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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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About Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
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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Mauna Kea is an unforgettable and sublime location. It is the highest point in the entire Pacific basin and the clarity of the air is astounding. Mauna Kea is a major spiritual center for Hawaiians and many of our guests report a special feeling while on the mauna. We developed the now popular sunset and stargazing tours in 1983 and we have constantly made it more comfortable and educational. Our guides are trained to drive safely and to share their wide knowledge of Hawaii and the sky. Our vehicles (all custom Mercedes) are the nicest and roomiest available.
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palak j wrote a review May 16
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A very well organized and wonderful experience. Also followed all COVID protocols. Travis was our guide and he was exceptionally knowledgable, friendly, warm and caring. He gave us information about the culture, geology, history, the summit and the stars! A complete package....He really made the tour fun. The food they gave us - veggie lasagne was also super tasty. The sunset and star gazing was stunning. I highly recommend this tour and this specific company and also Travis!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Nora B wrote a review May 15
Minneapolis, Minnesota2 contributions
Honestly, I would do the tour again just to spend another 6.5 hours with Travis, our guide. The tour was fantastic! The summit is amazing, the stars and the amount of knowledge about astrology, culture, etc was completely unexpected but an incredible added benefit. Thank you Travis for putting up with our family and for answering every question we could possibly have! You showed us and taught us SO much! We feel lucky to have learned so much about Hawaiian culture from you.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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travelingwithboys wrote a review May 14
DC Area51 contributions12 helpful votes
The summit tour was the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. We normally don’t take tours, and prefer to adventure by ourselves, but this was an exception. Our guide (Mitch) was fantastic and Travis (in the other van) was the perfect guide for stargazing. It is worth every penny and time well spent while visit the Big Island! Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Zoe wrote a review May 12
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What a great trip overall! The top of Mauna Kea was fascinating and the stargazing on the way down was like nothing I've ever seen before! Our guide, Arthur, was so knowledgeable and engaging also.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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pjclune56 wrote a review May 10
Tenino, Washington1 contribution
Fantastic! What a sight from on top on Mauna Kea. The observatory domes are massive and worth the trip. Both guides were great.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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