Hawaiian Lava Boat Tours
Enjoy the ultimate lava viewing experience with Captain Kai as you embark on an adventure of a lifetime to watch boiling hot lava meet the ocean!
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8AM - 5PM
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Hawaiian Lava Boat Tours offers premium viewing access through our daily small group adventure tours of the East Hawaii coastline where molten lava from the active Kilauea volcano is currently flowing into the sea. This tour is your ticket to the ultimate natural volcanic fireworks display! Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii continues to be the worlds longest-flowing active volcano since its initial eruption in 1983, and the new flow has begun entering the ocean as of May 20th, 2018. Rivers of red hot lava flowing through steaming lava tubes and over expansive areas, lava waterfalls, pristine sandy beaches, lush tropical forests, and panoramic views of Mauna Loa are other unique aspects of this amazing island that can be viewed along the 30 mile stretch of coastal communities and primitive coastline during this tour.
Lava Tour info:
Our vessel is a 30 ft power catamaran with a 6 passenger capacity. The daily tours to the lava ocean entry take about 3.5 hours roundtrip as transit to and from the lava ocean entry site takes about 90 minutes, and about 30 minutes are spent actively viewing the lava ocean entry-though trip times vary according to weather conditions. Sunrise and Sunset tour times are set at dawn and dusk to enable passengers to experience firsthand the magnificent glowing effect of the lava in the lower lighting. We have been granted permission by the US Coast Guard to operate tours within the parameter of the 300 meter Lava Safety Zone, and are currently able to get as close as 50m from the lava ocean entry. We further maintain all proper and current licensing, permits, and insurance. Our Native Hawaiian Captain is US Coast Guard certified, lifeguard, first aid, and CPR certified. We are proud to say that our small business has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017. Our friendly local tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and eager to share East Hawai’i with you!
Lava Tour Options & Departure Times:
*Tour departure times vary slightly depending on the season. Please contact our office for month-specific departure times.
Sunrise Tour: Departs at 3:45 am - 4:30 am
Morning Tour: Departs at 7:45 am - 8:30 am
Sunset Tour: Departs at 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
(*Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time.)
If you have a party of more than 6 passengers or you would like to arrange a private tour, please contact us and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.
As this is an extreme adventure-type tour, please be aware that weather conditions may be rough and unpredictable. For this reason we do not admit passengers under the age of 8, passengers over the age of 60, pregnant women, those with serious health issues and/or back problems, and those weighing over 300lbs. Passengers should arrive prepared for the possibility of wind, rain, or rough seas. Please wear warm and comfortable clothing, and don’t forget your camera!
Pricing & Payment:
per passenger: to be determined
children 8-14yrs: to be determined
We offer kamaʻāina and military discount of $20 off per person with valid ID. This discount does not apply to our Childs Price.
Gift certificates are also available for purchase. Give the gift of a bucket list experience!
Payment methods accepted are cash and major credit cards (credit card payment will have an additional surcharge of 5%). Please have payment ready at the time of your tour. Please be aware that we reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time should the weather conditions become too extreme, or if a tour should fail to meet our minimum capacity of passengers (4). In the case of this type of cancellation, you will not be charged & will be given the option to reschedule. Cancellations or changes to a scheduled reservation must be made by the customer more than 48 hours ahead of a scheduled trip time.
Our daily lava tours depart from Wailoa Boat Harbor located off of Highway 19 near Hilo Bayfront at: 181 Manono Street, Hilo HI 96720. This harbor is equipped with bathrooms and a parking area. Please arrive to check in at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure so there is time to meet your Captain and get situated on the vessel. All passengers should be prepared to sign a release waiver. Please view the map below to familiarize yourself with the area before heading to the departure point, as GPS accuracy and cell phone reception can be unreliable.