Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

12 Reviews | Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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7 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
A note about this tour
All guests are required to show proof of recent negative COVID test results or completed vaccination cards. Those starting at our lodge must show this information to our front desk staff. Those picked up in other locations must show this to the tour guide.


Our Mauna Kea Summit Tour is designed to showcase the beauty and wonder of one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Mauna Kea (meaning “white mountain”) is historically and culturally very significant to the Hawaiian people, and because of its contributions to geology and astronomy, to the world as well.

Our local guides will enlighten you with the sacredness and cultural aspect of Mauna Kea.

A spiritual high for many locals and visitors.

#1 rated tour for adventure and photography.

This tour requires a minimum of 4 guests in order to run.

Our tour only meets guests in HILO or at the Onizuka Visitor Center on Mauna Kea. We DO NOT pick up guests from Kona, Waikoloa, or any hotels not located in Hilo.

All guests MUST show recent negative COVID test results or completed vaccination cards.

Please see additional info for restrictions eg age, health, pregnancy, scuba dive, respiratory, heart, back issues, intoxicants etc. for this tour.



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Average 4.83 out of 5 stars based on 12 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Eric_P, Dec 2021 Verified
Andrus was a terrific guide! Very passionate about his job and was very informative! He checked on everyone regularly to make sure they were feeling well. Safety was his main concern! Beautiful views…. Sunset and full Moon viewing! So pretty!! Thank you for an adventurous trip! Ps- dress warm!
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Jaclyn_R, Nov 2021 Verified
Wonderful experience ! We loved our guide! He was very informative enjoyed every second of the trip.
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269pallavia, Oct 2021 Verified
I'm so happy I found this tour! Donna was our guide and she was amazing! She was knowledgeable, funny and very helpful. The sunset atop of Mauna Kea was mesmerizing! One thing I was also excited about was the stargazing tour and Donna exceeded my expectations. She pointed out a lot of satellites too along with the constellation and she helped us spot a shooting star! The cutest thing was that she was equally excited for us when we saw the shooting star because it was my first one ever. Even on the journey back, she answered our countless questions and when dropping us back to our hotel, she told us the history of the road(Banyan Dr) and which famous celebrities had planted trees there. I honestly cannot recommend this enough. This tour is a must do!
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kalidog, Aug 2021 Verified
Trip was amazing and our guide Donna had facts information and was engaging!! Couldn’t ask for more!!!
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Ryan_Y, Aug 2021 Verified
This is a MUST-GO experience on the Big Island but make sure you dress warm! Our guide was amazing & knowledgeable she made the tour fun & answered all the questions.
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Jennifer_L, Aug 2021 Verified
Must see!! What an amazing experience! Way more than I expected with an incredible guide! Andreas was very personable and knowledgeable
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Bhagyesh_P, Aug 2021 Verified
It was an amazing time going up the mountain as well as down. The trip was smooth and simple. The views that we got were amazing and we heard amazing stories along the way. We were able to take a lot of photos and our driver took photos for us which was really nice. Overall an amazing time I'm just sad I forgot to tip.Don't forget your jackets it will be very cold
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David C, Jul 2021 Verified
We truly enjoyed and will always remember this tour favorably. Our tour guide Andras was knowledgeable and explained all in detail. This was a small group so we got personal attention. The views of the sunset on Mauna Kea and the stargazing were highlights. We highly recommend this tour!!
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Sara C, Jul 2021 Verified
The trip was amazing, David was amazing. Serious nerd paradise with the telescopes on Mauna Kea, and of course the sunset was beyond belief. It was cloudy so the star gazing wasn’t perfect, but I still saw more stars than I ever see at home.
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Patrik N, May 2021 Verified
A great experience - Donna was a super nice guide and had lots of stories to tell on the way up and down the mountain. The sunset at the summit was breathtaking and the stargazing was also nice, Donna pointed out the constellations and told stories. Tip - Make sure to bring really warm clothes, it was freezing (~ 28 F) on the top even though it was 75-80 F when we left from Hilo in May.

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