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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number:
+1 808-966-4200
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Lava Ocean Tours is your exclusive way Explore the Hilo side of Big Island....

Lava Ocean Tours is your exclusive way Explore the Hilo side of Big Island. View volcanic activity on our boat & hikes to see the LAVA. Our state of the art vessels are modern aluminum catamarans including the "Lavaone" 49 passenger 40x14 catamaran powered by 4 Honda 250hp motors. Whether lava is flowing on the land or sea we will get you to the closet viewing point safely possible. We also offer the Ultimate Boat Waterfall Tours departing Hilo to see over 30+ boat only waterfalls and dolphins in uncrowded waters. During Hawaii Whale Season (Dec-Apr) enjoy whale watching in Hilo Bay and surrounding waters on an intimate ocean cruise. Our tours include Lava Boat Tours, Guided Lava Hikes, Volcano Boat Tours, Waterfall & Dolphin Tours, Charter Fishing, Hilo Whale Watching and Private Tours.

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Lava Ocean Tours

Our boat ride was an amazing, just like everyone says, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The boat ride wasn't as rough as expected, so don't let that deter you. You get close enough... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our boat ride was an amazing, just like everyone says, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The boat ride wasn't as rough as expected, so don't let that deter you. You get close enough to smell the sulfur and feel the heat coming off the water near the lava falls. It's an all around sensory experience.

Thank DJB_travels2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the 5 am tour in February 2017. The captain gets the boat so close to the lava that you can feel the heat. It is about a 28 mile trip one way from the launch site at Isaac Hale Park. This is not a trip for the timid. The boat seats 42 passengers and is equipped with life... More 

Thank travelfan55
Temperance, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Captain Shane was expert in maneuvering his vessel for fantastic views of the lava flow. I recommend sitting in the front if you do not mind the pounding waves, otherwise sit on the left side of the boat. A great experience - better voews of lava than from a helicopter.

Thank fcurson1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Get it while it's hot! Went on the 10 am tour on a calm day. The boat ride was fun and the lava was flowing! The boat gets close enough so that you feel the heat. The boat will be at the lava site for about 30 minutes and the captain will turn the boat so everyone gets a good... More 

Thank Kevin N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sunrise tour - well worth the early rise! Luckily for us the ocean was unusually calm. Don't have words to describe my feelings once we saw the glow of Kileaua and soon the firehose of lava streaming into the ocean. We got very close, the Captain maneuvered the boat so both sides had great views. Beautiful sunrise. Really an experience... More 

Thank Clara S
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on this tour not really knowing what we would see but we are so thankful that we were able to get this last minute. It books up fast so please don't hesitate to book this tour. The day before the Coast Guard cancelled other tour boats that were not registered with the Coast Guard and were shut down... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to experience the awesome power of nature then you need to take this boat tour. The craft seats approximately 25 people and they are very frank about the risks of the trip due to the waves rocking the boat. However, once you get to the volcano the view is almost indescribable. The lava comes pouring out of... More 

Thank DKR1234
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our 7th trip to the Big Island and we already had a list of favorite things to do. We booked and did the lava sunrise tour and all I can say is........OMG.......what an AWESOME experience. Capt. Shayne was amazing. He kept the boat moving so all sides could see the lava flow into the ocean. We couldn't believe... More 

Thank Robbi N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great trip and the experience at the lava flow was indescribable. We had calm seas so the boat ride was awesome. Saw the sunrise and a dolphin too. Highly recommend the sunrise tour.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent a few nights in Volcano so we wanted to see the lava. We decided to take a oceantour, because we spoke to a wonen who went on this tour a few days before and she showde us the pictures. She said it was great. So we hooked a tour online and went of. We had a morningtour, but... More 

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