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Lava Ocean Tours Inc

Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-966-4200
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Awesome way to start the day!

We took the Sunrise tour and it was thrilling. Sean and his crew know what they are doing. I was a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jane M
San Diego, California
via mobile
Highly recommend

It was an amazing experience to see the lava up close! Everyone was very nice and believe them when... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Susan T
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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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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-966-4200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the Sunrise tour and it was thrilling. Sean and his crew know what they are doing. I was a little nervous about going out on the water with the winds that were blowing, but am so happy we did it! The ride out...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was an amazing experience to see the lava up close! Everyone was very nice and believe them when they tell you that you are going to get wet. We had a bumpy ride there and back but the captain managed everything safely. No matter...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our family of 4 adults and 3 children went on the sunrise cruise to see the lava flows up close. It was a bit scary at first for the young ones (ages 4 to 6), with a boat ride in the dark and with the...More

Thank Larry P
Reviewed 5 days ago

When my wife and I realized that we weren't going to get up close and personal with any lava on this, our first trip to Hawaii, we were a little bummed. There was no way we were walking the 4.5 miles (one way) across jagged...More

Thank WalksSoftly
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must do on your stay on The Big Island. I loved that the captain made it a thrilling experience by going fast against the waves - I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. Also, I appreciated the time the crew took...More

Thank Julia A
Reviewed 6 days ago

The way to tha lava was a bit rough but we the lava was flowing and it was really amazing to see it. The crew made sure that all have a good view to the lava, everybody had a change to make good picutres. We...More

1  Thank priskajaeggi
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did the 4:30 AM tour on Oct. 11th and it was great. Tour started on time. We were impressed that we got on and off the boat in the parking lot - no moving boat to deal with. Got some great...More

1  Thank Gary B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best excursions we've ever taken and definitely a highlight of our trip to Hawaii. We always felt completely safe and had the most amazing experience. I was able to take some incredible images, a once in a lifetime experience. Our captain was...More

Thank Asithaps
Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually wanted to go with one of the smaller boats for a more personal experience. But due to the rough conditions Lava Ocean Tours was the only company being able to go out for a couple of days. First we were a bit concerned...More

Thank andreas_woelk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the early boat ride. Was very very dark. I didn’t mind but had someone throwing up and freaking out. Take note of their advisements. Hit only couple hard bumps. The lava was hot and beautiful. Think a smaller boats may have been better...More

Thank moose_astro
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jin y
9 September 2017|
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Response from sheri010 | Reviewed this property |
I called the number on the reservation, as well, 808-966-4200, and sent a follow-up email, as well. They called me based on the email about 3 hours later. Very helpful and friendly.
27 July 2017|
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Response from AFallenMathematician | Reviewed this property |
I'm 72 and had absolutely no problem when I took this tour in June.
27 July 2017|
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Response from Brittany G | Reviewed this property |
Our Boat had a mobile staircase and it was easy to get in and out. It is a rough boat ride so if they have back or neck problems that might be an issue. No one in our group got sea sick but there were several others on the... More