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Mauna Kea Observatories

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour
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Unfiltered view of the night sky!! AMAZING!!!

Travel after dark up to the observatory located at 9600 ft. Easy drive and once you drive out of the clouds the view of the night sky is breathtaking!! At the observatory... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Lake Mary, Florida
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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Travel after dark up to the observatory located at 9600 ft. Easy drive and once you drive out of the clouds the view of the night sky is breathtaking!! At the observatory several different telescopes pointing at different planets and sites but you can see most things with your own eyes. We went with our college kids who all took... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Sharing the summit of Mauna Kea with the 13 observatories is a joy. Views to Mauna Loa. Hualālai and Haleakalā on Maui, and a lovely sunset with the observatories in the foreground. Beautiful

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Be prepared to travel into the mountains. About 2 hrs drive from Kona International Airport. My husband and I navigated our way and we enjoyed every minute of our travel. Scenic countryside view and some ocean view when going up. The only thing you gotta be careful is taking the saddle road. Which is quite foggy and windy. At the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

An interesting drive to the information center. However, I can't help thinking that the best thing to do is get a driver (personal or tour) and go to see the stars at night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We were looking for a restroom on our way to Hilo and happened upon the gift shop for Mauna Kea. We met some nice folks that were headed to the Observatory as they had 4 wheel drive. They let us join them, such a sight to see! Road is challenging, view is spectacular. I recommend going at night to see... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We drove our 4-wheel vehicle up to Mauna Kea summit and experienced a beautiful sunset. We aclimatized for two hours at the visitor's centre.. eating our subway sub that we picked up along the route, and chatting with the friendly staff/ranger.. Manuel. He suggested we remain up top to see the aftereffects of the sunset.. it was glorious.

Thank Vron1964
Harrison Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Reserve in advance, bring warm clothes, and get ready for a amazing sunset and dark night for star gazing through telescopes. It's like nothing you can imagine.....

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

it truly is just like the pics, you're literally above the sea of clouds! there's also a short hike right across the street to see 3 more volcanoes and the other side of the mountain. under idea conditions the drive isn't bad at all, actually quite easy in a standard 2wd rental. just take it slow, pump the brakes before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

You absolutely need a four wheel drive vehicle to top the mountain. It was so neat to see the change in the landscape as we rose to the top. It's warm at the bottom and cool at the top. Take a jacket. We were able to walk around and take lots of pics as the sunset. Definitely a fun highlight... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Spectacular! We had a day on the summit above the rain/cloud boundry with bright, crisp, deep vibrant colors in the terra firma and sky. It was like being on the set of a sci-fi movie with every type of observation device pointing to the heavens. Bring your photo gear but your take-aways will pale to the actual experience. We were... More 

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