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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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$207*
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
91%
Ranked #58 of 205 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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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 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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Vancouver, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

An organized and efficient tour provider - thorough, timely, and professional from booking to drop-off. A filling, plentiful lasagna dinner and brownie made for a fun picnic at the mid-way stop for an hour. Warm parkas and gloves are provided - still wear a couple of layers as it gets brisk quick. Warm footwear! You'll be getting up and off... More

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jessejean
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31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I loved this tour and I would highly recommend it to anyone going to the big island. Once we got to Mauna Kea Summit, the sunset, while being ridiculously cold, it was beautiful and totally worth it. Our tour guide was great and took great photos, he knew how to pose you to get the perfect shot. You could tell... More

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Chetwynd, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I went on the tour November 21 2014 with my dad who has been up 3 or 4 times with this company before. We were picked up in kona, and stopped at waikoloa resort grounds to pick up additional passengers. Our drive there was great and I learned quite a bit. Once we picked up the remaining passengers I was... More

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New York City, New York, USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

this was one of the best tours we have ever done. pick up was close to the hotel. our guide, chris, was great. he gave good information. and is a good driver too! we were given dinner at the visitor center, then went to the top of the summit. a beautiful sunset! after the sun set we drove down a... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a great tour if you're interested in a unique Big Island experience. It's about 7 hours from start to finish and that's about the right amount of time considering the travel time and the time at the summit and for the star-gazing. Trips are done in a 14 passenger van. The van was clean and comfortable - probably... More

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Sacramento, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It was definitely worth going up to Mauna Kea. The ride is a little bumpy, five miles up an unpaved road. But the ride was as comfortable as possible in the Summit Adventures vehicle. Gordon (i think was his name) was easy going, informative, and knew enough about stars to keep it interesting. The ride was about an hour up... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We started our journey to the summit of Mauna Kea observatories by being pick up at our hotel by Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. From the beginning it was first class all the way. The 14 passenger van they picked us up was very nice, the driver was exceptional and was very knowledgeable. We started up the summit to the visitors... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

While staying in Kona, decided to go on the Summit and Stars Tour at Mauna Kea Observatory. After reading some online posts, elected to go with Mauna Kea Summit and Stars guided tour rather than doing it on our own - this was a great decision! On the way to Mauna Kea, our guide (Eugene) was very interactive, engaging, and... More

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Waukesha
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The guides we very knowledgeable about the island, especially the volcanoes. The driver shared a lot of interesting information on the drive up Mauna Kea. The sunset from the summit was amazing and it was neat to see the giant telescopes open up. They provided warm parkas, gloves, and dinner. Their night time stargazing was great. Yes, you could see... More

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Elkton, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The trip is long and the stars didn't cooperate, but it was still a great trip. Our guide Nate did a great job with good history, facts, a hot chicken dinner, and brownies and hot cocoa. The views were excellent and all in all an unforgettable journey !

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