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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank bumblebeezz
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank jackie075
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

Thank totohandala
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!

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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

Thank Teresa D
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

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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

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

3  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

Thank Robin M
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We went here to see the sights at sunset. We were prepared and came with a four wheel drive. Looking at the website it is very confusing what is going on. First of all, there is a drive to the top where they say you...More

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Pankti M
May 18, 2017|
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!
Kris J
August 10, 2016|
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Response from 795stephie | Reviewed this property |
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