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Lava Ocean Tours Inc

Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-966-4200
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Absolutely Awesome!

We didn't expect to get so close to the spouting lava! This was an experience of a lifetime! The... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Portland, Oregon
Lava boat tour

This was a tour of a life time. Highly recommend it. This tour was absolutely amazing and mind... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
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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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  • Very good9%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible8%
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Hours Today: 07:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-966-4200
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We didn't expect to get so close to the spouting lava! This was an experience of a lifetime! The waves were 1-2 feet so not a really rough ride. Some people got wet. We didn't get very wet. The boat went back and forth 3-4...More

Thank doxiesmom
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This was a tour of a life time. Highly recommend it. This tour was absolutely amazing and mind blowing. Shane the captain was phenomenal. We were so lucky as the lava was flowing like a river. The best time to do the tour is at...More

Thank Jeenafer
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Took the 2:30 pm tour to the Kilauea Volcano firehose flow of lava to the sea on the Lava1 on 2/24/17. This was a National Geographic moment. Start out at a remote public beach, board the craft on land via a 10 foot ladder and...More

Thank Blindsquirrel7
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Trip of a lifetime! We were all a little hesitant due to the rough conditions, but those fears quickly disappeared. You leave out of a small harbour and travel the coastline seeing evidence of lava walls broken off into the sea. Shane's metal boat and...More

Thank eaw88
Reviewed 26 February 2017

****Bottom line - This captain put our entire group in danger in high winds/poor weather. Very poor judgment **** We were on the 5AM tour that was cut short on Monday February 6. I'm surprised that more people from that tour (I've only seen one...More

7  Thank Al M
Reviewed 25 February 2017

While seeing the "fire hose" was epic I was expecting a 2 hour trip for $250. We spent 15 minutes at the lava. For the amount of money spent (total cash cow) I was hoping for some more quality viewing time (half hour at least)....More

1  Thank eliselockton
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Absolutely plan on getting wet! Put wallets, purses, etc in zip lock bags as they will most likely definitely get wet! The boat ride will most likely be very rough, so count on it.

1  Thank 187GordonM
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks for sharing your tour with us

Reviewed 25 February 2017

We went on the Sunrise Tour to the ACTIVE Volcano....great experience. Yes, you need to get up very early...be at the dock meeting point at 4:30 AM, Definitely worth getting up in the middle of the night. They were very thorough and safe. No matter...More

Thank Debbie A
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Wow! Spectacular! It was such a thrill to see the lava fire hose as it entered the ocean. The boat was a surprisingly comfortable ride despite rough ocean conditions. Captain Shane was very thorough in making sure we understood the rough conditions we would encounter....More

Thank Phyllishn
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We went with Shane over 10 years ago and knew he would the 'go to' guy this time too. He balances safety with excitement. White water raft ride with a purpose on the way there with roars of laughter as us pensioners get doused in...More

Thank Will O O
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
We will be doing this tour in August, would you recommend sunrise or sunset. I love both times of day. Help
10 June 2017|
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Response from Caroline4559 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you will be disappointed with either. We did sunrise because we were told the seas would be calmer. Next time, we're doing sunset.
Tammy M
We will be on NCL. Will we have time to do this tour? In Hilo from 8-6. How do we get transportation and the cost of it?
30 May 2017|
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Response from C_N_1_77 | Reviewed this property |
Go to the Lava Tours website to find the times but you should be able to do it with the time span of 8 to 6. Unfortunately you will need to rent a car or call taxi as the ramp is 45+ min south of Hilo and the SE corner of... More
How long is the drive from the Kona area and what is the best route? Also, would I be safe booking a 2:30 tour if I drive over?
29 April 2017|
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Response from Shane T | Property representative |
The above info is perfect well done betteskid