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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 yesterday

We went up here with a guide from Arnott's lodge. It was worth what we spent. Guide was extremely informative and had answers for every question. Sunset was great. I wouldn't recommend taking your own vehicle to the summit, even if it has 4wd.

Thank Cmkastanek
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you get the chance, take the road to the summit of Mauna Kea; a 4X4 is required. Always a treat, our best experience was years ago on a night with a full moon rising in the east with the sunset in the west. Spectacular!...More

Thank raytrav
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a rental, and hearing all the horror stories, we jus went to the visitor centre......I don't need the grief, in case something happened. Drive from Kona is about 1hr 15 min, across the new Saddle road, drive is definitely worth it, to se...More

Thank surveyor72
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Of all the beaches, and beauty in Hawaii, the trip up Mauna Kea, absolutely was an experience and a feeling that none of us will ever forget. Our only regret is that we didn't go up earlier and pack a lunch. The views are incredible...More

Thank Stefpayne
Reviewed 2 days ago

Watch a sunset above the clouds and then see more stars then you will never see. Truly amazing experience. We suggest using Arnotts Lodge as your tour group. They are the only ones that offer to pick you up at the base and take you...More

Thank rocky21682
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped at 9000 ft level to get acclimated. We live at 5500 ft and so it wasn't that big of a deal. Rented a 4wDrive just so we could go to summit. Told that our car rental agreement would probably be "voided" if we did....More

1  Thank Colleen S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Still inside Volcano National Park - but no park entry fee, this is a "mostly paved" road up to the 6000 ft overlook shelter area that has an commanding eastward view of both Volcano Town and National Park. Go early (before 10 AM) as heat...More

Thank jbklyman
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took a tour to the Summit for sunset view and to see the observatories up close. The tour company took care of every detail, dinner, winter parkas, hot cocoa. After sunset, we came back to mid point to look at the Milky Way through a...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a rented 4x4 jeep. We stopped and acclimated at the visitor center and then drove up to the summit for sunset. After reading some reviews, I was apprehensive about driving but we had no issues driving up or down but we did take...More

1  Thank AllyeL
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Got to THE summit with a 2wd after a lecture on THE dangers by THE rangers. If you get into trouble with your rent a car you are in trouble. Going down on 22% gravel road is more dangereous then going up. But THE view....is...More

Thank Wereldreiziger1954
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19 July 2017|
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Response from jbla32 | Reviewed this property |
If you want a front row parking spot, earlier is better (probably an hour before sunset).
18 July 2017|
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Response from hedberg99 | Reviewed this property |
No. Bring your own.
11 July 2017|
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Response from Stan H | Reviewed this property |
30-40 minutes