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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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You wish it never stops

We just come back from the Deluxe Wildlife Charter trip where we had such an amazing time ! We were a group of 6 vs 35 with other tour operators, as we witnessed this morning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Amandine B

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Bronx, New York
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Aloha everybody ! I did the Wild Side Specialty "Best of the West" tour back in June, and was kinda disappointed with the experience. Firstly let me say, I do understand this is nature, which we have ZERO control over. BUT reading the reviews beforehand, you'd expect to be swimming with a dolphin under each arm lol. This was not... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We just come back from the Deluxe Wildlife Charter trip where we had such an amazing time ! We were a group of 6 vs 35 with other tour operators, as we witnessed this morning... So Caroline, Noel and Cpt Downing lentus gear and asked to each of us our expectations, making this trip personalized ! They also cared about... More 

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

What a great adventure we had! Lovely to hear what an awesome time you had with our crew and with the wildlife, and especially great to hear that you enjoyed the eco-friendly focus of the trip. Would be a pleasure to have you all on board 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 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My sister and I did the deluxe wildlife charter this morning with Captain Downing, Noel and Caroline ! It was amazing ! I don't feel really comfortable in the ocean but they really helped me to overcome my fear ! Swimming with the dolphins, seeing baby and huge turtles and a lot of fishes were the best activities during my... More 

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

Aloha! Thank you so much for your very kind review! Wonderful to hear we could help you feel comfortable in the ocean and enjoy it without fear. :) Hope to 'sea' you and your sister again! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had an incredible time with Wild Side. We have swam with dolphins before, in an enclosed type setting. This was so much better to swim with them in the wild and see them in their natural habitat. We learned so much from our trip. Swimming with the sea turtles and beautiful fish was magical. We highly recommend this trip!... More 

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1 Thank 2mmw2
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Your review brought a smile to our faces! What an honor to be the highlight of your trip to Oahu. Happy to hear you learned a lot and would like to take the trip again. Aloha from our ohana to yours! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow!! What an amazing experience we had on your tour! My husband has already written a review but I had to add my own as it was that good!! Kimberley, tour guide extraordinaire, was just amazing! Super helpful, so friendly, knowledgeable and respectful! Our two captains were also brilliant! Thank you for allowing me to be part of this humbling... More 

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1 Thank Helen B
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha and thank you so much to both you and your husband for the fantastic reviews! Was so great to have you all on board and experience nature with like-minded guests. We hope you're able to visit again. Mahalo, friends! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After experiencing several other "similar" tours on different Hawaiian islands, we have found the best trip so far. We saw pilot whales, several pods of dolphins, sea turtles and a nice variety of fish (flying fish as well!). Since the trip is limited to 6 people and is well crewed, you have the ability to move quickly and take advantage... More 

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

Mahalo for such a wonderful review! What an awesome adventure we had with the pilot whales, dolphins, and turtles! Our Wild Side crew had a great time getting to know you guys and share a connection with nature with such a great group. Cheers! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic experience. Loved every minute of the trip. Tour guide she was just so lovely and explained everything so well. The tour starts out with s small group we had six. Leaving from pier C. We headed out to sea looking for Dolphins not luck after 15 minutes so we headed to amazing beach. On the way we... More 

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1 Thank Jeremy L
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Woo hoo, what an awesome day out on the water with you all! Wonderful to experience nature with such lovely guests. Mahalo for your time in writing us a review, it is so appreciated. We hope to 'sea' you again....aloha from all of us at Wild Side! More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the Small group excursion with Wild Side and it is totally worth it. Captain Downing, Elizabeth and Macy were terrific. Looked out for your safety as well as the Dolphins and turtles. Saw two different types of dolphins and got to swim with the spinners several times. Snorkeling over the turtle cleaning station was fantastic. Elizabeth is exceptionally... More 

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

All of us at Wild Side thank you for your review and are so happy you had such a wonderful experience aboard with us! Truly was a pleasure to have you on board. Your experience with the dolphins, turtles, and fish will last a lifetime. We sure do hope to 'sea' you again in the future. Aloha! More 

Auckland
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great tour, I got to snorkel with dolphins, turtles and fish, this is a once in a lifetime experience (unless you are lucky enough to live in Hawaii). There are a number of different companies on Oahu offering these kind of experiences but I truly believe Wild Side is one of the best if not the best... More 

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1 Thank Reuben S
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Your review brought a smile to our faces! So glad you had such a fantastic trip and enjoyed our small group eco-tour. We love having like-minded guests who appreciate the education and conservation parts of the tour as much as we do. :) Mahalo from our ohana to yours. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the Best of the West tour with Captain Downing, Elizabeth, and Olivia today. I had an amazing time. The entire trip was amazing. We were able to see dolphins, turtles, and all sorts of fish. I would recommend this to anyone visiting O'ahu.

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1 Thank Paul L
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha and thank you so much for the great review. We're happy you had an amazing experience being 'one with nature' and enjoyed the dolphins, turtles, and fish. It was a pleasure to have you on board and we sure do hope you're able to visit again! Mahalo from all of us at Wild Side! More 

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