Ashley ChennankaraUnited States
We loved our private tour with Mari! She accommodated all our needs for a party of 5, including our very active toddler and senior parents. She thought of everything including snacks and even showed us some "hidden secrets" of Nanaimo. For us not knowing much about this stop on our cruise, we felt Mari did a wonderful job showing us the best the city and area has to offer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was truly a pleasure to have your familly on this trip! Your daughter was such a treat, her inquisitive mind is a great quality to have. I had a great time as well as Jersey. Hopefully one day we will make it to Texas, sounds like a great place to visit :)
Kent GeistUnited States
Mari was fantastic! We really enjoyed our day with her. She loves her island, and it shows. She's friendly, outgoing, and accommodating. She goes above and beyond to make sure her clients are having a great time. You'll even find a few surprises along the way. One of the best guides we've experienced in our travels all around the globe. I wouldn't hesitate to book her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Kent, that means a lot! I know you are all experience travellers, im glad i succeeded in making this day special for all of you. It was such a pleasure to have you, Barb and your friends tagging along for this trip. See you next time! Mari
Kathleen JewellUnited States
Marianik Lavallee was a fantastic guide in Nanaimo. She communicated with us before the tour because of a change that needed to be made in a portion of the trip through no fault of hers. She met us at the Cruise Terminal as planned and we headed out on our all day tour. She chose wineries that were very nice and not the ones the ship's excursions were using. Then she picked an off-the-beaten path restaurant that was also a distillery and we sampled cider with our lunch. It was a WONDERFUL day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Katleen for taking the time! It means a lot, Mari
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Nicole for your rating :) have a great summer!
Linda K.United States
Had such a fun day with Mari! She has such a great personality and such enthusiasm-she truly wanted to make this a fun and special day for us and was very tuned in to accommodating our interests and time table. Her passion for and knowledge of the area were clear, and the places she took us were breath-taking. Would absolutely recommend a tour with Mari!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The pleasure was all mine Linda! You two were a blast and defenetely know how to have fun and enjoy the outdoor, which made it easy for me to share my passion! You both have to let me know if your comming on the island next so I can take you to the "island adventure #2" . Have a great summer, Mari
Ken CookUnited States
Mari was a delightful spokesperson for Victoria and Canada. I challenged her to focus on my interest in architecture, and over my brief day trip, we visited Parliament House, the cathedrals of Christ Church and St. Andrews, Craigdorroch Castle, Chinatown and the waterfront downtown. I was very satisfied with the tour, and delighted to make her acquaintance. And she caused me to want to come back for a longer visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was defenetely a challenge for me to take you on this tour Ken, I probably learned more than you did haha. I never visited a cathedral before and regret it as it was just a hollie experience for me. I'm glad I got a knowledgeable guide for a part of it as it was just full of descriptive anecdotes and facts. Thanks to you and good luck in your future travels! Mari
Cheryl HazamaUnited States
Mari was instantly delightful, and we had a great day of touring and learning about Victoria with her. Mari possessed a great knowledge and love of the area plus good time management skills, so we were able to see and do many things which would have otherwise been impossible. It was a beautiful day in Victoria, and we had a wonderful tour with a terrific guide!! Thanks, Mari. God Bless
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so very pleased that you had as much fun as I did! You didn't even look tired at the end of the day haha. I wish you both the best and hopefully we will see you on your next trip over :) Mari
Robin ReevesUnited States
Had a great day with Mari. My wife was not feeling well that day so Mari was quick to modify our tour to a slower pace that met our needs. We accomplished our goal of seeing Victoria without having to follow the cruise ship crowds and since my wife did not feel up to tackling Buchart Gardens, Mari took us to a smaller, but still beautiful, garden that was a great substitute and one that has a great story behind it. All in all, she was a great host, and the tour was perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, I had a great time with both of you. Such a great day to see Victoria and it was my pleasure to be able to show you and Tina my little part of the world. Mari