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.
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 ZielinskiUnited States
Thanks Joshua for a great tour, everyone in my group enjoyed it.
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 VoyerOttawa, 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 StoddartUnited 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!
Mabel YeungUnited States
Josh is a very professional, friendly and excellent tour guide. His knowledge about the island, foliage, the volcano and the area is exceptional. I would definitely recommend him to do your tour. We have done many excursions with Tours by Locals and each guide has been excellent but he was the best.
Roz BrilliantUnited States
Joshua is a find. He is fun to be with. He knows the Island & the history. Great guide. Deserves more than 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha to the Brilliant family! It was a pleasure sharing our island with you. I hope to see you the next time you return to Hawaii whether for a tour or just to say hello. Mahalo, Josh
Ann P.Honolulu, HI, United States
We live in Honolulu and have been to Hilo many times, but Joshua was still able to show us things we had never seen. His commentary was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Ann, I am glad that a local from our islands was able to enjoy the Big Island even after being here several times. I look forward to your next visit and hope to share more with you! Mahalo for the review, Josh
Alfred HolzheuUnited States
Josh is an amazing resource on everything Hawaii. Our tour was a weather disaster, but Josh made lemonade out of the lemons we were given.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Alfred! I am glad you enjoyed your lemonade. We've been experiencing some more of that wild weather we toured with that day. Please let me know when you are headed back to the Big Island, I will be happy to share more of our island with you! Mahalo a hui hou, Josh
Marjorie EversonUnited States
Josh was awesome. He is very knowledgable about the island. He is accommodating to our interests. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and tried to book another with him, but he was already booked. We will use him again and recommend him to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marjorie for the kind words! I am glad you enjoyed your tour and look forward to your next visit to Hawaii Island. Aloha, Josh
Ruth LockwoodLancaster, OHIO, United States
We had a wonderful tour with Josh. He was very informative and knowledgeable about the area, and he was willing to show us any place we were interested in. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed your time touring Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I hope to see you on your next trip to the islands. Aloha, Josh
Friendly, knowledgeable and adapting to the customer's needs.
We had an absolutely great day with Josh. He picked us up on time in his very clean and comfortable vehicle. We weren't sure what we were doing the day before so Josh agreed to keep our agenda flexible. We ended up doing all that was promised on the tour and more. We never felt rushed and Josh absolutely wanted to make sure we got the experience that worked for us. His knowledge of the island was excellent and he was very honest about what he knew to be fact and what he was unsure of.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julie! I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. I look forward to having you along on your next visit to Hawaii Island. We will be sure to get your huli huli chicken. With much Aloha, Josh
Fred FloweUnited States
The tour by Josh was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!! Josh is a very personable young man and was very caring. Knowledgeable, very happy, witty and positive. Excellent driver!! We could not have ask for a better guide and enjoyed every minute of the tour! Thanks to Josh for a great and memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! I look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to the Big Island. Aloha, Josh
Jeanne HillegasFairhope, PA, United States
I've used Tours By Locals several times in my travels and have never been disappointed. My group of 16 was met at the dock by Josh and John. Both Josh and John were very interesting and had a wealth of knowledge to share with our group. I would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeanne for the review! I am glad you enjoyed your Volcano Adventure tour. We had a lot of fun with your group and look forward to your next visit to the Big Island. Mahalo, Josh
Francesca FreelandUnited Kingdom
Joshua was brilliant, very knowledgable about the island and the Volcanoes National Park. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Pick up was easy and excellent, the vehicle was very good, clean and comfortable. Took us to all the major spots and got us back to the ship in plenty of time. Willing to divert off from previously agreed itinerary. HIGHLY recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Francesca! I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Aloha, Josh
Karen WardUnited States
Our day with Josh was AMAZING! He was very knowledgeable about the Volcanoes National Park and Hawaiian history/culture. He was energetic and friendly and great fun. Because of frequent weather changes in the region, he was prepared with umbrellas and ponchos for us. He took us to a great local spot for lunch and included a stop at a specialty store where he knew we would find an unusual souvenir for a friend at home. We had a blast!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Karen, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hope to see you on your next trip to the Big Island! Aloha, Josh
David AherreraUnited States
Josh was an excellent tour guide. He made sure that we had a great time and catered to our needs. He hiked with us down to the Kilauea caldera, the Thurston lava tube, and took us to different places we didn't expect to see. He had water and snacks ready for us to consume after the hikes. I highly recommend touring with Josh - he is a true local with a cute pigeon (Hawaiian local) accent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the awesome review David! I had a great time with you and your hanai family the Sparrow's. I hope you are able to visit again, I would be happy to show you more of our beautiful island. Mahalo, Josh