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Captain Gene's Lava Boat Tours

Issac Hale Beach Park, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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The lava boat tour

We booked an evening viewing,but it was cancelled due to wind. We went on the 2 pm cruise and it... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Patricia B
A unique experience

Captain Gene and his team are very professional and customer oriented. They run his little business... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2013
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Issac Hale Beach Park, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

We booked an evening viewing,but it was cancelled due to wind. We went on the 2 pm cruise and it was wonderful.So much fun! It was like being on a roller coaster for 2 hours, with magnificent plumes is smoke and flowing lava. a brilliant...More

2  Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Captain Gene and his team are very professional and customer oriented. They run his little business with flexibitity and honesty. I fully recommend them. They are the only ones that take you to the lava flow entry point in Saturdays. For us, it was the...More

13  Thank xenale
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

What impressed me was - I was due to go on a dawn Lava boat triip - specifically to do some photography of the lava entering the sea. These were professional enough to email me to tell me that the lava had stopped and what...More

13  Thank Jaktam
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Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

We had a group of 6 and did the 5 am ride. We got in the boat in the lot and drove us to the water we went with a full moon. Great ride out to the lava flows. Amazing. Where else can you see...More

4  Thank Loryfinno
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Aug 4, 2013 - it was an early morning, but we were fortunate because the skies were clear and the water was pretty calm. Capt. Gene got us on the boat quickly, and we were off. He wasn't very talkative, but his first mate spoke...More

5  Thank P H
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This was a truly incredible experience, and Captain Gene and his one-man crew made it even better. The price was reasonable compared to competitors and a better value than we could have imagined based on what we actually experienced. We set out before dawn, just...More

4  Thank MDL828
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Capt Gene & 1st mate were great! Boat was built for just what it does. Seats were comfortable & it carries a small group, everyone gets to see. Of the 3 or 4 boats out at sunset we got to the lava 1st, stayed the...More

Thank Nealou812
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I have hiked out to the lava before and seeing it from the ocean really can't be beat. Captain Gene is such an awesome guide. We got really close to the flow yet the whole thing felt very safe. The water is bumpy but it's...More

3  Thank Amanda I
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Excellent adventure! We were the only tour boat at the lava ocean entry sites! (We took the 5:00 P.M. departure tour.) Captain Gene made MANY passes towards the 2 lava flows. We got about 15 feet from the lava. We felt the heat and saw...More

2  Thank bob d
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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

Excellent experience. Very friendly and competent captain and assistant. Ignore the review from Mr. OMG-it's-so-rough below. It's the open ocean; thar be big waves thar! Yeah, if you're prone to motion-sickness, you'll have trouble unaided. Be smart, take some Dramamine ahead of time and you'll...More

1  Thank Eric M
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Vegasvisitor58
13 October 2017|
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Response from TexasClaire | Reviewed this property |
The boat leaves from the parking lot of the Issac Hale Park; not sure about the mileage.
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jeannedelacruz
31 May 2017|
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Response from keithf772 | Reviewed this property |
Mmm interesting question It may depend on the disability You need to be able to climb a 10 foot ladder to get onto the boat. If that's a problem you physically wont be able to board the boat. The owner operators talk a lot... More
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Juanita T
2 May 2017|
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Response from keithf772 | Reviewed this property |
Yes and a discount for cash if I remember correctly
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