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Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
Phone Number: +1 808-306-7273
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Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Description: #1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on...
#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.
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We went to Oahu in March and really wanted to see some whales. After seeing that there were many whale-watching options, we decided to look a little closer at the value/dollar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We went to Oahu in March and really wanted to see some whales. After seeing that there were many whale-watching options, we decided to look a little closer at the value/dollar. It's clear that you can get on a boat and hopefully see a whale with any tour in town. What we loved about Wild Side was that we got... More 

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were able to ride alongside bottle nosed dolphins and pilot whales, swim WITH spinner dolphins and sea turtles and be right in the middle of schools of beautiful fish. Elizabeth and Downing were amazing at giving us enough information to respect and enjoy all the creatures and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Thank you!

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

Whoa!! Pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, turtles, fish, and spinner dolphins!!! What an amazing trip!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we are thankful for your feedback. Hope to see you again sometime! Aloha from the Wild Side crew! More 

Malaysia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I signed up for the Deluxe Wildlife and was amazed to discover what an incredible tour this was. There were 10 in our group, with Elizabeth as our guide and Downing as our captain. Instead of heading out to see the spinner dolphins, we went to view spotted dolphins instead - away from other large dolphin tour groups. It was... More 

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

Aloha and thank you so much for taking the time to review your Wild Side experience. We are so happy you had such a fantastic time. AWESOME that you got to see Pilot Whales...they are one of our favorites to observe. :) (PS: check our FB for a Pilot Whale picture from that trip) We appreciate your feedback and time... More 

Rochester, New York
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I swear, this experience was one of the best I have ever had. The crew is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the ocean and how to stay safe during the trip. We loved the fact that they only allow 6 people max for the Best of the West tour, it provided us with an intimate, memorable experience with the dolphins.... More 

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

Wow, we absolutely loved reading your article on your blog about your experience swimming with the dolphins. It was very inspiring. :) So happy you had such a life changing experience! We hope you are able to visit again in the future! Aloha! More 

Winter Garden, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

This was a great find. The staff was awesome, friendly and really knew a lot about the sea life. Trevor and Crystal, thanks for making this such a great experience. We saw spinner Dolphins, sea turtles, tons of fish and even a monk seal. It's really nice to see a company that is interested in and cares about the ecological... More 

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

Woo hoo- so cool you got to see a Hawaiian Monk Seal. There's only about 1,100 of them left, so we find is so special to be able to see them! :) So happy you had such a wonderful experience! We are thankful for your feedback! Aloha from the Wild Side Crew! More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I did the Deluxe wildlife charter and it was truly amazing. The employees were so friendly and full of knowledge and it felt very safe and intimate to do this tour with them. We had a lot of time in the water and we saw probably a hundred dolphins swimming right underneath us and we also got... More 

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

Aloha and thanks so much for the thoughtful review!! :) So happy we could help make this experience so wonderful for you and your friend. Awesome that you got to see so many dolphins in their natural habitat. :) Thanks again for choosing Wild Side! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Leander, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

One of the main reasons I chose this tour was because of the small number of people on the boat. I am 5'1" tall & I always have a hard time seeing on those big boats with people elbow to elbow. With the WILD SIDE Tour, there were 10 people, plus Captain Downing & our Guide, Elizabeth. There was NO... More 

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

Wonderful to hear what a great time you had! We agree, it's really nice when our guest have plenty of room to lounge, stand, or look out. :) So cool you got to see the humpback whales at the end of the season....especially a momma and baby! <3 Thanks so much for choosing Wild Side and we hope to see... More 

1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Amazing. Swimming with wild dolphin. Turtles surfacing just a few feet away. Octopi, beautiful fish. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. WHALES! I have been on many, many trips of this type but this was fabulous.

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

Aloha and thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we are so thankful for your feedback. So happy you had such a fabulous tour with us and happy you chose Wild Side! Safe travels back home and hope you're able to visit again! :) Amazing. Swimming with wild dolphin. Turtles surfacing just a few feet... More 

Baltimore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I can't say enough about this adventure! The boat, the crew (the Captain, Downing and the First Mate Elizabeth) were awesome. So much info about what was going on w/ the dolphins and turtles! We took the 6 passenger tour,which I HIGHLY recommend, after seeing some of the larger tours. We saw close to 50 dolphins so very close up... More 

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

Woo hoo, so happy you had such a wonderful time adventuring with Wild Side!! :) Awesome that you got to experience so many dolphins and turtles. Our crew enjoyed having you guys on board!! Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate it a lot! Safe travels back home, and again, thank you for choosing Wild... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was a terrific experience. Trevor and Crystal were extremely laid back and accommodating, and they knew exactly where to go to see dolphins, whales and turtles. They were highly professional and interested in customer service, but they also treated us like we were some friends from out of town. My wife and I saw some spectacular things that morning,... More 

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

Mahalo for the thoughtful and genuine review. Trevor and Crystal enjoyed having you guys on board, so happy you had such a great time with them and were able to see their passion for the ocean and all its creatures. :) Also wonderful that you had amazing encounters with the whales, dolphins, and turtles. Safe travels home...PS: we love the... More 

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