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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-966-4200
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

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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I was surprised to see what this tour had to offer. It far exceeded our expectations with the view of waterfalls it provided. Even the boat ride itself was an experience to have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was surprised to see what this tour had to offer. It far exceeded our expectations with the view of waterfalls it provided. Even the boat ride itself was an experience to have as we got to ride the waves like a water park ride. The view of the dolphins swimming was spectacular as they swim in and out of... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a boat ride with Captains Shane & Sky to see where the lava from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō will meet the ocean...just about 1 k away from shore on 8th July, 2016. It was still a thin glowing line at a distance but spectacular to behold. The boat was navigated jauntily next to the black lava cliffs, with informative/curious commentary.... More 

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San Francisco
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is at best a misleading advertising, at worst a mild form of sham Called in to check if the lava tours are on (lava was flowing towards the ocean and was moving very fast, so was hoping it'd hit the ocean soon). Was told by the operator/manager that they already see the lava from the boat, so booked a... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best things we've ever done! We were super lucky for our lava hike with Justin...the other people didn't come so it was only us, we saw tornadoes and the lava was pretty much straight at the end of the forest trail. It was a hard slog through the mud and water, we had had rain... More 

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Paxton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Lava Hike Tour and it was amazing! We got lucky and while we were on the island there was a large lava break out at the Puu Oo vent, so we quickly jumped on the opportunity to do a lava hike. Be forewarned this hike is not for the faint of heart, my husband and I are... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I was looking forward to this tour and was dissspaointed when what we got, was not what was promised. The waterfalls are very nice but we saw no dolphins and no attempt was made by the captain to find any. On top of it all, it was impossible to hear the narration as the captain refused to use the microphone... More 

Thank Y2kinvestor
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

On every tour we see well over 30 amazing waterfalls, serve fresh baked banana bread and keep watch for wild dolphins. We travel an estimate 45 miles during the tour along the coast where the dolphins general reside. This said they are wild and not captive so we to not always see them best chance is in the morning time.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Terrible. Our tour was cancelled literally 8hours before our tour. We even called a day before the tour to confirm departure time and meeting place which the company confirmed. Then the night before our tour we get an email informing us that Lava Ocean Tours cancelled our tour with no reasons included. This is ridiculous. We just called a few... More 

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Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

All Hikes have a minimum passenger requirement of 5 people to make tour opperate or the guest can incure the total of 5 passengers to cover operational costs. Also we were in a delationary period which the volcano dictates and the lava flows were slow. More 

Plainfield, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We had a great experience seeing Spinner Dolphins and beautiful waterfalls. I would only suggest that they use a microphone when speaking and get a bigger sign to see their boat at the dock.

Thank Alice A
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

There is only one main small harbor in Hilo which at the current time does not allow any type of signage thus the reason we send out detailed direction in our conformation emails. Due to windy conditions weve found that the microphones dont work so well out here but well work at speaking up during tour. Yes to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

A must see,the SE coast of Hawaii is beautiful especially after a bunch of rain. Waterfalls coming out of lava tubes from the hillside. The stories of a village being saved by a couple that lost their lives but where 2 rocks in the bay protecting the village. The captain knew how to make the cruise as smooth as could... More 

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Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours, Inc, responded to this review

Mahalo for the kind reviews and colorful review well look forward to seeing you back in the future More 

Pollock Pines, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Money well spent! This safe for a family, 3 hour tour provided a wonderful way to photograph over two dozen beautiful waterfalls that could only be seen by boat or helicopter. You may want to take precautions for sea sickness! The boat will experience wavy waters as is it operating very near the coastline.

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