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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
+1 808-322-2366
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Absolutely A MUST-See

Great tour. Mauna Kea Summit is at 13,000 feet. We decided to let someone else do the driving and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gail T
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Great view from the top, stars underwhelming

The tour itself was professionally run, our driver Greg knew a lot about geophysics and was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Perth, Australia
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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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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
+1 808-322-2366

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great tour. Mauna Kea Summit is at 13,000 feet. We decided to let someone else do the driving and what a GREAT idea that was. The van was comfortable and our guide was very informative. Once at the top the views were amazing. The most...More

Thank Gail T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The tour itself was professionally run, our driver Greg knew a lot about geophysics and was very informative. The view from the top and watching the sunset was a highlight. Unfortunately the tour went for too long as it was almost two hours after the...More

Thank StephenandTania
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice mercedes van held 14 people and picked us up at the Queen's Marketplace. Greg, our very careful driver, shared his knowledgeable about volcanos and the history of the surrounding area. He also pointed out birds and trees. He provided several bathroom breaks along the...More

Thank lindadG711KJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

A comfortable 8 passenger van takes you the summit of Mauna Kea to view the sunset and research telescopes. A parka and gloves are provided. Subsequently a few celestial objects are viewed through 11 inch telescopes at a lower altitude. The tour was very well...More

Thank vacationer597
Reviewed 1 week ago

Undoubtedly the best thing we did during our week on the big island. Our guide and driver was Greg, who's knowledge was amazing, from memory I think he majored in geology with a minor in astrology (hope I got that right Greg). His talk on...More

Thank Gillian W
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great tour and convenient. You are picked up at a pick spot by your guide and the tour begins. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared so much info with us we learned so much. We got to the visitor center and hand...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour with guide Nate who was very friendly and professional. Knew every answer to every question. Very nice dinner that was prepared for us. Views were amazing and star gazing experience was totally worth it. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Big Island.

Thank juls329
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very intimate tour and well worth the money. The skies were fantastic and the top of Mauna Kea looks like Mars coupled with a sunset above the clouds it was an incredible experience. The stargazing at 11000 feet was also very very cool. We could...More

Thank PennyinIreland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no idea what to expect for this adventure, but it sounded interesting so my teenage boys and I signed up (initially, my wife was part of the group, but she had an earache after helicoptering the prior day, and it was advised for...More

Thank jjgasman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Team is very organized and planned, they make sure to pick you up on time and provide dinner at visitor center, then drive to top of the mountain for sunset watching and beautiful star grazing afterward, I would strongly recommend the same to Big Island...More

Thank shruti490
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Mariela M
We are planning a trip to the summit in July. My youngest will 16 in August. It says it's not recommended for kids under the age of 16 to go up to the summit. Has anybody taken their kids up to the summit?
9 May 2017|
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Response from Judyap2016 | Reviewed this property |
Not taken a 16 year old up but unless he has asthma he will be fine.there is nothing dangerous about the trip....just lots and lots of information he will find amazing!!!
I am wondering how dark the road will be after stargazing to drive back to Kona. I am also staying in VNP & Hilo for 5 days in total. Should I join the tour in Hilo as it is closer?
25 February 2017|
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Response from MikeSessions | Property representative |
Aloha, It is best to join our adventure from the pickup locations on the west side of the Big Island, in Kailua Kona, or Waikoloa resort. If you decide to take this tour from Hilo, you would be required to drive (in your own... More
myrna l
Can you recommend a hotel or bed & breakfast accommodation where it would be accessible to be pick-up if we were to sign-up for a Mauna Kea tour either Sunrise or Sunset tour?
7 February 2017|
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Response from Pasomonte | Property representative |
Aloha, we only do a Sunset and Stargazing tour. We have several pick up points near dozens of lodgings. Our website has a pick up page which gives suggestion per location. TA does not allow me to put the link here Mahalo... More