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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
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+1 808-322-2366
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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This was are second time we have used Mauna Kea Summit. Greg was a true professional and was very informative in every respect. The Whole was one of the best experiences. The van... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was are second time we have used Mauna Kea Summit. Greg was a true professional and was very informative in every respect. The Whole was one of the best experiences. The van was top notch and the food was hot. I would do it again an again. Highly recommend Mauna Kea Summit Adventures.

Thank Brian B
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed most of this trip. The van is very comfortable and Maka our guide was very nice and informative. We first went to the visitor center to eat dinner and acclimate a bit to the altitude. We were there for an hour and that seemed a bit too long there. The lasagna was good and warm and the... More 

Thank Ellie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide Arthur was very friendly and professional. We had a great tour of the summit, terrific dinner of vegetable lasagna, informative and entertaining personal view of the stars with our own private telescope, and timely hot chocolate or coffee and Biscotti's. The views were gorgeous, but be sure to dress warm as the temps at the top were down... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very comfortable ride in a minivan and our guide Maka was really interesting. The lasagne was good. Great experience to get to the top and see all the observatories upp there. In spite of the warm jackets we could borrow it was very cold on the top and it was enough to stay and watch the beautiful sunset. To look... More 

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Sinton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible experience! Our tour guide, Joe was super friendly, extremely knowledgeable and made our tour that much more pleasant. We joined in late since we were staying on the Hilo side so we were the last 2 to join, but that didn't matter to Joe. He made us feel welcome. Dinner was earlier than we had anticipated, but the chicken... More 

Thank p4s90
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing tour with Grant. He picked us up right at our resort - Worldmark in Kona on the Big Island. From there we enjoyed an 11 hour adventure with only 12 on our van - very personal. Grant made the trip so much fun. He welcomed questions from all of us, shared the history of Captain Cook,... More 

Thank Lorraine N
Zug, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide Arthur was great. He not only new a lot about the mountains, but also about geology and the history of the Big Island. He was very patient in answering my 1000 questions and had a great sense of humor. He made the tour very personal and was always looking to make his guests happy and entertained. The volcanos... More 

Thank Rosemary L
Wollongong, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were organised before arriving in Hawaii we had booked our Mana Kea tour but is was cancelled on the morning due to high winds we had booked & paid for the tour ... due to changes in the exchange rate we not only missed out on the tour but lost $50 for our efforts to be organised ... there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the summit and stars tour on our trip to the Big Island. Here are a few tips: 1. Dress as warm as you can for the summit and it is extremely cold and windy. Winds were close to 40 mph with a temp of around 24 making it quite cold. 2. The ride up to the summit is... More 

Thank Don U
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very well run tour company and even though they charged less than some others we priced out, these guys gave you more. The tour vans are new model Mercedes tour vans, the nicest on the mountain. The vegetarian lasagna is hearty and tasty and the brownie for desert is a decent portion and very fresh! The tour... More 

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