Tour Frequently Asked Questions
A.We're Hawaii's, Big Island ocean
adventure tour company. The Lavaocean
crew consists of long time Hawaii
residents who have boated here
in East Hawaii for years. Our
current Big Island boat tours
Volcano Tours, Lava Boat Tours, Hilo
Side Fishing Charters,Whale
Ocean Tours, Private Dinner Cruises
& Custom Ocean Adventures.
happens when lava isn't flowing?
A. There is always a chance the
lava can stop flowing into the
ocean at any time and has happened
before. When lava's not flowing into the sea we opperate our Hawaii Volcano Coastline Tours
Where do we meet for the Kilauea
volcano lava tour?
Lava Boat Tours vs. Helicopter
A. Both are great hawaii tours
it really depends on what type
of volcano tours your interested
in. Lava Boat Tours are geared
toward the adventure seeker. We
Hear the sizzle as the lava touches
the sea, we Feel the molten heat
, we see red hot lava & we
experience open ocean boating
conditions. Helicopter volcano
tours can be a good way to view
the crater & lava action up
the mountain with views from a
1000+ft. If your looking to get
up close to lava then volcano
boat tours offer you the ultimate
close up lava viewing expereince
with views from a 100 yards.When
lava touches the sea a plume cloud
begins extending into the sky,
blocking ocean lava viewing from
the Helicopter & Kalapana
lava viewing center. The unobstructed
facing view of lava is by far
the best way to view lava &
a trademark of lava ocean tours.
After years of lava touring when
lava's touching the sea theres
no where we'd rather be, then
on a lava boat!
Q: Is the
boat we are touring with comfortable
Lava Ocean Adventures offers 3
of the safests most equipped lava
boats. Our boat captains are United
States Coast Guard licensed, our
vessels are permited through the
state of Hawaii, & we carry
insurance for all of our passengers.
We look forward to making our
Hawaii Lava Tour a part of your
Big Vacation. The Lava Ocean Volcano
Experience is great, safe way
to experience lava as it touches
is the best time to view lava
A. Usually the Sunrise Lava Tour
is the best. Due to the golden
rays of sunlighting the lava,
creating a visual spectacle. On
a calm night the Sunset Lava Tour
can be exciting too, with vibrent
lava afterglows. Then again, we
have photographers that love the
early Afternoon Adventure Lava
Tours due to the available lighting
for pictures. So take your pick
lava is lava, come get it while
its red hot .
long are your Kilauea Lava Boat
A: Lava Boat tours generally last
2-2.5 hours depending on ocean
conditions. Lava viewing on our
daily scheduled Boat Lava Tour
lasts approximately 45 minutes.
If you're a lava lover & will
need more time at the lava you
might consider custom lava tour
one of our private 6 passenger
I see active lava?
A. You will truly be amazed with
whatever Pele is giving us each tour is unique we can guarantee
your pictures will be one
of a kind. Lava drips, explodes
into the air, flows like a river,
glows molten along the bench cracks,
and ooze out in little to big
blobs. As long as lava is flowing
into the sea you'll see lava on
you see lava during the day?
A. Yes, Lava is red hot all day
long. During certain flow conditions
the lighting the daylight provides
allows for great lit lava photos.
Q: How long
has Hawaii Volcano Kilauea been
A. There has been lava flowing
from Kilauea’s vents for
over 26 years in the Kalapana
area, however lava entering the
sea is a rare occurrence and only
happens about 25% or less of the
time. In recent years this has
almost doubled with 2 out of the
3 years of lava entering the sea.
We have a 99% chance of seeing
lava on every trip. We are all
truly blessed to have the world’s
most active volcano Kilauea so
accessible to us.
rough is the water?
A. Our 3 catamarans are built
for open ocean conditions found
here in East Hawaii. This trip
is not for everyone!!! We can
be out in as high as 4-6’
swells. We will not go out if
the wind or sea conditions go
beyond what a 4 year old can endure
or if lightning or other unforeseen
events prevent us from having
a safe lava trip. Sometimes this
decision is made right before
boarding and we will give as much
notice as we can, if we are going
to cancel a boat trip. Again,
your safety is our biggest concern.
should we bring?
A. We want you to be thrilled
as well as safe. You can get wet
and a rain jacket will make the
difference in having a better
chance of keeping dry. Please
bring a bag or water resistant
sack to protect your important
items ie, cameras, cell phones,
if I get sea sick?
A. Well it does happen but no
so often, we recommend you invest
into an over the counter substance
like Bonnie to help with motion
sickness. You know who you are!
If you can, we also suggest eating
a light meal an hour before your
about the sulfur dioxide and the
huge smoke cloud?
A. For the most part the huge
plume that you see is steam created
by the lava entering the ocean.
There can be sulfur dioxide in
the air as well as ash and glass
particles and sometimes smoke
as the jungle burns. We do not
enter the steam cloud, but in
some cases we do have to go under
the steam plume to get to the
lava side of the flow. The Possibility
of ash and / or volcanic particles
as well as slightly acidic rain
(which has about the same acidity
as lemon juice) can land on the
boat and passengers. There is
always a chance of having an adverse
reaction if you have allergies,
asthma, or other breathing issues.
If you have any difficulties with
your lungs or skin it is best
to bring a dust mask and / or
any medication you may need. If
we smell sulfur we move to a clean
air location. Please let us know
of any concerns before booking.
if I am pregnant or have back/
A. This trip is not for you if
you are pregnant or have existing
back/neck issues due to rigorous
ocean conditions. Ask yourself
& your group I they can handle
getting bumped, bounced around
for 2 hours on a boat? If the
answer is no, then this trip is
not for you. Certain physical
conditions warrant serious consideration
of worst case possibilities.
Q: I thought
we could just walk out and see
A: As of March 2008, the County
of Hawaii has denied access to
lava fields due to it being EXTREAMELY
hazardous to your life with risks
of lava benches falling into the
sea occurring regularly. The Visitor
lava viewing center is closed
about a half a mile up the coast
from the actual lava flow area.
how close can we get to the lava?
A: Upon arrival our approach is
200 yards away. After assessing
the lava ocean entry to make sure
its le possible to safely to get
a closer look at the lava. Depending
on the conditions of the lava
flow we can be as close as 20
yards under excellent conditions.
You shouldn't need your telephoto
binoculars on any of our lava