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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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Trevor and Crystal were great! Only 6 people make this tour really nice, everyone was able to have a good view without pushing and shoving. The boat was so smooth and relaxing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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New Waverly, Texas
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New Waverly, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Trevor and Crystal were great! Only 6 people make this tour really nice, everyone was able to have a good view without pushing and shoving. The boat was so smooth and relaxing. They worked hard to get us in a place to see Dolphins in their natural environment without disturbing them. Seeing the Dolphins swim underneath us was serene. I... More 

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

Wonderful you were able to enjoy the dolphins in their natural habitat without disturbing their natural behavior...that's the best way to do it! :) So happy you had such a great experience with Wild Side!! We appreciate the time you took to leave us feedback, we are thankful for your review! Aloha and safe travels home! More 

Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend taking this tour. Forget the "cattle" tours. This is worth the cost as we only had 6 people on our boat and to experience the ocean in smaller groups is so much better. Less chance of scaring the Dolphins away. This was a highlight of our trip and our teenager had a dolphin brush up beside her!... More 

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

Wow - your dolphin experience in the wild was something your family will remember for years to come. :) So happy you had such a memorable experience with Wild Side. We agree, snorkeling with the dolphins is like another world. So beautiful!! Mahalo for the feedback and safe travels home! Aloha! More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I have been a diver and snorkeler for 30 years and have never had an experience like this. Swimming with the dolphins is so cool. We got to do this 3 times. The first time I had 2 dolphins at the surface about 6 feet away from me swimming right beside me. That was incredible. The other times the dolphins... More 

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

Mahalo for the thoughtful review!! What an incredible swimming with dolphin experience you had!! :) So happy Wild Side could help make these memories that will last a lifetime. Aloha and we hope to see you again! More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Crystal and Trevor were awesome. Our family had a great morning swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling. They both were super knowledgeable about the marine life here and the island. We had are two kids with us. 12 and 13. Crystal and Trevor related to them super well. Thxs for a amazing morning.

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

Wonderful to hear your family had such a great time, it was a pleasure having you on board! Mahalo for being such great company to have an adventure with! Also, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are always thankful for the feedback! Safe travels home and Aloha! More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

What a way to end our Hawaiian holiday. Swimming with wild dolphins, turtles as well as heaps of fish and getting the rare chance to see a whale and her calf cruise beside us before they make their migration to Antartica. Crystal and Trevor were excellent hosts and their love of the ocean was infectious. I chose this charter as... More 

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

What a nice review!! So special to hear what a great experience you had with our Wild Side crew!! Happy you enjoyed our small groups to view the dolphins in their natural habitat...we love it that way as well. :) Have a safe trip back to Aussie and mahalo for the feedback!! Aloha! More 

Saint Joseph, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Amazing family adventure -actually swimming with huge numbers of dolphins (and a ray) in the wild, circling us over and over. Then we went to another bay area where we swam up close with giant turtles. We didn't want to get back in the boat - there was always something to see!

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

Awesome - it's always a treat to get to see a ray, glad your family had the opportunity to experience that in the wild! And of course the dolphins and turtles as well. :) Hope you are able to return someday! Mahalo for leaving us feedback! Aloha from our Wild Side Ohana. More 

washington state
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112 reviews 112 reviews
45 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Anita and I signed on to this excursion based on previous TA reviews and we were NOT disappointed. Swimming with dolphins in the open ocean... are you kidding me? Magic does not adequately describe our feelings. Add ingredients such as endangered turtles, humpback whales, snorkeling on a lovely reef and a well-trained crew and you've got the best mix imaginable.... More 

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

So true - it's the bluest water!!! :) The beautiful water never seizes to amaze us, even when we see it everyday. So happy you had such a memorable experience on the water with the turtles, whales, and reef. I'm sure the memories you created will last a lifetime. Mahalo for choosing Wild Side - we were so happy to... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a truly breathtaking experience! There was 6 in our family age from 16 to 77 and each of us went in the water and had an absolutely awesome time. Crystal and Captain Downing were so very knowledgeable and helpful during our time on the boat and in the water. We always felt very safe, and they made sure... More 

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

Loved how your whole family enjoyed this Wild Side experience...just shows that no matter what age, anyone can enjoy the water and all it's creatures. :) Glad you enjoyed the lunch, we love it too!! We definitely worked up an appetite on your adventure!! Wonderful that you got to experience the turtle cleaning station...and so happy you got it on... More 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We had an amazing time on this tour. Crystal the crew was very knowledgeable and Captain Downing knew right were to go to make our experience exceptional. We were swimming with 40+ spinner dolphins just a short ride out. That alone would have made this trip amazing. Captain Downing takes the boat out a little further, before we know it... More 

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

Woo hoo- what a tour!!! The way you described your whale experience was beautiful to read and so special to hear how the memory is etched in your memory for a lifetime!! Glad you enjoyed our crew, and especially glad to hear you enjoyed your dolphin experience. Mahalo for choosing Wild Side! Many Aloha! More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This was hands down the best experience I've had in Hawaii. Elizabeth was such a great guide, swimming with the Dolphins was magical. We also saw a pod of whales, turtles and fish... I'd highly recommend this for everyone visiting oahu...

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

So glad we could be part of your trip to Oahu and so happy you had such a wonderful experience! Mahalo for leaving us a review - we are very thankful for the feedback! Aloha from our Wild Side Ohana! More 

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