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5 Oct 2017
“Once in a lifetime!”
19 Aug 2017
“great experience”
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Issac Hale Beach Park, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Expensive? Kind of. Bumpy? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely! The ride to the from the lava flow was fast & bumpy, but getting there quickly meant more time to go back & forth in front of the flow, which was incredibly powerful & beautiful. Tip: you...More

Date of experience: September 2017
4  Thank TexasClaire
Reviewed August 19, 2017

Very close to see lava and suggest to sit right side of the boat to see more clear. The ride was very exciting too if you like to ride speed boat.

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Min S
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Yes the surf makes it a bump ride, but worth it, once in a life time tour, guides were very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank rrrprt12
Reviewed July 8, 2017

Got up at 3 am to drive from Hilo hotel for our exciting boat ride near the lava flow. Rough ride, read the small print. We were perfectly safe, but the boat has a lot of horsepower and seemed to jump from wave to wave....More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Great experience,you feel the heat,the smells ,a total experience, felt safe , the personal attention to safety was appropriate..The best, a smaller boat, plenty of space, not crowded like other boats

Date of experience: February 2017
4  Thank Cnc39
Reviewed February 1, 2017

One of the more awe inspiring sights of my life. And the ride back exhilarating like being on a wave ski that sits 40 people lol . Apparently a 28 acre lump of lava rock broke of recently causing the lava flow to become more...More

Date of experience: January 2017
7  Thank keithf772
Reviewed December 19, 2016

There are not many operations running boats out to see the lava go into the ocean and as far as I could tell only one of them has a metal hull. This boat is a bit larger, thus more people, than the others we saw...More

Date of experience: December 2016
4  Thank James B
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Great trip but pretty rough seas. Not sure they need to go as fast as they were going. If you get seasick take a pill first. When I booked they said they would be at the lava sight 30 minutes but it was more like...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Deborah F
Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

If this isn't on your "bucket list" it should be. A very moving experience. Despite heavy seas the Lavaone's masterful skipper, superior design and four 250 HP outboard Hondas never skipped a beat. A helluva show it was too! We took the sunrise tour with...More

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank viniSeattle
Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Watching lava pour into the sea is watching the earth being created. The Hawaiian belief that lava is the sacred body of the goddess Pele now makes perfect sense. It was also incredibly thrilling and a bit frightening to be so close to steaming lava....More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Thelwell
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October 12, 2017|
Response from TexasClaire | Reviewed this property |
The boat leaves from the parking lot of the Issac Hale Park; not sure about the mileage.
May 30, 2017|
Response from keithf772 | Reviewed this property |
Mmm interesting question It may depend on the disability You need to be able to climb a 10 foot ladder to get onto the boat. If that's a problem you physically wont be able to board the boat. The owner operators talk a lot... More
Juanita T
May 1, 2017|
Response from keithf772 | Reviewed this property |
Yes and a discount for cash if I remember correctly