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



Hawaiian Lava Boat Tours offers premium viewing access through our daily 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 19th, 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:

The daily tours to the lava ocean entry take 3.5-4 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 100 meters from the lava ocean entry.  We further maintain all proper and current licensing, permits, and insurance. Our Native Hawaiian Captains are 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!


Vessel Info:

"OHANA" is a 36 ft. aluminum double-hull vessel with a 39 passenger capacity as permitted by the US Coast Guard. This vessel is used for our daily Sunrise and Sunset Tours.

"HAWAIIAN LAVA BOAT TOURS" is a 30 ft. fiberform power catamaran with a 6 passenger capacity as permitted by the US Coast Guard. This vessel is used for private and media tours only. 


Lava Tour Options & Departure Times:

Sunrise Tour:  Departs at 4:00am

Sunset Tour:  Departs at 4:00pm

(*Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time.)

If you would like to arrange a private or media 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 10, passengers over the age of 65, pregnant women, those with serious health issues (respiratory or heart issues, problems with back/neck/hips/knees), and those weighing over 300lbs. Passengers should arrive prepared for the possibility of wind, rain, or rough seas.  Vessels are open to the elements & not handicapped accessible. We suggest taking Dramamine ahead of time for the possibility of seasickness- the Captain will not turn around for seasickness or nausea. Please wear warm & comfortable clothing, and don’t forget your camera!


Pricing & Payment:

Payment by card: $250 per passenger

Payment by cash: $225 per passenger

Kama'aina price: $225 regardless of payment method, with valid ID.

Gift certificates are also available for purchase. Give the gift of a bucket list experience!

If you choose to pay by cash, 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 (15).  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 for a full refund.  


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made by the customer more than 48 hours ahead of a scheduled tour will receive a full refund.

Cancellations made by the customer more than 24 hours ahead of a scheduled tour will receive a partial refund-half of the purchase price.

Cancellations made by the customer less than 24 hours ahead of a scheduled tour will receive no refund whatsoever.

Cancellations made by our company due to rough weather conditions or a tour not filling to the minimum capacity of passengers (15) will receive a full refund or the option to reschedule.



Our daily lava tours depart from the area directly alongside Suisan Fish Market at 93 Lihiwai Street, Hilo HI 96720. This area is part of the Hilo Harbor, also known as Wailoa Boat Harbor and Wailoa Sampan Harbor which is located off of Highway 19 near Hilo Bayfront.  Please arrive to check in at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure so there is time to meet your Captain & 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.