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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-464-0840
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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The night sky from the Visitor Centre is just awesome! But the experience could be better.

We spent a couple of hours here after arriving at sunset. The sky was clear, and the views amazing. When it got dark, we queued up to share the telescopes, but found the staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a couple of hours here after arriving at sunset. The sky was clear, and the views amazing. When it got dark, we queued up to share the telescopes, but found the staff unfriendly and unhelpful. E.g. Could you explain what I am looking at? "Mars" I know that, but what part? "All of it" Also, our trip was... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you are trying to decide whether to go see the Volcano--just go see it. Worth the 2 hour drive from Kona. You do not need a tour guide, just drive to the state park entrance, hit the visitors center and talk to the rangers--they will give you the straight scoop. Hike to the lava tube if you can--it is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only thing more impressive than the amazing night sky visible from the visitor's center, was the knowledge of the guides walking around, pointing out the constellations and telling their tales. They have several telescopes set up and we were able to clearly see the Orion Nebula, Andromeda, Mars, venus, Subaru and more! Make sure you wear warm clothes from... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a beautiful trip to the top of Mauna Kea! On the way we had beautiful views the whole way up. We stopped on the way to the top to acclimatize by taking a hike to the sacred building sight and crater lake. It was pristine and quiet with no other hikers. We then went on to the top... More 

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Thank eenmelanie
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. The sunset was incredible and being above the clouds on the ground is something I'll never forget. I'm terrified of heights, but wasn't going to let that stop me. The roads are switchbacks, so they don't have the steep drop-offs I fear the most. The vans are comfortable and the 4-wheel... More 

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Brussels, R?on de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is definitely a must see place in the island. The road to get up there is well paved like every road in Hawaii but at night is very dark so drive carefully. At the visitor center there are few hikes you can take to see the stunning view and at sunset the light is magical. Because there is no... More 

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Make sure you take warm jackets, water, and snacks just in case. Check the weather before making the trek up there but once you reach the top and you are above the airplanes and clouds, it is all worth it.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free to drive up so you shouldn't pass it up! Breathtaking views of sunset and the skies afterwards, bring warm clothing and snacks, much more accessable since they re-did Saddle Road.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is very cold and windy, you must have a 4x4 with low range option otherwise you will have trouble in the miles of gravel road The temperature will drop from 80ish from the coast to the 30 to 40ish at the top, make sure you have warm clothes The view from the top is spectacular and we give nature... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It worth a visit, specially around 5 to 5:30 pm, but be prepared: A 4x4 vehicle is required and it is very windy and cold.

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