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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Address: P.O. Box 9027, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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Ranked #57 of 207 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna...
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Penticton, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Jim was our guide, and it is evident he is part astronomer and part history buff as he is very knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and knows so much about the stars you see in the night sky from the summit. He also takes great care of all the people aboard the shuttle bus, and puts safety first. On this tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

My father-in-law and I took this tour and were thrilled with it. Our tour guide, Jim was awesome. He was very knowledgable and full of trivia and Hawaiian tales. They provided warm parkas and good food. Money well spent, the views were breathtaking, the stars bright. Definitely worth the ride up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

At first I thought it seemed a little expensive but now I appreciate the value. We thought of taking our rental car up and would have easily accomplished this. Taking into consideration the loss of insurance and possible brake and suspension damage with the steep gradient and rutted road we chose this tour. We joined the tour at the Visitor... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

The best way to view the summit is through a tour letting the guides drive and educate you along the way. Additionally, it is extremely cold at the summit and included in the tour are parka and gloves. Also there are stretches of unpaved road without guardrails so an experienced driver is a benefit. The guides are extremely knowledgeable providing... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I took the tour and the experience was what I expected and more. The tour is organized with two vans with two guides. The guides have excellent knowledge of Hawaiian history, geology, native flora and fauna, and astronomy. The parkas and gloves were in good condition and clean. The vans were clean and the drivers exercised safety..The star gazing portion... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

It was very windy and cold at the top, but cool to see the 13 observatories, and to watch the sunset. The star gazing part was the highlight as guide Chris and fellow guide Blake set up their telescopes and pointed out planets, comets, and other celestial sights that we never would have seen or known of otherwise. It was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

Our guid Chris was extremely knowledgable! This company has their own telescopes and a perfect place to view the stars😍 I was not thrilled with the dinner but we were at 9,000 feet and they did the best under the conditions

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a truly amazing tour ..you get to see the sun set from above the clouds ..the guides are fantastic even the food was way better than I expected! An absolute must do!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The sunset was gorgeous, the star gazing was amazing! Thank you for the experience. Now looking at stars at home can never compare.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We booked this in the UK through the website and communicated by email. You will need to call them once you arrive at your hotel in Hawaii to confirm your pick up location and time. We were collected at the Starbucks at the Queens Marketplace just down the road from our hotel, The Hilton, this is an easy walk and... More 

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