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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-966-4200
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7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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$195*
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Hot Lava Hike to See Lava Volcano Tour
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$145*
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Ultimate Hawaii Waterfalls combo Dolphin Boat Tour

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This was probably one of the most amazing things I have done so far! This boat trip is worth every cent we paid for it plus more. Getting so close to flowing lava is a once in a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was probably one of the most amazing things I have done so far! This boat trip is worth every cent we paid for it plus more. Getting so close to flowing lava is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So pleased with how the tour was run, clear instructions, captain so patient so everyone got plenty of face time... More 

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St Paul Mn
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family of four went out with Shane on the early morning of Aug 19. As the trip suggested we needed gear to keep everything dry because it was raining that morning. One thing to note is that if your party wants to sit together on a full tour you need to get the ladder in the middle of the... More 

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Thank jf1105
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was so awesome!!! Amazing close up tour to the lava flow. Early morning before sunup is best of both worlds. Great crew! Pricey, but worth the money.

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Thank divlady
McKinney, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This THE one to take. Comfortable boat made for this trip. Captain Shane gets you so close you can feel the heat and smell the burn. We got amazing photos. He does such a good job making sure both sides get excellent views. Big Jake is awesome tour guide. Totally worth getting up at 3:30 😁. Better than helicopter view.

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Thank Juliewil43
La Crescent, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to take this tour, even though our big island budget was pretty tapped out. I had read the reviews on here about a rough boat ride, questionable price increases, etc., but decided to go anyway, man am I glad I did! We booked a 3 pm tour last week. It was a very rainy day that day. We... More 

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Thank Dan K
Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is one of the best experience of my life. It was unbelievable and we were so close to the lava flow. the crew was friendly and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend it. it is a one time experience to have.

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Thank suzana J
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WOW! The most exciting boat ride or adventure of my life. They put us right next to the lava and kept us safe. This trip was the highlight of our Hawaii vacation and the adventure highlight of my whole life. Highly recommended. You can keep the expensive helicopter ride...this was ten times better.

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Thank Donald H
Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The captain gets you so close to the flowing lava you can feel the heat; we must have been within 15-20 feet. No fooling! This is a once in a lifetime experience. He goes back and forth, giving each side of the boat a perfect view. Go.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The punchline here is that the boat developed engine trouble 10 minutes in to the trip & in the interests of safety Captain Shane headed back to shore, cancelled that trip & the subsequent evening one. Having delivered an extensive safety briefing at the start this obvious commitment to safety irrespective of the costs to the company should be applauded,... More 

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

For those reading yea boats have issue from time to time but the lavaones design is very redundant ensuring your safety. Our office ok hours or 7am-7pm being that we were still in that time frame we asked guest to call office to reschedule so we could get to work and fix the issue which turned out to be a... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow! The staff were great and very knowledgeable. Its always nice when you join a tour and the staff are respectful and accommodating. That helps increase the adventure. Words can not describe the awe factor involved in this tour. As a science teacher it took my breath away to witness the earth at it's best. I love it and nobody... More 

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