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Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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

1  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
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The drive across the Saddle Road from Kona on the west side takes a couple of hours. Considerably shorter journey from the Hilo area. The road off the Saddle Road up to the Visitor Centre is relatively easy, but only 4 x 4's are allowed...More

4  Thank HUFCBlaydon-UK
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Off of Saddle Road is the Mauna Kea volcano mountain. Easy drive but watch for police cars (unmarked with a small blue light or none) on Saddle Road. There is a Visitors Center minutes from the Saddle Road entrance at 9200 foot elevation. Stop at...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 June 2017

My partner and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the summit at Mauna Kea. A 4x4 is a must, however its really only needed to help with the sheer steepness of the mountain itself, the roads are quite fine. Its a...More

3  Thank Karaleeandliam
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Short drive up to visitors center. Need 4 wheel drive and full tank of gas. Wife got altitude sick so we did not go to top. Bring coats/hat lots of water

Thank Christophe C
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Mauna Kea offers a wonderful view at the summit, but I wouldn't call it breathtaking. It's quite a while to get there and you need a 4x4 car to get there plus some time. If you want to do it I'd recommend one of the...More

1  Thank Mitchell M
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We came to see the stars but were lucky to catch the sunset. It's just a magical place to go star gazing. It does get cold so make sure you bundle up with hat, mittens and a jacket. The park rangers are funny and informative...More

Thank Cuong L
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Kris J
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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