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Lava Ocean Tours is your front row seat to feel the heat onboard our 40+ft high speed aluminum catamarans. Our Lava Boat Tours are world famous for delivering the best views of the active lava touching the sea dont wait till its to late to...more
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93 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We did have to get up very early in the morning to meet the people who drove us to the boat dock. It was very dark. But it was most enjoyable ride out to the lava flow. I must tell you if you are prone...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank 744jacm
LavaOcean, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for joining us on this great adventure

Reviewed September 12, 2018

Awesome tour! Got to get super close to flowing lava on our tour in late August. Was an amazing experience!! Oh, and the boat is very fast :) Plan on getting a little wet.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank djmccord
LavaOcean, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your accurate review look to see you out on future flows

Reviewed August 30, 2018

WOW - a can't miss opportunity of a lifetime. Very glad we did it. highly recommended experience. 1) Lava was promised, lava was delivered. Awesome up close view of the beautiful lava flows at sunrise. We could feel the heat and smell the sulfur. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Kat W
LavaOcean, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Real fun and amazing. I would really recommend. This absolute marvelous site brings you close to lava but in a very scenic way.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Subir S
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

You take the boat near Suisan in Hilo and after quite a long ride you can see the volcano lava. We took the 5.30 pm tour and I think that as the sun goes down it’s the best time to see the lava entering the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank FlorenceLomprez
Reviewed August 23, 2018

It was the most amazing thing we did on our entire trip, and it was an awesome trip. The boat ride was not nearly as bad as we thought and we would do it again.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Tim M
Reviewed August 22, 2018

First of all - this is a 3 hour high speed boat ride on the Pacific Ocean, not a tea and biscuits sunrise cruise. If you are aware of that and okay with it, go. Yes, it’s early (check in 3:30). Yes, it’s bumpy and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank supernova74
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Our initial reservation for the sunrise tour was canceled so we signed up for the sunset tour. It's really a rough ride and some people felt sick. TAKE DRAMAMINE, for Christ's sake, before you go and do some research... It was the last day of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Alex S
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Unforgettable once in a lifetime experience! Went on a 4 AM trip w/ very calm conditions. Captain Rick and his friendly crew took us to see about 6-7 spots where lava was flowing. Very dramatic to see it in the dark but got better video...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank LP0307
Reviewed August 17, 2018

What a perfect morning and a once in lifetime experience. The lava is still flowing into the sea, so if you're able to get here, this is still a must see. We took the 0400 trip, the change in view as the light came up...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Steve M
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Response from Trish C | Reviewed this property |
I had my cell phone out and took pictures with it. It was fine. However, you do get wet. I wore a sailing jacket and kept the phone inside it when I wasn’t using it. I think a camera would be fine. Also, it depends... More