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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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They made the adventure truly great

Very knowledges and personable. They made the trip !!!! Special considerations were given and the people were pleased of all they did. Highly recommend Chris - he is truly a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Dardanelle
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Very knowledges and personable. They made the trip !!!! Special considerations were given and the people were pleased of all they did. Highly recommend Chris - he is truly a wonderful guide.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My husband and I had a great time with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures! We were given excellent directions on where to meet to be picked up by the van, which arrived on time. The seats were comfortable and had large windows to provide excellent views. Gregg was very friendly and knowledgeable, not to mention a great driver- even though the... More 

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Estes Park
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Yes a little pricey but we truly felt that we got more from the experience than if we had just driven ourselves. Knowledgeable guide who talked about geology, flora and fauna and answered the many questions I had including one about the controversy surrounding the plans for a new telescope. Dinner was fine, we didn't expect much and supplemented i... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Having taken this tour, I would never attempt this on my own. "Bus" ride (14 passenger) was very informative: flora, fauna, geology, astronomy. I believe the road has a 17% grade & a section is not paved (to discourage tourists). I now understand why the car rental agencies say "no" to Mauna Kea. Dinner at visitor's center was fine. Gave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Awesome experience, during winter bring your coat, hat and gloves if you want to go to summit and stay for the 8 o'clock presentation of stars. Also grab a organized tour or a 4 wheels drive to go up there it is half paved and curvy all the way, the brakes may overheat during the descent, be careful. We grabbed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We loved out night out. These guys really look after you, providing really warm jackets and gloves (you really need these, it's very cold up on the mountain), nice lasagne dinner, hot drinks and snacks and the bus is very comfortable. We found it much better than trying to drive ourselves up. The summit is spectacular esp at sunset, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My wife and I just returned from a fabulous experience. Going to the Mauna Kea summit at sunset and followed by star gazing with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures is well worth the price. You can go to the summit on your own but it will not be the same. Our guide, Blake, was outstanding with his knowledge of geology and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were told by many to go with a tour company rather than self drive. This is so not true. We felt very bad for the expensive tour which we could have easily avoided. Yes, there is lot of history talking by guide. Does this all add up to $212 per person ? The food was good but still does... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The tour supplied us with parkas and gloves so we only had to bring light jackets. The temperature at the summit is generally around 30 degrees. We were picked up in Kailua-Kona on time at 2:35 pm and there were 16 people total on the bus. It took over two hours to drive to the summit, and we stopped at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This trip was worth every dollar and the time invested. Great host (Jim) with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of the people, geography and cultures that have shaped the Big Island. The sunset from the summit was superb and don't let any clouds on the coast deter you as the weather above this low layer is usually clear and... More 

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