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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea...

Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea for sunset and stargazing. We are the pioneer service of this kind and we have over 30 years of experience. Our daily trip starts off on the Kona coast 4 hours before sunset and returns 5 hours after sunset. We travel in custom built 4x4 mini coaches with panoramic windows. Our guides are experts in island geography, geology, culture and astronomy. At the 9,000FT.level, we stop for the better part of an hour to dine and experience the visitor's center. We arrive on the summit before sunset and we stay until the best of the color has faded. Afterward, if natural conditions allow, we put on a highly informative stargazing session with large, computerized amateur telescopes.

  MKSA does not guarantee the weather in any way. Although the mountain enjoys a great majority of fine weather there is the possibility the tour may be canceled, and refunded or may encounter poor conditions in the field.

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Glad we did this tour. Our guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable. I thought the meal was very good. Glad we had the parkas and gloves... it really is cold up there!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Glad we did this tour. Our guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable. I thought the meal was very good. Glad we had the parkas and gloves... it really is cold up there!

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently did the star gazing summit tour and it was excellent. Very well conducted and our guide, Maka, was great, funny and very knowledgeable. We had a great time and bad on our experience we would highly recommend this tour.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a GREAT time on the Mauna Kea sunset and stargazing trip. Greg and Art were wonderful guides, they answered all of my many questions. Highly recommend!

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Draper, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice change of pace, and given my interest in astronomy, this was a fantastic afternoon/evening activity in a unique location. Arthur was very knowledgeable, and the trip was very enjoyable.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has it all: food, adventure, temperature drops and sense of amusement. It was inspiring, awe-inspiring. I may be partial for my love for the stars and my longing to see the Milky Way after so may years living in bigger cities. (The visit to Machu Picchu didn't award us with clear night skies). Price: maybe a little steep but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great way to visit the summit. Their vans are top notch and better than anything else we saw when we were up on the mountain. Pickup was right on time, our guide, Gordan, provided island information during the drive up to the visitor's center. We opted in for the veggie lasagna and had no complaints. We made... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This 8 hour trip is definitely worth the time. Joe was our guide and very knowlegeable. The sunset from the top is spectacular. We also enjoyed stargazing through the telescope. I would recommend eating before you go. The picnic lunch was not very good. Parker ranch was interesting and a good stop. Take gloves and wear long pants for the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw Maunakea with this tour group in mid November when the moon was huge and bright, during its supermoon phase. The weather was good, the lasagne and brownie were lovely and the tour guide was... simply... exceptional - his name was Maka and he was friendly, hilarious, easy to talk to and extremely knowledgeable. Quite frankly he was the best... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We finally took this tour after numerous trips to the Big Island..my wife wasn't too keen on being cold in Hawaii. And yes, it was cold at the summit but they provide parkas and gloves..which we didn't take off for a long time. It was certainly bearable though. Maka was our guide/driver on this trip and we can't give too... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently took a trip with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. It was overall very nice - they provided parkas and gloves, and the commentary was informative. The constellation and star gazing portion was interesting and I enjoyed looking through the telescope. The moon was just incredible. I had really bad altitude/motion sickness from how bumpy the ride was and the... More 

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