Roger ApplegateFairfax Station, VA, United States
If you've never been to Aruba, grab Esther and go! OR, if you've been to Aruba many times (like my wife and I have), grab Esther and go! We saw and learned more in our time with her than we had in our previous trips. We also had a first time visitor in our group, who was totally "wowed" by the experience. This is must do trip for a great orientation to "One Happy Place", Aruba!!
Stephen KeislingUnited States
Amazing trip with Esther and her brother. We rented 2 vans as we had a large group of 10 people. We saw the entire island. Got to go snorkeling, saw natural rock formations, cave drawings, the lighthouse, all the beaches as well. Both Esther and her brother were amazing tour guides. I think I know more about Aruba now than I do about the United States. Would definitely book another trip with them both. Don't waste your time and money booking an excursion at your hotel in Aruba. Book with Esther!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Steve and the group thank you thank you, hope to see you all back in Aruba. Esther and Shurby.
Ted MorozUnited States
We really enjoyed our day spent with Esther as she showed our multigenerational family of 7 around the island. Esther was very flexible and adjusted our tour to encompass primarily outdoor sites away from the hi-rise hotels. Starting off with a tour of downtown, we then visited the Casibari Rock Formations and the Natural Bridge, then visited the area of San Nicolas for Lunch at Charlies (which is so interesting and the food was great!) We ended our day visiting the Fontein and Guiadirikire Caves.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ted, thank ,thank you for my 5 stars. Iam happy you all enjoy the tour. Hope to see you back soon in Aruba.Greetings from Aruba.
George GilliamUnited States
We loved our private tour of the island and would recommend it highly to anyone thinking about taking a tour. We were here during the off season but the other tours we saw still had people packed in like sardines. We had a very comfortable ride. You can tell the guide what you want to see! Try to get Esther Ranis as your guide. You won't be disappointed! She was awesome and knows so much about the islands history! We loved her and you will too! Enjoy your time on the island more with a tour by a local!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: George,thank you thank you, people like you make me proud to show of my island. Hope to see you soon back in Aruba.
Douglas EricksonUnited States
Our tour with Esther was great! She was very enthusiastic and informative. She took us all around the island and showed us everything there is to see on Aruba. She answered all of our questions. We wanted to go to a non-tourist restaurant for lunch and Esther took us to the perfect place. We could not have asked for a better experience than the tour given by Esther. We highly recommend Esther for tours in Aruba. If we ever get a chance to return, we will utilize her services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Douglas,thank you for the padding on my shoulder ,people like you make me proud to show my happy island. Hope to see you soon back on the island.
Jerry P.United States
Esther is absolutely delightful! The tour of the island was comprehensive and fascinating. It was equally interesting to learn about the people and cultures of the ABC islands. Esther's sense of humor and cheerfulness matched the beauty of her happy island!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jerry and Nancy thank you ,thank you for the wonderfull words . I fill proud to show my island Aruba.
Caroline VroomUnited States
Esther was a doll. She is an excellent driver and very knowledgeable. She took us around the whole island. Stopped for pictures when asked and gave us a detailed overview of Aruba. I happen to speak Dutch and so was delighted to speak to Esther in Dutch. I hardly ever get to use it. We had all kinds of interesting conversation and I would highly recommend a tour with Esther.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Caroline , bedankt voor mijn 5 sterren, ik heb de insident door gegeven in een meeting met Aruba tourism autority . Nogmaals bedankt voor alles, Groetjes van Aruba.
James PyronUnited States
Ester our tour guide was great. I will definitely recommend her to friends traveling to Aruba..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, thank you for the wonderfull words say hi to the girls for me, Best whishes always.
Dora EsakovUnited States
We loved Esther! Her knowledge of and passion for her home island was evident. We highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dora, thank you, thank you for my stars I really enjoyed the day with you all. Hope to see you back soon in Aruba. Best whishes always.
Tom ParmanUnited States
Esther was outstanding! She gave us the exact tour we asked for and her commentary was excellent and full of facts.She topped the trip off with taking us to a local eatery where we had fresh fish.The best!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Tom , Iam glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Aruba. See you back soon in Aruba Best whishes always.
Sandra EgelerUnited States
We had a great time with Esther on this tour. We decided to pay more then the cruise excursions and we are glad we did. Instead of being stuck on what the excursion would take you on, Esther took us to what were interested in. She also pointed out other places that might interest us. We pretty much saw the entire island of Aruba. We would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sandra , thank you , thank you for the wonderfull words, people like you make me proud to show my island Aruba. Hope to see you back soon in Aruba.
Michael RossUnited States
Esther was terrific. A thorough professional who happily catered a wonderful itinerary to our liking. Her knowledge of the island and its history (with uniquely personal insights) made the tour even more memorable. And lastly, she has a damn good sense of humor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael, thank you for my 5 stars. Say hay to the girls for me .Hope to see you soon back in Aruba,Esther.
Jeremy ProffittUnited States
An amazing tour of the entire island, culture, politics and life on the island. She would have taken us shopping or to the beaches too or anything we wanted but we love learning about life on the island. Highly recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeremy and Jaime thank you very much for my gift and my 5 stars. I realy enjoy your company and hope to see you soon back in Aruba. Your Arubian friend Esther.
Marilyn WilliamsUnited States
Esther was friendly, courteous, informative and made us feel so welcome. Fab the driver was also terrific. I will in the future suggest the use of Esther as a guide to friends and most certainly use her myself. We had a large group and she worked hard to keep us all happy. Thank you once again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marilyn, thank you, thank you for my 5 stars. I will not forget you my first big group 50 pers. I am happy you enjoy the tour. See you soon back in Aruba. Esther
Roberta HendeeUnited States
Esther is a 5 out of 5. She was personable, knowledgeable and totally delightful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Berha, thank you, thank you for my 5 stars I feel so proud to show my happy island. Think of me when you back home in Chicago. Greetings from Aruba, esther
Robert BarnumUnited States
Esther gave a great tour. We spent a full 6 hours touring the island of Aruba. We saw all there was to see and then some and Esther was an informative guide who speaks English very well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert,thank you thank you for the wonderfull words,people like make me proud to show my beautiful island Aruba hope to see you back soon in Aruba. Esther.
Kristen IsaksenUnited States
We loved our tour with Esther! I now know why everyone falls in love with Aruba when they visit. We saw all the different parts of the island and enjoyed lunch where the locals eat. Definitely recommend Esther!
Mary AbramUnited States
Once again, TBL has proven to be a winner. Our tour in Aruba with Esther Ranis was delightful, not only because she took us to all the best places but because she had the wisdom and graciousness of a local. She flavored the conversation with interesting and colorful content and made the four-hour tour absolutely fly by.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary and Frenk, thank you ,thank for the wonderfull words and hope you have nice Xmas and a happy New year and see you soon back in Aruba. Greetings from Aruba,Esther
We had a wonderful day with Esther. She showed us so much on this very beautiful island. We really enjoyed this day. Ester is a very good tourguide with a big heart for her island. We drove in a big van, so everyone of our group (4 persons) had enough space to sit and a good view. We decided how long we want to stay at different points of our interests. She explained a lot and we got a good overview of Aruba. Thank you so much Esther
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Andrea, thank you thank you for your wonderfull words, people like you make me proud to show off Aruba, say hi to your mome and dad tell them one day I will visite them in Mayorca Aandrea once more thanks for the wonderfull day. Esther
Jill BrownUnited States
A wonderful, knowledgeable, and accommodating tour guide! We very much enjoyed our day with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jill and Bill thank you for my 5 stars. People like you make proud to show you my island. Thank you ,thank you. Hope to see you back soon in Aruba. Esther.
George BuckleyUnited States
I feel bad for not sending this sooner. The tour of Aruba was excellent. We were met at the end of the pier. From that moment on Esther was spectacular! Very knowledgeable about every aspect of the island. We went to all the "normal" places and many places you would never see on a "ships" tour. Esther also was very accommodating when my wife needed to return to the ship early. Esther was also very helpful in recommendation's for dinner that night as the ship wasn't leaving until 11:00 pm. 5 Stars !!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: George, thank you for my 5 stars,people like you make my proud to show my island. Greetings from Aruba, Esther.
Paul RobertsonUnited States
Esther was awesome, she knew her island and booking a private tour like this allowed us to spend as much time as we liked at the spots we were interested in. Esther took us places that the tour busses cannot go and I think we got a better feel for her home because of it. Any questions we had Esther knew the answer. This tour, and Esther, was truly a pleasure and a highlight of our vacation. After a few moments talking, Esther knew what we would like to see and took us there. Wish we had done the full day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Paul, Thank you ,thank you for my 5 stars. People like you make me proud to show Aruba my happy island. Hope to see you soon back in Aruba, Esther.
Jan PothofCastaways Beach, QLD, Australia
While the tourist season was coming to an end Esther greeted us with great enthusiasm, even though she was struggling with a bad cold. She has a great command of the English language and we learnt she also was well versed in a number of other languages. She is very knowledgeable and we had a wonderful day learning all about her home and island. She provided a nice clean comfortable, air-conditioned and well maintained vehicle for our tour which certainly is a bonus. Also very flexible with the itinerary.
Judy BatesUnited States
Delightful! Esther was so informative - knew Aruba from top to bottom. And shared the adventure with us. I have walking difficulties but the tour was arranged so that I was comfortable and my more active daughter was as well. I give this tour and tour guide five stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Judy and Stefany thank you thank you for my 5 stars,. Hope to see soon back in Aruba. Your Arubian friend, Esther.
Colleen H.United States
Esther & I were to meet at 9am as I came off my cruise ship.I arrived 10 minutes early & there she was already waiting with a bright, clear sign with my name on it. Always a great start! Her vehicle was a clean & well-maintained van with good working A/C.Esther's English was excellent & she's very knowledgeable about Aruba & it's easy to pick up on the fact that she's proud of her home island. She clearly answered any questions that I had & was flexible as to what I wanted to see. I highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Colleen, thank you for my 5 stars. The tour with you was so easy it was like talking with a good friend that I have seen for a long time. Enjoy life,thanks once more Esther.
Karen ChouinardUnited States
Esther was wonderful! She understood our disabilities and made us feel very welcome to her country. She was on time and located us where we were waiting in the shade.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen, thank you for the lovely word. Hope to see you soon in Aruba.
Lynn GrebUnited States
Took an island tour with Esther on 3/1/17. We had a fabulous time! Esther was so hospitable and she is so easy going and friendly. This was my first time in Aruba and taking a tour with Esther was a great way to get a feel for the island. We visited many spots on the island and Esther provided a wealth of information as we traveled around. Would highly recommend spending the day with Esther if you are visiting Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Lynn and Michelle,thank you thank you for my 5 stars. People like you make me proud to show my island. Lynn I took a glas of wine to the happy girls. Thank , thanks,Esther
Ruth BarkerFarmington, UTAH, United States
Esther is a delightful guide who knows her island thoroughly. Four of us were on the tour & we all loved her comments & patience spent stopping for pictures, etc. We would recommend her most highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ruth, Thank you for my 5 stars. People like you make my proud to show you my island .once more thanks and greetings to Paul and the the group. See you soon back in Aruba, Esther.
Steve DierkerUnited States
Esther was great. She was funny and really enjoyed showing the sights in her country. Like she said it is not a big island but there are things to see(beaches, food, water). Would tour with her anytime the Dierkers
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Steve, Thank you for my 5 stars,hope to see you soon back in Aruba. Once more thanks, Esther.
Jamie KellerUnited States
Esther did a great job! The tour was enjoyable and very informative. Great way to get oriented to the island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jamie and George,thank you for my 5 stars. Hope to see you back soon in Aruba. All the best, Esther.
Esther know very much about the island. It was very nice and she showed us a lot. Extra was that she spoke dutch what was easy for a part of our family. Thank you Esther for showing us around.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Abraham for my 5 stars,people like you make me proud showing Aruba. Tot kijk en groetjes, Esther
Kourtney BrownUnited States
Ester was great. On time, spoke English very well. Vehicle was very comfortable and the knowledge of the island was impressive. Made several stops that we had requested. So much better having a private guide as it was at our speed. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kourthney thank you for my 5 stars. All the best for the New Year and see you soon back in Aruba.
Patricia HawUnited States
Esther was a great tour guide for our first trip to Aruba. She was very accommodating with special requests and her personality made the tour very enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend!
Esther is just fantastic, very pleasant, explaining everything, stopping or pulling over for photo stop, she really goes with the flow, we had a great day with her. In short it's been a superb experience!
Cindy BarberaUnited States
Our tour guide Esther took us on an awesome day tour of her island. Was very accommodating to our needs and places we wanted to see. She let us customize the itinerary.Thank You Esther for making of trip memorable. 2 2 sister's & Mom
Christine GearinUnited States
She was very prompt, very knowledgeable, very friendly .. would highly recommend her for an island tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cristine for the wonderfull words, See you soon back in october in Aruba.
Robert CavalloneUnited States
Wonderful guide and a wonderful tour. We were able to see nearly all the sites on the island in the time of the tour. We were not rushed and could spend as little or as long as we liked at each site. Esther is a wonderful guide. We would wholeheartledly recommend her to anyone visiting Aruba. An awesome time was had by all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Robert,thank you thank you for the wonderfull words People like you make me feel proud to show my island Aruba. Hope to see you back in Aruba.
Elaine StarkUnited States
We have a great time with Ester, she had a lot of information to share with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Elaine, Thanks for my stars,hope to see soon back in Aruba. Esther
Tom H.United States
Esther is an excellent guide and representative of the citizens of Aruba. She was very knowledgeable about local history and custom tailored our tour to all of our requests. We recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful words, hope to see back soon in Aruba.
Diane FennellyUnited States
Excellent tour! Esther is a delight. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Diane, Thank you,for the wonderful words.
Tom HarneyUnited States
What a gem is Esther and a rare find. She was delightful all day as she showed off Aruba to myself and my family. She showed us all the highlights with a great sense of pride and caring. She orchestrated the day to perfection and filled us in on the local history and culture. He recommendations were spot on and she provided for a time that I will always cherish. Think no further about booking with her. A fabulous lady with a great smile and laugh. We enjoyed every minute. You are the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tom, thank you for the wonderfull words, people like you make proud, Tom thank you,thank you and best wishes to daddy your partner and the whole family. Don't forget if you back on the island to let me know you have now family in Aruba. Esther.
Jose Fontoura JrBrazil
The tour was great and Esther is excellent!! I strongly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jose, Waw,thanks for the kind words. Esther
Alan ErnstUnited States
What a joy spending a half day touring the special island of Aruba with Esther. She was eager to share the history and culture of the island on our pre-cruise Tour. Thanks Esther! Alan & Stephanie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Alan, Thanks for your kind words,thank that you enjoyed the tour. Regards to Stephanie Esther.
Our guide, Esther, showed us her beautiful island of Aruba. We loved her gracious, warm and friendly personality. She took us around Aruba, was very informative and knowledgable and brought Aruba alive for us. She answered our numerous questions, took great care of our group of six and was extremely accommodating. We would thoroughly recommend Esther as your guide without any hesitation. She loves what she does and is so happy to share her "happy island of Aruba" with you. Thank you, Esther!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephen, thank you and thank you for the wonderfull words. You make me proud to show off Aruba and to live on this happy Island. Hope to see you soon, Esther your Aruba friend.
Rebecca LoasUnited States
We loved Esther! Her love of her island was reflected in her presentation She was knowledgeable, witty and fun! We would never again take a tour and do a cruise line excursion again. Meeting Esther let us learn about the culture of the people who live on Aruba After the tour she introduced us to a great island spot for lunch. Book Esther and you won't regret it,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rebecca , I am happy that you enjoyed the tour. Greetings to the "Golden Girls" from me. See you back soon! Your friend from Aruba, Esther
Yvonne M.Aloha, OR, United States
Esther was great at providing background and history about the island. She was well organized and fully prepared to guide us to a couple of attractions we had requested. Her english is excellent and she was fun to talk with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yvonne, thank you for the kind words,I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. See you soon back in Aruba. Best wishes Esther.
Scott LewellenUnited States
One of our highlights in Aruba. Wonderful tour, very knowledgeable of this country and its people. Relaxing and enjoyable time. We would highly recommend taking the time and enjoy and see the real Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Scott, thank you for the wonderful words, people like you make me proud to show my Island.
Darlene ChisholmUnited States
We enjoyed our tour of Aruba to view both lighthouses on the island. Esther shared a lot of information about her island and showed us so many wonderful pleases. We told her we were also interested in seeing birds. She found a nature place where we photographed a number of birds.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Darlene, thank you for the wonderful words .Enjoy your stay in Florida and hope to see you back soon in Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Klaus
Sue HaygarthUnited Kingdom
Esther arrived right on time as arranged. Her car was a great size with good air con and half way through the tour she provided chilled water. As a local her knowledge was very good and she was very humorous and easy to chat to. We saw all the main sites on the island during our half day tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sue for the terrific feedback. Glad to hear that you were happy with your tour. all the best Esther
Jennifer LarsenUnited States
Esther was the best!!! We took our two daughter and really felt like we saw the real Aruba. She answered all our questions and was a lot of fun. We had thought we would rent a car but this was soo much better!!!!! Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jennifer! Hope your daughters enjoyed the next, your final day on Aruba as well. Who knows now that you know Aruba a lot better you will consider coming back to our Dushi island again. All the best Esther
Butch JohnstonUnited States
Esther was great as always.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Butch for your great comment!
We recently had the good luck to meet Esther who was the guide for our "Aruba Tour by Locals'. Esther is a delightful travelling companion - knowledgeable and chatty with a lovely disposition. She showed us everything there was to see on Aruba and explained it all. We had a fabulous day indeed. And I discovered that Esther is exactly nine days older than me! How amazing. Please give her our good wishes.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Roslyn. I enjoyed your company too! I do hope that you will come back to our Happy island. Take care, all the best Esther
Linda ToyUnited States
This is the second time I have toured with Esther and I was not disappointed. In fact, she is the one who recognized my name. Her love for the island was evident in the information she gave us as we drove around. Our ship was not in port very long so she was sensitive to the time element, making sure we hit on some important sights and still got to the ship in plenty of time. She was also very helpful with my mother-in-law who is 91 and thrilled with the tour. I would highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda. It was great meeting up with you again. Who knows maybe 3 is a charm and you will come back yet again! My regards to your mother-in-law and all the best to you. I am glad you enjoyed your tour. Esther
Damon LieuUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Damon
Harry BeekerUnited States
Esther made our visit to Aruba both informative and enjoyable. She was the highlight of our visit and I would recommend her services to anyone visiting Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Harry for you kind words. Hope to see you back on our island again in the future. best wishes Esther
Erin SelvaggioUnited States
Esther was Amazing!!!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about her. Not only was she able to make a last minute accommodation to our schedule, she was very thorough in her tour and informative. This was hands down one of the best tours I've ever been on in any country and would highly recommend her!! Amazing Wonderful Awesome Fun Informative Spectacular! I could keep going but I'm about to run out of characters!!! Just DO IT!!! You won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ever so much for your positive feedback., it was a great day. Come back to our island some day. best wishes Esther
Carl StojanUnited States
Tour was great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed the tour. best wishes Esther.
Esther is a fantastic person. Well educated, humble, friendly and nice. The tour was perfect, she understood immediately what we wanted to do. We truly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks so much Fiorenza for the positive feedback. I am very glad that you enjoyed your tour. Best wishes Esther
We had a private tour with Esther & it was the best day ever! She is funny, pleasant, knowledgable about Aruba in every aspect. She knows about Aruban culture, history, languages, food, beaches, education, economics, & politics. We saw the entire island that was accessable by 2WD air conditoned car. We stopped at a great low key seafood restaurant ZeeRover (pirate) & had a refreshment, this was a restaurant I had asked about. We love Esther & now have a friend for life. Thank you! Mary & Mark; California
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mary and Mark,thank you for the beautifull words of compliments. I also enjoy very much Touring you guys.I can now say I also have a friend for live. Mary thank once more and don't forget your Arubian friend, Danki( thank you), Esther
Chris PatersonUnited States
Yesterday we went on a tour of Aruba guided by Esther. She was prompt, courteous, and knowledgable. We would highly recommend her to other people. 5 stars!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh my Gosh! thanks very much for your great Feedback! best wishes Esther
Kent SmithUnited States
Esther was an excellent guide. She was prompt, pleasant, and very informative. Her expertise made for an enjoyable day in Aruba!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kent. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your day on our Happy island. Best wishes Esther
Esther is a very professional and knowledgeable person... you can trust that you are in good hand! Reda de Argelia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comments and Feedback Reda! best wishes Esther
David WolfUnited States
Unfortunately I can only give Esther 5 stars. She deserves more. There were 6 in our group and we had a fantastic time. Esther was at the dock waiting for us, took us to some great places, gave us a great "locals" view point on the sites and made sure we were back to the ship on time for our cruise. I highly recommend Esther as the only way to see Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David thanks for my 5 stars and the wonderful words. People like you make me feel proud to show my '' Happy Island'' Regards and hope to see you back for a visit in Aruba Esther
Karen C.United States
Esther was wonderful, very knowledgable and enthusiastic , was patient with My 8 year old who had many questions, this was my 4th visit to Aruba and saw new things with this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your kind words,say hallo to Faith for me and grandma see you soon back in Aruba. Esther
Charles SetzerUnited States
Esther was warm, friendly, (just great) - we learned a lot about her beautiful island. I highly recommend this tour. Yes, other tours take you to some of the same sites, but Esther gives you all the history of the sites and Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Charles for your kind words. It was a pleasure accommodating you and your lovely wife on this tour. Welcome back to Aruba anytime!
Brent B.United States
Overall the tour was good. As the wife and I love history and culture, we were looking forward to hearing stories and getting a history lesson. We were kind of let down on that, but the rest of the day went well. We saw all of the island and she was very accommodating with our dinner reservations and making sure we got back to the ship on time. Thanks again.
James ThompsonUnited States
this tour was great, Ester taught us so much about Aruba and we would recomend her to everyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind comments, I did enjoyed our tour together. Best wishes Esther
Rick BaneUnited States
Our tour guide was both extremely personable and knowledgeable. An interesting history lesson ,pleasant drive around the island and a lot of friendly chit chat made for a fun morning. My wife and I certainly would recommend Esther to one and all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hallo Rick,thank you for the wonderful words. People like you make me feel proud and happy to show my 'Happy Island" Regards and have a save flight home.
Esther is a great guide with a lot of energy. She makes all things exciting and listens well to your concerns, etc. We would highly recommend her and her tour. Super.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Claude, Thank you very much for your kind words. I enjoyed showing you around as well. Please do give my best regards to you Belgian in-laws as well! Esther
Laura BroggiUnited States
we were in Aruba for only one day so it was important to us to see and learn as much as we could in the short time we had. Esther was totally awesome. She took us everywhere!! and her knowledge of the island's history was amazing. She made the tour informative and fun! And she let us decide what we wanted to do. Overall, it was the best tour we had while on our cruise, and we did four of them! I recommend Esther 110%!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Laura thank you for the beautiful words .It was a pleasure being your tour guide. Hope to see you soon in Aruba.
Barry CruickshanksUnited Kingdom
Esther was an excellent guide. She has a very comfortable air-condioned vehicle. She was enthusiastic, helpful and informative. We got a very good insight into the highlighs of Aruba. Strongly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind comments and feedback. Best wishes Esther
Chris WhippleUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much!
Kelli TenBrockUnited States
Esther gave our group of three a wonderful, personal tour of Aruba. We learned so much about her country and got to see all over the island. It was very fun and informative. Esther clearly loves her heritage and is happy to share it with her guests. I would highly recommend this to anyone who doesn't want to be stuck in a large bus tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so Much Kelli for your lovely comments and compliments. It was a fun day and I do hope that you will both return to our Happy island! Best wishes Esther
Brian WendyUnited States
We had a wonderful time on our tour. Esther was a joy. She shared her wealth of knowledge about the local customs and very interesting facts about the island. It is well worth the money to get a personalized tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so glad you enjoyed your tour with me. Thank you for your compliments and comments. Best wishes Esther
Annemarie D.United States
Esther was a very good tour guide. She picked us up promptly at the agreed upon time. Per our request, she allowed time for us to snorkel at Mangel Halto and Baby Beaches. Esther also adjusted our tour to avoid traffic from a parade that was taking place on the island that day. We saw every section of Aruba and learned about the island's history, current events, and future plans. We would book with Esther again on our next visit to learn and see more of Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your positive feedback I do hope our be able to see you again if you come back to our happy island. Best wishes Esther
Larry BennettOlympia, WA, United States
Esther is a cheerful guide, native to Aruba. In the short time that we had she showed us the island and answer d our questions about life here. We were very happy with her service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your lovely and kind comments. I thoroughly enjoyed our tour together too. It was fun. hope to see you again and thank you so much for the gift. thanks thanks thanks!
Debbie PludeUnited States
We did our second tour with Esther. She showed us the Arikok National Park and other areas around the park, including the donkey sanctuary. Again, she was very patient as we took our time feeding the donkeys and also as we toured the caves. She showed us areas that we never could have found on our own and she told us much more about the island than we ever could have known without her. She was again very cheerful and eager to share her love of aruba with us. We highly recommend booking a tour with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: once again Debbie, Masha Danki (thank you very much) for your compliments. I am so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves. I hope you will come back again to our happy island. Best wishes to you all. Esther
Debbie PludeUnited States
Esther is a wonderful guide! She is cheerful and very knowledgable regarding island history and facts. She took us to places that she thought we would find interesting and also to places we requested. She is just fantastic! She was willing to take pictures of our family and she was always smiling. She did not rush us at any of the sights, and she was a safe driver. We would all highly recommend booking a tour with Esther.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Debbie for the terrific feedback and compliments! Hope you will return to our happy island. All the best for the new year! Esther
Tina RogersUnited States
It was a perfect day in Aruba with Esther. She is a very personable tour guide and made our visit to Aruba special. There were 6 in our group and Esther made sure everyone had a great time as we toured the island. Tina Rogers
Ken BlairUnited States
Esther is wonderful! She knows the island and enjoys sharing that knowledge. We had a great tour and really enjoyed being around her. When they came up with the slogan of "One Happy Island," Esther was the poster child!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ken and Kimmy, thank you for my 5 stars people like you make me proud being a good Arubian and I really enjoy my beers yesterday . Holland won 3-2 .and we celebrate with the balashi.
Bob WassonUnited States
We had a great tour with Miss Esther. We got to see the island from the local viewpoint and learned a lot about the history. We saw beautiful scenery on both sides of the island. We were not rushed or crammed into a bus, but we got to spend as much or as little time at each site, then back into her comfortable AC vehicle. You just cannot top the experience of having the full attention of a knowledgeable guide. We Highly Recommend Miss Esther.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bob for your positive feedback. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour of our happy island! Come back soon. Best wishes Esther
Isolde LippensUnited States
Esther was a great lady and fun too. She took us all over the one side of the island (we could only book a 4 hour tour). We saw the lighthouse, got to put our feet in the sand at the beach, had a private tour of the aloe factory, went to the other side of the island and saw where the bridge collapsed and the new one was...we climbed one of their rock formations in privacy. It was very nice, way better than a ships tour. We had a wonderful time with Esther. I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Isolde for the very nice recommendation and feedback! Hope that one day wyou will be able to come back and see the rest of the island. Warm wishes from our happy island! Esther
Judy-Lynn HoppeUnited States
Esther met us on time and led us on an excursion to find the real Aruba! She answered every question, many before we even had a chance to ask them! This lovely lady guided us safely to everywhere she knew were the best sights to see. She stopped whenever something caught our eye to photograph and because it was a private tour we saw many things those on ship tours did not. Tours By Locals is always a safe way to connect with the local guides who have the ability to make the most of your vacation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. It is good to know that you all enjoyed yourselves! Warm wishes from Aruba, Esther
Guy ZazzaraUnited States
Very Knowledgeable and personable. Ester did a great job of showing us what we had asked her to do. I'll sure use Tours by Locals where ever I can. She was like a friend that we hadn't seen for awhile, really made us feel comfortable from the start.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for your kind feedback and comments! Best wishes Esther
Tony KirkUnited States
Esther was an awesome guide for our full day tour. She made the entertaining and educational. The lunch we had at the restaurant she took us to was also great. We highly recommend Esther!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed yourselves and the lunch as well.
Esther was amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable of the island and it's culture and history. We asked to go to the National Park as we wanted to see the 'wild' side of Aruba, and it was well worth it. I would recommend this tour to anyone, but especially for cruise ship travellers and those who don't like 'bus tours'.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Sandra for your kind feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour! Best wishes Esther
Maria NadelUnited States
Esther was great. She was knowledgable, attentive to our needs and obviously very proud of her home. She went out of her way to do us a favor as well. We left a cushion (that is very important to me given my back problem) and she took the time to mail it back to us in the states. We recommend her very highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maria and Mark for your kind comments! The postage was on the house Best wishes Esther
Jay RubinUnited States
Esther arrived as scheduled. Her complete knowledge of her country was appreciated. She discussed negatives and pluses about Aruba. That honesty is what makes for a rewarding tour. Please, Esther, hand out a map of Aruba so every tour guest can understand the lay of the land while you drive around. I owned the same kind of guide service for ten years when I resided in Charlotte. Thanks. Jay
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jay and Frank for your constructive feedback. I enjoyed your company and showing you around my Happy island. Best wishes Esther
Michelle BjorkmanUnited States
Our Aruba 1/2 day tour by Esther, was wonderful. She was very thorough, friendly and showed us sites we were not expecting. I would highly recommend a tour with her. She is a natural and should be used when wanting an off the beaten yet traditional tour. Thanks for the great service:) Also working with the toursbylocal company was a very easy and simple transaction:) thanks Michelle & Mikael USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michelle and Mikael. I look forward to seeing you again on my Dushi Island. best wishes, Esther
Anne HymelUnited States
Esther was a great tour guide. She took us all over the island and was very good at getting ahead of the buses full of tourists. So at many of the stops, it was not crowded at all. We were very interested in the old refinery site, and she accommodated our request to see that area. All in all, it was one of our favorite tours on this trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Anne for the positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your tour! best wishes, Esther
Crystal McMorrisUnited States
Esther is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating tour guide. She took us to the National Park, despite the fact that this meant securing a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the day. She does not usually take visitors here, but my mother really wanted to hike the national park, so she did. She made sure we were able to hike a nice loop and also took us to visit the caves - where she shared her personal childhood camping memories of the place. Thank you, Esther, for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much for your feedback and compliments. I am so glad that you enjoyed yourselves!
Wayland Snookie P.Wilson, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
On time; very personable; her insights on the history, culture, the traditions, future trends, and local politics of the island richly enhanced our short visit. Well worth one's time especially if it is your first visit to Aruba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your generous and positive feedback! Best wishes Esther
James RevelsUnited States
Ester was great. I got to experience Aruba and now know all the sweet spots for my return visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James, look forward to the next time you come to Aruba. Keep in touch!
David HarrisonNew Zealand
Very good tour. Esther was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. 6 hour tour is really too long: we cut it short by choice, and would suggest 4-5 hours maximum. Understand this would be longer if we'd wanted to shop. We feel it was a little expensive even given we had personalised service. In spite of that we would recommend Esther: thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David for your feedback. I am sorry that you found the 6 hour tour of your choice too long. It might have been better to have opted for the 4 hour tour in your case, which would have cost less. Best wishes and hopefully you will return to Aruba one day and enjoy our island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Peggy for your 5 star rating! Keep in touch..
Rick EwartUnited States
Esther was EXCELLENT. My wife & I loved our time with her. Since we did an afternoon tour, I offered that we end it by going to dinner. She chose a very laid back seafood restaurant/shack (Zee Rover) she likes. It had INCREDIBLE food (colossal sized shrimp), great sunset, and cool vibe. We saw a side of Aruba you could NEVER get from a typical commercial tour. It was like visiting a friend, which I felt like we became in just 4 hours. This was a major highlight of our whole 8-day cruise. Thanks Esther!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so glad that your visit to Aruba was a major highlight for you and yes you are so right, we became firm friends. I truly look forward to your next visit to our Happy Island. warm wishes, Esther
Ester was an absolute pleasure to be with, she was friendly and personable and extremely accommodating for my wife and I. I would recommend this tour as a top thing to do if you want to get a true picture of Aruba. She took us far off the beaten path and showed us things we were interested in. We expressed an interest in the local way of eating she brought us to a Resturant on the fishing pier where local people eat the fish that is brought off the boats tied up there. Book it you won't regret it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks ever so much for your appreciation of Aruba and the tour. I am very happy that you enjoyed your day. I hope you will be back in the future! Warm regards, Esther
Josh ChickUnited States
Our trip was wonderful, even if I turned into a lobster a day before our tour. Esther was a wonderful and very knowledgeable guide about the island, history, political structure, and ever other fact I was interested in. Esther took us places the tour companies don't. It was perfect personal service, which exceeded my expectations. I would not only recommend Esther, but Tours by Locals based on my experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for the positive feedback. I am truly happy that you enjoyed the tour. Come back soon some day! - Esther
Michele SnyderUnited States
Esther was a fabulous tour guide. She knew a lot about the history of Aruba, was very friendly, accomodating, and funny. Her car was air-conditioned, very clean, and well kept. She made sure we saw all the sights on the island even spending more time for the tour than we expected. When we went to the donkey sanctuary she was so helpful she cut 4 bags of apples while we fed the donkeys. I would highly reccomend Esther and would definitely make sure to book a tour with her when coming back to Aruba!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michelle and Renee, Thank you so much for your generous comments. Hope to see you both back on Aruba again. Best wishes Esther