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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number:
+1 808-966-4200
Website
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07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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You MUST do this - and soon!

Since January 3rd or so, according to captain Shane Turpin and his mate Jake, the fire house of lava has been flowing like a fire waterfall off the cliff into the sea... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Joseph S
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New York, United States

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New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since January 3rd or so, according to captain Shane Turpin and his mate Jake, the fire house of lava has been flowing like a fire waterfall off the cliff into the sea, occasionally exploding into blasts of fire and brimstone. You can feel the heat, and sample the warm water in the area. Oh, and the boat ride in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ok - first I have to admit that I had a very scary experience taking a boat trip out into the Pacific ocean in Mexico a few years ago. The boat was tiny and overloaded the captain was drinking rum and the whole thing was really scary. The Pacific Ocean is powerful. You need to know what you are doing.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The reviews preceding say it all. The captain and crew make sure you are prepared but they clearly have safety of passengers in mind. The four of us are over-65 in age but the boat trip was fine. We took the 9:30 trip since we were coming from the northwest side of the island. The lava was still spectacular and... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One VERY unhappy camper! In Dec. we made reservations to tour the volcano via boat. At the time we discussed with the agent that one of the party required a cane and asked whether this would this be a stopper. The representative assured us there was no problem. We spent two hours driving to Hilo today (mid-Feb) for the excursion.... More 

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Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this review

We do have guidelines all guests must be able to adhere to, these guests had multiple guideline issues. First-half we ask all passengers to disclose any kind of major injuries or handicaps since this is an extreme boat ride and rough ocean waters which client did not do prior to Tours . Secondly are tour is limited to guess from... More 

Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lava ocean boat tour was a grt experience. We chose to go in twilight trip to the lava flow region. It was really an unbelievable and we could see the lava flow from the mountains and a file hose (lava tube ). It seemed a bit costly but we did it because of one life time experience. Could give some... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Four of us took the 5:30 AM tour at the end of January and were treated to one of the most spectacular sights in nature. Coming out of the 50 foot cliff was a "fire hose" of hot lava. The lava tube was perhaps 30-40 feet above the ocean water level, and as the lava entered the sea billowing clouds... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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.

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Temperance, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

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