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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...

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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My tour was booked for Sept 21st but for some reasons I got call from them if I can go on the 19th instead. So I took the 19th. Couldn't wait.... They picked us up on time. Our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Jas D
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

We had a group of 6 people visit the big Island in September 2015 and decided to book this star gazing tour. It was very foggy when we went up to the summit. We were told by our guide that they were expecting clouds to disappear,but they never did. We understand that this cannot be guaranteed...even though they cancelled the... More 

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

My tour was booked for Sept 21st but for some reasons I got call from them if I can go on the 19th instead. So I took the 19th. Couldn't wait.... They picked us up on time. Our guide Blake stopped at few other road side attractions and explained all about it. Lasagna dinner was good at the visitor centre.... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

We traveled as a group of 6 and the tour the previous night was cancelled. Our tour should've been too. It was cloudy the remaining half of the climb to the visitors center. We understand weather is unpredictable, but were assured climbing the summit that the conditions were improving. They weren't. We were able to see the observatories and took... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Really good and passionate guide who shows you the star so clearly through a professional telescope and explains you about the astronomical phonemona behind it. really worthwhile

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Spring Valley, California, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

We had taken this tour years ago and it was so much better than we remembered! Our guide was Chris and I highly recommend you try to get on his tour. He has a degree in Geology and can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes and lava. He's also a wiz at pointing out star constellations.... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This was a great tour and a good value for the money. We were picked up in Kona around 2:30 and made it to the visitor's center 4:30. We spent an hour there having a lasagna dinner and letting our bodies adjust to the altitude. We then drove the last bit up the mountain arriving about a 30 minutes before... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We aren't usually fans of group tours, preferring to be self-guided, but it was absolutely the right call to go with Summit Adventures. While the summit is accessible in your own vehicle, you miss out on the information from the very knowledgeable guides and it's just additional stress you don't need on a holiday. The only way to get up... More 

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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This was an amazing experience! Worth the money for what you get. Chris and Gordon were our guides and they were fun and knowledgeable. We learned about the geology of the island, some Hawaiian culture and history and of course astrology. The sunset at the summit was beautiful - don't worry about it being cloudy when you get to the... More 

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Cedar Park, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

If standing on the summit of Mauna Kea isn't enough, the view of the night sky without the dulling efforts of city lights makes an excursion with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures one of the most memorable experiences of a trip to the Big Island. We rode with our guide, Greg, in a 14 passenger van to the Mauna Kea visitors... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Fantastic trip to Mauna Kea. A highlight of the trip to the Big Island. Well organised, professional & friendly. We had a slight hiccup when the truck had a mechanical issue, but Greg the guide was cool under pressure & patched it up so we could continue the tour. We were delayed about 1/2 at the summit, but Greg made... More 

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