Michael GilmartinUnited States
Josh was great. Very knowledgeable in all things Big Island - history, geology, horticulture, food, etc. We enjoyed our tour and highly recommend Josh and this tour.
Marv MyersUnited States
Josh was OUTSTANDING! Our ohana of 9 ranging in age from 4 to 72 all voted our day with Josh as the Best of the Best during our 4 Island vacation. One of my daughters who was skeptical of hiring a guide commented that we should have hired guides on other Islands. The interaction with other guides displayed the respect he has among his peers. Josh will live in our hearts and minds as we fondly remember our vacation. I would encourage anyone visiting the Big Island to hire Josh. He covered history, culture
Omer BernardoUnited States
Jay SiskindHouston, TEXAS, United States
Joshua gave us a wonderful tour of Hilo. Unfortunately, the Volcano Nat'l Park was closed because of the eruptions but he improvised nicely and we had a great tour.
Ferebee SmithUnited States
Catherine RobertsANCASTER, ON, Canada
Fantastic tour with Joshua, very knowledgeable, answered many many questions for us. Flexible and really good with seniors very patient. Showed us everything he could in the time we had, wonderful day with him. Would recommend him highly. Thank you Joshua.
James GraysonUnited States
Robert ThomasUnited States
Joshua G. Was excellent,(family of 9 from 67-4) on a fabulous tour of the island, from Hilo HI. My 4 year old grandson felt that it was the best tour of all. He loved the black sand and rocks, that also had 2 juvenile turtles. He felt he was King of the Mt. Josh was very considerate of me(67) helping me up the rocks to see the turtles. Josh took us to get poke, my granddaughter wanted to do that. It was delicious.Then lunch, the National Park. It was superb. I highly recommend Josh.Money well spent.TY
Ronan HinesUnited States
I was not part of the tours that I booked, my Daughter went in my place and this review is based on their experiences.
Joyce ZielinskiClermont, FLORIDA, United States
Thanks Joshua for a great tour, everyone in my group enjoyed it.
Christine GuilbeauUnited States
Josh was amazing! You can't ask for a better guide than Josh. Highly recommended!
Brent SmallUnited States
If you want an extremely knowledgable tour guide with a fantastic sense of humour and an easy going demeanour, then JOSH is your guy. We had a party of 5, including 2 seniors with limited mobility. Josh selected activities that were tailored to our group and was so very patient and helpful getting us all in and out of the van, including the wheelchair and walker. Nice size van with lots of room. He speaks with passion about his homeland and his knowledge of its history was very enlightening. EXCELLENT!!
Sue T.United Kingdom
This tour was the highlight of our holiday to the U.S. Josh is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and made sure we had a wonderful day. From seeing red magma bubbling away to stunning Rainbow Falls, huge banyan trees and big turtles, everything we saw had a 'Wow' factor. Josh lent us binoculars to see the magma more clearly and was an expert not only on the volcano but also local plants and trees. We came away loving the Island and having had a truly wonderful day. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Janice FleemanUnited States
Our party of four was very impressed with our tour guide, Josh. He made sure we saw the highlights in Hilo. He also made an effort to stay ahead of the tour buses so we wouldn't get caught up in the crowds. He was knowledgeable and thoroughly enjoyable. We will be recommending Josh to anyone traveling to Hilo. In fact, any future trips we take, we will be using Tours by Locals.
Sherri Long55127, United States
We hired Josh to take the 8 of us around Hawaii, including the Kilauea volcano. Being a native, he was VERY knowledgeable about the history and geography of the island. He also had a great sense of humor and had us all laughing and smiling thru out the tour. He was very accommodating, as we asked him to include a stop at a local coffee farm and a tour of the Volcano Winery, which weren't on the original itinerary. Josh spent a lot of time with us and we enjoyed every minute of it. He was FANTASTIC!!
Barb StrasUnited States
Josh was amazing. Very clean vehicle. Microphone REALLY helped. He was prepared, informative, helpful, humorous and an overall delight! This was a terrific tour with a well prepared guide. **Don't hesitate to book a tour with Josh!** We went to a great little spot for lunch, visited 'out of the way' places and even hiked into the woods to look into a volcanic steam vent and walk into and through a lava tube. Excellent experience for the 6 of us!
Louise V.Ottawa, ON, Canada
Tour was ok. But we found it extremely difficult to deal with the guide (pre-arrangements)
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences, and believe flexibility & clear communication is part of this. Compensation has been provided in this case, and we will work with Joshua to improve these aspects of the customer experience going forward.
Constance BakerUnited States
Josh was a terrific tour guide in the Big Island. His fund of knowledge was most impressive, as was his outgoing nature and pleasant personality. He shared a lot of personal information as well. My only suggestion would be to start off the tour with a list of sites we are going to visit, with time estimates for completion of the trip. He was terrific - a 10 out of 10. Connie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Constance, I'm happy you enjoyed your visit with us on the Big Island. Thank you for the awesome feedback and great review. I will surely take your suggestion into consideration. I Look forward to your next visit to our beautiful island. Mahalo Josh
This was by far the best tour during our trip to the Hawaiian Is. We were fortunate enough to have Josh for both of our two day visit to the big island. Josh was an amazing guide. He took us to all the main attractions we wanted to see but managed to avoid the crowds and show us attractions that were not 'mainstream' locations. His knowledge was immense, but he was also very good at explaining things for my 10yr old. He was by far the best guide we've had on any of our tours. Truly the best! Thank You!
Paul QuigleyUnited States
Josh, Thanks so much for a tour of a lifetime. You met us at the cruise dock, took us to our wish list plus more of the places to we wanted to visit and returned us safely to the ship. What stands out about your tour is your knowledge of the area to include geology, extensive plant and animal life, Hawaiian folk lore and sacred stories along with many picturesque stops. With very good tour rhythm, you used native Hawaiian language and culture to make this a world-class experience.
Martha SpatzUnited States
Our tour with Josh on Tuesday, September 27th was outstanding. My husband and I had 6 hours to see the Big Island before flying back to Oahu. With Josh we got to see and learn so very much in a very limited time. Josh was very very knowledgable about everything: the volcanoes, the wildlife, the people and the culture - Just what we wanted! We would very highly recommend Josh!
Gail StoddartMarion, NY, United States
Josh is a perfect tour guide! He took us (5 adult family members) to Volcanoes National Park and along the way explained what we were going to see and do and asked us if we had anything in particular we wanted to do that day. He is full of information and shares it clearly so that we could understand it....always welcoming questions. He gave us time to view the volcano and take photos. I highly recommend him as a tour guide!!
Patti VliegerUnited States
Josh was a lot of fun. He took us places we would have never found without a local. Definitely recommend.
Steve LyonUnited States
Joshua did a wonderful job. He meet us at the airport on time in a nice minivan with a car seat for our 20 month old granddaughter. He really knows his island and it's history. You can tell he loves to guide and loves his home island. He showed us a wonderful day on the island. We enjoyed our time with him and all that he showed us. I would recommend him to anyone who likes to have a stress free day of sites, information, good food, and making a new friend! Thanks Josh!
Vara KesavarapuUnited States
Josh is the best tour guide and showed more places than what we asked for. Highly recommend to any who are visiting Hilo. He knows in and out of the city and can customize the tour according to our needs. Best tour guide that we have worked with so far.
Ginny PuhlUnited States
Fantastic tour! Josh is incredibly knowledgeable and heartfelt about his island! Our small group of four immediately felt comfortable and at home with Josh. He was able to answer any questions we had and regaled us with many tales of history and folklore. We highly recommend him to anyone traveling to Hilo!
Geraldine WestNew Zealand
We were 2 ladies on a cruise nervous re booking trips online but after reading reviews of trips on 50 seater buses trying to see the sights at same time and spending precious time at shops we chose to do on our own. The cost was similar - we had Josh to ourselves in a lovely comfortable van. Josh was great, took us where we wanted at times when there were no buses. Was very informative & helpful. We recommend him highly & would use him again.
Josh is a great guide - informative, personable, very flexible and accommodating. He did an excellent job tailoring the tour to our interests, fitness level and the like. This was a wonderful intro for most of our group to Tours by Locals. Very impressed!