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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
Description:

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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We did the sunrise tour on January 3rd. Check out their Facebook page to see the "firehose" of lava on that morning. An experience that will be cherished forever. The guys were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kevin J
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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did the sunrise tour on January 3rd. Check out their Facebook page to see the "firehose" of lava on that morning. An experience that will be cherished forever. The guys were great. The only thing I will say.... they do one heckuva job preparing you for a rough ride. We went on a day he ocean was quite calm...... More 

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Thank Kevin J
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unbelievable experience. So close you could feel the heat. Very professional and took great care of us and our safety. Would go again next time we are on the island.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Crew takes you very close to the volcano action. Very professional team. It was an amazing experience. The boat ride is wet and bumpy but fun.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Berkeley, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lava Ocean Tours ran a fantastic 7:00 pm tour. They were professional, and gave a thorough briefing before the tour began, allowing people to drop out and receive a refund if they were not ready for such a challenging ride. The captain was skilled, and got us as close as safely possible to the lava flow. This was an exciting,... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an adventure that is not for everyone, because the boat ride is rough. But if you typically don't get sea sick, and are in good health, it's an amazing experience! The captain and crew are conscientious, and professional. We saw dolphins on the way to the lava,which the captain stopped and let us watch. Then when we arrived... More 

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Thank carold1988
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the sunrise lava tour with captain Shane & his crew... can we say AWESOME?!? We were lucky enough to have been visiting while the lava was flowing & it was amazing!!! If you can't hang with getting wet or a bumpy ride re-think the tour because it's not for the fragile person. There were plenty of kids... More 

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Thank pyunfun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have now gone on the lava boat 2 times and I cannot recommend it enough. Talk about up close and personal, like they say if you can't feel the heat you're not close enough and we were definitely close enough. You cannot get better viewing them from the boat

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1 Thank Barry W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First off, I will say this trip is not for the light of heart or frail, as the ocean's temperament can be rough. The tour is done on a powerboat that's goal is to get you there as quickly as possible to give you the maximum time seeing feeling and smelling the blood of the earth, Liquid Lava. My 6... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This visit bordered upon a near religious experience. We traveled by high speed boat to the point of entry of the active 61g lava flow directly into the ocean. It has been nicknamed the "Firehose", as it exactly resembled that. Molten lava pouring directly into the sea, creating a fireworks show of steam, lava spatter, and intense heat. Shane took... More 

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1 Thank chood4
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this review

Sounds like a whale of a tale glad to share it with u More 

Hilo, Hawaii
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I know the price is somewhat off-putting and there may be a tendency to pass this opportunity up. Do not do it. What you will see from a helicopter tour or the hike along the coast to watch the lava from the cliffs is nothing in comparison to what you will experience from the boat. We were probably 50 yards... More 

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

Mahalo for joining us in this lifetime experience More 

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