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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
+1 808-306-7273
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Best Choice!

My husband and I went on the smaller group boat tour and absolutely love it. It was well worth the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Megan H
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Amazing! Once in a lifetime experience.We were lucky enough to swim with a pod of 50 plus spinner... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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#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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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+1 808-306-7273

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I went on the smaller group boat tour and absolutely love it. It was well worth the money! The crew was very knowledgeable and we learned fun facts about the dolphins and turtles. We weren't far from the marina when we spotted...More

2  Thank Megan H
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha! Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review!! What a wonderful adventure we had. And such a pleasure to have you all on board with us to experience nature together. Your memories with the dolphins, turtles, and swims in the beautiful, blue, Hawaiian...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing! Once in a lifetime experience.We were lucky enough to swim with a pod of 50 plus spinner dolphins and later a few sea turtles. Loved the fact that it was a small group and that they respected the wildlife so well. They were very...More

1  Thank Go2Sunshine
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha! Thank you so much for your thoughtful review!! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and we're so happy we were able to be part of your once in a lifetime experience with nature. You guys were great swimmers and it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour is so incredible that there are really not many words to describe it. We started the day with a technical problem with the batteries but every thing was fixed and ready to go 30min later. After the safety instructions, our Captain Elizabeth took...More

1  Thank Ludovica V
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Woo-hoo!! A magical day on the water with such fantastic guests!! And you have our sincerest thanks for your patience and understanding during our brief maintenance at the start of the trip. We're so glad you enjoyed our intimate time with the dolphins..those memories will...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our Captain Elizabeth and Melanie were fantastic the whole trip. We were delayed in getting started due to mechanical issues but rectified it as soon as they could. What we were delayed the time was added onto the end of the trip. The weather was...More

1  Thank tayl0u
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha! Yes, what a fantastic and special trip – it was truly a pleasure to have you all on board and experience nature together!! And mahalo for your kind patience during our brief boat maintenance that morning. We always take time to ensure our boats...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day out with Captain Downing and Melanie! We were jet lag flying in from a Hong Kong the day before but our 3 girls ages 7, 10 & 12 were super excited about swimming with Dolphins and Turtles! Melanie gave us...More

2  Thank kt2016237
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

A great day, indeed!! What a fun adventure with you and your family! Your memories with the dolphins and turtles will last a lifetime - so happy it was a wonderful memory for all! Also, glad to hear you enjoyed the small group size and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was travelling in a group of four and we were debating whether or not to do this tour as it is quite expensive, but I am so happy to say we are very glad we did! No amount of money is worth the absolute...More

1  Thank Evan1988
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha! Your very thoughtful and detailed review is so appreciated! We're thrilled to hear that you and your group had such a special, memorable, and overall quite magical day observing nature together! It was truly a pleasure to have you all on board with us...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great morning on the water with Wild Side Specialty Tours! We choose the deluxe wildlife charter which has a maximum of 10 people on the boat. It cost a little more than other snorkel tours but greatly worth it not to be...More

1  Thank Jenn L
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha! Thank you so much for the very thoughtful review! We're thrilled to hear you had a fantastic day with us enjoying nature together!! From the whales, to dolphins, to turtles, and course that beautiful clear water to snorkel....it was all around a wonderful day!!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do it! Do it! Do it! Amazing experience with a knowledgeable crew! We heard and saw whales, swam with dolphins, and soaked in the beautiful island! The group was small and the experience was intimate and personal! Highly recommend this company for any service!More

1  Thank Stephieyl
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Love the enthusiasm...we love when our guests are just as excited as we are when it comes to observing nature! Glad you enjoyed the small group, intimate experience...that's one of our favorite aspects of the trip as well. Thank you again for choosing Wild Side...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing experience with Wild Side! The team is so knowledgable and passionate about marine life, and very respectful of the environment they work within. Elizabeth also shared a lot of history about the island and its people which was great. The small group...More

1  Thank Sherry L
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A special day, indeed!!! :) Mahalo for choosing Wild Side, it was truly a pleasure to have you guys on board. Observing nature in its natural habitat with our small group truly was fantastic. So glad you enjoyed it!! Cheers!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the deluxe wildlife charter. I have a 10 and 13 year old. The 10 year old was a little apprehensive to snorkel. Our guide Kelsey did a wonderful job getting him in the water. He was able to swim with her for...More

Thank Christine B
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha, thank you so much for your time in leaving us a review. We're glad you and your family had such a wonderful time aboard with Wild Side. Your memories observing the dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat will last a lifetime. :) Have...More

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Ashley F
16 September 2017|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Aloha! Respect for sharks is a good thing! I'm sure an innate fear of large predators is something that helped our ancestors survive. Sharks near shore (where we snorkel), are rarely seen - mostly because if present, they... More
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Ruxandra V
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I meant to write is more of an answer not Miranda
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Response from Jeremy T | Reviewed this property |
We had plenty in our group with limited abilities. Just alert the crew and they keep you closest to them and help you every step of the way!
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