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Wild Side Specialty Tours

Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
+1 808-306-7273
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Waianae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Owner description: #1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu. Bucket-list marine wildlife encounters since 1996. More than just seeing... more » Owner description: #1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu. 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. Rare to find anywhere, 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. You won't miss a trick! Awarded Hawaii Ecotourism Associations's Silver Certificate, Wild Side is affiliated with the Wild Dolphin Foundation and Cascadia Research Collective. « less
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Vermilion
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Took a very interesting bus ride from Hilton Waikiki (bus stop at Ala Moana Mall) to the boat harbor in Waianae. Was able to meet and talk to native Hawaiians and see the country during hour ride. The tour guide Roybn was knowledgable and fun. Saw tons of spinner dolphins. Also lots of reef fish and turtles being cleaned by... More

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Alberta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Pre training for snorkelling for newbies was excellent. Special attention was paid to ensure we were safe and comfortable. Very exciting to witness spinner dolphins and turtles so close.

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houston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was simply one of the most incredible experiences of our lives. It's not easy to find an activity that thrills every member of your family - me and my husband, and our kids ages 18, 17, and 13. Honestly, I am not an adventure seeker and had never snorkeled before. Some friends of ours returned from Oahu a few... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We sailed on July 8. There were four of us and our goal was to swim with dolphins and turtles. Elizabeth and Sophia were wonderful and we had ample time to swim with both and see lots of fish as well. The trip is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. If you want a trip that you... More

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Mobile, Alabama
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

As a geologist, I appreciate well educated people who know how to have a good time. Elizabeth and her crew are top in their field here. I went with an 89 and 9 year old. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming! They keep their maximum per boat low so that they can give attention to everyone so it's really a... More

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Houston, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

So you'll have some insight into my experience, here's a description of our group: my family (2 adults of indeterminate age but who look MUCH younger than their chronological age, one 18-year-old male and one 13-year old female). The occasion: a week in Hawaii for summer vacation. Location of our base hotel: Honolulu, Waikiki. Also available: rent car. Since this... More

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Kennewick, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Spend the extra money for this wild life experience. It was clear as soon as we left the harbor our operator was better than the others. Wild Side only takes small groups. Elizabeth taught us how to interact with the wild life, not chase. We also interacted with dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a different locations. Things to note... More

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Despite a smal hickup with our reservation we were very pleased with this tour. Nice employees, small party, beautiful dolphins roaming around in the deep, turtles at the spa... The experience was magic and worth every cent 😊👍

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My family and I did the Best of the West Tour and it was Amazing. There were 6 of us and 3 crew. Elizabeth was so knowledgeable and taught us so much about dolphin natural behavior. Between Elizabeth, Sophia and Tori, they were able to make sure we were safe, comfortable and most important able to have the experience of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What an amazing day I had out on the water! There is no way to truly explain what it meant to me to swim so near to wild dolphins. Really a dream come true for me. Tori, Sophia and Elizabeth were lovely and fun. I felt welcome and at ease as soon as I was on board. The reason I... More

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