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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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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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#1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu,...

#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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Elizabeth/Downing: provided Susan and Chip a great day seeing whales, spinners and a turtle. Loved the effort put out by both of these folks to make sure YOU had the special time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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leesburg Fl

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leesburg Fl
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Elizabeth/Downing: provided Susan and Chip a great day seeing whales, spinners and a turtle. Loved the effort put out by both of these folks to make sure YOU had the special time. Underneath it all you contributed to a great foundation. You bet you should do this when you're there. You bet you should tell anyone you know going there... More 

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

We sincerely thank you for the very thoughtful review! So glad you enjoyed the wild life and our crew! Also, we love that you appreciate our foundation and values. Mahalo! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow-this was the best tour I've ever been on!!! I had blast and the crew was wonderful. Swimming with wild dolphins is an experience I'll never forget!!!

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

Aloha and thanks for the review - we're so glad you had an amazing time! Mahalo for choosing Wild Side, it was a pleasure to have you on board! More 

Marlton, New Jersey
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had the most amazing day out on the water with Mason our captain, and Kim our Marine Biologist. Swimming with the wild pod of dolphins, and turtles, seeing lots of whales, and even the flying fish. Kim was so knowledgeable about all of the marine life we encountered, we learned so much. Mason was amazing at getting the info... More 

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

Aloha and many thanks for the fantastic review! We're so happy you enjoyed our tour so much! It's wonderful to have like-minded guests who appreciate the wild life in their natural habitat. We hope to 'sea' you again! More 

2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just went on a tour with Elizabeth and Downing and had the best time!! Very knowledgeable staff who were happy to make accommodations for everyone's different skill set. And lunch was yummy too! Learned a lot and the smiles on my kids faces was a memory I will never forget. Thanks for everything!

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1 Thank Becky M
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for the great review! We're so glad you had a fantastic time and enjoyed the wild life! Very special to see the smiles on your kid's faces too! :) More 

Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had an amazing experience on this tour. Kim, who is a marine biologist and Mason, the captain, were very knowledgable and informative. I like how it was a small group tour so you get a more valuable experience. When we got there at 8 we got all our snorkel gear set up with the correct size and fit. Then... More 

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

Aloha and mahalo for such a wonderful review! We are so glad you had such a great experience with Wild Side and that you enjoyed your time in the wild with the whales and dolphins. It was truly a pleasure to have you on board...we hope to 'sea' you again! Thanks again for choosing Wild Side! More 

Chesterfield, Missouri
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93 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Deluxe Wildlife Tour - I've done several tours on Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island, but the smaller 34 foot powered cat with a very small group was exceptionally fun. The maximum size they take on this tour is 10 (some boats take well over 100!), and just 2 couples on this tour. We swam with wild dolphins in 2... More 

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

Mahalo for such a thoughtful, detailed review! We are thankful for your feedback and are so glad you chose to sail with Wild Side...what a great tour! Wonderful to have guests that appreciate our respect for the wildlife. Aloha! More 

Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely the highlight of my trip to Hawaii! We got to experience swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, and be part of the pod. Mom and baby dolphins were swimming directly underneath us and other members of the pod were within a hands reach from you. So amazing! Our guide was terrific, she had so much knowledge... More 

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

What an honor to be the highlight of your trip to Hawaii! We're so glad we could help you experience nature in such a wonderful, eco-friendly way! Mahalo for a fantastic review - we sure do hope to see you again! More 

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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were one of two groups on this trip. They don't put more then 10 people on the tours. Downing did a great as captain. Knew where to go, how to keep us safe, and made sure we had a good experience. The first mate was really informational about all the animals we encounters and told us exactly how to... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a thoughtful review. So glad you enjoyed the eco-friendly values of this tour! We are happy you had such a great experience with Wild Side and we hope to see you again! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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131 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great time to see whales, swim near local wildlife and snorkel. Had a great morning and yummy lunch. The group was small and we were able to truly enjoy the trip.

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

Aloha and thanks so much for the great review! We hope to 'sea' you again! More 

Sydney, Australia
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81 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forget everything you know about tours. This specialised and responsible company is staffed by Marine Biologists who really care about preserving Hawaii's amazing marine life and let you approach it without feeling like you are sacrificing respect for the animals. You feel PART of their world. We swam with beautiful turtles and a pod of dolphins, both bucket list experiences.... More 

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

Our team sincerely thanks you for the wonderful review! It's wonderful when our guests love and appreciate the marine life as much as we do. :) Thank you for choosing Wild Side and we would love for you to visit again! More 

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