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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Address: P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna...
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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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32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Gordon was our guide & Chris guided our "sister van". This is a long excursion & the extra nice vehicles they use make a HUGE difference in comfort. We brought our own polar fleece & live at 4,200' so thought we were prepared for the temps once the sun set, but the parkas & gloves provided were MUCH better. Both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Tour guide was perfect great food interesting info tour guide was funny will go again if come back really enjoyed myslef

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This was indeed a wonderful experience on the Big Island. Here are a few things that might need to be re-emphasized: 1. The trip is well-paced. The stop at the Visitor Center is essential to acclimate to the elevation change. If a bathroom bread is needed, get in line for the facilities immediately. The line for the women'rest room is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Getting to the top of Mauna Kea was something my husband has always wanted to do. We read in the guidebooks that taking a tour was the way to go. Not really our style so we considered renting a 4 wheel drive and doing it ourselves; $200 is a lot of money. After reading more, we decided the do it... More 

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Clearwater, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I was torn between driving up myself or taking the tour...very glad I took the tour! Jim was our guide, and like other reviews I was very impressed with his knowledge of hawaiian history, trivia items along the way, the stars, and Muana Kea and what it means to the locals. The shuttle was a newer, and I think a... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Jim was our guide, and it is evident he is part astronomer and part history buff as he is very knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and knows so much about the stars you see in the night sky from the summit. He also takes great care of all the people aboard the shuttle bus, and puts safety first. On this tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

My father-in-law and I took this tour and were thrilled with it. Our tour guide, Jim was awesome. He was very knowledgable and full of trivia and Hawaiian tales. They provided warm parkas and good food. Money well spent, the views were breathtaking, the stars bright. Definitely worth the ride up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

At first I thought it seemed a little expensive but now I appreciate the value. We thought of taking our rental car up and would have easily accomplished this. Taking into consideration the loss of insurance and possible brake and suspension damage with the steep gradient and rutted road we chose this tour. We joined the tour at the Visitor... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

The best way to view the summit is through a tour letting the guides drive and educate you along the way. Additionally, it is extremely cold at the summit and included in the tour are parka and gloves. Also there are stretches of unpaved road without guardrails so an experienced driver is a benefit. The guides are extremely knowledgeable providing... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I took the tour and the experience was what I expected and more. The tour is organized with two vans with two guides. The guides have excellent knowledge of Hawaiian history, geology, native flora and fauna, and astronomy. The parkas and gloves were in good condition and clean. The vans were clean and the drivers exercised safety..The star gazing portion... More 

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