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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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Princeton, NJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I booked the Best of the West tour which unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the impending hurricane. They were very accommodating and offered us a chance to go a day earlier on the larger (12) group sail. It was a wonderful experience and not overcrowded. We got to snorkel up close with dolphins, turtles and... More

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Seoul, South Korea
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I and my wife had really great time with kind crews. There were only 6 people on-board, so crews could be so caring that we would not miss our chances to swim with dolphins. They knew exactly where we should go to meet those smart and lovely creatures, and we all enjoyed swimming with pod of dolphins and especially baby... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My friend invited me to join her on this adventure, and I'm glad I did. Our guide, Elizabeth, was fun to hang out with, knowledgeable about the dolphins, and she really took the time to educate us on how to swim with the spinner dolphins once we spot them. She went above and beyond to make sure that we get... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This has been on my list of the to do for a long time. It was awesome. We swam less than 5 ft from the dolphins. I had no desire to swim with captive dolphins and so when I had the chance to swim with wild dolphins, I made it happen. We flew just to Ohau on our honeymoon to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

This tour was amazing! We saw at least 40 or 50 dolphins up and close and personal. While in the water snorkeling with the dolphins we were as close as 10 feet away. We got a great education about the dolphins and how to safely swim with them. The group was only 10 people, a perfect number. We always got... More

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The Villages, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My daughter,son, grandson,granddaughter and I took this trip. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. I was very apprehensive. I am not a good swimmer. Elizabeth stayed with me the whole time and made me feel very safe. We all enjoyed swimming with the dolphins. It was an experience I will never forget. I look forward to doing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

I would highly recommend this tour company! It has always been a dream of mine to swim with dolphin in their natural habitat, this filled my wildest dreams. Elizabeth our guide was extremely personable and gave of a tremendous amount of information about our experience. I would a highly recommend this to anyone that would appreciate swimming with dolphins in... More

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What a fun experience! Thankyou Downy and Elizabeth. Got to swim with dolphins and saw sea turtles up close.. I would recommend this trip over the big tour groups any day.

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Glendora, California
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43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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