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Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
+1 808-306-7273
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AMAZING SNORKELLING TOUR!!

My husband and I went for the Best of the West tour and it was phenomenal! It’s great too because... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Angela W
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Best of the West -- Best of our visit to Hawaii -- with guides who truly care about nature

We went on the "Best of the West" tour, and it was incredible. While the smaller tour is a bit more... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kolbenschlag
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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+1 808-306-7273

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I went for the Best of the West tour and it was phenomenal! It’s great too because they have a maximum of just 6 guests on the boat so it keeps it small and intimate! Elizabeth and Noelle were such a blast...More

1  Thank Angela W
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on the "Best of the West" tour, and it was incredible. While the smaller tour is a bit more expensive, it is 100% worth it--I definitely recommend this tour, as the small size (6 people max) really makes it special. We didn't see...More

1  Thank Kolbenschlag
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Aloha! This review means so much to us. Mahalo for your time in leaving us your thoughts on the trip, and especially about how you appreciated our love and respect for the wildlife. It's a joy to serve like-minded guests and provide an intimate, safe...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

My son and I went of the Best of the West tour and had a blast. They did a great job of making the day an enjoyable event. We were lucky enough to find a large pod of dolphins in excellent water conditions. We also...More

2  Thank chatty9
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

A fantastic day, indeed! It was a pleasure to have you and your son on board with us to enjoy the ocean and its creatures! We're so happy to read that you had such a wonderful day with Wild Side; we enjoyed it, too!! Mahalo...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I did the best of the west tour so it was just us and another family of four. We had an amazing time, swam with spinner dolphins twice, and had a pod of spotted dolphins come ride the boat wake and jump...More

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

Aloha!! Mahalo for your thoughtful review. It was a pleasure to have you and your wife on board with us and experience nature together!! It sure was a wonderful day on the water and with great company. Enjoy the rest of your travels and we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I went on "Best of the West" tour and it was amazing. Paying the extra but for a smaller group size made the world of a difference. We all seemed to have less stress and anxiety that can typically come from too...More

2  Thank Lisa S
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha!! Your review brought smiles to our faces!! Love the way you worded the benefits of our small group atmosphere. Yes, observing while we allow the marine life to peacefully navigate their world is such a special experience and we're so happy you and your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is hands-down the best snorkeling experience I've ever had and would recommend to anyone visiting Hawaii. I did their Best of the West tour which was maxed at 6 people and the cost is totally worth the more personal experience. The crew, led by...More

1  Thank mamey2422
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha! All of us at Wild Side send you a big thank you for your very thoughtful review! Awesome to read that you had the best snorkeling experience ever during your adventure with us - it sure was a great day. It was a pleasure...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic time with the tour. We swam with dolphins but our guide made sure we understand how to do it without scaring or hurting the dolphins. Our boat guide Kelsey was super knowledgable and the captains were friendly and helpful. We would...More

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

Aloha! Mahalo for your time in leaving us a review. We're so happy you had a fantastic experience and would love to do it again....we'd love to 'sea' you guys again, too! :) Have an awesome rest of your week and thanks again for choosing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We live on Island and our adult children often spend time in these waters. We thought we had seen all that was out there before but this tour showed us so much more! We were all amazed at the huge number of dolphins we saw...More

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

Aloha!! So wonderful to have you and your family on board with us! It's awesome how you live on island, yet don't take for granted all the beauty and adventures to be found on Oahu. We feel honored to have gotten to show you guys...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing experience! I loved the all female crew, captioned by Elizabeth with Noelle and April. We had a small group - only 5 of us. (Which is perfect and the reason you should pick them.) We found a pod of dolphins, about 20,...More

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

What a fantastic day!! It was a pleasure to have you all on board with us - such a wonderful day on the water with great company. Mahalo for your very thoughtful review. Your memories with the dolphins, turtles, and views of that blue Hawaiian...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently took a trip with these guys in their best of the west tour. We caught an Uber out to their boat which took about an hour from Waikiki. Within minutes of leaving the dock we were swimming with dolphins, an amazing experience. Captain...More

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

What a pleasure it was to have you guys on board with us! We totally agree, the smaller the group size, the better the experience. We're happy to hear you had a wonderful experience and made such good memories with in the ocean while observing...More

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Ashley F
16 September 2017|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Aloha! Respect for sharks is a good thing! I'm sure an innate fear of large predators is something that helped our ancestors survive. Sharks near shore (where we snorkel), are rarely seen - mostly because if present, they... More
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Ruxandra V
8 August 2017|
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I meant to write is more of an answer not Miranda
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Response from Jeremy T | Reviewed this property |
We had plenty in our group with limited abilities. Just alert the crew and they keep you closest to them and help you every step of the way!
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