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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+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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US$199.00*
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour
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US$175.00*
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Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo
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US$196.88*
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Maunakea Sunrise Experience

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We rented a jeep for our trip to the big island and were hesitant to drive up Mauna Kea because of lots of the things I read on here about not doing it in a rental, this must be... read more

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Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
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Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We rented a jeep for our trip to the big island and were hesitant to drive up Mauna Kea because of lots of the things I read on here about not doing it in a rental, this must be people working for the tour companies that want to make money off the mountain. Skip the pricey tours and drive up... More 

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Wilmot, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The snow capped peak of Mauna Kea looms over the island, and we were determined to get to the top during our stay. We drove to the visitors center, and as suggested, spent an hour there to acclimate to the severe altitude change. I was surprised at how small this area is, both in terms of parking and places to... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Most evenings and nights, you are above the clouds and there is a clear view from the top of Mauna Kea - well worth braving the cold (and sometimes wind). You'll see 13 observatories and as sunset arrives the scene is worth braving the conditions. At almost 14,000 feet the air is pretty thin, so don't expect to do any... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did the Mauna Kea Sunset Tour. You are picked up from your hotel approx 3pm. The weather was a little dicey and we asked about the likelihood of seeing the sunset and were just told they will keep us up to date. It was pouring with rain by the time we arrived at the tents set up for dinner.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Over the past 12 years, on the Big Island for 2-3 months every-other year, we have driven up to Mauna Kea at least 3-5 times each trip. I say this to allow that we have had numerous experiences, each wonderfully celestial, informative, and humbling. On Feb. 16,2017 we were treated to the most awesome and inspiring evening ever! Making it... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Need 4 wheel drive and plan to spend a few hours going up and down the summit. It does cool down quite a bit at the top and is windy, bring a coat or sweatshirt. Plan to take lots of pics. Highest mountain in the world. Telescopes at the top. Great adventure!!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We toured with Edmond from C Big Island Tours, and booked it through Viator. It was very expensive, but so worth it. We were picked up in Hilo in a very comfortable SUV, which was well equipped to handle the rugged drive to the top. Edmond was pleasant, informative funny and helpful. The sunset was awesome, but the wind is... More 

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vancouver, canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Left from kona and drove to the visitors center in about 75 minutes. The road up to the visitor center is paved and in great shape but is steep and sometimes a bit narrow. No issues to get here though even for a small 2 wheel drive car. This is where the incredible star having is at if you can,... More 

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Greenville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful star gazing. Wonderful place to see another part of Hawaii that I didn't know about. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been up to the top a few times with guests and it is breathtaking. To feel like you can reach up and touch the stars, see what seems like the whole world at your feet is unbelievable.

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