As the first company to specialize in tours to the mountain, Mauna Kea Summit Adventures focuses on stars. Cushy vans with panoramic windows journey first to the visitor center, where participants eat dinner and acclimate for an hour before donning hooded arctic-style parkas and ski gloves for the sunset trip to the 14,000-foot summit. Stargazing through a powerful Celestron telescope happens mid-mountain with the help of knowledgeable guides. Tour, dinner, and west-side pickup cost $212 and runs 364 days a year, weather permitting. You can save 15% by booking online.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States
Oct 4, 2015
I arrived for the tour at the visitors center and was handed a meal that was really awful. It was vegetable lasagna and it was rather gross to eat. I only ate the cheese on top because the rest of the meal looked like it was thrown together from scraps. The tour was so uneventful. The forecast was rain and we were unable to cancel since it was the morning of the tour. When we got to the summit the fog rolled in and we were there less than half the
time. Nothing could be seen the fog was so thick. Once we got back to the visitors center the rain didn’t let up at all. We were told that we would be taken around to find a clear spot which never did happen. I was told that the trip report from our guide said there was clear skies - I’m not sure what he considers clear skies because it wasn’t clear at all. For the amount of money you will spend on this sort of tour I highly suggest going through another company that will treat it’s client with a lot more hospitality. Save yourself a lot of cash and just plan out a trip to the visitors center on your own and you can see the stars on a day that works for you and is clear. This way you won’t have to ask for a refund and be told “you signed the agreement” so you are out of luck. Tour despite extreme foul weather and cut short - no refunds allowed