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Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number:
+1 808-966-4200
Website
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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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Once in a Lifetime Amazing sights

Ride was very choppy due to weather conditions, but the crew made sure we were aware of this before we left. After 45 mins getting to the lava we spent 30 mins or more circling... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Fanojag
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Midlothian, Virginia

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Midlothian, Virginia
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Ride was very choppy due to weather conditions, but the crew made sure we were aware of this before we left. After 45 mins getting to the lava we spent 30 mins or more circling the lava flow so that both sides of the boat had ample opportunity to see the lava up close and personal. The steam, waves and... More 

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

By far the best boat tour I have ever been on. The caption was up front and very truthful on how bumpy the ride was going to be and it was very wet too. But that was part of the excitement leading up to seeing the Lava flowing into the ocean. I am and will refer who ever I talk... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

said my nine year old. It was WAY more exciting than we expected! The waves were a foot away from being too big for us allowed out in by the coast guard, which made for an epic ride! The 5 boys we brought were in heaven ("its even scarier than the rides at universal!"), and us parents and grandmother also... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Up close and personal with lava. They take you very close and give you plenty of time to experience and take photos. Staff were professional and informative. You won't regret it. Worth the money. Sunset tour was. Great. I included our amazing photos.

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Keller, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is the most amazing trip I have ever taken! The ride there was an adventure with huge waves, getting soaked, and having a blast. Then you get to see Lava rolling right into the sea up close and personal! The most amazing thing I have seen with my two eyes! From start to finish I couldn't wipe the smile... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Captain Shane and Jacob mean business!!! They take the boat 10-20 feet away from where the lava hits the water. Simply amazing to smell the hot vapors (no sulphur oxide), see the newly formed rocks fizzing as they cool in the water and float as they contain gases released by the cooling. They will let you feel the hot ocean... More 

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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Drive time from our resort was stated as 2.5 hours in the booking confirmation. Traffic on the recommended route caused hotel concierge to tell us we needed at least 3.25 hours - Google maps gave yet another story. We called lava tours immediately to let them know. They wanted another $100 per person to change the reservation. We asked if... More 

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Below is our company policy which all guests are informed of we do not overbook our tours. Reservations cancelled before 48 hours receive a 90% refund. All cancellations will be assessed a 10% processing fee Cancellations Less than 48 hours will not be refunded it doesn't allow enough time to rebook seats. By pressing SUBMIT I acknowledge that I have... More 

Soda Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is an amazing way to see lava flowing into the ocean making the Big Island even bigger. We took the sun rise tour and saw the sun come up in the east and the huge super moon to the west. We made several passes so that everyone had a good view of the lava just like in the picture.... More 

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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

What a thrill! Thank you "Lava Ocean Tour" for treating me to an incredible adventure! Not only was I humbled by the power Madame Pele, but equally by the power of the ocean. There is such a magnificent world out there for all of us to explore... thank you again for providing an opportunity to see a little more of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This trip is so amazing, almost surreal. You get so close to the lava flow you feel the heat and smell the sulphur. I hope the next time we visit the Big Island the lava is still flowing because I want to do it again and again.

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