Our Lava Boat Tours began as a family fishing trip over 3 decades ago on a small 17ft Alii Kai boat the “Ku’uipo.” Back then there was room for 3 people and a few Ono, Mahi Mahi or a Yellow Fin Tuna. Down near the lava flow zone we noticed the fish liked to bite so naturally it was a hot spot on the weekend family fishing trip. As avid fishermen and divers the love for the lava came natural enticing us to know more always tantalizing you to want to come back to see the allure of the lava glows.
In 2006 we took this hobby to the next level become the first Hawaii State licensed Lava Boat Company with daily service from Pohoiki/Isaac Hale Beach Park to the current ocean entry of the lava. In 2007 the “LavaKai” was acquired our first US Coast Guard inspected vessel a 28 passenger aluminum ferry which paved the way for the World Famous lava boat tour market. After 6 years we retired the “Lavakai” and built 2 new state of the art modern catamarans in 2013 specifically designed for lava tours the 33ft 24 passenger “LavaKai II” and the 40 ft 49 passenger “Lavaone” to offer guests the safest overall ride to see lava. We are currently patiently awaiting the delivery of the all new vessel in May 2017 set to make the best even better.
As long time residents, water-men and lava enthusiasts we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you and your ohana while enjoying this special lifetime experience.
Head Captain Shane Turpin
US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master
The lava lover who had a dream that he wanted to share with the world. Born in Portland, Oregon his family moved to the Big Island in 1983 and soon began fishing the southeast coast of the Big Island. Decade later still loves sharing the magic of lava touching the sea with guest from around the globe.
Captain Sky Mullins
US Coast Guard 50 Master
Spent years working in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on eruption duty his vast knowledge of the ongoing eruption is apparent to all that have the opportunity to speak with him. As an avid fishermen he currently holds the HAwaii State record for the largest Ono (Wahoo) landed in Hawaiian waters at 133 pounds.
Crew Jacob Kerby
Born in Florida he is no stranger to boats. As a team player Jake has worked in all aspects of the Lavaocean operation from mechanic to the phones. Over the 10 years he’s been with us hes grown to be a great guide who loves sharing his experiences out at the lava ocean entry.