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“Wild Side Tour - a MUST”

Wild Side Specialty Tours
Ranked #1 of 15 Tours in Waianae
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: #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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This was by far and long the absolute best thing I've ever done in the ocean, and the best birthday gift I could have given my sweetheart. The owner/operator and her assistant are exceptional individuals who have the knowledge and education to talk intelligently about the different species of wild life we encountered. But even though the whales were amazing, there was nothing as amazing as having them place us in the water with pods of wild dolphins who we were able to swim in open water with (until they decided we were too slow) and have all around us. But, even though they took off at a rapid pace, they came back to play a number of times. Nothing as fabulous as swimming in a pod with dolphins in front of you, behind you, to your left and right side and an occasional spinner spinning out of the water right in front of you. My fiance and I absolutely believe this to be the best experience we've ever had and we've lived full adventurous lives. I recommend this to anyone who wants a close encounter with nature and with a small number of other "tourists" on the boat with them. We had a big boat and with the captain and crew and one other couple, there were a total of six of us on the boat. Just does not get any better!

Thank RoxandRay
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

My husband and I chose this tour to get away from the large crowds, running from one side of the boat to the other...the "best of the west" tour offered a personal and eco sensitive experience. Captain Tori and first mate Ashley actually asked us what we wanted to see most and then made sure our wishes came true. We had whales literally beside our boat and listened to their wonderful songs. We all got to benefit from Tori's vast experience studying the whales - her knowledge was incredible. Swimming with the wild dolphins and the turtles was a huge highlight. We highly recommend this first class tour. Incidentally - we took the local bus from Waikiki and had no issues.

Thank MorganSaskatoon
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I am rarely at a loss for words and pictures really can't do the experience justice. From the small group to the incredible crew, I had an absolutely amazing experience. The dolphins were so delightful, whales were graceful and the scenes were perfect. I highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience!!!!!!

Thank Minna M
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a fantastic experience! There were only 4 guests on our tour, which included swimming with dolphins, getting up close to a mama whale and her baby, and snorkeling with sea turtles and a spotted eagle ray. The staff was friendly, professional and completely dedicated to making your experience the best it can be. The highlight of our trip, for sure!

Thank Pas1145
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

My son Tony and I took the Morning Wildlife Cruise with Wild Side Specialty Tours on Tuesday, Feb 5th. We saw several whales up close and personal.....well as up close and personal as the whales let us, napping dolphins, and schools of fish, doing what fish do......and I didn't even get in the water. Yup...believe it or not, I was too cold to get in there.

The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. It was a beautiful day on the water. I highly recommend it!

Thank azlinah483
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