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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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Fantasitic veiw awsome tour

The crew are experienced and knowledgeable! The tour was efficient! We had a great time. The snorkeling are nonswimer friendly.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Yuhan P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The crew are experienced and knowledgeable! The tour was efficient! We had a great time. The snorkeling are nonswimer friendly.

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1 Thank Yuhan P
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family has taken 40+ excursions, ranging from zip-lining in Costa Rica to white water rafting the Snake, to biking the Alps. So far, this excursion was our favorite! We started with a breath-taking swim with spinner dolphins. After our swim, we found a pod of bottlenose dolphins. We watched them frolic and play off the bow of the boat.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the Wild Side Speciality Tour End of August. It was absolutely amazing! No words can describe the awesome experience we made! Thanks again for this highlight of our holidays!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I did their Best of the West Tour on November 27 and it was awesome! We swam with a large group of wild dolphins and also got a chance to swim with some sea turtles. Caroline was very informative and the whole experience was great. I would highly recommend!

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

From all of us at Wild Side, we sincerely thank you for your time in leaving us a review. It was truly a pleasure to have you on board and experience nature with you. Your intimate experience with the dolphins and turtles will defiantly last a lifetime. :) If you ever make your way back to Oahu, we'd love for... More 

Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went December 2nd, it was an awesome day. Kimberly got everyone fitted for gear, did the briefing and safety talk and away we went. Very shortly after leaving the marina we started to see the whales. Nothing can describe their beauty. It was spectacular. Off the be with the dolphins, what an experience this was. So playful, curious and... More 

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

Aloha! We sure do appreciate the thoughtful review. It's wonderful to hear your enthusiasm about the memories you made in the ocean with Wild Side! From whales, to dolphins, to turtles...it sure was a great adventure with you all! Hoping your able to visit again! :) More 

Northridge, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best company to see and swim with dolphins, sea turtles and fish in the ocean. The small group of 8-10 people doesn't scare away the wildlife. We spent most of our time in the water, up close with wildlife. I had my eleven year old son and there were younger kids and the guides were wonderful with them. As... More 

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

From all of us at Wild Side, we sincerely thank you for your very thoughtful review. We love that you appreciated the small group and research orientated focus - that's some of our favorite parts, too. It's so rewarding to hear how excited our guests are after their up close experience with wildlife. Sending you a big aloha from our... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

6 person boat, with a great crew. The small boat allows the captain to navigate closer to the dolphin pods and you can be dropped off to get a birdseye view of the spinner dolphins.

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2 Thank Paul C
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha!! Mahalo for the fantastic review. Happy to hear you loved the tour and great to read that you enjoyed the boat. Our signature 34 ft BAHA King cat is the perfect platform for whale and dolphin observations and photography. Looking down between the twin-hulls is similar to being on a glass bottom boat - though with nothing in between... More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have done both of the tours and both are amazing. I felt EXTREMELY safe with the knowledgeable staff. AMAZINGS sites and staff!!!

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3 Thank Erin C
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Thanks so much for the fantastic review. We're glad you enjoyed both the tours and that we made you feel safe while having fun experiencing nature! We hope to 'sea' you again in the future! More 

Peoria, Arizona
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 11 year old daughter and I had booked this tour as our first ever snorkeling experience and what an experience it was!! Elizabeth, Olivia, Jackie and Captain Joslyn were amazing! Elizabeth totally took my daughter under her wing to make sure she was safe and comfortable in the water. We swam with two different species of dolphins, sea turtles... More 

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

Awesome - so great to hear you'll be booking with us again....we're looking forward to it! It was an absolute pleasure to have you and your daughter on board. What a great experience we had with the wildlife. Mahalo for leaving us such a thoughtful review! More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are thinking of doing this, then do!! It is defiantly money well spent and an experience that will leave you feeling speechless, humble and so happy. We left the boat harbour with only six of us in total. There were other tours and they all had at least 15 people on their boats. This meant we had a... More 

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

Sending you a big mahalo for this incredibly thoughtful review. We had a wonderful time with you all and wow - the wildlife that day was out of this world!! Humpback whales, turtles, pygmy killer whales, and spinner dolphins!!! It was great to experience such a fantastic wildlife day with such awesome guests. We hope you're able to visit again!... More 

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