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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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Dream come true

This was a perfect morning for us. We got to see pilot whales close up from the boat. We swam with spotted dolphins, spinner dolphins, and green turtles. Our guides, Caroline and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Zane H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a perfect morning for us. We got to see pilot whales close up from the boat. We swam with spotted dolphins, spinner dolphins, and green turtles. Our guides, Caroline and Mason, told us that it's not super common to see pilot whales or spotted dolphins, so we feel very blessed to have encountered them both. What's more, a... More 

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

WOW - our ohana is so appreciative of your review! Mahalo for your thoughtful words and kindness in taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you had such an amazing experience and we are happy to have had you all on board...such a pleasure! We hope to see you again in the near future! Aloha... More 

Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family will be talking about this excursion for years to come. Under the expert guidance of Elizabeth who instilled in us all the need to respect the animals we came to see while insuring that we all got to see them up close, we were able to swim with a pod of dolphins and float around a group of... More 

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

Mahalo for your wonderful review! It was an absolute pleasure to have you all on board and we are thrilled to hear you'd like to come aboard with Wild Side for years to come! Aloha from our ohana to yours... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had such an amazing experience with Wild Side! Right off the bat we got to swim with a pod of about 40 spinner dolphins, many of them were an arms length away too! We also saw many reef fish and sea turtles. Our guide was very knowledgeable and constantly asking if we needed anything and offering snacks and water.... More 

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

Aloha and thank you so much for your very thoughtful review. We are so glad you all had a great experience and enjoyed your time in nature! Awesome to hear you enjoyed the small group attention...we love that part, too. Hope to 'sea' you again! More 

Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This adventure was our favorite experience of our 30th wedding anniversary trip! Although I am a poor swimmer and asthmatic, Elizabeth and Patricia encouraged me to stay in the water and swam with me ensuring that I saw the dolphins, turtles and fish. It was an incredible experience that we will always remember. Many thanks for making this trip so... More 

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

Your review made our team smile! Congrats again on your anniversary....it was a pleasure to be able to help you all celebrate on the sea! So glad you were able to create memories with the dolphins, turtles, and fish....we enjoyed it as well. Aloha from all of us at Wild Side! More 

Fredonia, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Deluxe Wildlife Charter. We had 10 with our group and it was great to have room to snorkel and sit on the boat. We saw and swam with a lot of dolphins and turtles. We came with our two teenage children and everyone loved the experience. Donnie and Elisabeth were great and we learned a lot... More 

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

Aloha friends! Mahalo for the great review, we are always thankful to hear from our guests after their adventure with us! So glad you had a good time and enjoyed experiencing nature with Wild Side. Cheers! More 

Torrance, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a top of the line excursion. We only had 10 people and loved the personal interaction from the crew. About a 3.5 hour trip where we snorkeled with dolphins, went out and saw the spinner dolphins and then snorkeled with turtles. I love that the crew ensures the safety and preservation of the animals and nature. They are... More 

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

Mahalo for the kind words! It makes us smile when our guests have such a lovely experience and create memories to last a lifetime. Great to hear you enjoyed the small group size, we love that part too. We hope you are able to visit again in the future. Sending a warm aloha to you and your family! More 

Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the highlight of an amazing two weeks in Oahu. Elizabeth and Downing were knowledgeable, funny and patient, and their in-depth knowledge of the dolphins, sea turtles and other fauna and their habitat was second to none. We have been on other tours of this type in the Caribbean, and I can say from personal experience that this was... More 

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

Aloha and thank you for your fantastic review! Our team loved reading how much you and your family enjoyed your experience aboard with Wild Side! It was truly a pleasure to have you all on board. We hope you are able to visit again. Mahalo from our ohana to yours! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely loved this trip. It was my first time Elizabeth and Downing were awesome in helping me figure the snorkel gear out. Very patient, funny and knowledgeable. We got an extra surprise when pilot whales were spotted in our area. The fact that their trips also support and fund conservation efforts was a plus, plus for me when choosing this... More 

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

We could hear the enthusiasm in your review...and we love it!!! We had an amazing time as well and wow, those Pilot Whales sure were amazing! Wonderful to have like-minded guests such as yourself. Mahalo for choosing Wild Side and best of luck in your new snorkeling hobby. :) More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing morning doing the best of the west tour with Caroline and Captain Mason. I had a tough time choosing a tour company as there are so many but I certainly made the right choice. It was worth the price as there were only 6 on the boat so very personal and accommodating. Since I had never... More 

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

Brought a smile to our faces to hear you'd like to come out with us again before you leave the island...we'd love that! Mahalo for leaving us a review, we are happy you had such a wonderful experience with Wild Side. We appreciate your business and are glad we were able to help provide you with memories that will last... More 

Chicago
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Elizabeth and Downing were amazing guides - funny and knowledgeable! We had a great day swimming with the spinner Dolphins, helping spot pilot whales, learning about the different fish (humu for short) and seeing the "turtle spa". They made sure we understood how to act around the marine life and were very accommodating to everyone's individual needs. The Island Spirit... More 

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

Mahalo for your wonderful review!! It was a pleasure to have you all on board. We had such a great time enjoying nature with you. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback and we're so happy you had such a great experience with Wild Side! Aloha from our ohana to yours! More 

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