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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Scuba & snorkelling, Nature & wildlife tours, Outdoor Activities, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Sightseeing 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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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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Fantastic Experience

Trevor and Sofia were great. My wife and I had an awesome time. Trevor really has excellent boat handling skills and managed to get us in the path of either one huge Pod of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Trevor and Sofia were great. My wife and I had an awesome time. Trevor really has excellent boat handling skills and managed to get us in the path of either one huge Pod of spinner Dolphins or several smaller ones. I managed to swim with them on both sides of me for about 200 yard. Then we went looking and... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Where to start? This small group boat excursion was a truly astounding and awe inspiring experience--next time I go back I would do it again, every day if I could afford it. The staff (Sofia, Crystal and our Captain) were professional, knowledgeable and friendly in true Hawaiian spirit. We saw 6 humpback whales including a baby. Then on to swim... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

One of the most 3+ hours of fun and great experience ever . very well organized , accommodated , and friendly . If I have to pick one activity to do in Hawaii , this will be it .

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Great small boat tour. We saw a lot of whales, some of them pretty close up. And listened to them on the hydrophone and then snorkeling in the water. Some of the party swam with the dolphins and the spinner dolphins swam with the boat (right at our feet) for quite a while. Elizabeth seemed very knowledgeable about the various... More 

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Baroda, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We boated up to the North West Coast & the views were amazing. They took us to a remote area that for sure had dolphins and it was an amazing snorkel experience. Me & my 10yr old saw a baby dolphin drinking from it's Mommy. 1 dolphin shocked me and swam right from beneath me and we were eye to... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This tour is amazing! The boat takes you and your group to a remote spot off the coast of Makaha/Wailua and you get to swim with wild Spinner Dolphins! Then we went to swim with sea turtles. Staff and guide are very knowledgable and helpful. Will definitely return to this tour. Thanks again for having us

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I had a incredible morning swimming with dolphins, and whale watching, even saw a sea turtle swimming on the surface! I highly recommend Wild Side tours! Trevor and Elizabeth were very knowledgable and made it so much fun. I can't wait to come for a second visit!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was one of the nicest whale, dolphin, and turtle watching/ snorkeling trips I have been on. Elizabeth was our knowledgeable guide, and Downey was the skilled captain of the boat. In addition, they were personable and enjoyable to be with. I enthusiastically recommend this excursion.

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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our whale watching experience, and snorkeling with the turtles and fish. Elizabeth and Trevor were an awesome, friendly, and knowledgeable crew, emphasizing safety and ensuring we had an amazing day. This was our best day on Oahu and we can highly recommend Wild Side Specialty Tours.

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I'm from Hawaii, and this was my second swim-with-dolphins experience. The guides were very good. They are personal and professional, and they did a great job doing everything they can to get us up close and personal with the pod. That said, I decided to write a review managing expectations. The other reviews make it sound like every single person... More 

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