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Wild Side Specialty Tours

Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
+1 808-306-7273
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Waianae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Owner description: #1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu. Bucket-list marine wildlife encounters since 1996. More than just seeing... more » Owner description: #1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu. 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. Rare to find anywhere, 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. You won't miss a trick! Awarded Hawaii Ecotourism Associations's Silver Certificate, Wild Side is affiliated with the Wild Dolphin Foundation and Cascadia Research Collective. « less
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Glendora, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
43 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I recently went out on a tour with this company. We really valued that this company keeps the groups limited to 6 or 10, depending on the tour booked, nevertheless all very small. You immediately get a feel for the company's devotion to the ocean. They really care about what they are doing and what they are... More

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

Thanks for the kudos, you pegged our ethics to a tee, mahalo! Gosh... hmmm... our tag line is 'In Their World, On Their Terms" meaning if they (the wildlife) ain't feeling it, we ain't doing it! However, you know I'm going to be looking into this and see if there was something we could've or will be doing differently. I've... More

Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

My family surprised me with an excursion from Wild Side tours, and it was one of the highlights of my entire life. Dolphins are my favorite animal and I've always dreamt of being able to swim with them. I do not believe in captivity, and I am extremely careful of how I spend money when it comes to wildlife excursions.... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We saw everything that was promised and more! Excellent excursion with only six people. Would definitely do this again next time we're in Oahu.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Me and my two teenage daughters took the Best of the West tour. We really wanted to get out and see dolphins in their native environment. We didn't have any experience snorkling and didn't know what to expect. The tour truly exceeded our expectations. The crew was very welcoming and made us feel very comfortable fitting us with gear and... More

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nc
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19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This trip is a little pricey but very small ratio of crew to people makes it very intimate and little more flexible. We had a 10 year old and a six year old with us and liked the small ratio because the crew always knew where my little one were in the water. I saw some of the other larger... More

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Well trained staff take care of your needs - getting you fitted for snorkels, discussing safety, etc. The swimming with dolphins was awesome - they were in their pods and you just merged in with them. I saw a little baby dolphin nursing and they were amazing to swim with. So cool. Then onto the Sea Turtles and snorkeling. Staff... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

We chose the Best of the West tour as we wanted to take a personal and informative tour with people who really knew their stuff. Tori & Sophia were great - v patient when we were a little late and wonderful guides. We took the tour hoping to see turtles and dolphins but our expectations were far surpassed when we... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was my second experience with this group and my wife's first. They were as professional and courteous this time as the last. Spent four different periods in the water. The first three with spotted dolphins and the last spinners as well as visit to the turtle feeding station in between. Can't provide enough superlatives to say how awesome swimming... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Our day with Elizabeth and Trevor was beyond expectation. Our dolphin swim was an experience we will never forget. At one point we found ourselves swimming with a pod of at least 30 spinner dolphins. They swam with us, played around us and treated us to shows of spinning and jumping. Even when we left the water they continued to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Our day on the boat was simply amazing! The crew made sure we all knew how to use the equipment correctly. Since this was my first time snorkeling, it was really helpful when I was in the water so I knew just what to do. Also the crew was really knowledgeable about where the dolphins, turtles and fish were and... More

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