We booked this trip several weeks before arriving on the Big Island. I was a little apprehensive because of some of the reviews but my fears were unfounded. We did the sunset tour and it was pretty spectacular. The ride out to the lava is fairly leisurely. (If you want nice pictures of the coastline on your way out, sit on the right side of the boat.) Both sides get good lava viewing as, once you get to the lava, the captain takes you back and forth several times. While the lava flow wasn’t as huge as it was in some of the youtube videos from December, it was still pretty awesome and seeing the steam billowing out of the water was very cool. The captain and the guide were both pleasant. There were a couple of no-shows so the guide was able to accommodate someone who showed up, hoping to get on board. Be prepared to get wet - not necessarily on the ride out but on the ride back. I had a waterproof case for my iPhone and that worked perfectly - definitely needed it! They speed back to port, ending in the dark, so you can spend good daylight/sunset time at the lava.
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