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“Amazing Star Gazing Trip” 5 of 5 stars
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Mauna Kea Summit
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
Ranked #1 of 112 things to do in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
Dunnellon, Florida
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“Amazing Star Gazing Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Everything was perfect! No moonlight the night we went so we had a wonderful display of stars and planets. Tour guide had an excellent knowledge of the area going to summit on Saddle Road. Loved every minute of the trip. Can't wait to take the grand kids when they're older! Looking through the Celestron telescope was a fantastic experience!

Visited June 2014
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“A Must on any Big Island Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Get a rental car and go at during the evening. We went up around 4pm and stayed till after sunset. There are some truly amazing views from this place. We went up without 4WD without issue, just go slow and be careful.

Visited October 2013
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Virginia Beach, VA
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“Not a fan at all”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Way too many people crammed into a very small building and outdoor "patio". It was shoulder to shoulder. The facility just isn't suited for THAT many people. I eventually used the men's restroom b/c the line for the women's was way too long and I would have missed the bus. We never saw the sunset for the clouds which was ok b/c we would see the stars back at the base right? wrong. It was so cloudy we didn't even stop to look through the telescopes we only stopped to wait in another bathroom line. The following night was cancelled due to the clouds which in my opinion is a much better option than going and wasting an entire evening. They should have cancelled our trip too. Basically we paid almost 200 bucks a person for a van ride with strangers up a lava mountain.

Visited July 2014
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Westport, Connecticut
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“Window on the universe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Dress warm and do it. Go at night for the stargazing at the visitors center. When you have a look through the telescopes go to the far end of the silversword garden to get away from the people and the lights and take it all in. Its amazing!

Visited July 2014
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“Like a dream come true!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Stargazing on Mauna Kea has been a childhood dream of mine for a long time. I am an avid astronomy nerd so this was a huge deal for me. It was everything I had hoped. We planned our trip up 3 hours before the moon rise that day. The view of the cosmos was amazing. What I didn't expect was how many people were up there!

I loved how they setup huge telescopes for people to look at certain objects. Saturn was the hot chick that night and she was a show off. They also pointed their telescopes at the ring nebula, some start clusters, some galaxies and some of the oldest stars in our galaxy as well. I took the time to get some great photos of the milky way and the super massive blackhole that is at the center of our galaxy.

Visited July 2014
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