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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Truly magnificent tour!

Spectacular! Truly no other way to describe our wonderful adventure today. Sophia, our guide, filled us with great information while our captain found us the best spots. Our small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Spectacular! Truly no other way to describe our wonderful adventure today. Sophia, our guide, filled us with great information while our captain found us the best spots. Our small group of 5 enjoyed the boat for about 30 minutes before coming across our first group of spinner Dolphins. We followed them around and finally donned our gear and jumped in.... More 

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Long Island, New York
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Captain Downey and Elizabeth were an excellent crew! Captain knew exactly where the dolphins were, all sorts of fish and even huge sea turtles. When we hit a "wet run" Captain called us back onto the boat until he found more dolphins and we got in the water again. This was so much better than going to a park where... More 

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Avon, Indiana
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent trip and excellent staff! Tori had asked us if we had any special requests and we almost jokingly suggested "whales" knowing we were out of season. The waters were very smooth that day and she said we may have a chance of seeing some. Within 20 minutes she spotted 2. We got to see them from a distance but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

I am sitting here trying to decide what words I can use to even begin to describe the amazing experience we had on this tour. My husband and I did the Best of the West and there was only one other couple on our tour! Such a personal experience! Elizabeth was perfect right from the beginning. She is so friendly,... More 

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

WOW- your review made us smile from ear to ear! We're thrilled to hear what an amazing experience you had! We appreciate you leaving us such a thoughtful review, our crew loves to hear when guests talk about their fantastic experience! We hope you're able to return one day for another great experience! Aloha! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great tour! Within 10 minutes, we had sited the dolphins and were ready to begin the adventure. Elizabeth and Downing were personable and very knowledgeable about the animals. They had the safety of the passengers, as well as the animals, ranked ahead of everything else. On our trip, we were able to see Spinner Dolphins, tons of fish, and sea... More 

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

What a great memory!! So wonderful to hear about your amazing experience with Wild Side. We love how you appreciated our safety and ethics! Thanks again for choosing Wild Side, it was a pleasure to have you on board! Hope you're able to visit again in the future! Aloha! More 

Fairfax, Virginia
3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

From the kind and knowledgeable crew to the wonderful wildlife experience, this was an amazing morning. Tori and Crystal knew just where to go and just what to do when we got there. Being in a smaller group allowed us to follow a dolphin pod without scaring them away. (We did see larger groups with 30+ people and were so... More 

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

Mahalo for the thoughtful review! We love that you enjoyed our small group size...we love that part of our tour, too. :) So happy you had such a memorable experience with the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and and turtles. Aloha and thanks again for choosing Wild Side! More 

Mesa, Arizona
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

How can I even put into words what it is like to swim with dolphins in their habitat? Elizabeth and Downing were wonderful hosts. They took time to teach us as well as guide us. Elizabeth was great at explaining how to get the best experience from the swim. The catamaran was a very nice boat and comfortable. I would... More 

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

We love how you appreciated the "teaching" part of our tour. We pride ourselves with making sure we best educate our guests so they have the greatest experience possible. Thanks again for choosing Wild Side, we're so happy you had a wonderful experience. Aloha from the Wild Side Crew! More 

Corona, California
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

It was a fun trip. We were close to the spinner dolphins. The snorkel spot was not that great. Lunch was good on the boat and the crew was very nice.

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

Aloha and thanks for taking the time to leave us a review; we are always appreciative of our guest's feedback. We're so happy you had a fun time and enjoyed the dolphins, lunch, and our crew. We're sorry to hear you we didn't exceed your expectations during the snorkeling duration of the excursion. Unfortunately with mother nature, boat traffic, visibility... More 

Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Took family of 5 with twin 6 year olds and a 2 year old. The crew was amazing - Elizabeth and Sophia were great with our kids and our captain, Downing was a great driver especially when it came to boating with the dolphin pod. They were so great with our kids and made sure everyone was comfortable and happy.... More 

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

Mahalo for the wonderful review!! We sure do appreciate your feedback and are so happy you and your family had a fantastic time with Wild Side! So happy your turtle and wild dolphin experience was magical! Thanks again for choosing Wild Side and we hope you're able to one day visit again! Aloha! More 

Ohio, USA
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We booked the Dolphins tour (our daughter was too young to go on the whale watching one) and all 3 of us loved it. We saw the pods of dolphins (none came too close that day, but they were close enough to enjoy the experience), went swimming with turtles and fish; we even heard a whale song. The Website has... More 

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

Great to hear you guys had such a fantastic experience...especially for your young daughter. Getting to hear the whale songs is so special, we're sure you'll remember that for years to come. :) Thanks so much for choosing Wild Side and we hope to sea you again! Aloha! More 

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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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