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“Wonderful family guide”

Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours - Private Tours
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Keaau
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wonderful family guide”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Marylou took our family of four (with 2 young girls aged 7 and 5) out for a day in Hilo and we saw so many wonderful things. Starting with the volcano/museum, and then showed us a lovely short walk from a lookout to the Thurston lava tube - kids found it really easy. Then we went on to a macadamia nut farm and gardens for a late lunch and onto a coffee roasters for a quick tour of their facilities which we loved. I'd recommend bringing some snacks for morning tea and the morning is packed with not much opportunity for stopping, but we had such an amazing day overall. Marylou even offered to take us afterwards to see a black sand beach and waterfalls, but the kids had had enough by this time, so she was really flexible. Van in great condition and comfortable too. Thanks again Marylou.

Visited September 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Marylou Tours,like being shown the Big Island with your favorite relative”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Both Marylou and Ken are very knowledgable about the Big Island of Hawaii. Marylou took us on a tour of Hilo and Volcano National Park. Ken and Kyle, their son, showed us the town of Kona. We told Marylou and Ken what we wanted to see and they arranged it all. We were picked up at the pier. Communicating to make arrangements was easy and personal. Their fees are reasonable for the amount of information you will receive.

Visited September 2013
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Riverdale, New Jersey
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3 reviews
“Great way to see Kona highlights for a day!”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Ken and Marylou Smet were excellent to speak with and easy to work with when scheduling our tour. We arrived to the port in Kona via a Royal Caribbean cruise and were picked up by Ken at the gate. Ken was very knowledgeable of the island and very considerate of our wishes to see as much as possible during our tour of Kona, which included the Place of Refuge, Kona Joes, and snorkeling in Honaunau Bay (with sea turtles), Captain Cook statue and surrounding bay, along with other popular sites. Ken even found us a mom and pop local restaurant serving great fish (locally sourced Ono) and chips. He was never in a rush and wanted to make sure we maximized our time on the ground in Kona. Touring with Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours was a fun and price effective way to see the Kona side of the big island, while also being much more personal than the big cruise tour buses. We will certainly recommend Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours to our friends and family visiting Kona in the future.

Visited September 2013
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Katy, Texas, United States
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“This is the way to see hilo”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Tour was a great way to see Hilo. Especially if you want to know lots of info about island. Ken was very knowledgeable. His van was a nice vehicle for six people. One good point was Ken was very flexible, he asked us if there was anything we wanted to see he would take us there. At all the stops there was no rush to go, we were are on time. Ken also knew when are ship left and very aware of time. Ladies on are tour where worried about time. Ken even took us to one last stop to see turtles which was cool. If we would have know how good they where we would have booked them in Kona also, but already had rented a car. Oh yeah price was very reasonable.

Visited August 2013
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Sterling, Virginia
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great way to see the Big Island”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

First, Ken and Marylou were very patient , helpful, and knowledgeable as we had a gazillion questions and deliberations planning our One Day Big Island Trip. (on phone) We toured with Ken for roughly 9 hours. (August 12,2013) He was very accommodating, full of local knowledge and stories and history to share. His demeanor was very relaxed and open ; he was very pleasant to spend the day with and get to know the Big Island. He even found things to point out to our 12 year old daughter that she would find particularly interesting. (not always easy!) We had him to ourselves all day (my husband, my daughter, and me). They customize the tour according to what the people involved find interesting and /or important . Although this was not a particularly inexpensive tour, it was worth every cent and we heartily suggest it to anyone visiting the Big Island. .

Visited August 2013
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