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“Mauna Kea Sunrise- Hawaii Forest &Trail”

Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
Ranked #54 of 209 Tours in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a breathtaking experience! Something everyone should try on the big island. We had a great group of folks and Jason, our tour guide was excellent. He made us feel safe and took great care to ensure our comfort the entire time. We had the extra benefit of seeing Kilauea erupt as we were making our way up the summit. A once in a lifetime memory. Thank you Jason for a fantastic time!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a great experience...Gordon was our star guide and was very knowledgeable.. a must do activity. Food was wonderful and the large 16 passenger can was smooth( except for a short unpaved road.. haha)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must-do tour while on the Big Island! The guides were very nice and knowledgeable about the island, as well as the moon, planets, and stars. The sunset view on the summit was beyond spectacular and unparalleled to anything else you will see on the island!! We were also on the island during the active eruption and you could see the glow from the lava from the summit. It does get very chilly, so don’t forget to wear pants and warmer clothes; however, the parkas do a great job of keeping you warm! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time on this tour. We learned a ton about the island and the mountain from our guide. The star gazing/ class on constellations etc was much more thorough and all around better than a similar tour from another company I've been on. The food was great too. This one may be a little expensive but you get what you pay for and I think this tour is the best value for your money. Our guide stopped several times to point out special things like the red haze from the volcano etc. We generally had the feeling everything they did was to make sure we had the best time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience. Our guide/driver Jeff was extremely knowledgeable and a careful driver. The stargazing was incredible. Southern Cross, Saturn, Jupiter and almost full moon. Warning: DRESS WARM!!!

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