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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-966-4200
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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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$195.00*
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Hot Lava Hike to See Lava Volcano Tour
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Ultimate Hawaii Waterfalls combo Dolphin Boat Tour

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Why Hike when you can ride LavaOne?

My 23 year old son and I were visiting our favorite Island and upon hearing that the lava was flowing into the ocean again, we began to look for a guided hike in to see it. A... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My 23 year old son and I were visiting our favorite Island and upon hearing that the lava was flowing into the ocean again, we began to look for a guided hike in to see it. A quick phone search revealed the boat tour with Capt Gene on LavaOne. The staff was super helpful on the phone, which is the... More 

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Thank Molrn8r
Butte, Montana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Lava Ocean tour was by far the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. The lava flowing into the ocean literally brought tears to my eyes. The crew ensured that we all had many opportunities to get close to the flow and take pictures. We probably spent 40 minutes or more near the lava. I recommend this trip... More 

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Thank sherylm338
California
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked the trip on Lava One expecting to see lava flowing into the ocean. What we didn't expect was how close to the lava you actually get. From seeing the steam and lava to experiencing the heat and sounds the experience was phenomenal. The view of the lava streaming out of the tubes and into the ocean was just let... More 

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Thank Bill2100
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sunset boat trip to see Kilauea's lava entering the ocean. Smooth and easy check in and launch of the boat, LAVA1. Beautiful fast boat ride along the Puna coast of the Big Island to where the lava is currently entering the ocean. Lots of lava, smoke and steam. This is a wet and windy boat ride so leave dry clothes... More 

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Thank Tom H
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked the sunrise boat tour after reading many reviews on the best way to get up close to the lava! This tour was extremely professional and at no time did I feel uneasy! The boat is fantastic 42ft long and you are loaded on the boat up in the parkland and they reverse the boat down! The driver and... More 

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Thank Sharlene H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maybe it's because I've wanted to see lava my whole life, or maybe it's just because you can't help but stare in awe at the making of new baby Earth, but this really was the experience of a lifetime! Captain Shane was incredible at maneuvering the boat, it was crazy how close he got and still kept us safe. We... More 

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour was pricey but we did get up close to the lava flows. The captain did a great job at maneuvering the boat but he takes the high swells pretty hard. Lets just say on the way back to the harbor we were hanging on for dear life.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked this on the advice of a friend. Glad we did. These guys are pros. Yes a large boat but fast and very stable. The lava flow is spectacular. My wife and I were on a sunset cruise. This is a truly not to miss experience. We have never seen the lava so up close before and the captain... More 

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Thank Len W
Hong Kong, China
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We are just awestruck. Before coming I was torn between the helicopter ride, the hike or the boat ride but then upon a few recommendations we decided to try this. This experience is absolutely mind blowing and irreplaceable. You get to feel the heat from the lava, smell the sulphur, touch the hot water and see right before your very... More 

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Thank neha A
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We don't take these kinds of tours as a family very often, but as we kept seeing news footage of the lava reaching the ocean, we just could not pass up a chance to head over the big island and see it for ourselves. It is a long drive from the west side of the island and it did seem... More 

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