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Lava Ocean Tours Inc

Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-966-4200
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See Pele up close and personal

This has been the high point of our trip. Everything about the trip was very well done. Safety... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Joseph H
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San Diego, California
Incredible Experience

Captain and crew were professional and knowledgeable. Seeing the lava flow was incredible. Views... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
bktersteeg
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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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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Hours Today: 07:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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+1 808-966-4200
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

This has been the high point of our trip. Everything about the trip was very well done. Safety concerns were addressed thoroughly before the trip. We had a gorgeous day for the ride and it was impressive just seeing the shoreline. But the main show...More

Thank Joseph H
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Captain and crew were professional and knowledgeable. Seeing the lava flow was incredible. Views are much better than what you can see by hiking. We felt the trip was worth the money. We were close and able to stay long enough to get great pictures....More

Thank bktersteeg
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Yes if you actually read what is sent you will not be surprised by what the tour entails. except for maybe by the Lava which is amazing no matter how you see it

Reviewed 18 March 2017

We live on the island and went on this excursion with some friends who were visiting. We had a great trip. I can't wait to do it again !

Thank Dalene M
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Yes what an amazing day it was

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Did the morning sunrise tour. Captain was over 1/2 hour late.. Had to literally climb a 10 foot ladder to get into the boat on land at a very unkept state park in the dark. The water was extremely rough with lots of jarring waves...More

1  Thank Retiredhappy15
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

This tour is not for everybody please understand this before booking. Tour times change throughout the year we send all guests a tour reminder 24 hours prior to tour we were not late guest didn't read reminder email. The ocean is the ocean and no...More

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Never book this company. They can cancel the tour for no reason, just two days before the actual trip. We booked the trip for the week of March 19, 2017. On March 17, they sent us an email saying that their vessels can not sail...More

5  Thank traveling_with_duck
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

we are sorry that it inconveniences your schedule as a US Coast Guard inspected vessel we under go stringent guidelines unlike the other 3 small uninspected lava boats . During our annual COI inspection the inspector made recommendations like having the non skid flooring surface...More

Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This experience was definitely a highlight of our trip to the Big Island. Actually having the chance to see the lava flowing into the ocean was indescribably amazing. The boat was comfortable. Loading and unloading was easy. The captain was definitely skilled. Got us close...More

Thank Kathleen W
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

A highlight of the eruption glad you got to experience the magic

Reviewed 18 March 2017

We booked the boat tour months ago, and are really looking forward for the trip which is happening in a few days. next week. However just today we got an email telling us the tour is now cancelled, due to 'dry dock' maintenance. It's outrageous...More

1  Thank Rachael3030
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Not all things can be deferred we informed guests as soon as possible and du to the popularity of this event inevitablely we have to cancel tours somewhere. We need a week approximately to let the bottom paint and floor surface cure to ensure a...More

Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great trip out to see the lava. Captain Shane & crew were very professional, went over all safety info. The morning lava show was spectacular!

Thank AmyHardy74
Shane T, Manager at Lava Ocean Tours Inc, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Right tour for right people

Reviewed 17 March 2017

One of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime. The team did an excellent job and the boat, powered by 4 250hp Honda outboards was awesome and we felt very safe. Up close and personal with the flow! I give the trip 5 out of...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Seeing a lava firehose 3feet in diameter pouring into the ocean, close enough to feel the heat, but still a safe distance, it's hard to find words. The crew is very professional, the boat is rock solid and specifically​ built for open ocean travel. To...More

1  Thank kjbrown777
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romyone1
5 July 2017|
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Response from Myra A | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can as long as spots are available. We made our reservation in their store in Alii drive 2 days prior, we were lucky to have 4 spots open for us.
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Response from Hannah M | Reviewed this property |
Go online, that's how I booked them
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Response from Lori R | Reviewed this property |
We just did the sunset cruise (5:00 PM.) It was awesome and if you're staying on Kona side, you won't have to drag your family out at 3 AM to get there for sunrise.
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