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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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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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Much more than just a trip to the summit

A thing to note at the start (and here drops the point that would otherwise fill the 5 stars) is that the tour bus re-defines economy seating space. Not in a good way. Unless... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A thing to note at the start (and here drops the point that would otherwise fill the 5 stars) is that the tour bus re-defines economy seating space. Not in a good way. Unless you're lucky to snatch an aisle seat, or count yourself to the shorter crowd, chances are you'll be a tad uncomfortable on this long ride. All... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are like us, you wanted to head to the summit of Mauna Kea but weren't sure of spending a ridiculous amount of cash to have this company take you. We were warned by a couple of residents that this was pretty much a scam, but decided to go for it anyway. Well, I wish we would've listened. Few... More 

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The driver/tour director was extremely knowledgable and pleasant. The views of sunset and especially the shadow of the mountain from the peak was spectacular but could not compare to the stargazing experience after dark. You will not believe the number of stars you can see with just your unaided vision and the telescope views were also great. It is quite... More 

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1 Thank olsondo
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We traveled to the top of Mauna Kea with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures on January 19, 2016. The pickup point at the Highway 190/200 junction was easy to reach from our guest house location in Waimea. This tour is, in a word, incredible. I would never personally want to drive to the top of Mauna Kea - they've deliberately left... More 

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1 Thank SueFromStPaul
Fort Wayne, IN, United States
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Jim was extremely knowledgable and friendly. Saw the sunset and NASA telescopes on the summit. Nice little veggie lasagna dinner on the way up. But the Star watching (on the way down) was also a very nice bonus. They take you to a more isolated place where the stars are magnificent. They provide their own telescope and cap it off... More 

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Lufkin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly, the Mauna Kea Summit Adventures team loves astronomy and loves to share stargazing with their visitors. They are knowledgable about history and have great stories to tell on the way there and back. The Summit is breathtakingly cold and beautiful, but they outfit you well with parkas, gloves, AND great food and hot chocolate! This is unique to the... More 

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1 Thank LufkinSid
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose Summit Adventures because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor, and I wasn't disappointed. Blake and Chris were our guides who arrived in Two Vans. We got to ride with Blake. During our long drive from Kileau-kona (pick-up point), Blake stopped at a lava tunnel, talked about the geology and flora of Hawai'i ..very educational. We stopped first at... More 

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Plano, Texas
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66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time to use Mauna Kea Summit adventures. On a different visit one year, we didn't book early enough and had to use a different company and the difference is a stark contrast. If you are going to do this tour, use Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. The tour guides are knowledgeable and point out incredible stars and... More 

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Beltsville, Maryland
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a 9 hour adventure for us. They drive you to the top of Mauna Kea and time it to arrive at the summit at sunset. Half way up the mountain we stopped for an early dinner under canopies. Very nice. They gave us heavy parkas to wear because it is so cold at the top of the volcano.... More 

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Danville, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I heard about this tour when I was already in Hawaii and I was lucky to find one with an open spot - it's usually necessary to book a week or two in advance. I'm so glad I decided to do this tour! I'd say it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience except I plan to do it again next time I visit... More 

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