Jodie LusterUnited States
Scott picked us up at Hilo on time. He brought us to the national park for an amazing day....too much stuff to name but fascinating and fun for me and my husband and two adult kids. Topped off the day at the macadamia nut factory for ice cream. Really appreciated that he took time to consider what we wanted to do but wanted to show us all the park had to offer. Just a great day all the way around!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Jodie, for taking the time to write a great review! Sharing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I can take you to my special spots. Aloha, Scott
This is the 4th time we have used Tours by Locals and Scott did not dissapppint! He is very knowledgeable and so willing to tailor the day just for us, providing options and helpful direction along the way. Thanks so much Scott for the amazing time on our first visit to the Big Island!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Sandra, for the 5-star review! I'm so glad you were able to fly over for the day to explore the amazing volcano, and it was my pleasure sharing it with you. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
Scott was our tour guide throughout the National Volcano Park and he provided great information, many photo opportunities and all at our pace. He was very friendly and you could feel his enthusiasm for the park. He took us to some interesting local spots around the island as well. Rose and Ross Shelley and Fred
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha, Rose, Thank you so much for the great review and kind words! It is always a special treat being able to share this amazing island with visitors like you and your group. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
Emilio Alanis AlonsoMexico
Scott was a wonderful guide, accomodating our requests and always with a great attitude. We are glad we took the tour with him as he took us to many spots we definitely would have missed. Thanks Scott! Everything was very cool.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Emilio, for the great 5-star review! It was a true pleasure showing your family around Volcanoes National Park. Even though the park was extremely busy, it felt like we had it to ourselves at many of my special stops. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
James AikmanUnited States
Scott was a great tour guide, and showed us some of the best spots in Volcanoes National Park that we would have missed without him. He was super flexible to meet our schedule, and my wife and I were very comfortable spending the day with him. We would suggest packing a light lunch (we grabbed PB&J from Walgreens) so you can maximize your time for the tour. This is definitely the best way to see the park!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, James, for taking the time to write a great review! It was a true pleasure sharing some amazing sights with you and your wife. Wishing you all the best!
I cannot express how impressed we were by Scott and his the tour that he took us on. He was very knowledgeable about the volcanoes and showed us things that we would never have seen if we were on a bigger tour. Both Julie and I would have no hesitation recommending Scott as a Number 1 guide. Worth every penny. Mike and Julie Wall Cambridge Ontario
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Mike and Julie, for the fantastic review! Being able to share this island with visitors like you is so much fun and rewarding. I sure hope to see you again real soon. Aloha
Mark AngusNew Zealand
Scott was awesome - very informative and entertaining tour. Scott took the time to understand our interests and to build a tour that reflected what we enjoyed. He is clearly someone who loves what he does, and who has a real passion for the Volcanoes National Park. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mark, for the great review and kind words. It was great fun sharing some amazing places with you inside Volcanoes National Park, especially since we had the park to ourselves! Aloha
Aldo PivaUnited States
We hit it right off at the start with Scott. Scott was very friendly and lots of fun to be with. We went to the Volcanoes National Park and were the first ones in the park. Scott was awesome and knew all the secret places to take us to. The sights we saw were beyond our bucket list. We got to see extra places and sampled macadamia nuts and the chocolates of Hawaii. Scott's truck was perfect for sight-seeing and very comfortable and roomy. This was our best excursion and one we will never forget!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Aldo, for the great review and kind words! It was a true pleasure showing you some amazing sights inside Volcanoes National Park...and a few other favorite spots. It's always rewarding knowing my guests enjoyed their time exploring this wonderful island. All the best. Aloha
Gary WrightUnited States
Scott was FANTASTIC!!! Showed my family everything we knew we wanted to see AND much more. He was friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Definitely the highlight of our trip. And he gave us some great recommendations on what to do and see on our other days on the Big Island. Book him! You won't be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Gary, for the great review! It really was a great time exploring the volcano and other sights. Plus, it's always a treat being able to see the lava bubbling in the lava lake. Thank you for spending the afternoon with me. Aloha
Vicki ParksUnited States
Scott was the best guide ever. We visited two years ago and really did not like this island. After his tour we had a completely different opinion of this island. He made the day fun and interesting and planned the day around what we wanted to do. He knew places to go that were not full of tourists so you did not feel like you were being herded through like the large tour busses. He made sure we had lots of great pictures to remember the day. Great local guide. I would highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Vicki, Mahalo for the great review! It's always fun showing visitors the amazing sights of the volcano, especially when they have been here before. Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words. Wishing you all the best, Aloha
Renea MyersUnited States
Scott was prompt, responsive, knowledgeable, flexible and did a great job of customizing our day to make sure we had a fabulous time. He was truly concerned about fitting the tour to our preferences. Boy did he deliver! What a fun day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great review! The views from some amazing sights inside Volcanoes National Park are truly spectacular. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. Aloha
Melisa TamezUnited States
Scott is one of the most genuine and kind people out there. He is, honest to God, one of the BEST tour guides I have ever encountered. My family and I felt incredibly comfortable and at ease with him since the very first moment of meeting. Highly recommended! We had the trip of a lifetime and I got to fulfill life long dreams. Scott was a big part of that! We did so many things that we never thought possible. It was so exciting! Can't thank him enough for such a wonderful and memorable day. Scott's Spot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Melisa, for the kind words and great review! It was so much fun sharing some amazing places inside Volcanoes National Park with you. I sure hope we can do it again real soon...there is so much to see! All the best, Aloha
Wes WeiseUnited States
Scott is a great tour guide. He showed us the highlights of the Hilo/Volcano Nat'l Park area like a well informed friend. Scott is enthusiastic about his island and showed us things that mass tour companies dont even know about. He was able to customise our tour to fit my family's adventurous tastes, taking us on short hikes to see uncommon details that only a local who loves this stuff would know about. Overall, we couldn't be happier and his tour was one of the highlights of our trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Wes, for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time exploring some cool places inside Volcanoes National Park. I cannot wait to share more of this amazing island with you! Aloha, Scott
Janet BarnettUnited States
Scott provided us with a fun, comprehensive and very flexible tour of Volcanoes National Park. We appreciated his promptness, knowledge of the park and his flexibility in changing the agenda on the fly. He allowed us options and let us choose what we wanted to see, do and how much time we wanted to spend at various sites. The national park is a very interesting look at the results of lava flows over time, including going through a lava tube. We recommend both the park and ToursByLocals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Janet, for the 5-star review! Volcanoes National Park is certainly a treasure not to be missed. It is so much fun being able to share special places like this with visitors from all over the world. All the best. Aloha
Martha MarshallUnited States
With only a day to see Volcanoes National Park, we were lucky to have Scott as our tour guide. We saw so much with this passionate and knowledgeable guide. At his suggestion we started early and had the park to ourselves. It was amazing. If we had done this on our own we would have missed so much. We have used the knowledge he imparted to us during the remainder of our Big Island stay. Thank you Scott! PS your truck was so nice and comfortable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Martha, Thank you so much for the kind words and 5-star review. It was great fun being able to share Volcanoes National Park when we are practically the only people there. All the best. Mahalo and Aloha
Rebeca GutshallUnited States
Scott was the quintessential tour guide for the Volcanoes Park & all the other points of interest around Hilo! We had record breaking rainfall our tour day & it didn't matter -- he was well prepared with ponchos & still took us to see everything. He was very knowledgeable, made it fun & took us to places he knew we wanted to stop. His truck was very comfortable for the tour, & he made it easy to accommodate our small group. I wouldn't hesitate to say his was the BEST tour we had on all the islands!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Rebeca, for your review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your tour, even with all the rain. It was great fun experiencing Volcanoes National Park with your adventurous group! Aloha
Roy SmallUnited States
Scott was wonderful. Well organized and knowledgeable. He knew all the great sites to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: "Mahalo, Roy, for the 5-star review! Be sure to look me up next time you're in the neighborhood so I can show you more cool stuff. All the best. Aloha"
Joyce GuthUnited States
This is the second year we have book a tour with Scott. When it comes to the Volcano area his knowledge is outstanding. Very easy going and accommodating Scott can give you a 5 star tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Joyce, for another 5 star review! Looking forward to sharing more of this amazing island with you. All the best, Aloha
James KeanNew Zealand
What a fantastic Day! Big thanks to Scott for making our trip through the Volcanoes National Point the highlight of our cruise around the Hawaii Islands. Scott was highly knowledgeable about the park and the Hawaiian Islands in general and took us to all the big highlights that you would normally see on a group tour but also gave us options each step of the day and showed us some off the beaten path parts. Cannot fault the day at all and would not hesitate to recommend Scott and his tours! Thanks!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha James, Thanks so much for the great review! There are so many cool things to see inside Volcanoes National Park including several less known gems. I really get jazzed up when I can share these special spots. Wishing you many more safe travels. Mahalo and Aloha
Andrea HetrickUnited States
Scott was an awesome guide! Very accommodating and flexible! Showed us some great sites and I was able to get some awesome pictures! My family uses Tours by Locals wherever we travel and Scott is truly a 5 star guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Andrea, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a great review! So glad you were able to capture some great pictures. Wishing you many more safe tours with Tours by Locals! Mahalo and Aloha
We couldn't have been more impressed with our tour of the Volcano National Park. Scott was an exceptional guide who looked after us from start to finish. We chose Tours by Locals while on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Rather than go with the very large tour groups with the ship, our family of 4 had our own private tour guide to ourselves at a lessor cost! Scott made suggestions for the day of what to do and we would decide what interested us. It couldn't have been better!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Teena, for such a great review! It truly was a pleasure showing you and your family around Volcanoes National Park...and more. Being adventurous like yourselves make it so much fun! Can't wait to see you again. Aloha
Tanya OrmeUnited Kingdom
Would have been rated 6 if we could. An amazing day with an amazing guy. Learned so much our heads are spinning, plus had great fun. Thanks again Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Tanya, for the great review! Great weather and great company sure did make for a great day exploring the volcano. Hope to see you again soon. Aloha, Scott
Excellent tour of Volcano Park. Scott is very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Eleanor, for taking the time to write the 5-star review! Wishing you all the best. Aloha
Lou SmithUnited States
Scott was on time and had a nice vehicle for the type of tour we took on volcanic area. He explained a lot about the volcano, took us to normal attractions such as jaggar museum, steam vents and lava tunes, but also pointed out unusual features in the park. We like to hike so he took us to many trails to show us available hikes, then let us make an hour long hike in a remote in travelled location. He showed us how to eat a guava fruit from a wild tree. Great tour with a personable accommodating guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Paul! So glad you enjoyed your time exploring the volcano...it truly is a very special place. It's always fun exploring the park with adventurous visitors like yourselves. Aloha, Scott
Anita G.United States
If we could have given Scott more than 5 stars we would have. He was a great guide and showed us everything we wanted to see. We had the best day and one of the best excursions we've been on. Scott is very knowledgeable about Hilo and gave us so much information. You can't miss with Scott as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Anita, for taking the time to write this great review! I had a wonderful time showing you and your group around Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. Hope to see you again in the near future! Aloha
Wendy JefferyWaipukurau, New Zealand
Thoroughly recommend choosing Scott as your guide to Hilo. He has a real passion for his place of residence and his knowledge of the out of the way places and his love for his surroundings is quite humbling. He gave us a magic time and has been the highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Wendy, Thank you so much for the kind words and great review. Coming from seasoned travelers like yourselves is very special! So glad you enjoyed your time on this beautiful island. Sure hope we can do it again sometime! All the best. Mahalo!
Diane BennettUnited Kingdom
Fabulous tour of the Volcano National Park with Scott W. Scott was very willing to let us dictate the day, but we were happy to follow his lead on the best sights to see. He was easy company and very knowledgeable about the area, the geology and the plant life. We would have missed out on so much detail if we had tried to do the same route ourselves. Even our two "hard to impress" teens were soon hunting down different types of lava. We even fitted in a trip to the 'Akaka Falls. A great day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Diane, for the great review! Sharing Volcanoes National Park with adventurous visitors like your family is a real treat. I'm so glad you enjoyed your day! Aloha
Michelle HendersonUnited States
Scott was great. Very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Michelle!
Kent WhitnahUnited States
Scott was Fantastic!! Very flexible tour. Scott was very knowledgeable and customized the trip which made it very enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Kent. Thanks for the positive review! You and your family were fantastic to spend the day with. Sure hope you make it back soon. Mahalo!
Linda JohnsonUnited States
We had given Scott a general idea of what we hoped to see and do and he fulfilled our request to a T including making sure we arrived at the most popular spots well ahead of the bus tours. Excellent guide, informative, well-spoken, a good sense of humor. The truck was comfortable and spacious. Plan to tour with Scott in the future!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Linda, Thanks you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time exploring Volcanoes National Park. Hope you to see you and the gang again real soon. Mahalo and Aloha!
Catherine ReckenwaldUnited States
Scott was a wonderful tour guide, sharing his love of Hilo with us! He was prompt in picking us up, gave us a fantastic overview of the volcano, steam vents, lava tunnels, waterfall, beaches, chocolate store, and macadamia nut store. We saw at least twice as much as the other ship cruise passengers and for about the same amount of money. Highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Cathy and thank you so much for the great review. It's always a treat having guests like you! Wishing you many more wonderful cruises. Mahalo!
Had a great tour with Scott in Hilo. We saw everything we wanted to see, plus a few additional sites that Scott recommended. Our tour was geared to what we wanted to see & do. We would highly recommend Scott to anyone touring Hilo & Kona on the Big Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Greg, and mahalo for the great review! So glad you and your wife enjoyed your tour. It was much fun for me too! Hope you can make it back to paradise again real soon. Aloha!
Allison BasslerUnited States
We can't imagine having a better day in Hilo! Scott was wonderful, showing us volcanoes,lava tubes, steam vents, short hiking trails, and a black lava beach complete with sea turtles! If you're going to Hilo, make sure Scott is your guide! He made it our favorite island on the cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Allison! Thank you for the wonderful review! It is so rewarding knowing my guests enjoyed their day exploring the Big Island of Hawaii. It was great fun for me too! Come back again soon! Mahalo!
Ed HarrisUnited States
if it were possible to rate our tour even better than 5 stars, we absolutely would! Great day!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Ed. Thanks so much for the taking the time to write a great review. I had an amazing time with you and your wife! Wishing you many more safe travels. Mahalo!
Richard KellyUnited States
The absolute best tour on our Hawaii cruise. If you don't choose Scott as your tour guide, you are missing out on seeing the most and best of Hilo!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Richard, for the great review! Hope you can make it back to paradise real soon!
Warren SandersonUnited States
Scott, we had a wonderful time. Thank you very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Warren. A great time indeed! Aloha
Sanjay PatilUnited States
One of the most professional, pleasant, knowledgeable, honest people I have ever met. Does not "upsell" nor does he follow a set pattern. Tailored the tour to meet our preferences, was not rushed in any way. Incredible flexibility. I cannot recommend his service more highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Sanjay and mahalo for the great review! Your family was simply wonderful to be around, and thank you for sharing your day with me! Don't wait so long to come back for a visit. :-)
Heidi MitchellUnited States
Recently four of us toured Hilo Hawaii with Scott. I would rate my tour as a 5 out of 5. It was terrific and Scott was the biggest reason we had a great time. Scott was a willing participant in adventure, organization and willing to improvise. It was the highlight of our trip. Also I want to point out the comfort in which we traveled as Scott had a new large passenger pick up truck fully stocked with needed supplies. Thanks to Tours by Locals for another great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Heidi, for the great review! I had a blast with you guys! It's always so much fun sharing this amazing place with visitors like you. Wishing you all the best. Aloha
David HawkinsUnited States
Scott made the day fun and informative. Four of us toured with Scott one day of our 15 day Hawaii cruise and we found this to be the day we all enjoyed the most. Scott was well prepared and provided interesting information to our group through out the tour. Coffee tasting, wine tasting, water falls, lava tube, black sand beach, lava flow areas, gift shops, Volcanoes National Park, and non-stop information that we all found interesting made for a fun filled day. I recommend Scott without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha David and thank you for the great review! I'm so happy to hear you had a great time. I had a great time too! It's wonderful when we can fit in so many sights with a limited amount of time. Wishing you many more safe travels. Mahalo!
Sandra FormanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Sandy!
Absolutely the best way to see Volcano National Park. Scott was an amazing guide. He was more than willing to accommodate any and all requests, and was happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit us. He is extremely knowledgeable about Hawaii and will provide you with lots of great facts and information. We will recommend Scott to all of our family and friends who visit the Bis Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Blair, for taking the time to write a great review! I had a blast exploring the park with you. Wishing you many more safe travels to Hawaii! Aloha
Keith SullivanUnited States
5 of 5 rating. A pleasant and most enjoyable day learning about the volcano national park and the real Hawaii. Personable and an excellent guide and teacher.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Keith. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with you. Hope to see you again soon!
Scott was an excellent and friendly guide providing a wealth of knowledge about the island of Hawaii and all the places we visited. He knew the best paths/routes to take to ensure that we got the most out of each site we visited. He even offered to take group photos of us all together so that everyone could capture the many memorable experiences on photo. We highly recommend this tour to anyone....you certainly will not be disappointed. Thank you Scott for making our tour so fun and amazing!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Diana. I loved sharing Volcanoes National Park with you and your family, and I'm so glad you were able to see the glowing lava lake! Aloha
Dale BockbraderUnited States
We were very pleased with the tour provided by Scott. Scott gave us suggestions of what we might want to focus on and were able to make some of our own decisions as to what to see at the various locations. We would do another tour with Scott in the future. We rate our experience as a 5 star!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Dale. Thanks so much for the 5-star review. It was a great day for sure seeing the amazing sights.
Daniel CranmerUnited States
All I can say is PERFECT. Scott was very well prepared for knowing where to be at the right time of day. He answered questions that he could and said so if he didnt know the answer. He very much made us feel welcome and wanted to share his insight on the tour. I would recommend Scott for this tour to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Dan, for the great review! It was a pleasure sharing Volcanoes National Park, and a few other sights, with you. Having a perfect weather day certainly helped too! Aloha
Abraham (Bram) CostinCanada
Fantastic. I urge anyone who is at the Park to take this tour. It enhances your experience enormously.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Bram, for the 5-star review. It's so enjoyable starting early to have the park to ourselves! We sure hope to see you again soon. Aloha
Richard HoggUnited Kingdom
We had a fantastic day. Scott is a great guide, and a great guy to spend the day with, seeing the sights. He took us to all the places we wanted to see, as well as few places off the beaten track away from the larger groups of tourists. If you are travelling to Hilo for the day on a cruise, and you only have 1 day then this is the best way to see the things you want to see. Couldn't recommend this any higher.
Nancy BoccuzziUnited States
Scott was personable, knowledgeable, efficient, and fun. Great tour guide for a wonderful place!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Nancy and thank you for the positive review. It always helps when the weather cooperates! Mahalo nui loa!
Chris PrivoznikUnited States
Incredible experience. Scott is knowledgeable and passionate! We had a better experience with Scott than everyone else that took a large group tour. He showed us areas that most never see. Best guide we've ever had. Well worth the price. Seeing the volcanic sites in Hilo was one of the most memorable experiences. Thank you Scott!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Chris, for the kind words. You guys were absolutely wonderful! I sure hope you can make it back sometime! Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha!
Barbara HostettlerUnited States
We were met promptly at the cruise ship terminal and treated to a super day of sights around the Big Island, including the Volcanic National Park and breathtaking ocean views. Our "personalized" tour accommodated the needs of my husband (recuperating from recent knee replacement surgery). His recommendations for a less active tour were great, and included a wide variety of local stops. This is one of the top highlights of our 50th anniversary celebration.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Barbara and Mahalo for the great review. It was a pleasure sharing this amazing island with you and your husband. Wishing you all the best!
Fantastic way to see the Island. As we had limited time available this was the best option. Scott was waiting at the airport for us, he was very informative and accommodating, answering any questions we had, providing us with a very personal tour including some unscheduled stops as the opportunity presented. Would highly recommend Scott to all visiting the Big Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great review! Sure hope you make it back soon so I can show you more of paradise. Aloha!
Sandra CarusoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Sandy!
Ronald HaxtonUnited States
Great overview of the Volcano on Hawaii. Scott was a perfect host, and very helpful. Good driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Ron! Hope you and Betty enjoy the rest of your cruise! Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Nelson ShickUnited States
We used Scott for two days of tours and would recommend him to anyone. His tours covered everything that we desired and he was extrely flexible. Very knowledgable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Nelson. It was a pleasure sharing Volcanoes National Park with you and your group. What an amazing place!
Kelly CarmichaelUnited States
Scott suggested getting off our ship first thing and beat the tour buses. It was GREAT! We headed to Volcano State park and on the way Scott was excited to show us everything in the park! He was informative, easy going and extremely accommodating. Our time with Scott felt like we were with a friend and not a tour guide. Scott let us take our time and we were able to see so many things in our day with him with out any crowds! I suggest letting him plan your day as he is a professional! Thanks Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kelly, for the great review! I enjoyed myself too. You and Tracy were awesome! Aloha!
Jim FitzgeraldUnited States
Scott was great! Was super great about responding to email and helping with planning our itinerary in advance of our trip. He wisely pushed us for an early start, which isn't vacation-relaxed, but we all agreed made was totally worth it to have the park attractions mostly to ourselves. We felt there was great value in this tour - we got to relax and enjoy the sites - many of which we wouldn't have found on our own. Scott was easy to be with, prompt and knowledgeable. We have a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lila for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Wishing you all the best. Aloha
Sylvia LopezUnited States
This tour was the highlight of our trip!! Well worth it to leave before dawn and see the orange glow from the volcano and then the view after daylight! It was thrilling. We both really enjoyed this entire tour. The black beach was beautiful, too! Everything we saw was great. Scott is an excellent guide. He was always relaxed and never made us feel rushed. We would do this one again! If we ever do, we will want Scott as our guide! Highly recommend this tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sylvia! It's always a treat seeing the lava lake glow, especially before sunrise. So glad you enjoyed yourselves!
James EdwardsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo James!
Tina QuinnUnited States
We had a great time. Scott was punctual (even though our schedule changed slightly) and very informative. It was a great tour and one I would recommend to anyone!
Soma KancherlaUnited States
Scott is amazing. He is very patient, informative, safe driver. He has arrived on time and spent took us where we wanted to go and made our trip memorable. I will definitely refer Scott for anyone who needs a guide on Big Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Soma for the great review! It was a joy showing you and your family around. All the best. Aloha!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Thomas, for the 5-stars!
Don SnyderUnited States
Scott was outstanding and made our trip truly special It was the best tour by far on our vacation
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Don, Mahalo for the 5-star review. A great time for sure! All the best. Aloha, Scott
Gwen WilliamsOttawa, ON, Canada
Scott gave us an excellent tour of Hilo. He was most accommodating of our interests and preferences. His commentary and answers to our questions was excellent and we recommend him to all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Gwen, Thank you for taking time to write a 5-star review. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Mahalo nui loa!
Angela AmaranteAptos, CA, United States
Scott was a very informative and friendly guide. We truly enjoyed our experience. Mahalo, Robert and Angela
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Robert and Angela, Thanks so much for the 5-star review. It was wonderful experiencing the amazing sights with the both of you. Can't wait to see you next time! Mahalo, Scott
Scott was punctual (in fact early) for our very early am start to view the pre-dawn glowing lava lake and sunrise. He was very responsive to our interests and ability/ desire to see as much of the area as possible. We covered a large part of the Volcanoes National Park both by car and on foot, and he was very knowledgeable about the rock/lava formations etc. He allowed us to set the pace and at no time did we feel pressured to conclude the tour. A truly memorable experience. Thanks Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Lorna for the great review. We certainly did have a great day!
This was brilliant, Scott picked us up at the airport which was great and nothing was too much trouble for him. Kilauea at night was something I will never forget. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Kim for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves! Aloha, Scott
Marc IsraelUnited States
By leaving early, we were able to visit the lava tube and Kilauea crater before the crowds arrived. He was very knowledgeable about the lava flows and types of lava. We were able to walk to bottom of crater (again no one was there) and also across lava plains to other caves of interest. Scott picked up on my love of orchids and made a stop at a great nursery. Ended the day with a swim at a black sand beach (Robertson Park) with green turtles.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Marc for the great review. Getting an early start at Volcanoes National Park is so great! Wishing you all the best and many more safe travels.
Jim HixenbaughUnited States
Scott was vey personable and tailored our tour to our interests. He provided commentary and information without the pre packaged spiel that some of the guides in other ports relied on. He was waiting when we disembarked and his vehicle was clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend Scott for any cruise passenger who wants to maximize their time in port and avoid the hassles and rigid itinerary of the ship sponsored tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Jim, Mahalo for the great review. It was my pleasure sharing this amazing place with you! Wishing you all the best. Scott
Charles McMillanUnited States
We are so glad that we did this tour. Scott was very knowledgable and informative. He took us everywhere that we wanted to go and some additional places that weren't typical stops. I highly recommend this tour destination and Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Charles, for taking the time to write a 5-star review. Your family was an absolute pleasure. Wishing you many more happy cruises! Aloha
Wow wow and wow. We made this trip a Twilight tour. This meant we saw as much as we could in daylight hours and then headed back to watch the glow which did not disappoint. We walked on lava, through old lava tunnels and could appreciat the suttle differences between the activity in New Zealand and the Big Island. We followed this tour with the Hidden Treasures and between the two we got a great picture into how the island was formed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Janet! It truly is a spectacular sight seeing the glowing volcano when it's dark. The perfect weather was an added bonus!
On time, clean car, curteous, shaped. tour to suit wishes needs personality, energy levels.We had a wonderful day. Can't speak highly enough of Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Ursula for the review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your day! Wishing you all the best and much aloha!
Linda CrenshawUnited States
We really enjoyed our day with Scott. He has a great knowledge of Volcanoes National Park and it is a fascinating place to explore. We walked through lava tubes and hiked some trails. And since we got a good, early start, we were able to avoid the crowds and the tour buses from the cruise ships. We would love to come back and spend another couple of days in the park! We also stopped to see the Orchid Garden and to get macadamia nuts. It was really fun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Linda! Thanks so much for the great review. Getting an early start certainly does have its advantages. Hope to see you again! Mahalo, Scott
Chris TaggartUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Chris!
Ilya StatnikovUnited States
This was probably one of the best, if not the best, tours I have ever taken anywhere around the World. Thank you Scott for your time, knowledge, and willingness to accomodate all of our requests even though they may have been outside of original scope for proposed itinerary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Ilya. Mahalo for the great review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time exploring the Big Island. It was a pleasure for me showing you guys around and taking you to some fantastic spots that not many people get to see. All the best! Mahalo nui loa. Scott
We had an amazing time with Scott, he personalised the tour to what we wanted to do and showed us to many beautiful places we just wouldn't see without him. He was so friendly, knowledgeable, well-prepared and patient with us (we broke so many records of his for the most time spent in any one location). Thank you Scott, you made our trip so memorable and we would recommend him to anyone interested in having a unforgettable time at the Big Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Winnie! Thanks for the great review! We certainly had an amazing time exploring and it was great setting the time records! All the best, Mahalo nui loa! Scott
Curtis EyestoneRichmond, BC, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Curtis for the 5 star rating!
Brooke FaughtUnited States
ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLY amazing tour. There truly are no words to describe our experience with Scott (and not enough space). I contacted him prior to our trip to brainstorm our desires/wishes for the tour. He was incredibly prompt and thoughtful with conversation. He helped to create an itinerary that complemented our personal desires and interests. There were multiple e-mails prior to the actual tour and Scott was ALWAYS available and prompt with replies. Tour itself was worth ever penny.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Brooke, Thank you for another great review...it's was a fantastic time exploring the island with you! Wishing you all the best and many more safe travels. Mahalo! Scott
Scott was very accommodating before I booked the tour, and during the tour. Wonderful tour guide. My mother in law loved the tour and my husband and I had a great time visiting Volcanoes National Park. Definitely a better alternative to Cruise Ship Excursions. Scott is truly Awesome!! Don't be afraid to book him because he tailors the tour to what you Want!! Thank you Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Anna-Marie, Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time visiting Volcanoes National Park...it was a great day. All the best and many safe travels! Mahalo nui loa, Scott
Kenneth BrayUnited States
Tall, easy to find at the end of the gangway, very nice easy going personality, easy to talk to and with, very informative - this sounds generic, but he made the day way more fun and informative than any ship tour could offer. Tailored everything for our wants and needs, knew where everything was and how to get in and around! The Mrs. wanted to take him home, but you can't drag a guy from paradise, lol. Highly recommended, and we will look him up when we visit to stay ON the island for a couple weeks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Kenneth. Thanks so much for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves while on the island and I cannot wait to share more of it with you! All the best. Mahalo nui loa! Scott
Deb CarstoiuUnited States
My day-long tour of volcanoes with Scott was fantastic! He knew all these great hidden treasures to share -- and our hike to the caldera floor and worth the climb out! This was a great way to spend the day on the Big Island!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Deb. Thanks so much for allowing me the pleasure of showing you around VNP. It truly was a great day. And thank you for the great review! Wishing you safe travels. Scott
Clive FisherUnited Kingdom
Scott was very prompt, knowledgeable, and patient . Scott tailor made the tours to suit our requirements and unlike other tours we were not limited to times spent at the sights. We were able to spend as much time and encouraged to take as many photos as we wanted. Although the pictures do not do the amazing sights justice. If you are coming to Big Island you have to do this tour with Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Clive for another great review! It was a wonderful three days spent with you and Elaine. Aloha! Scott
Greg Meyerjacksonville, IL, United States
You will not find a better tour then this one with Scott. After meeting at Walgreens he gave us an overview of what we could tour. We picked the places and amount of time at each stop. Scott knows his history and facts of every were we went. He even took us off the beating path to show us some steam vents most people miss. A private tour vs a bus tour(no comparison). Tours by local was the best find on our trip. Thank you Scott for our tour. It was a sight to see for us from Illinois.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Greg! Thanks so much for taking the time to give a great review. It's so wonderful hearing you had a great time exploring Volcanoes National Park. Many safe travels and all the best. Mahalo nui loa! Scott
Sue WallaceNew Zealand
We had the most fantastic day of our cruise with Scott. He picked us up from the ship early, asked us what we wanted to see and tailored the tour to our requirements. We saw the Black Sand Beach, complete with turtles, Pele's Hair on the ground next to some steam vents, The Chain Of Craters road, Thurston Lava Tube, we went down to the sea and walked to the end of the road that was blocked by a Lava Flow and learnt so much about the Volcano and much more. did far more
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Sue! Thanks so much for the kind words and great review! I'm so glad to hear you had a fantastic time visiting the Big Island. Wishing you many safe travels. Mahalo, Scott
Jason LiuUnited States
This was the best tour we have ever been on, period! Scott was extremely customer-service oriented and showed us sites that were not in guidebooks and that we wouldn't have thought to look for. We saw steam vents off the beaten path, did a good hike down to the lava lake and more. He is knowledgeable about the island-any question that we had he was able to answer (on volcanos, vegetation, history). Visitors who don't tour with Scott during their stay on the Big Island are doing themselves a disservice!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Jason and Kristina! Thank you so much for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves exploring some of the amazing sights within Volcanoes National Park. I certainly enjoyed my two days spent with you! Mahalo and Aloha, Scott
This was the highlight of our trip. Scott was an excellent guide, who provided a comfortable and enjoyable tour. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Phillip! Thanks so much for the review. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time seeing some amazing sights! Sure hope to see you again soon! Mahalo, Scott
Colleen LillieUnited States
My husband and I took a tour of Volcanoes Nat'l Park and other ares of beauty around Hilo with Scott. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and very tuned into what we wanted to see. We wanted to see a variety of things and we able to do so easily. He gave us suggestions as we had never been to the big island, and were very pleased where he took us. I would highly recommend Scott for anyone wanting a private tour. Bonus- We did not encounter any crowds or tour buses! Mahalo Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Colleen! Our day was certainly filled with amazing sights, and your company was awesome! I had such a great time with you and so glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Mahalo for the great review! Aloha and Mahalo, Scott
Deborah GalbreathUnited States
Scott was ready and waiting when we finished our breakfast and headed out for our tour. He offered stops at locations not listed in the tour description that made the adventure even more fun since we had made good time. It was the best tour of our cruise and cost no more then van tours we took thru Carnival. Extra benefit did not have to climb to the back of the Van. Thanks much Scott
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Debbie! It's always great to hear visitors enjoyed their time exploring this side of the Big Island. And it sure was a fun day for me as well. All the best! Aloha, Scott
Melinda S.United States
Scott was wonderful! Very knowledgeable and informative. The places he suggested were absolutely terrific! Especially liked the orchid farm and seeing the steam/gas from the lava flowing into the ocean. Exciting trip!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Melinda! So glad you enjoyed your time on the Big Island! We still have much more to explore, so be sure to come back real soon! :-) Mahalo, Scott
Amy B.United States
Delighted that we would spend another day being toured by Scott, we eagerly awaited our discovery of Hilo. We were not disappointed, because Scott had an exciting day planned. Once again, We recommend Scott as a guide. He adjusts to the needs and wants of the guests. We were sad to see the day end and to bid good bye to him. Great job, Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Amy, for the great reviews! It really was a pleasure spending two days with you showing you some of the most spectacular places on earth. Wishing you many safe travels. Aloha! Scott
Wayne RieckSt. Clair, NSW, Australia
Never done this before, but found that this was the best way to do a tour, you can do things a lot quicker than on a big tour bus. We had three people and Scott our guide was able to show us better and quieter viewing spots away from the tour buses, we got to see all what we wanted to see and no time was wasted waiting for the slow coaches
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Wayne, So glad you enjoyed yourselves...it truly was a great day exploring Volcanoes National Park. Be sure to look me up next time you are in the neighborhood! All the best. Scott
Sally DuncanUnited Kingdom
Mahalo nui loa Scott for making my trip to Volcanoes national park an enjoyable adventure. I didn't feel rushed like on an organised tour and felt that I got to see parts I wouldn't have normally made it too. You were very good company and very informative, I learnt alot and I still remember my different types of lava. I would highly reccommend you and would not hesitate to book another tour with you when I get back to the big island. Thank you again, sally x
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Sally! The tour to Volcanoes National Park was a great time for me as well...I just love sharing that wonderful place with visitors. I'm certainly looking forward to showing you more places where you can walk on A'a and Pahoehoe! :-) All the best, Aloha, Scott
Michael ThweattUnited States
We loved our tour with Scott. He was waiting on us as we got off the ship. Scott was very professional and informative. The tour was as describe and then some. Scott went out of his way to see that we were happy and see all that Hilo had to offer. Scott even made adjustments to tour as we were going to take in sites that we saw and wanted to stop at. We felt like we were locals and part of Scott's family. Wanted a local place to eat at and Scott to us to a great place for a locomoco were I was a local.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Mike! Thanks so much for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time on the Big Island. It sure was a pleasure showing you and your family around. All the best and many safe travels. Scott
John BozemanUnited States
Excellent Excellent Excellent tour given by Scott W. My family and I could not be more satisfied with his professionalism and Volcano tour knowledge. Thanks Scott...mahalo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha John. I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour of Volcanoes National Park! I had just a fantstic time with you and your family! And I'm so glad you can now mark that off your list. Many safe travels and all the best. Mahalo, Scott
Lynne SebastianUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Scott on Hilo. He showed us as much of Hilo as possible in our cruise ship stop. We hope to stop again in the future and will definately book another tour with Scott. Thank You Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Lynne! So glad you enjoyed your day in Hilo and thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure showing you this slice of paradise. Be sure to look me up next time you're in the neighborhood! All the best. Scott
Larry FortuneUnited States
Scott was great, he is knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. He was on time and we had good communication pre trip. The tour was first rate and we got to see all the sites we wanted to. Scott even had umbrellas for us when it was raining. We will definitely be using Scott and Tours by Locals again on other trips.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry. It was a true pleasure spending the day with you! Hope to see you real soon so I can show you more places!
Timothy TreadwellUnited Kingdom
Great tour with Scott, he really loves his job and it shows, nothing was too much trouble and very flexible to work to suit your needs Definitely will use again! Thoroughly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Tim! Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed yourself at VNP and Mauna Kea summit. I certainly hope to see you again soon. Mahalo!