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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number:
+1 808-966-4200
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07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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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Lava Flowing

We did the 5:30 am tour and it was worth getting up at 3:30 to make it happen. Everything about the tour was great. The company was organized, we got loaded on time, seated... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Zdenka B
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Vancouver, British Columbia

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El Sobrante, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Less than 1 week prior to our departure, I receive an email "...all tour time have been cancelled from Sunday, March 19, through Monday, March 27. Our boats will be dry docked during that time and not in operation." How does a professional company post bookings when they know boats are going to be out of service. They did not... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the 5:30 am tour and it was worth getting up at 3:30 to make it happen. Everything about the tour was great. The company was organized, we got loaded on time, seated comfortably (enough), taken right up to the flow and watched with amazement. We couldn't believe how close we got to the actual flow and how much... More 

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Thank Zdenka B
Kirkwood, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An experience of a lifetime! We were quite close to the "lavafall" from a lavatube directly into the ocean! Not like the picture after the shelf fell off on New Year's eve. Plenty of time for pictures and video. The ride there and back was a little bumpy, but was fine. I would recommend the 4:30 AM tour to see... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had an amazing boat tour to see the lava. We took the sunrise tour with Captain Shane and his crew. We launched in the dark and headed out towards the lava viewing area. The water can be a bit rough getting out there but when you see the first glimpse of lava, it is all worth it. Everyone on... More 

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Carmichael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of our bucket list items was to see lava from Kilauea actually flow into the ocean. This tour did not disappoint. Finding the launch spot was a little challenging, and the sea was rough (take seasick medication before you go if you get seasick). But WOW! was this tour worth it. You could see the lava in between the... More 

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Winter Park
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Captian Shane and his crew were welcoming, informative and very safety conscious. We learned that his family customized the boat to get close to the lava and also for customer comfort due to occasional rocky waves. He was able to get us closer than any other tour boats and we felt safe the whole time. The scenery was spectacular! The... More 

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Thank PattydPT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had originally planned to hike to the lava viewing area near Kalapana, but an 8-mile hike (with an after-dark return) was too much after morning hikes in Volcano National Park. Decided at the last minute to try to find a spot on a boat tour. Drove to Isaac Hale Beach Park and found Lava Ocean Tours preparing for their... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stay away from this company. They don't provide proper instructions for the tour and if you are trying to reach out to office they will be closed till 8 am. Me and my friend were in a jungle looking for the boat departure at 430 am. There were no directions or signs. It was pitch dark and no one to... More 

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

These guests were late for thier tour and got left behind. Our directions are very clear and if you have any questions we recommend contacting the office from 7am-7pm. Yes Isaac hale beach park is located in the jungle where 10s of thousands of guest find thier way to annually. Yes we get close to lava that's why people like... More 

California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Firstly - they're SERIOUS about the rules and enforcing them. There are reasons for them, and the rough seas we encountered showed that. They have a 100% clean safety record because of it. I admire their persistence (we all know how people are!) This trip was a dream come true - Lava One is purpose built for this specific water... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During my visit to Hilo two of my local friends joined me-a bit pricey but with the cash discount and resident discount it helps. Far exceeded our expectations. We took the 4:30 am boat so we enjoyed the moon and the sunrise. The lava was truly amazing and a unique lava viewing compared to all the other times we have... More 

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