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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8083222366
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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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Just not to be missed! Take a coat, it was 56 degrees while we were there. We have tried to get to the top twice before and got snowed or iced out. This time we did not invest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Bob R
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Peoria, Illinois
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Peoria, Illinois
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just not to be missed! Take a coat, it was 56 degrees while we were there. We have tried to get to the top twice before and got snowed or iced out. This time we did not invest in a 4 wheel drive and they will not let you go up. However the air gets a little things and I... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The drive up Mauna Kea is wonderful. It is actually fun if you like lite off road driving. Up top the view is amazing, I wish I could spend the night there.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We got to see this on part of an all day to to the volcanos. the trip up there was amazing and gave a great view of the landscape and of the island.. a must do for a hiker or adventurer

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was cloudy on the day of our trip, so no stars, but it was still worth the trip. It was our first time to the island, and the drive up from the coast was amazing. It's a face of Hawai'i that I didn't expect, that's for sure. Don't expect to drive your average rental car all the way up... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Although we did not go to the top, we did visit the visitors center. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. They had a telescope set up to view sun spots and solar flares. Very cool. We hiked up to the top of a nearby hilltop and walked the nearby Silverswords garden. A plant that can only be found... More 

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

be sure to stop at the 9000 foot visitor center. It will help you acclimate to the altitude lack of O2. the be prepared to be amazed by the view from the top of the world

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Centennial
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arranged a tour with Hawaii Forrest and Trail and can recommend them highly. The drive up the mountain is rugged and there is something positive about letting someone experience do the driving. Next, the guides know what to look for and can show you stars that you would not know how to find yourself. It's cold on the mountain... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Breathtaking views and definately worth the trip. Ensure however, that you have a propper 4 wheel drive vehicle (preferably rental ;-) ) as the 4.5 miles of gravel roads are more rock and dirt making for a very bumpy experience on the trip up. Ensure also that you have had plenty of time to adapt to the altitude at the... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not really my thing but my husband talked me into it. It was both informative and interesting. I'm really glad I did it.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chose a tour to visit the summit - dinner and star gazing included, plus parkas and gloves. Remember the air is thin up here - do not exert yourself.

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