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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
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Worth the drive up!

Many visitors to the Big Island will take a tour to the Mauna Kea Summit, but we chose to drive our own vehicle to the top. The drive to get to the Mauna Kea Summit was... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many visitors to the Big Island will take a tour to the Mauna Kea Summit, but we chose to drive our own vehicle to the top. The drive to get to the Mauna Kea Summit was breathtakingly beautiful. We started from Mauna Lani and travelled through a variety of scenery from dry to lush green spaces with beautiful views. This... More 

Thank Joanne K
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tour guy was Dave, physicist and lifelong resident of the island. Couldn't be in better hands and easy to talk to Very knowledgeable about all aspects of the island's history Tour and sunset, and the stargazing were impressive. You never seen stars like you will here. Altitude sickness ans acclimation are not a joke as you will learn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went on this tour since I love astronomy and enjoy taking pictures of the sunset. The day was perfect for this. Our tour guide was Art and he was great. He is local to the area, has a geology degree and knows about astronomy. I am glad we got the warm parkas and gloves! It was freezing at the... More 

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Sewell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a great time watching the sunset and stargazing on this adventure! Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and fun. Our only complaint was that the food that comes with the adventure is ok.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very long tour lasting approx. 7 hours. The guide always made sure our basic needs were met. The drive is 75 minutes from pick up to the Mauna Kea Welcome Centre. We arrived at the welcome centre at 4:30 pm and they immediately served dinner. We ordered their lasagna dinner and the food tasted awful. Other tour... More 

Thank DanBoy11
North Augusta, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide, Greg, was so knowledgeable that it made the trip not only visually awesome but also a learning, informative tour. The sunset was spectacular, as great as I could have hoped. We had a tasty, veggie lasagna for our meal with a gooey chocolate brownie. We brought our own soda to drink. After the amazing sunset, we came... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The company is fantastic and delivered an amazing Mauna Kea experience. Our guide Art was superb. The guides with this company are professionals, extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of applicable topics (vulcanology, geology, Hawaiian culture, history, astronomy) as well as genuinely passionate about the material and it shows. The environment can be challenging, but it's clear our safety and... More 

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Diamondhead, Mississippi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour itself was sub par for the price, in my opinion. Once arriving at the visitors center, I realized I could have driven myself up the mountain as many other people did. One of our guides was very knowledgeable and informative, but not very friendly. The other seemed new and completely clueless. It didn't help we were stuck on... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to do this trip after many trips to Hawai'i. It was a great experience from the second we met our driver and guide, Jim. He amazed us with his knowledge of Hawai'i and Astronomy the entire trip. Its a long ride and very bumpy at times, but we were rewarded with a magnificent sunset and a view of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Honestly this is one of the best trips I've done. Thoroughly recommend it. Ask for Arthur as your guide, he is fantastic. Incredibly knowledgeable, informative, friendly and accommodating. Apart from the tour itself he have was happy to answer heaps of other questions and provide some really good ideas for off the beaten path things to see and do. If... More 

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