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Wild Side Specialty Tours

Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
Phone Number: +1 808-306-7273
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Ranked #1 of 18 Activities in Waianae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Owner description: #1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu, and deemed one of the...
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Activities: Swimming with dolphins
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: #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 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 affiliated with the Wild Dolphin Foundation and Cascadia Research Collective.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I'm not sure I have enough positive words to express the great time on our 'Best of the West' tour on 1/27/2015. Downing and Elizabeth were our crew members and they went out of their way to make sure we saw exactly what we wanted on the tour. We were whale watching within 15 minutes and got some great pictures... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I have done the best of the west tour 3 times. I went back for the their tour when I brought my family to Hawaii. Once again, it provided an unparalleled experience- swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with sea turtles, seeing many whales. The crew is great! One of my family members was anxious about snorkeling, and the Elizabeth took time... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Wild Side crew works hard to make sure you see what you came for...we saw it all! Humpback whales, Spinner dolphins and large sea turtles! The experience was amazing. I have family who live on the island and they couldn't believe we saw all these!! I appreciate that the boat is small and therefore there are only a small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

1st pleasant surprise for the day was only 4 other passengers, 2nd pleasant surprise Captain Tori & crewmember Sophia couldn't have been friendlier.Tori made it her mission to 1st of all find as many whales as possible to see all the while keeping in contact with other boats as to locations of whales & dolphins. She then found us a... More 

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Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our vacation. Elizabeth and Capt. Downy were very,very knowledgeable of the marine life and were patient to look and wait for the Dolphins. We did get the special chance to swim with the Dolphins maybe a few feet away from us. We also observed humpback whales swimming by while we were in the... More 

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Albany, Oregon, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Fantastic tour! It was amazing and now I'm able to cross off swimming with dolphins off my list! The crew (2ppl) ask when you schedule what you personally want to do most then fit you with others that want to the same! Very personalized for our group! We had only 7 ppl on board which includes the crew (2), us... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We can an amazing experience last week on the Best Of the West. The staff is very helpful and respectful of the ocean. They instructed us on how to behave to not to disturb or stress the dolphins. I have always wanted to experience the "swim with dolphin" thing but wasn't going to support the Sea World or other such... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This excursion lasted about 3 hours. Elizabeth was the person on the boat with us who was very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the area and who obviously loved nature! We didn't go too far to find turtles, dolphins, fish and whales. It is a wonderful experience to swim with the dolphins and turtles and I would definitely do this... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's hard to put on paper how truly amazing this experience was - for our entire family. Our son and daughter (15 and 18) are still talking about how "cool" the tour was! My husband and I felt it was an experience of a lifetime; very professional, educational (Elizabeth was so helpful and informative about Hawaii's unique sea life) and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

We had a a amazing time on this tour. We were thrilled to have a humpback whale swim by as we were swimming with the Dolphins. We were stunned. Swimming with the turtles was great as well. Fred and Elizabeth were very professional, knowledgeable and extremely competent. I am not very confident in the water but felt very prepared and... More 

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