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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

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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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Excellent customer service..............

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Melbourne
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The Mauna Kea Summit Adventures Tour is a must to all visitors to the Big Island. If you like astronomy and photography you can't get better then this! Jim from the MKSA tour was our guide and Jim picked us up with the tour's van from the Waikoloa Resort and drove us to Mauna Kea. Believe me if someone would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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 via mobile

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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