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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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Such an amazing experience with a great crew!

We had been looking for an ethical eco-tour that enabled us to swim with dolphins, and we are glad we chose Wild Side. Our initial booking was cancelled due to poor weather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We had been looking for an ethical eco-tour that enabled us to swim with dolphins, and we are glad we chose Wild Side. Our initial booking was cancelled due to poor weather conditions, and the staff at Wild Side contacted us early in the morning to let us know before making the long drive to Waianae. The staff was very... More 

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Saint Peters
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We did the best of the west dolphin tour. This was such an amazing experience. One of the best parts of this tour was there were only 6 customers total. This allowed for a better experience in that you weren't overwhelmed by crowds. The tour guides are passionate and dedicated to educating their customers and helping preserve the environment. We... More 

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

Your review is so appreciated - we love when our guests are passionate about the environment sustainable tourism! So happy you got to experience swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat with us! More 

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had the pleasure to snorkel with crew Elizabeth and Captain Downey! It was my first real snorkel excursion and had some hesitation with my swimming abilities. Elizabeth made me feel safe and secure with the ski-vest fitting and I had no problems at all during the trip. You can tell Elizabeth has a passion for the... More 

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

Aloha and thank you for such a thoughtful review! We're so happy you got to experience swimming with wild dolphins, turtles, and fish on the beautiful Hawaiian reef!! Elizabeth and Downey enjoyed having you all on board...such a fun adventure! Mahalo for choosing Wild Side, we hope to sea you again! More 

Milan, Italy
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

An absolutely fantastic experience! Went with family 3 adults and my 13 year old daughter. We swam in the open ocean both far from the coast and close to the coast, swimming with 2 species of dolphins. Capt. Trevor and Cristel were outstanding in sharing knowledge and guiding us. We enjoyed being only the 4 of us together with the... More 

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

Wonderful to hear you enjoyed the personal experience....that is one of our favorite parts, too. :) Mahalo for your thoughtful review, we sure do appreciate your feedback. Trevor and Crystal loved having you all on board! We hope you're able to visit again in the future! Aloha!! More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It was my first snorkeling trip. However, we booked our snorkeling tour on a high recommendation. Elizabeth and Downey far exceeded our expectations. The tour was small and very informative. We were guided every step of the way and fully enjoyed the morning. Downey would find the Dolphins and Elizabeth jumped in the water with us and led us to... More 

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

Woo hoo- great news to hear you'll be visiting Wild Side again next time you're on the island!! Our crew had such a fun time with you all - and we're thrilled you had such a fun time as well! Mahalo for leaving such a positive and thoughtful review - our team loves the feedback! Aloha from our ohana to... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Truly excelent! Our family (kids ages 10 and 13) took the Best of the West Tour and had an amazing experience. Our kids in particular loved every moment of the trip. Cap Trevor and guide Crystal were really outstanding. We got a warm welcome on board, a detailed safety explanation, gear check and headed out on the water. We saw... More 

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

We sure do appreciate your thoughtful review!! Mahalo for taking the time to leave us such great feedback. We're so happy you had such a fantastic experience with Wild Side!! Tevor and Crystal had a wonderful time getting to know you all! :) Hope you're able to visit again! More 

New Hyde Park, New York
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went with family (wife and two girls) to experience the opportunity to snorkel with dolphins, turtles, etc. Elizabeth and Downey, we could not ask for better. Downey knew where to go and Elizabeth was a fountain of knowledge. First we caught up with some bottlenose dolphins, apparently not seen in the waters around there too often. (we see them on... More 

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

Woo hoo - SO wonderful to hear you'll be adventuring again with Wild Side when you return to Oahu! We'll be so happy to have you return! Great to hear you had such a fantastic experience. Elizabeth and Downey had a great time with you and your family!! Mahalo for such a thoughtful review - we are thankful for your... More 

Roswell, GA
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Capt Trevor(?) and guide Sophia were outstanding. We received a thorough safety briefing and equipment check before leaving the dock. Just minutes from departing we were in the water with a large pod of Spinner Dolphins. They came so close for over an hour you could almost reach out and touch them, but we didn't as that is not proper... More 

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

Mahalo for this outstanding review!! Loved to hear you enjoyed this tour so much and even more excited to hear that you'd like to go out with us again!! PS: We love those homemade chicken salad sandwiches, too!! :) So delicious after a nice swim!! More 

Huntington Beach, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Have been on a number of snorkeling cruises but none of this caliber! To swim with dolphins, turtles, and see so many fish is extraordinary!!! The crew of Downey and Crystal were amazing and very thorough and caring to give us the best experience possible. Would recommend highly.

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

Aloha and thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so appreciative for your feedback and so happy to hear what a great experience you had with Wild Side! Crystal and Downey had a great time adventuring with you all on our beautiful Waianae Coast! Hope to sea you again! More 

Sibiu, Romania
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Actually I follow a dream and I recommend this tour to all those who love and respect the ocean. Elizabeth tried gently lead us closer to the magical world under water so that we can disturb least possible the "ocean residents" I was highly impressed with the crew's dedication to respecting sea life. The group was small (5 persons) and... More 

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

Mahalo for the thoughtful review! It's so great when our guests love and respect the ocean and its creatures like we do. :) So happy you had such a magical experience and enjoyed our crew! Safe travels back home and thanks again for choosing Wild Side! More 

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