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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
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Ranked #47 of 181 activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Description: Guided trips to Mauna Kea at sunset and for stargazing.
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Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Although it is not very cheap, but it's worth every penny you paid. Viewing the sunset and the stars above the clouds is an unforgettable experience. It was beautiful and breathtaking. It is cold up on Mauna kea summit and it was really thoughtful of them to provide winter clothing (who would want to bring winter clothing to Hawaii?) We... More

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Grovetown, GA
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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This trip taught me that it was impossible to get tired of feeling awe. It felt like every minute, I had something new to take my breath away, whether it was the lava, the mountain, the stars or the lack of oxygen.It's worth it just for those things. On top of that, we had a comfy bus with informative and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our driver Gordon and Chris who narrated our stargazing were both exceptional guides. And for me, a nervous rider, Gordon's driving was exceptionally good. Our 13-year old grandson even thought it was cool. Dinner was very good, information given was terrific, the sunset and stars were beautiful beyond description

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This company presents itself as first class and does everything right on paper. However, the day of the tour we took, Mauna Kea was socked in. We did not know to call the Visitor's Center to learn about visibility. From noon, the volcano was in a cloud. When we got to the center in the evening, the volcano was socked... More

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

.I regret that the weather conditions weren't good for your tour. We would greatly prefer not to have tours encounter poor weather and to that end we have cancelled more than 30 trips this year. I make the Go /NOGO decisions and on that Sunday at 2PM, in my best calculation the minor clouds drifting around the summit, satellite images... More

Edmonton, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

MKSA provides a worry free and very informative way to get to the top of Mauna Kea. Gord our driver/guide was excellent and provided a very informative star gazing session after visiting the summit and seeing the sunset. For me, being a bit of an astronomy buff, the star gazing session c/w telescope was worth the price alone. MKSA provides... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I enjoyed the trip up to the summit and the star gazing afterwards. The guides were great and provided lots of information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My husband is a science teacher and he was thrilled to see the famous observatories that we have read about. We got to see things through a large telescope that people don't see everyday. Just going up to that altitude alone was a thrill! ! Over 17,700 feet!!! Forty percent of the atmosphere is below you! Chris, our guide was... More

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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

View was great. Star gazing was great. There was some narration on the way up the moutain but would have liked more. Great talk at the telescopes on top of the mountain. Star gazing great - would have liked to have heard about the more common constellations (but perhaps that is because I don't know much about them)

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Atlanta, Georgia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

At first, we were worried about the cost, but it was some of the best money spent on the Island. Our guide was incredible: he picked us up and gave us a historical tour of the whole island while we made our way to the summit. We stopped to take pictures on the lava rock as we went up the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our visit to Big Island. We had found out about the tour from this site and made sure we booked well in advance so that we got a date when there was relatively little light from the moon. Everything was well organised and ran to schedule. We were picked up from Starbucks at... More

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