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Wild Side Specialty Tours

#1 of 15 Tours in Waianae Features Animals
Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
+1 808-306-7273
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AWESOME SNORKELING ADVENTURE FOR 25YR ANNIVERSARY

This was an incredible experience. Me, my husband, and daughter had a great time! Crew member... read more

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Island Time on the Island Spirit

Our family of four (with two teenagers) had one of our best ever family days. Melanie and Downing... read more

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#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 (two boats) 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 an internationally recognized marine tours company conducting environmentally responsible marine interactions. They aggressively participate in environmental protection through education and action, and promote sustainable travel and donate part of its revenue to the Wild Dolphin Foundation dedicated to marine conservation and education, regulatory reform, and research.
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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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Reviewed yesterday

This was an incredible experience. Me, my husband, and daughter had a great time! Crew member Kelsey was very knowledgeable and Captain Elizabeth was great at finding the spinner dolphins so we could swim with them! We also saw sea turtles and many different species...More

1  Thank Angie802
Reviewed yesterday

Our family of four (with two teenagers) had one of our best ever family days. Melanie and Downing created the perfect balance of wildlife viewing (we saw three kinds of dolphins and many turtles), education, relaxation, and physical activity in the form of glorious snorkeling....More

1  Thank Talitha E
Reviewed yesterday

We went out on this adventure with two other families that we are vacationing with. Six adults and 5 kids ranging from age 4 up to age 17. It was incredibly fun, exciting and educational. Our captain, Downing, and our guide, Melanie, were both welcoming...More

1  Thank peterpfeiffer2017
Reviewed yesterday

I brought my family of four, to include two sultry teenagers, to Oahu and booked a snorkeling trip with Wild Side. Noel and Elizabeth were our trip leaders. Noel was amazing. Friendly and very knowledgeable about marine life. She made my kids feel welcome. My...More

1  Thank Darol T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wanted to give a shout out to Captain Downey and Crew member Melanie for a great time aboard the Island Spirit. We had a great time and saw some fantastic marine sights. We saw 2 different dolphin species, swam with the dolphins, turtles, and other...More

2  Thank Richard B
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

From our ohana to yours, we sincerely thank you for the very thoughtful review. We're happy to hear that we made you and your family feel comfortable in and out of the water and that you made memories that will last a lifetime. :) Enjoy...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great trip. Highly recommend. Great to see an all girl crew with heaps of knowledge to share and they care about the creatures and the environment. Very small group of only five. Could have easily spent all day out there.More

2  Thank Patsy W
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Aloha! We had such a lovely time experiencing nature together - wonderful to hear that you enjoyed it so much, too! The small group aspect is one of our favorite parts as well. Nature surely is best enjoyed in a small, intimate setting. Hope you...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

I went on the "Best of the West" tour with Captains Downing and Elisabeth, and Noelle. There were 6 of us on board, a mix of swimming abilities and a mix of dietary requirements. The crew were great about food requirements and very helpful with...More

2  Thank travellerjo2017
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Aloha! What a fantastic trip we had, indeed! So happy that you loved your experience observing nature at its best - in the wild!! :) We sure did enjoy it, too. Great tip about wearing a sun protecting shirt in the water, we agree! Mahalo...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

I have very little experience being on a boat, swimming in the ocean, and am not prone to trying new things. The staff gave me so much confidence. Their excitement and knowledge about the animals made me instantly at ease. Before going I wasn't sure...More

3  Thank Ashley D
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha! Your review brought smiles to all our faces here at Wild Side. Helping guests feel comfortable and safe while enjoying nature is one of our top goals - we are so happy we could help make you feel at ease and enjoy the ocean!...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you are planning on vacationing in Hawaii and you want to have the most amazing experience then don't miss out on this your. Captain Elizabeth and Kelsey will take great care of you as you venture out to take in the beauty of the...More

4  Thank jeffOhau
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Aloha! Thanks so much for the fantastic review!! We had a wonderful time and are so happy you had an amazing experience with nature! Those pilot whales left a lasting impression on us and we're thrilled we got to experience that with such great guests!...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have never snorkeled before or have gone many times as my daughter has than this is the tour for you. Captain Elizabeth and Kelsey could not have made our experience more wonderful! Very knowledgeable and wanting us to have a memorable time they...More

3  Thank Kathryn S
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Woo hooo - an amazing trip, indeed! From pilot whales, to spinner dolphins, to turtles on the beautiful reef, it sure was a memorable day for all! Mahalo for sharing your thoughts on the trip in a review, we appreciate you! We would love to...More

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Nutmegjuly
Hi we are interested in booking four of us for my youngest daughters 30th birthday, she and I are certified scuba divers and her life dream is to swim with sharks but that will have to wait! Which booking is best for swimming with dolphins? What transportation do you recommend for us staying at Trump Tower? We can book the excursion on April 8, 9th or 10th. I noticed the moon is full April 10th, will there be any affect with the lunar cycle? Thanks!
March 1, 2017|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Hi Nutmegjuly! Awesome, an adventure with Wild Side would be an amazing way for you and your family to spend time together celebrating a birthday. Both of our tours are wonderful for the opportunity to swim with dolphins and... More
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Kimberly S
My family wants a Whale Watch, but not interested in swimming or snorkeling. Is there one of your tours that is only Whale Watching. (Just actively viewing wildlife) Thanks KimS
February 14, 2017|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Hi Kim! Thanks for your question. We pride ourselves with being able to cater our tours to each specific trip with our small group size. No tour is the same. We always ask our guests before we even leave the dock what their... More
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Nat_in_Philly
Hello, I have limited swimming ability, and not very comfortable with water. Would you still recommend one of your tours? If so, which one? Thanks! CN
December 4, 2016|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Yes, we'd absolutely still recommend either tour! Sometimes your best experience may be to stay on the boat, where you will be able to see the dolphins and their behaviors better, closer, and for longer amounts of time... More
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