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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number:
+1 808-966-4200
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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
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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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Fantastic way to see lava!

We went with Shane over 10 years ago and knew he would the 'go to' guy this time too. He balances safety with excitement. White water raft ride with a purpose on the way there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Will O O
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Oxford

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went with Shane over 10 years ago and knew he would the 'go to' guy this time too. He balances safety with excitement. White water raft ride with a purpose on the way there with roars of laughter as us pensioners get doused in sea water going fast to our destination in a metal boat you know is built... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Three of us went out on the 12:30 trip. Had a great time. Originally I thought that the lava hose might be masked by the steam during the day, but not so. We all got great clear pictures of the lava with beautiful blue skies above. We went out in high seas and rain but the skies cleared before we... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip. There is NO better way to see an active volcano with lava flowing into the ocean UP CLOSE! The captain and deckhand were very skilled and safety conscious. You WILL get wet and the boat hits the waves HARD out in open ocean but what FUN! The easier ride is in stern (back... More 

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Cedar Hills, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So far this is the highlight of our trip! Absolutely worth the money for the trip. We will probably never have this experience again in our lifetimes. This should be at the top of your bucket list. But be prepared for them to try and scar you from going if you have any kind of ailments or physical challenges. If... More 

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Thank SugarNative
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The view of the lava was amazing. The safety was a bit sketchy. If you have ANY medical problems, don't do this. The ride was like a head jerking/back pounding rollercoaster on water - big ways, lots of slamming into the water. If you can handle the ride, the view is worth it. Nice guide gave some information along the... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the 5 am tour in February 2017. The captain gets the boat so close to the lava that you can feel the heat. It is about a 28 mile round trip from the launch site at Isaac Hale Park to where the lava spills into the ocean. This is not a trip for the timid. The boat seats... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the 7:30 lava tour on February 17th. Great experience! At first I was a bit hesitant going on such a large boat, with 40+ people, but it turned out to be great. It's a big boat that is built for these tours. We got up close and personal with the firehose eruption. We were amazed at how close we... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I took the sunrise tour on Lava Ocean tours last week. What an experience! We we up close and personal with the lava flow (which at the time of our trip was amazing). Definitely recommend getting up early and doing the sunrise trip. The contrast between the darkest part of the day and the sunrise is something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour is a must-do when on the Big Island. Don't take a helicopter tour or attend a luau until you ride with Captain Shane to the lava flow! This is an experience not available anywhere in the world, and definitely was the highlight of our trip. I would do it again on a heartbeat!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took a 9:30 tour with my wife and it was the best boat trip that we have ever taken We did the helicopter trip as well but if you can only do one or the other, Do theLavaOcean Tour. The lava is flowing and you won't see anything like it anywhere in the world right now. You really get an... More 

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