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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 #55 of 204 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My wife and I had driven up Mauna Kea to the point where rental cars are still insured. We experienced a beautiful sunset. But, this time we decided to pay for the guided tour to the summit, where the telescopes are. What a difference? The views are breath-taking – yes, it is harder to breathe at 13,000 feet. The sunset... More 

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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We were picked up and transported to the Mauna Kea visitor center in a nice van - although somewhat lacking in legroom. We were fed really delicious panko crusted veggie lasagna (I believe catered by Humpy's in Kona). Then we were transported to the summit - where we saw a giant telescope adjust it's dish - and then witnessed a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Punctual pickup. Nice van with large windows. Our guide Gordon was excellent. He gave a very nice talk about the observatories at the mountain top. The other guide Chris was great at running the stargazing. They had two big telescopes set up (one for each van) and we were able to see the stars really well. Sunset at the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you're looking for something away from the beaches and sea breeze with beautiful views above the clouds, this is right up your ally! Based on the reviews we went with MKSA and we weren't disappointed. You can tell our guides have been doing this for some time and were very organized, conscientious, and knowledgeable. Our tour picked us up... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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34 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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
32 helpful votes 32 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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