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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Waianae, HI, USA
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About Wild Side Specialty Tours
Deemed one of the top 5 whale-watching tours in America, and winner of TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice award. Founded by a published marine-biologist, woman owned and ran - guest adventures blend with environmentally responsible marine interactions. With year round whale watching and swimming with wild dolphins, marine biologists and/or seasoned naturalists lead charters that can also include guided snorkeling over the snorkeling reef habitats of brilliant fish and giant sea turtles. Earning the silver-level of Hawaii Ecotourism Associations' Sustainable Tourism, Wild Side has long participated in environmental protection through education and action, while promoting sustainable travel. A portion of revenues are donated to the Wild Dolphin Foundation while onboard citizen science is dedicated to data gathering, marine conservation/education, and regulatory reform.
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audrey e wrote a review Nov 23
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We had a wonderful trip with Wild Side. Their crew was fantastic - both incredibly knowledgeable and so warm and friendly. We had a once in a lifetime experience seeing two different types of dolphins, snorkeling with sea turtles, and boating to some of the most beautiful bays and beaches you could ever imagine. We learned a lot and had so much fun. It's clear they respect the wildlife, the culture, and the land. And, the crew is so enthusiastic and positive; it's impossible not to thoroughly enjoy every minute.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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808moba wrote a review Nov 23
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I had a blast. The captain and crew were friendly and very knowledgeable. I had a great time on this tour. It was my first time on a tour like this. I was able to swim with turtles and dolphins. Providing a delicious sandwich, fruits, cookies and juice was awesome.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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CJ08 wrote a review Oct 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii73 contributions11 helpful votes
The BEST tour around! For anyone who does their share of ocean wildlife tour research, this one has a longstanding reputation of being the best! This is a must do for anyone hoping to get a personal and up close (yet respectful) view of ocean wildlife. The crew members were so great and worked hard to deliver an incredible and unforgettable experience! The tour focused a lot on education (Which I particularly appreciated). The crew members are knowledgeable and I feel like I learned a lot about the local wildlife and Hawaiian culture. There was a nice lunch served about halfway through the tour (A sandwich, mac salad, and fruit). It was well prepared and very delicious! I enjoyed getting to learn about the local reef fish too. The tour ended with a swim on a reef where we saw many different species of fish, urchins, etc. It was truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I will always look back on it and smile. I hope that if anyone is considering this tour, that you just do it! You won't regret it. The tour I went on really is the BEST OF THE WEST!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Olivia R wrote a review Oct 2020
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My experience with Wild Side was unforgettable. As soon as you board the vessel you feel right at home! Captain and crew reflect a relaxed yet professional feel, making you feel super comfortable to ask questions. All crew were extremely knowledgeable about the area and the marine life we encountered. I was lucky enough to swim with an incredible pod of spinner dolphins, we saw false killer whales out in the deep blue and photographed Humpback whales displaying amazing acrobatics! A trip I will never forget and I will be sure to bring my friends and family back to see the West Side in all its glory with Wild Side Specialty Tours! Thanks again legends!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii, Owner at Wild Side Specialty Tours
Responded Oct 12, 2020
Thank you so much for the review Olivia, we truly appreciate it, and you. Yes, that was a magical day, another shared lifetime memory on Oahu. Cant wait to beat or repeat it, though equally happy just get back on the water again. Fins crossed, missing our two-legged as well as our finned, feathered, tentacled and furred friends.
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Maddy T wrote a review Sep 2020
Gold Coast, Australia1 contribution2 helpful votes
Wild Side is an amazing eco-tour that I would recommend to everyone! I love that they are family owned and operate sustainably and respect the nature of the wildlife we encountered. It is great that the size limits are small so the cruise is intimate and personal. The crew are awesome, especially April who always went out of her way to accommodate us and educate us about the surrounding ecosystem! Cant wait to come back when the borders reopen! :)
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii, Owner at Wild Side Specialty Tours
Responded Oct 11, 2020
Aloha Maddy, We also are eager to get back on the water - safe for the wildlife and us as well :)
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