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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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My husband and I did a summit tour with Gordon on our honeymoon. He was informative and knowledgeable. We met up with the other tour bus also out for the night, hosted by Chris... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

My husband and I did a summit tour with Gordon on our honeymoon. He was informative and knowledgeable. We met up with the other tour bus also out for the night, hosted by Chris. Chris was also terrific. The pair of them clearly love their jobs as it was reflected in their delivery of information. We would highly recommend this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We signed up for this tour wanting to see the summit in a relaxed and easy fashion. The tour starts with pick up as early as 2:30 PM in Kona but pick ups on route are available. Our driver (Gordon) was very nice, informative and helpful. The vans are very comfortable. There is plenty of time for seeing the sights... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were picked up around 2.45pm from a shopping centre meeting point in Kona, Big Island. On the way to the summit, our tour driver stopped at a most beautiful location for our first toilet break. This place has a splendid view of the snow-capped Mauna Loa in the distance. We next stopped at the Moana Kea Visitors Centre where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This had to be one of the most amazing parts of Hawaii. Our tour guide Craig was awesome. The whole experience is completely unforgettable. The sunset above the clouds and the stargazing was unreal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This tour is worth every penny and then some. You will learn about Hawaian history, the island of Hawai'i. About the stars, the lava and volcanos - yes the tour guides ARE that good. We were hosted by Jim and he is amazing! The organization, details, attention to everyone's needs is top notch. Everything is perfectly planned out. In other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I feel I have to comment on the previous "Poor" assessment titled "Company not to be trusted". We were on the Big Island for more than a week at the beginning of March and had our tour booked for 4th March which was cancelled owing to the inclement weather. We had in fact booked our tour well in advance prior... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We booked our tour and found that there was only two spots left for the week that we'd be on the island. Let me start out by saying we have a child and also had to book a babysitter ($180 8 hrs) to take this tour. (The tour doesn't allow children under the age of 16.)We'll on our way to... More 

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

#1.I don't see how you can review our tour as you never took it. #2. I don't know how you can say we can't be trusted when we never took a penny of your money. #3. The road did , after more than two weeks , open on the day of your scheduled tour but it opened after we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We took this tour with two friends who have taken this many times previously but with other tour groups. We were not disappointed. The veggie lasagna at 9000 ft was tasty, but the ride to the summit was spectacular!! Sunset was spectacular but wow was it cold once the sun went down! Our next treat was the telescope star show... More 

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I would definitely recommend them. They provided the transport, dinner, warm coats and gloves, telescopes for stargazing, hot drinks, and tons of interesting facts/stories. It was well worth the cost! The sunset was amazing! The air was really thin, so move around carefully/don't exert too much effort at the top. Be sure to dress warmly as it is extremely cold... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! This is not for someone who is weak of constitution. This is an adventure that requires some walking uphill at an altitude of 13,800 ft, which is quite strenuous, in the cold and the wind, and if you can do it, it is OUTRAGEOUSLY COOL! Our tour guide was Greg, and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.... More 

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