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“Marylou Tours,like being shown the Big Island with your favorite relative”

Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours - Private Tours
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Keaau
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Reviewed 23 September 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.

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Reviewed 19 September 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.

Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 2 September 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.

Thank Terry L
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Reviewed 30 August 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. .

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

The tour was well organized and Ken our tour guide allowed plenty of time to see the attractions that we felt were important to us (Kilauea Crater volcano, jaggar museum, thurston lava tube, orchid farm, black sand beach, rainbow falls). There were six of us and his vehicle was spacious, in well running condition meaning the windows opened, AC worked, seats moved back and forth when necessary. We were quite comfortable. Midway thru our 6 hour tour, 4 of us had reservations to zipline, so Ken dropped us off at the zipline company, coordinated with zipline people as to when he should return, and then he took our parents off to a lovely beach and then to a coffee house. When we finished ziplining he was there to pick us up. A bit above and beyond the scope of most tours. The only thing that bothered us on our way to our first sight was him trying to drive, answer his cell and search for pictures he thought we should see. After we requested that he not do that as it distracted from his driving, he put his cell away and focused on driving and providing us with useful information about where we were going and what we would be seeing. We had a great day and would very much recommend Marylou's Tours to anyone visiting Hilo for a day. They also do tours of Kona but we had already rented a car to do our own sightseeing. However, based on where he told us to go in Kona I would also recommend them for a Kona tour.

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