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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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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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An amazing above the clouds adventure.

This was the highlight of our holiday in Hawaii. Our guide (Chris) provided a great mix of knowledge, humour and care, and together with Blake made sure that we all got much more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Morayfield, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This was the highlight of our holiday in Hawaii. Our guide (Chris) provided a great mix of knowledge, humour and care, and together with Blake made sure that we all got much more than we expected. A rainy, cloudy trip up the mountain was enlivened with stories and facts. Once above the clouds - wow. Sunset at almost 14000 feet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This group does an amazing job getting you to the top of Manua Kea. The vans were comfortable and they provide everything you need. You first go to the base camp at 9000ft and chill for some lasagna and great views, go to the summit for sunset and then back down to the basecamp for stargazing. Was truly one of... More 

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Bonaire, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a must do experience!! WOW!!! JIm, our driver/guide, is very knowledgeable about the history of the island and the mountain itself. Kept us entertained on the hour long trip to the visitor center. Dinner was veggie lasagne and the best brownie ever! Don't eat all of your brownie with dinner. Save some for the summit. You'll need it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This 8 hour trip was well worth the time. We met the tour van downtown and proceeded up Mauna Kea. Our tour guide, Gordon, was very informative and shared a lot of information on the way up. From the summit we witnessed the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a long time. We then proceeded to the area where... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Wow! As a science teacher, this was a bit of a pilgrimage for me and our guide did not disappoint. We were picked up right on time at the designated meeting point. The van was clean and comfortable. The guide's narration on the way up was entertaining, informative and accurate. The provided meal was quite adequate and actually kind of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was one of the most beautiful and amazing things that I did on my 2 week trip to Hawaii. The summit of Mauna Kea is a must see for anyone, especially lovers of sunsets and astronomy. Our guide BLAKE was amazing, very friendly and knowledgeable. Luckily the protesters were not blocking the roads any longer so we were able... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We visited Big Island earlier this month, after pre-booking a trip with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. We rang on our arrival to Big Island and were thanked for checking in. We waited at our pickup point, and were soon greeted by Gordon our guide for the night who arrived nice and early. On the drive to Manua Kea, Gordon gave... More 

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Stewartsville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was definitely a highlight of our stay on the Big Island. My husband and I went with my parents and our teenage son. The tour is extremely well-run. Our guides were very professional and full of great information. The ride to the summit is amazing! The dinner was tasty and satisfying. The sunset and stargazing were just beautiful! It... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The last minute we were allowed past the protesters so we could go to the summit. Our guide CHRIS was prompt picking us up and super friendly and funny. The ride to the summit went fast as Chris filled us in on his knowledge of the land and history of the BIG ISLAND...it was fascinating and my kids listened to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were able to drive to the summit even with the protestors. The visitors center and bathrooms are closed though so make sure you use a bathroom before you get there. It was worth the drive to the top. The only thing that was missing was being able to get into a telescope!

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