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Lava Boat Eco Adventure: Active Lava Viewing by Sea (from Hilo)


Plow through rough waves and billows of hot smoke, all to watch new land being created as hot molten lava flows down from Kilauea and pours into the ocean.

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  • Lava Boat 18
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Watching red-hot lava break through the edges of the coastal wall and spill into the Pacific is one of the most deeply moving sights one can experience. All at once, you feel the ancient presence of the earth and a constant sense of change. You feel genuinely alive here. But this experience comes with a challenge. It's no casual stroll down a guided footpath to snap a few photos and get back to the tour bus. This spectacle is only visible through an arduous boat ride that takes you crashing through the waves at high speed... and it's worth every amazing second of it.
Please Note: If you plan on booking this activity more than 30 days prior to your expected participation date, your booking will be accepted on standby and will not be confirmed until closer to the activity date. This is to help ensure that lava will be flowing on the day of your activity.
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Schedule & Location
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  • Check-in
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  • Check-out
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Starting time: 07:00 09:00 11:00 13:00
Starting time: 07:00 09:00 11:00 13:00
  • 06:30 Check-in at Pohoiki Boat Ramp
  • 06:45 Orientation with Captain (15 mins)
    Lava Boat 18 The captain and crew will discuss important safety points with you before your journey, and help you understand what you can expect once you get out to sea.
  • 07:00 Boat Ride to Lava Site (45 mins)
    Lava Boat 18 Hang on tight, because things can get pretty bumpy. Your captain won't let up until you arrive, but that's just part of the fun. Enjoy a thrilling tear through the rough waves around Kilauea.
  • Lava Viewing (30 mins)
    Lava Boat 18 If you are in Pele's favor, you will have the chance to see red-hot lava emerge from its long sleep underground, only to spill in flash of hissing smoke into the churning waters below. This is a miracle to behold.
  • Boat Ride Back (45 mins)
    Lava Boat 18 In the awestruck afterglow of your lava viewing experience, the ride back will give you just what you need to snap you back to the real world.
  • 08:55 Check-out
    • This tour includes an open-ocean boat ride, and conditions can be rough. All guests should be in good health.
    • Guests who have had recent surgeries may not participate on this tour.
    • Maximum body weight is 250 lbs. (113 kg).
    • Each group of participants must have at least one person who is able to communicate effectively in English.
    • Guests with asthma or other respiratory problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • People 75 years old and above can not participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Clothing that can get wet
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Change of clothes
    • Sweatshirt / light jacket
    • Motion sickness preventative
Requirement(s) - Others
    • You WILL get wet on this tour. It is highly recommended that you leave all valuables at home or in a locked vehicle. Not only will your valuables get wet should you bring them with you, they also may slide off the boat during transit, as there are slots on the walls to allow water to drain out.
    • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
    • Minors are required to have a parent or guardian sign their liability waiver.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.
    • You will be refunded if the tour is canceled due to inclement weather. Please contact VELTRA for your refund.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • Complimentary parking available.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 49.
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Are lava sightings guaranteed on this tour?
  • The emergence of lava is an unpredictable natural phenomenon. During periods of high activity, lava sightings are likely, but cannot be guaranteed.
Can I participate in this tour if I recently had surgery?
  • The boat ride portion of this tour can be very strenuous. If you have recently undergone surgery or have any other outstanding medical conditions, please consult with your doctor before deciding to book this tour.
What sort of vessel is used on this tour?
  • There are two lava boats used for this tour:

    The Lavaone is a 49-passenger motorboat equipped with covered padded seating with backrests and extra space for storage. With two restrooms and full panoramic viewing from all seats, this vessel provides a safe and thrilling way to get up close to the lava.

    The Lava Kai II was the original lava boat (Lavakai) before its redesign. Now, the Lava Kai II has been upgraded with more comfortable seating, a full restroom, and more space. This 30-passenger motorboat is bound to offer a genuine lava viewing experience.
How close do we get to the lava entry point?
  • The boat is able to get approximately 984 feet (328 yards) from the lava entry point. This is the closest that lava can be safely viewed from the boat per Coast Guard regulations.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made before 18:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 10% of the total amount.

    Any cancellations made after 18:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.


(3.00/5.00) 3.00 / 5
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Pick-up Not available
Duration 2.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily


I'm not a religious person, but something about this experience felt sacred; crashing through rolling waves along stretches of completely uninhabited shoreline, and then coming to rest with the boat s...more
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