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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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The stars came out last night.

Art and Greg were the two tour guides. They were awesome. I actually enjoyed the commentary from Art more than seeing the stars. He is such an interesting guy and together, he and... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Art and Greg were the two tour guides. They were awesome. I actually enjoyed the commentary from Art more than seeing the stars. He is such an interesting guy and together, he and Greg made a fantastic team. I wish we could have recorded the whole thing. Greg to led us amazing stuff about the stars/constellations and Art pointed the... More 

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san francisco, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The two guides, Greg and Gordon, did a fantastic job on our tour. Greg showed first rate knowledge of the climate zones we climbed through, the volcanic history of the area, the mythology associated with the constellation, and the current scientific knowledge of the objects observed. The tour company provided winter parkas and gloves for the freezing temps at the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our driver was exceptionally knowledgeable throughout the whole tour, explaining everything from the lay of land to ancient customs and histories. Everything is very professional and well organized. The view from the top during sunset is an experience of a lifetime. Highly recommend! One thing to note, it does get cold, even as a Canadian I would recommend wearing warm... More 

1 Thank Stephanie S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this trip 2 years ago and loved the sunset and the stargazing. The photos we got on our first trip were great and the person in our party who hadn't been was keen for us to go again. We booked well in advance to get the right day for us as we weren't all staying for the same... More 

3 Thank AMTLondon
Katy, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went on the stargazing tour in early September. For dinner, you can purchase the pasta from the company but you could easily bring your own sandwiches as well. Make sure to pack jeans and a jacket. They provide a winter coat and gloves but it gets cold on the summit very quickly. The vans the company... More 

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Brevard, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My hubby and I are avid hikers and really wanted to actually summit Mauna Kea. After reading a number of reviews we settled on this tour. David,our driver was excellent,knowledgeable and friendly. Our disappointment came when he told my husband that we could not actually summit the mountain. He went on to say that if we chose to do so... More 

3 Thank LaNora L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was fantastic. It was well worth it. Beautiful views and the tour guides were filled with knowledge. It was very cold so dress accordingly! The food was okay, but lets face it .. that isn't why you are signing up for this in the first place. Highly recommend!

Thank April P
Shakopee, MN
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would recommend booking with another tour, because the "customer service" at this company is non existent. We booked this tour early into our 11 day trip to Big Island and unfortunately the day we were supposed to go, it was cancelled due to weather. Not a big deal, but the lady that called to let us know was completely... More 

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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up at the Kona International Market and had a 1 hour ride to the bottom of Mauna Kea. Don't let this discourage you, the guide is highly entertaining and knowledgeable, Jim kept a running dialogue going from the minute we got on the very comfortable excursion van to the end of the night. The vegetarian lasagna they... More 

1 Thank Jon C
Mamaroneck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was the best part of our trip. It was very well organized and the tour directors were extremely professional. The dinner was better than I expected. The sunrise at the summit was beautiful. We then went down to the Astronomy part of the tour and it was even better than I could've anticipated. The guides used a high... More 

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