Lava Boat Tours

Want to get up close and personal with one of the Big Islands natural beauties? Volcano Lava tours are our Island’s HOTTEST attraction that people all over the world come to be a part of. Hele Mai!

Sunrise & Afternoon Lava Boat Tours


The Sunrise and Afternoon Lava Tours are run by the boat named Ohana and is a COI 39 passenger catamaran (double hulled vessel). The vessel is powered by 4-200 horse power Suzuki engines. Our tours are operated by licensed captains that are all native Hawaiians. 

We suggest booking our most popular morning lava boat tours. (Tour times are subject to change. Based on the season, departure times may be adjusted accordingly).

Note: As of Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Moku Nui Lava Tours has met and exceeded all of US Coast Guard criteria and has been granted permission to enter restricted zone that was established on Monday, March 27th, 2017.

Contact Us to Book Your Tour!

$250 ($225 cash)
Military and kama’aina discount rate is $225 (with valid ID)

Cancellation Policy:

48 hours – full refund
24 hours – partial refund
Under 24 hours – No refund

Moku Nui Lava Tours can/will cancel tours due to severe weather changes, such as wind, surf, lightning and heavy rainfall. In the event that a tour is cancelled, we will try our best to reschedule you on the next available tour or provide a refund.

Private & Media Lava Boat Tours

Moku Nui Lava Tours offers an intimate tour along the coastline to where lava meets the ocean. We operate a 25′ catamaran that can accommodate up to 6 guests and is equipped with Captain swivel chairs for the best viewing. Our small lava boat tours will take you on a once in a life time experience to witness the spectacular blended colors of spewing lava and explosive volcanic fireworks as the lava meets the ocean.

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Captain Bio

Captain Kanoa is a native Hawaiian raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and has grown up surfing and fishing the waters off Isaac Hale Beach Park (aka Pohoiki). Captain Kanoa is U.S. Coast Guard, first aid and CPR certified. 

Please contact us for rates and availability.

Wailoa Boat Harbor
93 Lihiwai St, Hilo, HI 96720
(next to Suisan Fish Market)

Due to the recent lava activity we are no longer able to depart from Pohoiki harbor because it is inaccessible. We will now be departing out of the Hilo/Wailoa harbor, this makes the trip almost twice as long and double the cost per trip. To keep our tour the most affordable as possible, we will be combining our tour with one of the bigger boats “Ohana” and will be operating our 6 pax boat for media and private tours only. 

Passenger Requirements:

1. Participants must be between 10-65 years old, older guests please use your own discretion.

 2. Can not be pregnant.

3. Must be able to board vessel from dock.


4. Must not have any previous back, neck, joint pain and/or other injuries.

5. Must not have any serious health conditions, such as respiratory or heart problems.

6. Must be able to tolerate an open ocean ride (will be bumpy).


Driving Times:

From Waikoloa

Hwy 200 (Saddle Road)
1 hr 16 mins (63 miles)
Hwy 19 (Hawaii Belt Road)
1 hr 35 mins (74 miles)

From Kona

Hwy 200 (Saddle Road)
1 hr 34 mins 78 mi
Hwy 19 (Hawaii Belt Road)
2 hrs 95 mi

From Volcano

Hwy 11
38 mins 27 miles