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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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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...more
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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a great time! We did the best of west tour and got to see whales, turtles, and dolphins! Lexi our captain and Noel our tour guide were great and super helpful and knowledgeable!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Abigail M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was an amazing experience! The guide and staff were so nice. I learned a lot and they explained everything so well. I got to see whales, turtles and so many dolphins. While swimming in the ocean, they made me feel safe and comfortable. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Bel A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the snorkeling tour that was at 8am. The booking experience was a little iffy, mainly because you had to send them your credit card information to reserve the booking but you couldn't tell how secure the site is. Everything turned out alright but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank l3tang
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Aloha! Thank you so much for your time in leaving us such a detailed and candid review. We appreciate every part of it, including how you expressed being cautious with our online booking experience. We completely understand you wanting to make sure our site is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Got to see a manta ray, sea turtles, humpback tail splashes, spinner dolphins, pygmy sharks and bottle nose dolphins. short snorkel lessons were given and you could get in and explore the ocean or stay aboard and just watch. No one had to do anything...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Tammy J
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

WOW - a review on Trip Advisor, Yelp, & Google! MAHALO, Tammy! We so appreciate your time in sharing your Wild Side experience all over the internet. :) The photos from your day turned out fantastic!! Looking forward to another adventure with you in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely fantastic excursion. We saw a humpback whale and a pod of bottlenose dolphins from the boat, and saw a reef and a pod of spinner dolphins while snorkeling. The small number of passengers allowed everyone on the boat to experience everything up close and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank 146,720
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha! Mahalo for your time in leaving us such a thoughtful review! We're thrilled that Wild Side was the highlight of your vacation...that's what we aim for on every trip! :) So glad you enjoyed the small group size, that's one of our favorite aspects...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this tour based on the 5 star reviews on trip advisor and it lived up to every expectation!!! We sailed with Captain Jed and April today! From the moment we stepped aboard the clean catamaran we felt like we were in very good...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank dianeo190
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha! Woo hoo- reading your review made us smile!! A fantastic day with Mother Nature indeed!! From the dolphins, to the turtles, to the monk seal, to the whale....it was an all around WONDERFUL day and we're so glad we got to experience it with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip that Elizabeth and Melissa took us on was definitely the highlight of our trip to Oahu. We did the best of west tour, and it was great that there were only 6 people which made the experience even better. We were very lucky...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lamentingotter
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha! :) Thank you so much for your time in leaving us this very thoughtful review. We're so glad that you had a great time with Elizabeth, Melissa, and of course the beautiful sea creatures! <3 Great to hear that you would go again next...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the best time! Captain Lexi was the best. We saw a huge pod of bottle nose dolphins 🐬 then humpbacks 🐋 lots of fish 🐠 and then got to swim with spinner dolphins 🐬... our crew Karina and Noel was the best. Karina...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Q8224RAlorim
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Lori! Mahalo for your time in leaving us a review! It was our pleasure to serve you on board and get to experience nature with such a great group! From the dolphins to the humpbacks to the beautiful reef snorkeling...what a fantastic day! Cheers!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lexi, Noal and karina took us out. Absolutely fabulous morning spent with them. We swam with fish and spinner dolphins along with bottle nose dolphins surrounding the boat and a whale breaching next to us. We felt safe and totally welcome. I would return to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank albUsa
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha! A fabulous morning indeed! Wow...Mother Nature sure was good to us. Your memories of the dolphins, whales (that breach was fantastic!!), and beautiful backdrop of the mountains will last a lifetime. <3 Thank you so much for leaving a review and sharing your experience...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour description said that there’s a possibility to see whales, dolphins, and seat turtles. With Elizabeth’s amazing navigation skills, we were able to see all 3! I have mostly videos, so only posting one picture. April was amazing and very knowledgeable on marine life...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mphillips243
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Woo hoo!! Whales, dolphins, and turtles....such a beautiful day with nature and of course so lovely so spend it with a great group!! So glad you had an amazing experience...we will be looking forward to 'sea'ing you again! Aloha!

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beets15
July 1, 2018|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Aloha! Thanks for your interest. Great question. As we interact with the marine mammals in their wild state, encounters are not 100% certain. We do have dolphin sighting rates of 95% of the time. :) Humpback whale season... More
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Camilo C
May 17, 2018|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Aloha Camilo! The fastest way to inquire about reservations would be via email. Or you can give us a call at 808.306.7273. All details, including our email address and contact info are on our website...link to our website... More
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AnnL3146
March 30, 2018|
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Response from tsmith1 | Reviewed this property |
Our 8 year old loved it. He’s a strong swimmer though. I would ask the tour company rep.
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