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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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+1 808-306-7273
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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#1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu,...

#1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu, and deemed one of the top 5 whale-watching tours in America! Bucket-list marine wildlife encounters since 1996. More than just seeing amazing and indigenous creatures, deep connections and a true sense of place are gained. Six to ten passenger charters (two boats) with published marine-biologist, guest adventures are maximized to blend with wildlife conservation. Whale watching and swimming with wild dolphins year-round, charters include guided snorkeling tours over sea turtle reefs on Oahu's wild west side.

Awarded Hawaii Ecotourism Associations' Sustainable Tourism Certificate,

Wild Side is an internationally recognized marine tours company conducting environmentally responsible marine interactions. They aggressively participate in environmental protection through education and action, and promote sustainable travel and donate part of its revenue to the Wild Dolphin Foundation dedicated to marine conservation and education, regulatory reform, and research.

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Dolphins,Turtles, and great Fun

Best of the West charter where we literally saw hundreds (not an exaggeration ) of dolphins. We had six people on our tour so our Captain Downey and Elizabeth were able to... read more

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William L
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Neoga, Illinois

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Neoga, Illinois
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best of the West charter where we literally saw hundreds (not an exaggeration ) of dolphins. We had six people on our tour so our Captain Downey and Elizabeth were able to make sure everyone was up to speed. Our first stop found dolphins directly beneath us and they kept coming back for at least 20-25 minutes. Amazing to see... More 

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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took our daughters (age 7 and 9) on this tour as a birthday gift to our oldest. My husband and I had participated in other whale/dolphin excursions and this one was far and away the best. The limited group size made it feel intimate and there was lots of personal attention. When our guide Beth found out it was... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did 2 whale watching tours during our stay. This was the first. Our trip had to be rescheduled due sea conditions but fortunately I'd planned it early on in the holiday so there was option to go a different day. We saw turtles, swam or rather floated above a pod of 75 or more spinner dolphins and saw a... More 

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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Glad to hear you had a lovely day on the water with us, it sure was a pleasure to have you all on board. Your memories with the turtles, dolphins, and whales will last a lifetime. We hope to 'sea' you again in the future - mahalo again for choosing Wild Side! More 

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing time with them in Oahu. We would highly recommend them to anyone We saw both sea turtles and spinner dolphins up close

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1 Thank Nicholas B
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Thanks for the great review - we had a wonderful time with you all experiencing nature!! Your memories with the dolphins and turtles will last a lifetime!! Safe travels back home and we hope to sea you again! More 

Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first time to Hawaii and we had heard ALOT about dolphin, whale & turtle tours. We wanted our kids to experience all these great things the Hawaiian Islands had to offer... but with a focus to conservation, preservation and respect to the animals. Of ALL the tours we reviewed (and I reviewed many)... only WildSide made this... More 

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1 Thank Julie H
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review - it brought smiles to our faces to hear your enthusiasm about your experience with Wild Side. Wonderful to have such like-minded guests like you guys. We love that you appreciated our focus on conservation, preservation, and respect to the animals! :) We hope to 'sea' you and your family... More 

Bellingham, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

With all the stellar reviews we were very excited about this trip. We took the Deluxe Wildlife Charter on 4/3/2017. The directions and check in were easy and smooth, captain and 2 guides were welcoming and enthusiastic. We did have incredible luck with the spinner dolphins and spent 15-20 minutes with tons of dolphins swimming around us - quite the... More 

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Thank cohenjoshua
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Mahalo for your time in leaving us a review, we are grateful for your feedback and appreciate you! Happy to hear you had such an incredible experience with the wild Hawaiian spinner dolphins - those memories of that 1 on 1 experience with nature will definitely last a life time. :) We've been taking guests snorkeling on the west... More 

Kalama, Washington
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kelsie, Sammi and Capt. Downing could not have been more accomodating and supportive. My wife and I are 65 and there were young children that had never snorkeled before but Sammi and Kelsie handled the wide range of challenges with extreme ease. Kelsie and Sammi provided a level of guidance and experience that allowed everyone on board to enjoy the... More 

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1 Thank kensteidley
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you so much for your time in leaving us a review. What a wonderful day we had experiencing nature at its best - in the wild! Awesome to hear we were the best part of your vacation - it was truly a pleasure to have you and your wife on board. We hope you are able to visit... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As kama'aina (folks who live on O'ahu) we're picky about which attractions we choose to spend our money on. Wild Side came highly recommended by my colleagues and they did not disappoint. Our team, Joslyn (Captain) and Noelle (awesome everything else-er), was outstanding. We had a variety of swimming levels and amounts of snorkeling experience among our small group and... More 

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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Woo hoo - a fantastic day it sure was! :) We're honored you will choose us to show your family and friends around in the future ....looking forward to it!! So happy you had such a great day with the dolphins and turtles, it was a pleasure to experience that with you all. Aloha and see you again soon! More 

Greenville, Ohio
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best snorkeling experience I’ve EVER had. And I am not exaggerating. I think I’ve been on some pretty cool snorkeling experiences and saw beautiful wildlife before (reefs in Bora Bora, sharks in Rangiroa, pigs in the Bahamas) but yesterday takes the cake. We went out with Olivia, Elizabeth and Downing from Wild Side Hawaii just past Ko Olina in... More 

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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! What a fantastic review - made us smile! :) What an amazing adventure we had - so wonderful to share it with wonderful guests like you and your family. Glad you enjoyed the education, history, and culture as well. We hope you're able to visit again in the future...cheers! More 

Logan, Utah
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a free morning to tour while I was at a conference on Oahu. I was hoping to catch the end of the whale watching season, and I always enjoy seeing dolphins and turtles. When I saw that Wild Side provided a small group experience that included a dolphin swim and some snorkeling I grabbed the last available slot.... More 

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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! We love the way you describe the "personal treatment" on our small group, intimate excursion! So happy you were able to fit this into your conference trip - what a treat! :) Your memories with the whales, dolphins, and turtles will last a lifetime. Next time you're on Oahu, we'd love to see you again! Safe travels and thank... More 

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