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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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Phenomenal Experience!!

Our "Best of the West" tour was phenomenal! My best friend and I traveled to Hawaii earlier this year (third week in May), and the weather was perfect. Elizabeth, our crew... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Our "Best of the West" tour was phenomenal! My best friend and I traveled to Hawaii earlier this year (third week in May), and the weather was perfect. Elizabeth, our crew member, was incredibly nice and knowledgeable about all things related to the experience. She grew up in Hawaii, so it felt like a local experience. Our captain was polite... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

To be honest I booked this trip for our family of four with seeing sea turtles as my main objective. But swimming with the dolphins trumped the turtles by far. It was a magical experience to swim and observe wild dolphin in their world. Elizabeth shared her knowledge (thanks for answering all of our questions) and love of all the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We booked this snorkel trip due to marine stewardship. We chose the Alaka'i boat. Trevor and Crystal were very good. Good safety instructions and knowledge of the marine life. We swam near spinner Dolphins. We saw bottle nose Dolphins. Swam with green sea turtles and other colorful fish. Bring your own beach towel. I suggest wearing a long sleeve UV... More 

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

We had a great day. The crew was very nice and professional, the food was really tasty and we got to swim with a pod of dolphins. What more could you ask for in Hawaii? There were only six of us on the boat so it was a small group and we were able to get lots of support with... More 

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Franklin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

My family chartered a dolphin/turtle experience. Our hopes were high and Wild Side delivered! We swam with wild dolphins and visited a turtle cleaning station. My wife and kids loved it. The boat is safe, the staff is helpful. What a great time. We are going back again this summer.

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Anaheim Hills, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Exactly as described, up close to some amazing marine life. Excellent service, Elizabeth and Downing were great! I would highly recommend this tour company over any other. The experience was small group oriented and very personal. A definite must if your wanting an "outside of the box" snorkel tour.

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

For the Best of the West Tour- The people, the tour, the experience, all actually get 4.5 stars. The tour was actually the highlight of my trip and I really enjoyed our guide and captain. Even the food which people on Trip Advisor often complained about, was healthy and delicious (a snack, not a meal.) I gave this low rating... More 

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

Aloha and thanks for your feedback! We’re glad you had a wonderful time that meet or exceeded expectations, but so sorry that the small group experience was lost on you –it appears our crew (and small group size!) made it look just that easy to pull off! You really shouldn't feel bad about the expense. For one, the only boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

I couldn't have been happier with this excursion. Even while vomiting from sea sickness I was overjoyed with the amazing animals that we saw. Even the boat ride itself was fantastic. Trevor and Crystal were the best. They were very knowledgeable and fun to talk with. I still can't believe I swam next to dolphins. I look forward to coming... More 

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

So happy you had a blast with Wild Side, despite your sea sickness! You're a great sport! We are so excited you'll be returning in the winter to observe the whales...it's definitely an experience of a lifetime! We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much for choosing Wild Side! Aloha! More 

Lyndoch, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Elizabeth and Downing looked after our small group of 4 brilliantly.. Whilst cruising on their catamaran on the way out to visit the Dolphins, Elizabeth gave us a comprehensive briefing on how to safely and properly interact with the majestic dolphins and get the most out off the experience.. After a relaxing snorkel with the Dolphins, and a spot of... More 

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

Woo hoo! Dolphins, Turtles, Fish, AND Pilot Whales! :) We love when we get a surprise spotting of the Pilot Whales...they're so beautiful and fun to observe! We enjoyed having you guys on board and we thank you for choosing Wild Side! We hope you're able to visit again in the future! Mahalo for the great review! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was an hour away from our hotel, but was worth the drive to get the chance swim along with Spinner Dolphins. We also got a rare sighting for the season: a Humpback Whale. Our guide was very knowledgable about the sea life we were swimming with, and seems to really love what she does. Traveler tip: this place is... More 

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

Aloha and thank you for your time in writing us a review! Wow, so awesome we were able to see a Humpback Whale this late in the season....very lucky! :) So happy you enjoyed your adventure with us!! Mahalo for choosing Wild Side! More 

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Address: Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
Phone Number: +1 808-306-7273
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Waianae
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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