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Mauna Kea - Above the Clouds - Sunrise Tour
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It appears that from Kona to Hilo the highway that traverses Mauna Kea is a shorter cut rather than driving from down south on Highway 11. For the most part it is drier than the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
preciadogeli
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Los Angeles, California
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Mount Gambier, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were unlucky with the weather. Arrived around 6:30pm and the information centre and surrounds were covered in cloud, so could not see the sunset. The clouds eventually lifted but mist stayed around so they could not bring out the telescopes for a while, and then had to bring them in early. We saw Saturn and the moon. The moon... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It appears that from Kona to Hilo the highway that traverses Mauna Kea is a shorter cut rather than driving from down south on Highway 11. For the most part it is drier than the rest of the island. The elevation is much higher than the rest of the island. At times the road swerves and curves all heading downhill... More 

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Norcross, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We drove up to the visitor center during the day as we never could work a night visit into our trip. The drive up was beautiful. The center had a film running that we all enjoyed. We would have loved to go to the summit, but had kids under 16 with us, so decided based on the recommendations that we... More 

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Coopersburg, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove up to the visitor center one evening to view the stars. The drive up can be foggy and rainy so use caution. Also there may be cattle or goats crossing the roads so just be aware. The visitor center offers nightly talks and there are huge telescopes that you can look through. There are volunteers who give a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing place few in the world will ever get to experience. If you are on the Big Island, you must make time to see this. The visitor's center is at 9,200 ft and you should stay here to acclimate for about 45 minutes. Try to hydrate for a couple of days to counteract the altitude sickness that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I apologize, don't remember the name of the tour group, But it is worth booking a tour, as the information on the way up was interesting. You have to stop for an hour at the visitor's center to acclimate to the altitude. Many people there doing the same. Getting to the observatories didn't seem that difficult, but they highly advise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Get a tour, best way to learn about the island and the observatory's. The summit is breath taking and the stargazing was amazing especially with a few thousand dollar telescope.

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Drove from Hilo, Saddle road to the Mauna Kea Visitor center which is over 9,000 feet high. Didn't have 4 wheel drive so we didn't go to summit. But we were above the clouds and didn't need to go further. It is strange to drive up the volcano with rain ,windshield wipers and all of a sudden you are above... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We went up to the Mauna Kea Visitor Center, don't need to go up to the summit! We thought not going up to the summit was a jip, but it turns out the only reason most people go up to the summit is to see the sunset. We parked at the visitor center, hiked up a bit and got to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

My preschooler and I had an amazing time visiting the visitor center on Mauna Kea. It was a great introduction for him to telescopes, planets, and stars. Being able to see Saturn was a pretty awesome experience! I would definitely go back if we have the opportunity. The drive up is a bit scary (for me!). We had fun watching... More 

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