Michael GilmartinUnited States
Josh was great. Very knowledgeable in all things Big Island - history, geology, horticulture, food, etc. We enjoyed our tour and highly recommend Josh and this tour.
Marv MyersUnited States
Josh was OUTSTANDING! Our ohana of 9 ranging in age from 4 to 72 all voted our day with Josh as the Best of the Best during our 4 Island vacation. One of my daughters who was skeptical of hiring a guide commented that we should have hired guides on other Islands. The interaction with other guides displayed the respect he has among his peers. Josh will live in our hearts and minds as we fondly remember our vacation. I would encourage anyone visiting the Big Island to hire Josh. He covered history, culture
Omer BernardoUnited States
Jay SiskindHouston, TEXAS, United States
Joshua gave us a wonderful tour of Hilo. Unfortunately, the Volcano Nat'l Park was closed because of the eruptions but he improvised nicely and we had a great tour.
Charles W RobertsUnited States
We planned our tour over 6 months ago. Josh was very responsive and helpful in the planning process. Being picked up at our vacation rental in a comfortable van was a real plus. Josh was very considerate and professional throughout the day. On our own, we would never have been able to see as much as we did. Despite the closure of the Park, it was an amazing tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Charles, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad you and your family/friends enjoyed the tour! Please let me know when you return for a visit. Mahalo, Josh
Ferebee SmithUnited States
John HunleyUnited States
Josh was an awesome guide! He was friendly and personable, and his love for his native Hawaii came through in everything he said and did. We visited several historic sites and Josh's stories from the past allowed the history to come to life. We also saw a coffee plantation with lots of yummy samples and tons of gorgeous plants and trees. We would absolutely book with Josh again if we are fortunate enough to visit the Big Island again in our future!
Jodi WUnited States
We would highly recommend Josh.We had a rainy day on Hawaii and Josh still made it educational and fun.He had huge umbrellas for us to use and also water and snacks.Those little details add to the experience.He adapted our tour to the weather & accompanied us at all of the locations but also gave us space as a family.It was nice not to be rushed and timed at each stop.The vehicle was also spacious and clean. Josh was very friendly and just overall great. Thanks for making our trip memorable!
Julie ShenUnited States
Our Hilo tour is five star all around. Joshua was born and raised on the island, knowledgeable in the way of a true native. He was courteous, punctual, took us to this great place for local food. His Mercedes van was spacious and spotless, more than enough room for our group of 8, and so easy to get in and out of. Highly recommend.
Frances SciscivoRussell Lea, NSW, Australia
Josh is more than you could ask for, Excellent.
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.
Leonard DalbertiUnited States
Josh was amazing, took us around to see a lot of places and customized our trip to fit our wants and needs. Took us to a great local eatery. He let us stay as long as we wanted to, never rushing us. If we're ever in Hilo, we will be sure to look him up again. Highly recommended!
James GraysonUnited States
Robert ThomasUnited States
Joshua G. Was excellent,(family of 9 from 67-4) on a fabulous tour of the island, from Hilo HI. My 4 year old grandson felt that it was the best tour of all. He loved the black sand and rocks, that also had 2 juvenile turtles. He felt he was King of the Mt. Josh was very considerate of me(67) helping me up the rocks to see the turtles. Josh took us to get poke, my granddaughter wanted to do that. It was delicious.Then lunch, the National Park. It was superb. I highly recommend Josh.Money well spent.TY
Helen HarakuniUnited States
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: He verbally complained about other drivers and people around us. A negative vibe.
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.
Howard DossettUnited States
Josh was great! Never felt rushed and got to see some great sites. Van was clean and cool and Josh gave us alot of great info about the islands. Will definitely use him again when we go back.
Joyce ZielinskiClermont, FLORIDA, United States
Thanks Joshua for a great tour, everyone in my group enjoyed it.
Christine GuilbeauUnited States
Josh was amazing! You can't ask for a better guide than Josh. Highly recommended!
Brent SmallUnited States
If you want an extremely knowledgable tour guide with a fantastic sense of humour and an easy going demeanour, then JOSH is your guy. We had a party of 5, including 2 seniors with limited mobility. Josh selected activities that were tailored to our group and was so very patient and helpful getting us all in and out of the van, including the wheelchair and walker. Nice size van with lots of room. He speaks with passion about his homeland and his knowledge of its history was very enlightening. EXCELLENT!!
Sue T.United Kingdom
This tour was the highlight of our holiday to the U.S. Josh is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and made sure we had a wonderful day. From seeing red magma bubbling away to stunning Rainbow Falls, huge banyan trees and big turtles, everything we saw had a 'Wow' factor. Josh lent us binoculars to see the magma more clearly and was an expert not only on the volcano but also local plants and trees. We came away loving the Island and having had a truly wonderful day. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Janice FleemanUnited States
Our party of four was very impressed with our tour guide, Josh. He made sure we saw the highlights in Hilo. He also made an effort to stay ahead of the tour buses so we wouldn't get caught up in the crowds. He was knowledgeable and thoroughly enjoyable. We will be recommending Josh to anyone traveling to Hilo. In fact, any future trips we take, we will be using Tours by Locals.
Thanks to Joshua for a fantastic full day tour today. He was friendly, entertaining, extremely knowledgable and paced the day for us beautifully. A definite 5/5 from us.
Sherri Long55127, United States
We hired Josh to take the 8 of us around Hawaii, including the Kilauea volcano. Being a native, he was VERY knowledgeable about the history and geography of the island. He also had a great sense of humor and had us all laughing and smiling thru out the tour. He was very accommodating, as we asked him to include a stop at a local coffee farm and a tour of the Volcano Winery, which weren't on the original itinerary. Josh spent a lot of time with us and we enjoyed every minute of it. He was FANTASTIC!!
Barb StrasUnited States
Josh was amazing. Very clean vehicle. Microphone REALLY helped. He was prepared, informative, helpful, humorous and an overall delight! This was a terrific tour with a well prepared guide. **Don't hesitate to book a tour with Josh!** We went to a great little spot for lunch, visited 'out of the way' places and even hiked into the woods to look into a volcanic steam vent and walk into and through a lava tube. Excellent experience for the 6 of us!
Louise V.Ottawa, ON, Canada
Tour was ok. But we found it extremely difficult to deal with the guide (pre-arrangements)
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences, and believe flexibility & clear communication is part of this. Compensation has been provided in this case, and we will work with Joshua to improve these aspects of the customer experience going forward.
Aquanette HamptonUnited States
Joshua was our tour guide, great trip, from start to finish. Very interesting and informative, would recommend him to family and friend.
Frances SciscivoRussell Lea, NSW, Australia