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Reviewed December 11, 2018

On top of Mauna Kea is a truly humbling experience that encompasses both the majesty found here of our planet and the sheer enormity of our solar system. We did the whole night a little differently and I wouldnt want it any other way. Once...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

Whether or not you climb 14ers (I'm not in good enough shape to), it's unlikely that you'll have an opportunity to watch the sunset with 360 degree views from atop an old volcano most other places. Add to that a stargazing portion of the tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

We drove to Mauna Kee, as it was a clear day. Frankly we were ill prepared, both for the temp - it was 90 in Kona and it was 60 at the visitor center. Not tragic, but we did buy hoodies. We had heard that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Went there for a weekend and was blown away by the sheer beauty and magnificence of the place. Highest mountain in the world is well worth the climb

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

Amazing views from the top but worth taking an organised tour - if possible one with stargazing - you won't find a clearer sky anywhere!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

My friend and I hiked up Mauna Kea or attempted to, we got about half way and decided to head back down. We totally underestimated the incline and boy, my calves were throbbing! We definitely learnt key lessons and look forward to going back next...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Went to the visitor center at Mauna Kea - 9000 feet or so above clouds - never seen so many stars / absolutely amazing finally seeing constellations, milky way etc. Try to arrive before dark to see sunset and get parking - gets crowded. After...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

great sunset, and the trip to the top looks like mars. worth the ride! clouds came in so we could not do the astronomy at night, but the sunset and trip to the top are worth it anyway. they had picnic table at the visitor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tenisax
Reviewed August 1, 2018

We were staying at Hilo. It is a nice drive to Mauna Kea. The volcano was errupting so there was a plenty of Vog on the drive. But when we reached the summit it was amazing. Its cold so definitely need good warm cloths. Go...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank Kartik S
Reviewed July 16, 2018

We wanted to go to the summit, but was not able to because of it being sold out. We decided to stay at the visitor center for the star gazing. I cannot say enough about how informative this was. It happened to be a clear...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Pankti M
May 18, 2017|
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Response from Lauren W |
Hi Pankti, Saddle road is easily accessible, and I assume there is parking at the pickup spot. Please make sure you are physically prepared for altitude, and enjoy your tour!
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Kris J
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We flew into and stayed in Hilo. It really depends on the type of weather you like. Going to the Big Island in Hawaii the 2 sides are totally different. Hilo is like a rain forest and Kona (usually more popular with tourist... More
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