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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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#1 Best whale watching, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu,...

#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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Top Notch Snorkeling Tour

My family of four (children ages 8 yrs and 5 yrs old) loved this snorkeling experience! We were lucky to see pilot whales in the open ocean. The crew was experienced, friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family of four (children ages 8 yrs and 5 yrs old) loved this snorkeling experience! We were lucky to see pilot whales in the open ocean. The crew was experienced, friendly and welcoming so we would definitely recommend this tour company. The snorkeling was the highlight of our trip for my wife, I also really enjoyed this experience. The... More 

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Thank Juan Carlos O
Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We travelled as a family of 5, with only 6 in the boat in total. Kim was a fantastic guide - really knew her marine biology inside out, and also catered to people in the group with varying swimming ability so that no one missed out. Captain Mason went to a great effort to ensure we saw as much as... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic first class operation. Kim and Captain Downing could not have been any better. Both made absolutely sure everyone had a great time and left with more knowledge than they arrived with. Kim, a Marine Biologist, went out of her way to spend time and answer all the questions of our 9-year old son - who wants to be a... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I are avid snorkelers and divers, and we were both very interested in seeing wild dolphins underwater. We have seen many wild dolphins topside, but have never been lucky enough to see one underwater. But we wanted a small tour, and one that puts the animals FIRST. We have seen too many tourists chase and harass animals.... More 

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

Aloha! Our ohana enjoyed reading your wonderful review and appreciate your kind words so much! You and your husband were truly a pleasure to have on board and hope we are able to see you again! We appreciate your dedication to choosing an eco-friendly tour and love that you enjoyed the education portion of our tour. From all of us... More 

St. Louis, MO
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 4 loved this experience! Loved the fact that it was a research group who educated us and conducted research while out on the water. We were lucky enough to see tons of pilot whales, spinner dolphins and sea turtles, along with the normal fish you'd see snorkeling. Loved how excited our guides were at what we were... More 

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Thank monkeyville68
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

WOW - what an amazing trip!!! Awesome to experience such a wonderful interaction with nature with great guests like you all! Mahalo for your amazing review, it sure does mean a lot to our ohana! Aloha from your Wild Side friends - we sure do hope to 'sea' you again!! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mahalo to our Guide Kim, Captain Downing & Patricia. They took good care of our first-timers, taking the time to make sure we were all comfortable with the equipment, and the boat. In the water (wearing our bouncy belts), we floated and watched a large pod of spinner dolphins swim under and around us.Amazing! Then back on the boat for... More 

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

Aloha friends! Mahalo for such a thoughtful review. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip with Wild Side, we sure did enjoy having you all on board. Your intimate swim with the wild hawaiian spinner dolphins was such an incredible experience we're sure you'll remember for a long time to come. :) We hope you are able to visit again!!... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We joined the Deluxe Wildlife Charter tour as Best of West is booked out (Pls book early!). Such an amazing experience swimming with dolphins and sea turtles - it's a magical feeling that you will only know when you are there. The staff are very professional, knowledgeable, patient, friendly and helpful - couldn't asked for better. Strongly recommend!

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2 Thank Phyllis C
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Mahalo for your excellent review, our team is so appreciative of your feedback and kind words. It was a pleasure to have you all on board and we sure do hope you're able to visit again. Aloha from your Wild Side Ohana! :) More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our small tour was amazing. We had a wonderful guide, Caroline and a great captain, Mason. We were able to swim with the dolphins. Absolutely amazing. Caroline instructed us on the proper procedure for successfully swimming with the dolphins and Mason kept track of where the pods were to be able to position us with them. They were very professional,... More 

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4 Thank Tana B
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! What a pleasure it was for us to read your wonderful review. So glad you had such a great experience with Wild Side, we enjoyed having you on board! Your memories of the dolphins, turtles, and fish will definitely last a lifetime. :) We hope to 'sea' you again! Mahalo from our ohana! More 

Cumming, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family group of 11 had an amazing experience snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins. Capt. Downing, Caroline and Patrica were a great crew and they took extra care to make sure that we had a fun time and really were able to experience the wonderful sea life and beautiful Hawaiian waters. This tour is a little bit of a... More 

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3 Thank Mystic408
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Awesome review! Wonderful to read how much you enjoyed our tour. :) We love that you appreciated getting away from the crowds...we love that part too. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review, we are so happy you chose Wild Side. Aloha from our ohana to yours! More 

Midwest, USA
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295 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,886 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wild Side's Best of the West tour was the best snorkel experience I've ever had. I have never wanted to do a captive dolphin swim, but Wild Side gave me the opportunity to swim with wild, free dolphins. It was an awe-inspiring experience. We were part of a small group, only six guests total, which made the experience very personal.... More 

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

Aloha friends! Mahalo for such an amazing review! We're so glad you had such a magical experience with the wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Our crew sure did enjoy having you all on board and we hope you are able to visit again. Mahalo from all of us at Wild Side! More 

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