Summit Adventure - Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
Learn about the geography, geology and natural history of the island on the drive up the mountain. First stop to acclimate to the altitude is at the Onizuka Visitors Center at 9,000 ft. Guests will be served a soup and sandwich supper, and be fitted with parkas and gloves before continuing on the steep .5 hour drive to the top of Mauna Kea (13,796 ft). On the summit, your guide will point out the observatories as they begin to open their domes and rotate into position. There are great photo opportunities as sunset transforms the area into a beautiful spectacle. Then the tour descends to mid mountain where using a large portable telescope you'll observe the treasures of the night sky and sip on hot chocolate. Mountain environment: Mauna Kea averages 325 clear nights a year. Most of the unfavorable nights are predictable and about 8% of the trips are cancelled for that reason. Occasionally unexpected clouds or inclement weather may affect a trip in progress. About 5% of the trips are affected by undesirable weather. In any case Mauna Kea is a cold and sometimes windy place. MKSA does not guarantee the weather, but they do promise to stay well informed and to cancel when they feel that weather is likely to spoil the scenic nature of the trip. This is a shared group adventure activity; a most unique and rich experience is your reward for the long and sometimes rugged trip.
Operates: Daily: weather permitting. Most of the unfavorable nights are predictable and about 8% of the trips are cancelled for that reason.
Departure Point: Pick up/return at the Kona International Market in Kailua-Kona. You need to have a rental car or pre-arranged taxi for both drop off and pick-up.
Duration: 7 to 8 hours.
Equipment: New exclusive Van Terra 4x4 micro-coaches, comfort, spaciousness and panoramic views. 11 inch computerized telescopes (twice the power of the standard 8 ).
Capacity: 28 guests.
Gourmet hot cocoa, coffee and tea accompanied with biscotti while stargazing.
Hearty 3 Cheese Lasagna supper.
Inclusions: Arctic style parkas with hoods and gloves are provided but you will need long pants, closed shoes and an intermediate layer.
Exclusions: You will need long pants, closed shoes and an intermediate layer.
Serves Alcohol: There is not any alcohol available during the activity.
Foreign Language Translation: There is no foreign language translation available.
Handicapped Accessible: This tour is not suitable for handicapped individuals.
Required Certifications: The participant is not required to have any certification or special license in order to participate.
What to Bring: It is recommended that you bring a camera with you. We suggest bringing your camera in a ziplock bag in case you need to protect it from the elements. It is required that everyone wears closed toed shoes on this activity. We recommend that everyone in your group wears long pants. We recommend that everyone in your group brings warm clothes.
Restrictions: Children whose age is less than thirteen years old are not permitted on this activity. People with with conditions involving their back, knees, neck, shoulders or other joints, women who are pregnant, people who have had recent surgeries or any other individuals with conditions that make them unable to handle sudden, jarring impacts are not permitted on this activity. People who do not have a moderate level of physical fitness will not be permitted on this activity. People who have gone SCUBA diving within twenty-four hours of the scheduled check in time are not permitted on this activity. Cancellations of this reservation cannot be made within forty-eight hours of the scheduled check in time.
PLEASE VERIFY: Does any member of the party have any history of heart problems? (This includes ANY heart surgery, stent, pacemaker, heart valve irregularities etc.) ANY history of heart problems are NOT eligible for this tour. Anyone with a history of respiratory problems? (This includes pneumonia in the last 6 months, any lung conditions or surgeries) Asthma sufferers that can completely control their asthma with an inhaler, and have their inhaler to bring along on the tour are OK. In addition, because this tour goes from sea level to almost 14,000', it is a health risk for anyone pregnant, under 13 years old, or anyone with a body mass index of over 40BMI and they would not be eligible for this tour. (If the person appears to be 40 or more pounds overweight, let us know their height and weight. We will be glad to calculate their BMI. Also, you can find a BMI calculator at: This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 10% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid. This activity is not accessible by wheelchair or walker.
All Pax 13 and Up
No Dinner - Credit
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- # Minicoach
- # 16-30 People
- # Mauna Kea
- # 6-8 Hours
- # Tours With a Guide
- # Not Handicapped Accessible
- # Hotel Pickup is Not Available
- # Includes Dinner
- # No Swim Stop Included
- # No Certification or Special License Required
- # Does Not Serve Alcohol
- # Strenuous
- # Afternoon
- # Land
- # No Translation Available
- # 12-15 Year Minimum Age
- # Kona Area
There has been 1 review written about the Summit Adventure with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures.
Average Product Rating: 5.0 / 5
We had a fantastic time on the summit tour. Our guide, David, was SO knowledgeable explaining the various types of lava, vegetation, and animals we saw along the way, along with the history of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Lasagna and brownies were good as we stopped at the visitors center. The summit time was spectacular and the star gazing was so wonderful with the guides explaining the constellations. We highly recommend this tour.