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Address: pohoiki rd & Hwy137, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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+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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Amazing!!!

It was amazing when we saw the red lave flowing into the water. The captain was very experienced. He drove the boat very close to the lava, about 10 meters from the lava. He came... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was amazing when we saw the red lave flowing into the water. The captain was very experienced. He drove the boat very close to the lava, about 10 meters from the lava. He came back and forth to give us safety guidance and to check if everybody was ok. The ride was very rough but tolerable. My 68-year-old dad... More 

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North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was an experience that was both scary and outstanding. Not for the faint of heart but worth EVERY scary moment. The boat ride out to get to the lave about did me in. :) But once we were there it was constant lava from almost every angle. We were literally 20 feet away as it poured into the ocean.... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Boat ride was awesome,seeing lava was very cool. Make sure you will be able to tolerate the very rough ride and seas. Do not listen to the captains speech when he tells you he will give you a refund if you feel you can't tolerate the conditions. One person in our party did not respond to bonine on another boat... More 

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

All guests are send an email which goes over all aspects of Tours before boarding the boat the captain will go over the email once again to prepare everybody for the tour if you need to cancel Please contact 48 hours from the tour time so we have a chance to rebook the seats More 

Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a fun ride. The captain went back and forth to give us many views of the lava. He also got us within maybe forty feet of the lava, which was amazing. We went at sunset, but if you can go in the dark, it's that much better.

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LavaOcean, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this review

Yes the lava conditions are everchanging glad we could provide you with a great lava viewing tour More 

Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This tour will take you by boat to see lava entering the ocean. The boat drives up in the back of a truck, 50 people from the last tour get off, and 50 people from your tour get on, and the boat drives to the dock, backs into the water, and you are off. It is about a 30 minute... More 

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LavaOcean, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this review

Guest was provided the same email all guests are at time of reservation but choose to park in the NO PARKING zone that is also the boat wash down area where we load and unload the tours. After asking multiple times to move they resisted so we informed them that unless the vehicle was moved they would not be boarding.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was such a great tour. The Captain was wonderful and we were very close to the lava flowing into the sea. The boat ride to and from the lava flow was fun and you were safe and secure in the boat. This is a must for an excursion on the Big Island. I will do this tour every time... More 

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Thanks for joining us More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was absolutely blown away by how much fun this boat trip was. We were so close to the lava I thought we were going in it! Was exciting, not scary and the captain and crew were amazing. You will get wet, I had a poncho from walmart and it was fine. I wore water shoes and that was just... More 

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LavaOcean, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this review

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Beaverton, Oregon
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain and crew were fantastic. Good trip to see the lava flows (LEGALLY) and catch some wildlife on the trip back. Loved the alternative perspective from the ocean.

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Mahalo More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an absolute blast... there was something super exciting about heading out on a boat in the pitch black. Once we arrived at the lava, we got a great look at it entering the water. If you can get a seat on the side of the boat, this will give you access to the best pictures (or at least... More 

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

Another great time on the ocean mahalo for joining us More 

Oceanside, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I sell excursions for a living. Although everything turned out fine, I felt our Capt was a bit Maverick in his technique by the lava. Nature is unpredictable and many times we were too close, Pele could have spewd a bit more and we would have had quite the catastrophe on our hands. As it was Boiling water hit me... More 

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

I'm sure since you sell activities you're very knowledgeable and reading the info that is sent to you when people sign up for this excursion they pay to get an up close view of the active eruption A service that we have provided professionally for over 12 years now without incident. If you'd rather watch from the bleachers I'd recommend... More 

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