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Lava Ocean Tours, Inc

Address: Isaac Hale Beach Park, Wailoa Small Boat Harbor, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number: +1 808-966-4200
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Ranked #7 of 19 Activities in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: In 2006 Lava Ocean Tours became the first licensed lava ocean tour company & soon after began...
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: In 2006 Lava Ocean Tours became the first licensed lava ocean tour company & soon after began offering lava hikes. Our Hawaii Lava Tours & Volcano tours take you to see the current eruption on the Kilauea Volcano. Whether lava is flowing on the land or sea we will get you to the closet viewing point safely possible. Lava Ocean Tours,INC offers exclusive tours to boat or hike to access to East Hawaii's pristine Volcanic Coastline. Tours include Lava Boat Tours, Guided Lava Hikes, Volcano Boat Tours, Waterfall & Wildlife Tours, Charter Fishing, SCUBA Diving and Private Tours.
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This trip was a lot of fun. They were well organized and very much had safety in mind. They went out of their way when sealife was spotted and did everything they could to get you a great shot. Sky did a great job explaining the sites and history. He was very knowledgeable and added a great deal to the... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the evening boat tour. The guys do a great job explaining what we are seeing, love showing off their big island! I can only imagine how impressive it would be actually seeing lava going into the ocean! But just because it wasn't on our tour didn't disappoint us. We weren't exacty sure what it would be like,... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A different view of Lava formation. This ride in combination with Paradise Helicopter gives you 2 different perspectives of the lava formation and the power of the sea. We didn't get wet at all and the sea was not that rough. Although I feel the boat and crew are very professional and take the position that your safety is paramount.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

LOT is quite clear about the status of volcanic activity in the region and provides links to the USGS updates. They are also clear that the ocean can be rough and that you are likely to get wet and tossed about. Shane (owner) takes this very seriously so if the ride or experience surprises or disappoints you then you haven't... More 

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Silicon Valley, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

To be clear: Lava stopped flowing to the sea more than 2 years ago. Any suggestion that you'll see flowing lava is deception. The tour itself is unremarkable at best. It follows the coastline with sparse commentary about the shoreline. The narrator didn't use the PA system, and we were often not able to hear him over the engines and... More 

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San Francisco, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Be sure to do your homework first! Know that lava has not flowed to the sea since August 2012 (or thereabouts). Also, that this end of the island gets a LOT of rain and this boat tour goes anyway. The ocean currents can be quite rough so this ride WILL be very rough and you WILL get tossed about. You... More 

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Mt. Pleasant
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Be fully prepared for a LONG, but definitely worth it hike! Bring extra clean socks to avoid nasty blisters. Once you're halfway, you'll wish it's over until you see the lava flowing and then you'll get your second wind!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very exciting boat tour. The coastline of the Big Island is amazing and the tour guide certainly knew his stuff. I would recommend! No bottled water provided though ... Mind you, it's far too choppy to drink properly!

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Woke up today a bit stiff and bruised, But what a experience!! Its a tough hike people but worth every bit. Arron was a wonderful, insightful, knowledgeable guide, an very down to earth man made the trip fun as we walked jungle and Lava field.. His partner John if given a tour by him I feel would be equal to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

They charged me 145$ for a rocking boat and seeing the black rock formed by lava. But there s no flowing lava. I repeat there is no red hot liquid flowing!!! On the website they still boast abt volcanic eruption.

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

Customer reserved our Volcano Boat Tour online at their leisure in no way did we force them to do so. The Volcano Boat Tour assists passengers to see the black sand beaches, lava tubes, sea arches, dolphins, most recent ocean entry areas and the current state of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano which has been active for over 30... More 

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