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Mauna Kea Summit
Type: Attractions, Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing
Towering over the Big Island at over 13,000 feet elevation is the summit of Mauna Kea, the largest mountain in the world. As the island's most prominent volcano, it is home to spectacular panoramic... Read More
Towering over the Big Island at over 13,000 feet elevation is the summit of Mauna Kea, the largest mountain in the world. As the island's most prominent volcano, it is home to spectacular panoramic views, multiple observatories occupied by different countries, snow in the winter months, and a visitors center at 9,000 feet elevation. Adventuring to the summit is one of the most amazing things to do on the island, especially at sunset or sunrise. The trek required a four wheel drive vehicle, but that's because of the incline rather than pot homes or large rocks. The barren terrain changes as you weave up the mountain, and the views change as you move. Small children aren't allowed up here because of altitude sickness, and adults should acclimate at the visitors center and bring plenty of water up. However, sunset on a volcano is one of the best experiences on the island and should not be missed.
Mauna Kea Access Rd
Hilo, HI 96720
- Outdoor Activities, Romantic Things to Do: "Make sure to take a four wheel drive and acclimate to the altitude at the visitors center."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Perhaps the most exciting adventure on the island, the drive up to the summit is gorgeous and exciting.
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Sunset atop of the world's tallest mountain is one of the most unique and romantic experiences on the Big Island.
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