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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
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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
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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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Stunning star gazing

This was an excellent trip. The pickup venue was easy to find and the vehicles used were comfortable. Our guide Dave, was knowledgeable and interesting. The lasagna meal provided... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Swindon,UK

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Swindon,UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was an excellent trip. The pickup venue was easy to find and the vehicles used were comfortable. Our guide Dave, was knowledgeable and interesting. The lasagna meal provided was above expectations and the brownie dessert delicious. In spite of some cloud at the summit we saw some beautiful colours of sunset and were very glad of the warm parkas... More 

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Aberdeen, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We would recommend this to anyone and have already done so. Maka was our guide on 1/9 (Gordon in the other van) and his knowledge of the Big Island, the mountain, the observatories, the heavens, and the Hawaiian culture is worth the trip alone. He is warm and funny and made our group feel right at home. The van was... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely experience. My brother and I were picked up and dropped off at Kona International Market, smooth riding almost the whole way except for a gravel road after the visitor center. Delicious veggie lasagna and brownie. Many photo opportunities! Our parents decided to stay down in Kona and go to some magic show, because they don't do well with altitude... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. We were transported in a luxury van and kept comfortable throughout the trip. Our guide Maka did an excellent job of teaching us about the culture of Hawaii as well as astronomy and star-gazing. The absolute beauty at the top of Mauna Kea is indescribable! Our only disappointment and... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend scheduling this earlier in your trip rather than later in case you cannot go up to the summit due to weather conditions and want to reschedule. Apparently, normally the tour will know in the morning if the summit will be closed and the company will either offer a full refund or a discounted trip. Unfortunately I was... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this tour for a first year Anniversary present for my spouse. It was our first day to our first trip to the Big Island. What a great way to start your vacation! Our tour guide was VERY knowledgeable. He explained a lot of the rich history of Hawaii and also pointed out a bunch of great spots to... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The journey up is a little scary and you can't breathe so well at the top but this is well worth the discomfort. Amazing night, we all learned something and the kids loved it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The evening we went the wind was too high to go to the Summit and our driver only found this out as we got to the visitor center. The plan B was to descend a bit and set up for the sunset & night sky viewing at an old girls out camp. When we got there our driver, Macah, decided... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Mauna Kea summit adventures tour with stargazing. Although I hate conduced tours, especially the ones that deal with science and nature. With slightly above average knowledge about the geology and science of volcanoes, this tour seemed a little below par in providing intriguing information. We were picked up from the Kailua-Kona market area around 2:45PM. The pick... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a wonderful time on this tour! Our guide, Arthur, shared a lot of interesting information with our group during the drive to the summit. We learned so much about the history and environment of Hawaii. We stopped for a casual dinner in the visitor center parking lot before driving to the summit. It was amazing... More 

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