“This is one of my favorite things to do... period”
This boat tour is one of my favorite things to do... period. My girlfriend and I found out about them via their website a year ago while visiting The Big Island, and that first tour has me hooked on lava. So hooked that I chose to do a photography project on the current lava flow, with a special emphasis on the ocean entry.
Lava Ocean Adventures is a class act. They are professional, and their customers safety is paramount. I've been on their tour 10 times now, and each time I'm with them I'm thankful to be on one of their boats. I've spent considerable time on boats off the North Coast of California where the water can be pretty rough, and I am keenly aware of when a captains know what they are doing, or not. These people know what they are doing. They've been on these waters most of their lives, and it shows. I've always felt 100% safe.
So, what about that lava? What can I say about seeing it up close and personal? Amazing, inspiring, maybe even life changing? I never know what will be happening at the ocean entry, actually nobody does. However, every time I see the lava it is as exactly as Captain Shane says, "the fountain of youth". If you don't get excited seeing even just a little trickle up close I don't know what to tell ya. I've been lucky to see more than a trickle every time I've been on the tour though.
My recommendation is to wake up early for the sunrise tour. You WILL be up very early. I mean meeting at 4 a.m. kind of early. Honestly, just do it. You'll experience the sunrise on Hawaiian waters with lava flowing into the ocean. It's beauty is beyond anything I'm capable of describing. After you get back to shore what I recommend doing is booking a sunset tour. Yes, I recommend this. Why? Because you will see the lava flow under different conditions, and can one really get tired of seeing lava?
Lastly, prepare for being on the water. You're going into the ocean. This may seem obvious, but some people aren't familiar with this type of activity. You will get wet from ocean spray, or maybe even a sprinkle of rain. Prepare for that. Also, if you are prone to seasickness take something to help ward this off. If you don't know if you get seasickness prepare as if you do. Bring along some water, and a little snack. I'm always shocked that people don't do these basics. If you do these things I can't see why you won't have an incredible time. All you will have to do is sit back and enjoy Pele's work, knowing you are in the more than capable hands of Lava Ocean Adventures.
Oh, one last thing. Don't forget your camera. Take lots of pictures. Take some video footage. Have a blast
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