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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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Fantastic Ocean Adventure!

Just finished an incredible afternoon trip. Jessica and Capt. Downing were excellent guides who... read more

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Deluxe Wildlife Charter

I would highly recommend the Deluxe Wildlife Charter with Wild Side Specialty Tours! We had a... 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 via mobile

Just finished an incredible afternoon trip. Jessica and Capt. Downing were excellent guides who worked so hard to enable us to have a great experience. Found us a ton of spinner dolphins to swim with and great snorkeling and turtle viewing. Worth every penny!!! June...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would highly recommend the Deluxe Wildlife Charter with Wild Side Specialty Tours! We had a party of seven and it was the highlight of our stay on the Islands for all of us. The Captain and Crew were wonderful and made every effort to...More

3  Thank doc326
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Jess and Downing took our family of 5 (children aged 19-23) out on our very first day in Oahu. Tired and nervous about sharks, we were instantly put us at ease by their confidence, knowledge and warmth. We slid past big boats filled with large...More

2  Thank Iamnotatwork
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Want to get out on the blue waters of Hawaii away from the crowds and where the sun shines? Want to tour with a small group with an experienced captain and naturalist/guide who know these waters inside and out? Want to see Dolphins and even...More

3  Thank treehugger2018
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha!! What a fantastic day with nature!! So great to read your review and hear what a great time you had aboard with Wild Side! Awesome to read about how much you liked the small group setting and our emphasis on education and conservation -...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got to tour with Jed, Jess, and Noel and they were such amazing tour guides! When we got there (on the date we intended to go), I realized I had asked for the wrong week in the reservation, but they had scheduled me for...More

2  Thank Hannah W
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Hannah! We're glad the scheduling all worked out and that you had an awesome time with our crew on our Deluxe Wildlife tour. It was wonderful to experience nature with such a great group. We appreciate your time in leaving us a review and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom and I visited three Hawaiian islands during our trip and participated in lots of fantastic activities, but our favorite experience by far was the Best of the West with Wild Side Specialty Tours! We loved every minute of this tour, and it truly...More

2  Thank MollyWanderlust
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Molly & Ann! Wow - your review means so much to us. The way you described your experience with Wild Side is exactly what we aim for on every tour. We are so grateful for our amazing guests like you guys that help make...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of a morning out on with Jess and Jed . Consummate professionals who were fun but at the same time making the newbies to water feel safe 100% of the time . We were lucky enough to have an encounter with...More

4  Thank dprice46
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha!! Yes, agreed - it was a trip full of excitement!! We enjoyed having you all on board with us...especially for such an amazing day on (and in!!) the water with such great wildlife. The pygmy killer whales were a treat for us all -...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a bit nervous when we saw the weather report, but we were thrilled when the sun came out… along with spritely spinner dolphins, majestic pilot whales, magnificent sea turtles and hundreds of spectacular fish (all of which our incredible guide—April—knew by name). We...More

1  Thank Amber G
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Amber! What a fantastic day! One of our favorite parts of our job is getting to meet like-minded individuals like yourself who share our same passions for observing nature in its natural habitat. We love that you shared our view on respecting the wildlife...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of 6 sailed aboard the Best of the West and had the experience of a lifetime! We were privileged to have Captain Jed, Noelle, and Cass as our guides and they made sure we were all comfortable before setting sail. They provided the...More

3  Thank SPURSfan1970
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your review brought a smile to our faces! As we read your review, we can hear the enthusiasm in your voice...which makes us happy because we are still just as excited about getting to observe that WHALE SHARK!! :) What a fantastic experience with nature,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Jed and April were awesome and the morning held some wonderful surprises. After enjoying a pod of Spinners we went out to meet with a huge gathering of pilot whales. Then as we were on our way to the green sea turtles, the rough...More

1  Thank SpiritofKauai
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha!! Woo-hoo, mother nature sure was good to us!! Your memories with the pilot whales, rough-toothed dolphins, & spinner dolphins will last a lifetime. Such an amazing experience in the wild and so great to experience it with such wonderful guests! We're so glad you...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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Ann L
March 30, 2018|
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Response from Darren P | Reviewed this property |
That may be a little young. You are swimming in open water. There were kids on our tour about that age they went back to the boat quickly. I reserved by phone using the information on the website
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heidi12965
February 18, 2018|
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Response from Beth D | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what the overall incidence is, but on our tour of 4, one person was seasick the majority of the time. But there was land (mountains) in sight at all times!
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