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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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So much Aloha!

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since my boyfriend and I participated in the Wild Side Specialty Tour and I'm just now getting around to providing a review - especially... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since my boyfriend and I participated in the Wild Side Specialty Tour and I'm just now getting around to providing a review - especially considering I've thought about it every day since! I suppose coming back home to the cold East Coast has re-stunted my motivation to do much of anything (ugh).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The staff (Trevor, Robin and Sofia) were great! Very nice, knowledgeable, mingled with the group to make sure everyone was getting what they wanted such as questions answered. Brought wife and two sons (10 & 15 y/o). Both old enough for this adventure. They supplied snorkeling equipment with small flotation. There were three other couples, so that makes our family... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This is the best choice as the owner is a marine biologist. Interesting facts and sights-Unbeatable!

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

Mahalo for taking time out of your day to leave us feedback! We are thankful for your review! Thrilled to hear you had a fantastic adventure with Wild Side! Observing dolphins, sea turtles and whales makes for a great day and lifelong memory! :) Have a great rest of your trip and safe travels back home. Aloha from the Wild... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Our group of four agreed this excursion was the highlight of our recent trip to Oahu. Most of the reason why the trip was INCREDIBLE I think was due to Elizabeth's expertise. She communes with the dolphins we saw swimming in large schools just below us. As we snorkeled on the surface, hundreds of live healthy dolphins were teeming about... More 

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

Wow- your review was so touching! It gives us joy to hear you had such an amazing experience with the beautiful creatures of Hawaii! :) So happy Wild Side was able to help make your trip a great one. We look forward to seeing you again for a visit in the future! PS: We love the Hawaiian shortbread cookies too... More 

Wyoming, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our trip for Wild Side Specialty Tours was orginally set for a thurdsay. It was cancelled due to high winds and waves. The company worked with us to schedule another day before our flight back home. It was just our family of 4 on the boat which really made the trip personal. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.... More 

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

We're so happy we could be apart of your adventures in Hawaii! :) Mahalo for your time in leaving us a review! We appreciate your feedback. Glad you had a great time with Elizabeth and Dave, they enjoyed having you guys on board! I'm sure your unexpected whale experience will leave you a fantastic memory of a lifetime. :) Safe... More 

Plymouth, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My husband and I did the "Deluxe Wild Side" charter on the Island Spirit during our recent visit to Oahu. It was hands-down the best experience of the trip! We saw humpback whales breaching and tail slapping, snorkeled with a pod of spinner dolphins and then snorkeled with four sea turtles. It was absolutely breathtaking, and I was glad to... More 

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

Aloha and mahalo for the thoughtful review! We are so happy you chose Wild Side and are glad you had such a memorable trip. Great that you got to see whales, dolphins, and turtles - all while respecting mother nature. :) Trevor, Sophia, and Karen enjoyed you guys as well! We are honored to have gotten to be part of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Humbling and thrilling to be at one with the sea, swam with a pod of about 100 dolphins, including a white one then floated with majestic turtles from small to huge incredible to be a part of their world for even just a short time. Elizabeth exudes love for all the animals, the sea itself and Hawaiian culture- was almost... More 

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

Mahalo for the beautiful review. I love the way you described being one with the sea as humbling and thrilling. Glad to hear you had some quality time with the turtles as well. :) Elizabeth enjoyed having you guys on board! Thanks again for the feedback and safe travels home. Aloha! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I went back and forth over this tour and a larger one for my husband, 9 year old daughter an I. I am so glad I choose this one! We were on the Island Spirit and the boat was very nice. Lots of room for the 10 people on board that day. Karen, the crew member did a great job... More 

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

So happy you chose Wild Side!!! And so happy you had a great experience and would like to come out with us again! :) Glad you had a close encounter swim with the dolphins and that your daughter enjoyed sitting on the mesh in the front. It's always fun to sit in the front and be so close to that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The Best of the West tour was simply amazing! Swimming with a pod of about 30 wild dolphins was surreal, and the coral reef we snorkeled at was incredible; filled with an abundant amount of turtles and fish. I've been on numerous snorkeling/whale-watching trips in Hawaii and none of those compare to the Best of the West! Lunch was a... More 

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

Aloha! We are so thrilled you had such an amazing time on the Best of the West tour!! Also so happy to hear you will be returning - we are looking forward to having you again! Your wild dolphin experience is one you will remember forever. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review; we are so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Wow this was worth every penny and I'd have loved to have more time to go back for a second day. I chose the smaller Best of the West tour because I hoped to maximum time in the water and also not have to scramble amongst a large group getting on and off the boat and in the water. It... More 

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

Aloha and thank you for taking time to leave a review! Whoa - what an amazing trip!! The hydrophone to listen to the whales is one of our favorite parts, too. :) So wonderful that you got to swim with the dolphins uninterrupted by other tour boats. Thanks again for the feedback! Safe travels back home! More 

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