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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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  • Average3%
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did a trip to see the sunset at the summit and it was incredible! Highly recommend. The drive up is beautiful, the view is stunning, and the experience breath-taking.

Thank jslachta
Reviewed 3 days ago

You've got to go in this tour. Yes, you could rent a 4x4 and drive to the top and see the sunset, but you would miss out on the very informative and educated guides, and the amazing stargazing. They picked us up at a central...More

1  Thank Doug H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Drove the southern route up from Kailua-Kone, spending about 6 hours to get to the park. Lots of places to stop along the way. We met up with some friends at the Nat'l Park, had dinner at The Volcano House, and watched the darkness set...More

Thank RetiredTraveler2009
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a 2.5 hour drive from Kaanapali, so we had to leave at 2:30 AM, but still worth it. The view of the sky filled with stars as we waited for the sun to rise was a bonus. Keep in mind you need reservations...More

1  Thank philsbert
Reviewed 6 days ago

Driving to Mauna Kea Visitors center takes an hour to two hours depending where you're starting from. The visitors center is at the 9,200 foot elevation so when you first get there take your time walking up hill from the parking area. Get acclimated to...More

1  Thank Localboy17
Reviewed 6 days ago

be there to watch the sunset; take worm clothes and some light (if you wanna go a bit further to take some photos after dark)

Thank AlexaKPL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for star-chasers. Breathing is more difficult at 14,000 feet. Go slow when up on top. The stars up there are unlike anything I've ever seen- and I'm from Montana! I've seen some stars! This is a ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE!

2  Thank DaveHom1796
Reviewed 1 week ago

4x4 definitely needed to get up to the summit and back down to the visitors center. but the drive up is well worth it.

Thank Glenn K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place. Unmissable ride. I arrived at noon and it was raining. When I passed the 2,500 meters of altitude I crossed the clouds and the sun appeared. Simply a luna landscape

Thank nbertu0l
Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, this was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. You literally feel like you're on top of the world! My wife and I did not do one of the bus tours, we had rented a Jeep Renegade for the week...More

4  Thank Conner B
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23 September 2017|
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Response from Bradzon | Reviewed this property |
Turo has 4x4s that the owners will let you take up there. Also harpershawaii
Tijil A
18 September 2017|
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Response from judyhQ3383TY | Reviewed this property |
If you know how to drive in the snow, you could try it. Don't hike. Take a tour, it is available.
adriana s
29 August 2017|
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Response from btandrmb | Reviewed this property |
In my experience Budget have been the more reliable. I've booked vehicle 'X' and been given 'X'. You will want either a Jeep Jeep, the ugly, thirsty 4x4's or go for something like a Ford Explorer - the big 4x4 SUV. You will... More