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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Travel up Mauna Kea for a small-group sunset and stargazing tour by luxury 4WD van. Leave the off-road drive to the pros, and ride from Kona or Waikoloa to a historic Hawaiian ranch for a picnic dinner. Continue to the Big Island's tallest peak for sunset, then use powerful telescopes to observe constellations from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Hear commentary from your guide, and keep warm with the provided jackets and hot chocolate.
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RohitA74 wrote a review 11 Apr
Redmond, Washington71 contributions19 helpful votes
Go if you have time, its quite a ride and we did it as a detour while traveling from Hilo to Kona. There were a few tour guides willing to take tourists down the valley on their ATV and 4x4 but we didn't do it.
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Date of experience: April 2021
Matt A wrote a review 4 Apr
Hermosa Beach, California355 contributions197 helpful votes
As far as Hawaiian valley lookouts go, this one is only so-so. There aren’t any waterfalls, or cliffs, or anything spectacular to look at. If you’re not going to hike, it’s nothing special.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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balboabert wrote a review 3 Apr
New York City, New York17 contributions2 helpful votes
Amazing views, lovely beach and streams at the bottom. Magical place with the valley on one side and the waves crashing on the other. Bring water shoes as the sand is very hot and the stream is rocky. Watch out for your lunch - the wild horses aren't shy about helping themselves. Going on foot is a real commitment but feasible. Bring a lot of extra water - you will need it on the way up. Our ten year old made it back up but she is very active and strong. Definitely worth the effort but if you have kids, think twice about walking.
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Date of experience: March 2021
0617merS wrote a review Mar 2021
Columbus, Ohio92 contributions91 helpful votes
Our vehicle would have make it, but we would never attempt it, it’s a crazy steep and switch back road that mostly tourists, who've never done it, are driving and it’d be one thing if it were one way, but you have people driving up and down on a single lane road trying to pass each other and not hit the walkers, not worth it. And yes, its an intense walk back up, but it’s about a .8 of a mile and it took us 35 min to walk up and that was with lots of stops, just make sure you have enough water with you, but totally worth going down into the valley, its beautiful from the look out, but even more so looking deep into the valley.
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Date of experience: March 2021
1 Helpful vote
Russ Lacuata wrote a review Jan 2021
Long Beach, California8,278 contributions6,800 helpful votes
Time and nature's element have carved an unimaginably massive valley filled with deep green encrusted cliffs cut by plunging waterfalls. Its floor is carpeted with forests and neatly formed taro patches interspersed with the homes of its few residents. At the mouth of the valley, the ocean licks the mile long black sand beach which is sliced in half by the river that is partially fed by the 1,200 ft. free falling Hi'ilawe Falls which resides deep in the valley. The road into the valley is incredibly steep and out of respect for the residents, I do not encourage driving into the valley. But I've been told that it is fine to walk in and hike at the beach, but do not explore the interior of the valley without a tour guide.
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Date of experience: January 2021
11 Helpful votes
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