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Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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+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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Outstanding adventure!

We saw at least a dozen whales, swam with several pods of wild dolphins, and snorkeled to see fish & turtles!!! Our tour guide, Elizabeth, has a tremendous amount of knowledge to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
NewAdventures16
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw at least a dozen whales, swam with several pods of wild dolphins, and snorkeled to see fish & turtles!!! Our tour guide, Elizabeth, has a tremendous amount of knowledge to share with the group about the area and marine life. She is very impressive! I felt safe with our Captain Downy watching the ocean while we played. Olivia,... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fantastic experience with a highly professional, knowledgeable crew. Such an amazing way to see nature at its best. The attention taken to ensure that we did not leave a negative impact on such incredible sea life was outstanding.

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1 Thank mandy329
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is amazing! We swam with dolphins, which was absolutely surreal!! We saw whales, turtles and various sea life! This company also gives proceeds for conservation efforts, I've heard others do not. The crew was amazing, and helped me a lot since I had never snorkeled before. They are very passionate about the ocean and sea life, that was... More 

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1 Thank Jennie C
Frankfort, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Before going to Hawaii, we reviewed several options for Whale Watching, etc. We decided to splurge and try the Wild Side Tour after reading the other reviews. Wow! We're so glad we did! Everything was great, from the time we boarded the boat until the minute we left. We even received pictures of the trip, which most companies charge tons... More 

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Templeton, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My 11yo daughter and I celebrated our last day visiting Oahu with the Wild Side Excursion. We got to see humpback whales, swim alongside dolphins and near turtles. Videos and pictures can't transmit the emotions of being so close to this wonderful creatures. You have to experience it like this, with respect to their environment and their lifestyle, in the... More 

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1 Thank EMANUELE F
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Your review certainly made us smile! So great to have you and your daughter on board with us experiencing nature. If you find yourself visiting Oahu again in the future, we hope to 'sea' you all again! Aloha from all of us at Wild Side! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We want to thank the crew of the Island Spirit for providing our family with the most amazing experience. Yesterday we were able to swim with dolphins and sea turtles! We also watched three humpback whales swim through the ocean. The crew was patient, kind and informative. They were respectful of the animal's natural habitat and behavior. Our young boys... More 

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

Aloha! It was a pleasure to have you and your family on board our Island Spirit! What a great day we had making memories with the dolphins, turtles and whales. Thank you so much for choosing Wild Side and safe travels to you for the rest of your trip! More 

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family - me, my husband and our 28 and 24 year old sons - went whale watching off the coast of Cape Breton one June, but it was very cold and we saw just the backs of two whales. That is what I was expecting. We were a little anxious about going because we were not snorkeling. We had... More 

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

Great memories indeed!!! What a fantastic adventure with the melon headed whales - and a great pleasure to experience with such wonderful guests. Mahalo for thoughtful review. Cheers! More 

North Carolina
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew of 2 welcomed 6 of us on board for a 4 hour afternoon excursion on the water to search for whales, dolphins, and snorkel with turtles. Caroline was a terrific interacting with us and sharing her knowledge of the marine life, while Jocelyn captained the boat speeding through the water to see the next whale. We easily saw... More 

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

Aloha! Thank you for your review and the time you took out of your schedule to leave us feedback. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with nature and appreciated learning about the marine life. We never have any expectations with the spinner dolphins, we let them initiate any interaction, and if they aren't in the mood, we certainly... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went out with Elizabeth, Rachel, and Downing on Dec 29. We are a family of four. It was an amazing experience to swim with the Dolphins. We saw a pod of about 30 dolphins and had a great swim with them. Elizabeth is very knowledgable about the Dolphins and how to get the most out of the experience. Downing... More 

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

Aloha! Thanks so much for the review, we appreciate your time in leaving us feedback. Wonderful to hear you all had a great experience and enjoyed your time with the dolphins and whales. Those memories will last a lifetime. :) Awesome that you'll definitely come back to visit....we're looking forward to it! More 

Cairns, Australia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our morning out with Wild Side. Apart from swimming with the dolphins and seeing whales the next best part was the friendly and personalised service. I loved that there was a max of 10 people on board, I highly recommend this tour!

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

Aloha! Thank you so much for your great review! We're so happy to hear you loved your morning out with Wild Side enjoying the dolphins and whales. Hope to 'sea' you again! More 

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