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Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here to watch sunset at it was very amazing! Be so high up in Hawaii and so cold! Be here in time cause it gets dark fast and you have to use a 4wheel car and wear warm clothes and bring camera!

Thank eva r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mauna Kea's visitor centre is a must stop on the way to the top. The drive up requires a 4-wheel drive, as the mountain has some very steep climbs, which will test your transmission and brakes. Our rented van struggled to make it up. The...More

Thank Sneakycin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked up the small hill from the visitor centre to see the sunset. Stargazing wasn’t great because of a full moon but still a great visit. Road up was a fun drive.

Thank HFTravels
Reviewed 11 December 2017

We drove as far as the visitor's center. The road was quite good up to the 9300 ft level. There is minimal parking and the visitor's center is small.The view was incredible. Although I've been to the top of Pike's Peak, in some way this...More

1  Thank mickeyhc
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We went to the visitors centre at 4.30pm as advised. There is not a much happening up there until about 6 pm. At 7.45pm they give a free talk, so honestly I would just head up there later and hope you get a parking spot...More

Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Only went to the visitor center at 9000 ft. Totally worth the trip. You can feel the difference in the air. Very desert like surroundings and some areas that seem to be used for spiritual things...got to hear the blowing of the conch looking at...More

Thank lala405
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

The star gazing opportunity was worth the drive (we were staying in Kailua Kona). We had minimal cloud cover, but the clouds that did show up would dissipate quickly. Definitely layer up - as in head cover, gloves, long sleeves with sweatshirt and wind breaker,...More

Thank loisgriffin
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Visiting Mauna Kea Summit is a "Must!" Make sure you have a 4x4 vehicle. Recommend fleece or jacket and long pants. We arrived at visitor center about 10 A.M. driving from Kona. The road to the summit from the visitor's center is unpaved for a...More

Thank joycelewis2017
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Went last night to the visitor centre of Mauna Kea. We toyed with the idea of going on a tour to the too but decided against it as so expensive. Right decision! The views from the hills next to the visitor centre were out of...More

2  Thank Charlotte_Wimbledon
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped at Mauna Kea to see the stars - I only wish we had rented a car with 4WD in order to get up to the summit. It's definitely worth going to the visitor center - they have telescopes set up to see different...More

Thank sarajean31
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Pankti M
19 May 2017|
Response from Lauren W |
Hi Pankti, Saddle road is easily accessible, and I assume there is parking at the pickup spot. Please make sure you are physically prepared for altitude, and enjoy your tour!
Kris J
10 August 2016|
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Response from 795stephie | Reviewed this property |
We flew into and stayed in Hilo. It really depends on the type of weather you like. Going to the Big Island in Hawaii the 2 sides are totally different. Hilo is like a rain forest and Kona (usually more popular with tourist... More