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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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Honestly, I was terrified of getting in the deep waters after arriving at the park to a scene of a woman on the grown who more than likely died from drowning (not at all related... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Honestly, I was terrified of getting in the deep waters after arriving at the park to a scene of a woman on the grown who more than likely died from drowning (not at all related to the boat trip.) Once the boat arrived, the captain assured us that safety is most important. The ride was a thrill and so much... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was truly a one of a kind experience, one of the best tours I ever did! The best view of the lava flowing directly into the ocean. The 4:30 am tour was well worth the early wake up call. You have to drive more or less one hour from Hilo; the address is a little confusing but put in... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We loved this boat ride. It is truly awe-inspiring. It was one of my favorite travel experiences ever. If you are going to do one thing in Hilo this is it!! We were very fortunate to be in Hilo while there was a great deal of lava flow into the ocean. If you are there while this is occurring you... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

WONDERSUL, STUNNING, FANTASTIC and ALL thebest superlatives you can think of are right on for this trip~! DO NOT MISS IT~! We went of hte 4:30AM boat...hard to wake up from our rental house at 3:30 but SO WORTH IT! No other boat will get you as close to the lava as this one. Captian Shane is very experienced and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This was amazing! Pictures and videos does not justify the scenery! Seeing it up close is the best experience ever! This is a must do when you visit Hilo. Crew and staff was awesome! Boat ride was fun! I would definitely recommend family and friends to do this tour!

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Princeville, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We came over from Kauai and this was an amazing family adventure. Incredible views of the lava flow! This is an experience we won't forget!!

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1 Thank Danettekhanalei
Honolulu, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

With the lava pouring into the ocean in a remote area, this is a fantastic way to experience this incredible phenomenon. The boat launched from a beach park about 45 minutes outside of Hilo and then we had another 40 minutes or so on the boat before reaching the lava flow. The coastline is beautiful so it's a scenic, albeit... More 

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hilo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I am reluctant to go on 'boat tours' being someone who is on and in the ocean as much as possible. I have to say that this is not to be missed if you live on the Big Island or are visiting. It will be a lifetime experience to view the lava rushing into the sea, creating prehistoric-looking clouds of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

They have a unique boat and system for boarding with comfortable seats and get very close to the lava entering the ocean. You meet at the lovely Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pahoa so allow extra time for seeing the town and park if you can. There are 3 nice restaurants in Pahoa too. The boat is up on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Read the information on their website thoroughly. This is an incredible experience, however it is not for everyone. Here's a little taste... After reviewing various companies that offer this tour, I chose Lava Ocean Tours because the owner/operator seemed to know his s**t. The 5 a.m. tour is definitely worth the effort (very early morning rise and drive through darkness)... More 

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