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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-464-0840
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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The summit can be driven but it should be driven slowly and cautiously. Be sure to stop at visitor center before diving to the summit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Arlington, Texas, United States
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Arlington, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The summit can be driven but it should be driven slowly and cautiously. Be sure to stop at visitor center before diving to the summit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth the drive , some of the most amazing island views. Was just there when it snowed ( 3 feet ) very cool

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were the last vehicle in on cloudy rainy day. The telescopes were like ghosts in the clouds. I survived 13,700 feet with only a bit of panting. The video at the center is great.

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I actually went to Mauna Kea in November 2012. Took a tour with 10 or so other people we had to put on parkas about halfway up the summit as it got very very cold. Had been in swimsuit earlier that day. There was snow on the top of Mauna Kea and the night sky was so clear we could... More 

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Ocean View, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be careful. Dicey road. Four wheel drive only. Once you're there, it's, well nothing you have ever experienced before or after, Unless you jump out of perfectly good air plane .

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple of hours here after arriving at sunset. The sky was clear, and the views amazing. When it got dark, we queued up to share the telescopes, but found the staff unfriendly and unhelpful. E.g. Could you explain what I am looking at? "Mars" I know that, but what part? "All of it" Also, our trip was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are trying to decide whether to go see the Volcano--just go see it. Worth the 2 hour drive from Kona. You do not need a tour guide, just drive to the state park entrance, hit the visitors center and talk to the rangers--they will give you the straight scoop. Hike to the lava tube if you can--it is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The only thing more impressive than the amazing night sky visible from the visitor's center, was the knowledge of the guides walking around, pointing out the constellations and telling their tales. They have several telescopes set up and we were able to clearly see the Orion Nebula, Andromeda, Mars, venus, Subaru and more! Make sure you wear warm clothes from... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a beautiful trip to the top of Mauna Kea! On the way we had beautiful views the whole way up. We stopped on the way to the top to acclimatize by taking a hike to the sacred building sight and crater lake. It was pristine and quiet with no other hikers. We then went on to the top... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. The sunset was incredible and being above the clouds on the ground is something I'll never forget. I'm terrified of heights, but wasn't going to let that stop me. The roads are switchbacks, so they don't have the steep drop-offs I fear the most. The vans are comfortable and the 4-wheel... More 

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