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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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Top of the world Ma!!

Having a degree in physics and being an amateur astronomer, this was on my very small bucket list. You can take a tour have them drive you up, but being the rugged individual type... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having a degree in physics and being an amateur astronomer, this was on my very small bucket list. You can take a tour have them drive you up, but being the rugged individual type we drove ourselves up to the top. The visitor center is smallish but a good starting point. Defiantly stop and get acclimated like they recommend. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent attraction in mid island of Hawaii. Stopped at the visitor centre, closed the top portion due to 70 mph winds. Recommend to everyone...air a little thin...good brakes a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove a rental car up that only had two wheel drive and it made the trip just fine. Definitely be careful with the brakes on your way down. Don't ride the brakes or you'll have a definite issue on your way down. Stop at the visitor center on your way up for at least 30 mins to acclimate before... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The view from the top of the mountian was beautiful. You head up the mountian in a nice tour van. It's not recommended to take a rental car up the mountain. It requires 4 wheel drive and knowledge of mountain driving. The tour provided parkas, which were very much appreciated. We stopped at the visitor center to eat dinner and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

after a 30 min stop to acclimatise, a bumpy jeep ride up to the summit to see snow capped peaks and the telescopes. Snowball fight in shorts and flip flops. All the group felt strange after a brief stop due to altitude.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a bit of a trek to get up the mountain and you'll need a 4x4 vehicle to go past the visitor centre, but it's worth the trip to say you threw a snow ball in Hawaii and, if you climb the short distance to the peak, stood at the top of the tallest mountain in the world.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had to drag my honey up here but it is spectacular. The night sky is like nowhere else I have ever seen. The nightly volunteers give a great viewing and explanation of all that is astronomy and Hawaii. Well worth the effort but dress warmly!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Big Island is a wonderful place. In the winter you can visit the summit and if you are fortunate enough it will be covered in snow. Then you can drive down and swim at some of the worlds best beaches!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being above the clouds is amazing! The drive is scary though. I would recommend booking a tour guide!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Unless you're suffering from some sort of cardio-pulmonary problem, get up in the middle of the night and arrange to drive to the summit of Mauna Kea to see the sunrise. You will never forget it! Since you are above the clouds and there is no light pollution and you are above almost 3 miles of atmosphere, the night sky... More 

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