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Mauna Kea Summit: Tours & Tickets

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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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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

the stars the trip was all very good. enjoyed and learned a lot. nice mix of people on bus. a little tedius picking up everyone but all in all a wonderful experience. dinner was early. our trip was modified due to protesters, which we could...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A must do while on the big island. I my opinion 4x4 is required, I had one and drive very easy, but need to take time and slow down.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sadly there are a lot of protesters camping at the access road to Mauna Kea summit. Not very attractive....

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Craig J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once a failed hike & then decided to drive up to the top to watch the telescopes, it was breathtaking! Then again for a free stargazing on a Monday night, it was just spellbinding! The commentator was very funny & very knowledgeable. The sky was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ViVe1502
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unable to fulfill the scheduled trip to the 13,000 foot Mark due to protests by native Hawaiians even though illegal. Very disappointed. Got halfway up, six thousand feet. Wonderful night sky. Wish a trip to the visitor center had been possible. Be sure to verify...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank cooksandeats
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love going to Mauna Kea. No light polution, spotted a satellite in the atmosphere with no magnification(bare eyes), saw things I'd never seen, National Forest Service setup in the parking lot superb! Very helpful people up there. Very simple yet had a profound impact on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mtreat1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Those opposed to the 30 meter telescope project blocked the access road on the day we drove up the saddle from Kona. The protest “village” is a sight itself; hundreds were there.

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank tjstjs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tallest mountain in the world, measured for the base below sea level. Observatories of different flavors, some can be visited with proper arrangements. There is snow in the winter and skiing is possible if you have your own equipment and friends to shuttle up and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apparently, the protest is about instaling the worlds biggest telescope. Looks like a sort of commune with scruffy tents, occupants and flags. Never stopped as noticed what I assume to be police officers with guns? Don't actually know what all the fuss is about, it's...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Notlaw008
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mauna Kea summit isn't currently accessible by car or tour bus. The building of a new 30-meter telescope is being protested with the access road blocked. This has been going on for over 2 months without a resolution in sight. Helicopter rides are available.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Venkapesh K
22 September 2019|
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Response from ASoonerHill | Reviewed this property |
When we were there - nope the road was blocked - that protest may have changed by now
9 September 2019|
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Response from Villgabor | Reviewed this property |
No one can tell that. It's all about the protests. They have been doing it for months now, and it's not impossible that it will last for the rest of the year or even further. So yeah you can't go up there, not even to the... More
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Response from jeffsvarverud | Reviewed this property |
If you are not afraid of mountain gravel roads rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle and drive your self. The roads are kept in good shape and there are plenty of places to stop that the tours don't.