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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
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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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Our trip to Mauna Kea was truly the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. The guides were friendly, enthusiastic, and informative. The views at the top of Mauna Kea and the... read more

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our trip to Mauna Kea was truly the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. The guides were friendly, enthusiastic, and informative. The views at the top of Mauna Kea and the sunset were incredible. The stargazing was also a great experience. We saw Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, the moon, and a few other highlights in the night sky, all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The previous reviews do a great job summarizing this once in a lifetime adventure. We had originally planned on driving ourselves at least to the visitors center and take the mountain in from there. What turned us off was the the probability of large crowds fighting over a few telescopes, a potentially slow painful drive up the mountain and our... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a well run, very professional company. They picked us up at the scheduled time in a 4x4 shuttle bus that looked much more comfortable than the vans the other companies were using. The driver/guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Had dinner at the Mauna Kea visitor center, which was very crowded because it was raining. The dinner was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a fantastic trip. We were picked up on time and had an informative trip to the mountain with our guide explaining the geology of the islands and the volcanos on the way. Once we arrived at the visitors center (about an hour drive from our pick up point) food was provided and we had a bit of time to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was so outstanding that I did it again this year! (That says a LOT). The company is professional. They confirm your tour, arrive on time, narrate with interesting facts and stories the entire trip, and take care of all the details. The vans are clean and roomy. After I took the tour a few years ago, we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the star gazing experience and whilst it was quite pricey, we were not disappointed. The Company is very professionally equipped, they collected us on specialist tour coaches and provided all the equipment that we would need. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the island itself and astronomy generally. We stopped on the way up the mountain for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the summit sunset, the meals, and getting to know the others on the tour, but the highlight for us was looking through the telescope at the stars and learning about them. Jupiter was amazing. Even the view of the moon through a telescope of that magnitude was breathtaking.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Though it is fairly pricey, what you get is amazing. First, the trip up to the mountaintop is enjoyable scenery and narrated by a knowledgeable tour guide. We had Greg, he was great, and really smart. Second, you get to the top and watch an unbelieveable sunset with sunlight through the clouds (which are below you!). you likely have not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are Mom and Dad and 20 year old daughter who traveled from the Chicago area to the Big Island for a ten day vacation. We read up quite a bit about this tour prior to leaving, and it exceeded our expectations. Definitely an adventure, one that will not be frequented much, if ever, in lifetime travels. Reservations: The company... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour and tour company is fantastic. They really take care of you and show and tell you about no only the Big Island but also about many elements in our universe. During our tour in August, we got to see 5 planets, constalations, baby stars, stars that are orbiting each other, the moon, Saturn's rings, the milky way, and... More 

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