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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number: +1 808-966-4200
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Absolute Amazing Tour and Crew!

An amazing experience. 11/6/2016. I did the Sunrise tour. The ride to the lava is a bit rocky and you will get wet. Once you are there you will be blown away. You are like in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An amazing experience. 11/6/2016. I did the Sunrise tour. The ride to the lava is a bit rocky and you will get wet. Once you are there you will be blown away. You are like in the volcano! Captain Shane goes out of his way to make sure everyone gets a great view. In addition he reaches out to senior... More 

Thank Sandra G
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the adventure of a lifetime! Definitely fulfilled one of our bucket lists. So exciting to see the magnificence of God creating the universe. The 5AM excursion is the best to see the lava in the dark. The ride is very very bumpy and you will get wet, but so worth it. The park rangers told us they've been... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although a trip of a lifetime you must be careful picking the time and weather you go on this tour. If you have a back problem, health issues, pregnant or other issues do not go. Small children should not go. Very rough boat ride both ways. We picked the evening tour thinking we would be out to see the lava... More 

Thank Sheldar
Chicago, IL.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'd highly recommend Lava Ocean Tours, Inc., because they are professional, personable, and very accommodating. My partner and I were last minute customers for the afternoon sail because of a cancellation from another company. The crew allowed us to join and truly experience an incredible adventure. Safety was a clear message throughout the tour and I found comfort in how... More 

Thank atomicroger
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very few people get the opportunity to view an active lava flow up close, especially as it spills into the ocean. This tour is an excellent way to get an experience of a lifetime. The captain was very honest about how difficult the boat ride is. It's a 30-40 minute ride each way in big waves so I was glad... More 

Thank Kathy C
Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ride was very choppy due to weather conditions, but the crew made sure we were aware of this before we left. After 45 mins getting to the lava we spent 30 mins or more circling the lava flow so that both sides of the boat had ample opportunity to see the lava up close and personal. The steam, waves and... More 

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By far the best boat tour I have ever been on. The caption was up front and very truthful on how bumpy the ride was going to be and it was very wet too. But that was part of the excitement leading up to seeing the Lava flowing into the ocean. I am and will refer who ever I talk... More 

Thank Andrea D
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

said my nine year old. It was WAY more exciting than we expected! The waves were a foot away from being too big for us allowed out in by the coast guard, which made for an epic ride! The 5 boys we brought were in heaven ("its even scarier than the rides at universal!"), and us parents and grandmother also... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Up close and personal with lava. They take you very close and give you plenty of time to experience and take photos. Staff were professional and informative. You won't regret it. Worth the money. Sunset tour was. Great. I included our amazing photos.

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most amazing trip I have ever taken! The ride there was an adventure with huge waves, getting soaked, and having a blast. Then you get to see Lava rolling right into the sea up close and personal! The most amazing thing I have seen with my two eyes! From start to finish I couldn't wipe the smile... More 

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