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“Worth it on a clear night”
Review of Mauna Kea Summit

Mauna Kea Summit
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$213.54*
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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour
Ranked #2 of 130 things to do in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
Des Moines
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3 reviews
“Worth it on a clear night”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

I was so excited about going to the summit, but not excited about the price of a tour. My husband and I decided to drive it ourselves in our rented Chevy Captiva. The western part of Saddle Road isn't great, but honestly I've driven on worse roads in both Iowa and the Chicagoland area! The rest of it is beautifully paved. Our car definitely strained up the access road and to the summit, but we took it slow. I was nervous about coming down after dark, so my husband suggested driving up and down before sunset and waiting at the visitors center for nightfall and stargazing. Great idea, and I don't really feel like I missed out! Still got to see all those beautiful stars. Also, they supply hot water and have hot chocolate and soup for sale, so we had a snack while waiting for the telescopes to come out. Got a little crowded after a bit so we left, but a fun experience overall.

Visited February 2013
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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“Great View but was raining that night.”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Would have liked to know more about the area before we arrived. to wear warmer clothes and the best time to visit.

Visited October 2012
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CT
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“Superb”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Do this even if you are not much "into" astronomy. It's fascinating. I do it every year. There are 2 companies and both are good.

Visited February 2013
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“Star gaze and c all of hawaii”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Make sure u bring warm clothes for the summit. after the sunset make sure u stop at there observatory to look through amazing telescopes. The staff is very well informed and happy to answer any questions

Visited January 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“It really was amazing...”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

To be able to just drive up was fantastic. Budget had a walk up special for fastbreak members for 72/day for a 4x4 Jeep which is required. The main roads to Kea were windy but smooth, just take it easy going up past the Visitors Center and back for no problems. It was 25 degrees when we were at the summit so be ready for that plus heavy wind.

Visited February 2013
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