a geologist with excellent... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Our trip with this company was cancelled 15 minutes prior to the pickup time. I am fully aware that it was cancelled due to reasons beyond their control (road closure due to protests). However they were not helpful, laughed when I asked if we could rebook for the following two days or if any other tour company might have availability... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My wife and I are being driven back to Waikoloa by our guide Chris as I type. He and Blake were amazing with their energy and information since we were picked up 7 hours ago. We recommend anyone who needs to be reminded what an amazing country and world we live in to go on this trip. This was the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

When people refer to "once in a lifetime," I think of us being on the tallest mountain on Earth, thanks to MKSA! This is a very special 7-hour excursion with an experienced guide who drove and, while driving without skipping a beat, explained in depth all you need to know about Mauna Kea. It is obvious that this company is... More 

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Edwards, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

When we booked this trip I specifically mentioned the height of our son (way over 6'). We were told we would get the leg room. Nope. Did not happen. The 4 tallest folks on this trip sat with our knees tucked under our chins. Would definitely warn any one over 5'8 to be very aware of the lack of comfort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very well run operation. Picked us up in a nice coach that has oversized windows allowing great views on the drive to Mauna Kea peak. Our driver/guide was Greg who was very knowledgable and friendly - and had the perfect cadence and temperament for a guide (bravo). Witnessed a sunset like no other and later went on to stargaze on... More 

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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My wife and I had a great time at the summit of Mauna Kea with the Mauna Kea Adventure Tours. Dale and Chris who was our guides were very knowledgable and could tell they really enjoy their jobs. They made the trip worth while. The time after the sun went down looking through the telescope was something that was amazing.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is a handy way to get up there and enjoy your time there, but it's obviously weather roulette (though the odds are in your favour, about 10:1 that they don't cancel and refund, then the weather changes on you mid trip). You could make it by hired car, but be careful about that, most have T&C's that disallow it,... More 

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Address: Address: P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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