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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-966-4200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Lava Ocean Tours is your exclusive way to experience the Big Island. View...

Lava Ocean Tours is your exclusive way to experience the Big Island. View volcanic activity on our boat & hikes to see the LAVA. In 2014-15 we upgraded our vessels with 2 new modern aluminum catamarans "Lavaone" 49 passenger 40x14 catamaran & the "LavaKai II" 30 passenger to better suit our guests. 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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Whale Watching from Hilo: Dawn, Brunch or Sunset...
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Dolphin Waterfall Boat Tour in Hilo
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Hawaii Volcano Lava Tour to See Lava

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This company is sort of "home grown" but I mean that in a nice way. Locals from Hilo are involved instead of overly commercial. Covered aluminum barge on catamaran-type bottom... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
ARTravelinsue
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Little Rock, AR
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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of our highlights of the trip to Hawaii. Our local guide, Justin, was amazing and led us directly to the lava. It was a long hike through the rain forest, but was well worth it. 2.5 hour hike and then got to play with the lava for over 2 hours. Followed by 3.5 hour hike back out... More 

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Pennsylvania
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408 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

AWESOME! I had seen a brochure and looked into. It was awesome and so glad we decided to do it. We got so close to so many waterfalls, they were breathtaking! The captain and his helper were nice and friendly and was informative as well! It was hard to hear the girl talking at time so it would be nice... More 

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Thank h0ckeygirl36
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to save our whale watching for Hilo and I am so glad we did. The waterfall trip up was fantastic, and then on the way back we saw more whales than I have previously on other tours. The boat was comfortable and the captain and crew were excellent. I would highly recommend this tour.

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Thank Alana C
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just WOW!! This incredible adventure leaves the beautiful Hilo bay and heads up the north Hilo/hamakua coast in search of AMAZING untouched waterfalls and marine mammals.(whales, dolphins, Rays) we happened to see EVERYTHING! Add some of the best rainbows I have ever seen and this was a day that we will NEVER forget. This is easily the most fun we... More 

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

Hard to beat Hilo when its at its best especially when shared with great people Mahalo for sharing a day on the water with us More 

Washington, Pa
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a whale watch in Cape Cod.....double decker boat that was jam packed. This was 1 level, fully covered boat that holds about 50 people, about 12 people on our tour. Went 5 miles along the coast & saw a few waterfalls. 1 1/2 hours into tour and we only saw a few spouts that were far off &... More 

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

Boating in Hilo is quite special on the Lavaone always a treat to be able to share the beautiful Hamakua coastal sites surrounding Hilo bay including surf spots, waterfalls, and lush landscapes as whale as see multiple whales in an intimate setting. Mahalo for join us hope to see you back out More 

Little Rock, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This company is sort of "home grown" but I mean that in a nice way. Locals from Hilo are involved instead of overly commercial. Covered aluminum barge on catamaran-type bottom. Not fancy, but roomy and shaded from the sun. We saw quite a few whales, some of which surfaced right near the boat allowing for wonderful close-up views.

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Thank ARTravelinsue
Captain_Shane, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words More 

Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I originally had wanted to go on a waterfall tour but they didn't have enough people at the time. Shane called me and convinced me to take the Whale Watching tour. He promised me a calm sea and wonderful photo ops! He didn't lie! We saw gorgeous waterfalls, the ocean was perfect in every way, the pod of Dolphins was... More 

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

Hard to pass up Hilo boating especially when the seas are calm and the skies are blue. Look forward to showing you the rest of the amazing hamakua coast sometime More 

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the first tour I've been on where I was able to see and experience a shool of dolphins who swam with the boat and jumped in front like they were playing. The whales were not as plentiful as at another tour on Kauai, but because of the El Nino they are late coming down from Alaska this early... More 

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

Always a treat to be able to share whales, waterfalls, and dolphins all in a 2 hour tour mahalo for joining us More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was fortunate to take the two hour lava one cruise up Hilo coast, perfect warm day, calm waters and so many waterfalls, spinner dolphins and yes even a few whales. A safe comfortable boat not crowded at all and a lot of room to move about to get that photo. Highly recommend this trip for anyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I usually avoid guided tours, as they are slow and boring. I'm a family guy, but also an adventure seeker. I thought I was above guided tours. However, this one really gave me a run for my money. I loved every second and so did my kids. We got up close to the falls. I'm also a professional photographer and... More 

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