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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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An experience of a lifetime

We were so fortunate to experience the force of Mother Nature from the ocean. Lava was flowing like it was coming from a huge fire hose. Our captain reviewed what to expect prior... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Beth M
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were so fortunate to experience the force of Mother Nature from the ocean. Lava was flowing like it was coming from a huge fire hose. Our captain reviewed what to expect prior to getting on board. Let us know there was a good possibility of getting wet and you were going to be bounced on the waves. Damian kept... More 

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

Right tour for the right people thanks for joining us More 

Palisade, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I know that us tourist can be rude to locals but these Hawaiians have NO business doing business. Booked the trip online and confirmed by phone. Drove the 2.5 hours to get to the boat and there is no boat. No phone call, text or email to let us know. Called the number which is now disconnected. Called info no... More 

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

Not sure if this customer was even on our tour because we are not a Hawaiian ran business . We operate US Coast Guard inspected vessel's piloted by US Coast Guard certified Captain's only . Anytime we cancel we call all passengers now when you make a reservation please make sure we have a proper contact to reach you because... More 

Princeville, Hawaii
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We scheduled the first tour of the day to experience the lava flow in the dark. Disappointed we were not, as we had an excellent crew who took us up close and provided the very best viewing possible. It was a safe and very informative tour. Our return included the sighting of an amazing number off whales and dolphins which... More 

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1 Thank Benjamin G
California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I would recommend everyone take the Lava Ocean Tour once, and exactly once. We booked a sunset tour but were notified the day before that they were cancelling everything except for the sunrise tour due to rough waters, and they kindly moved our reservation. The ride out to the lava flow is NO JOKE. It was terrifying and painful at... More 

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1 Thank jtal1984
Cleveland, Ohio
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This tour was awesome...and the firehose of lava was absolutely the most amazing thing that I have ever seen. There were about 24 people on our boat along with the captain and his assistant....both guys were great by the way. We spent a good amount of time at the lava flow and they did a great job of going back... More 

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Thank Robin T
Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lava was spectacular and the boat, in spite of mildly rough conditions, handled the seas well. My issue was with the operation. I don't want to confuse the main points here with the issues with booking, but suffice to say it was handled roughly. We really didn't care, we just wanted to see some lava! Our main issue was... More 

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6 Thank Milisen
Greenville, Texas
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81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately our tour was cancelled at the very last minute due to unexpected high winds and very choppy water. The captain informed all of us that he chose to cancel the tour for everyone's safety. Even though this was very disappointing because we were looking forward to seeing the lava close up. It was refreshing to know the company was... More 

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2 Thank inFlightFun
Naperville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour but needs more history and info from the staff. Great view of lava but needs more staff interaction.

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Thank Donald R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

ok. so this was awesome; hands down one of the best experiences of our lives. Professional and licensed through USCG. William is a great captain on the Lavakai II which is a substantial boat powered by 2-Honda 250 motors. If you have any experience on a fishing charter or dive boat, the 40 minute trip (one way) through this high... More 

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Thank TMR22
Belmont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I (Jorgensens) were on the 2pm, February 9th tour. Amazing once in a life time tour! We were about 75-100 feet of the "lava hose"!! Must see if you are on the Big Island. Checked off from our bucket lists:)

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