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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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So much fun and educational too

I was in Hawaii celebrating my 50th birthday and ticking off a few things from my bucket list... read more

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My 10 and 11 year olds and I went out today with Captain Downing, Kass and Mel. We had the best... 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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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was in Hawaii celebrating my 50th birthday and ticking off a few things from my bucket list. The staff on board were great. Helpful, informative, fun, safety conscious and concerned for the environment. They went out of their way to make sure we got...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My 10 and 11 year olds and I went out today with Captain Downing, Kass and Mel. We had the best time with them! They answered all of my son’s curious questions, took great care in calling out the wildlife to us, and made sure...More

1  Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew at Wild Side was great - very nice, knowledgeable, and safe! They made sure everyone felt safe participating at their comfort level. We were not able to swim with/near the dolphins, but we did see a baby humpback whale swimming with its mother....More

3  Thank Lyndsy K
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Aloha Lyndsy! What an amazing experience observing the humpback whale mother and calf. Absolutely beautiful experience that I'm sure we will all remember for years to come. :) We're so happy to read what a great adventure you had and we want to sincerely thank...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful 1/2 day excision with Jed, Mel and Cass. Spinner dolphins, Keko dolphins, turtles, we got it all. Very friendly crew, small group so they actually call you by name (when you swim off—sorry Cass)! Would definitely recommend spending your morning with them!More

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

Aloha Todd! An absolutely wonderful day it sure was! From the dolphins, to turtles, to beautiful reef fish, it was an all around fantastic day and we're so happy you all enjoyed it! Mahalo for choosing Wild Side and we hope you're able to visit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I had a great time on the Best of the West Tour with Jed, April and Anna on May 13th. The crew, especially April, was very knowledgeable about marine life and Jed wouldn‘t stop until everybody saw dolphins. We were lucky enough...More

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

Aloha Tina! Mahalo for your time in leaving us such a thoughtful review. We had a wonderful time getting to know you and showing you all Mother Nature has to offer! We're glad you had such a memorable experience and that you enjoyed the education...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had THE BEST time with Mel and Captain Downing today out on the Alaka’i. We started our day swimming/snorkeling with spinner dolphins. It was an awesome way to kick off our morning on and in the Pacific ocean. Shortly after, we headed into deeper...More

2  Thank Oceanside555
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha! :) Whoa your review brought smiles to our faces - we are so happy to read that we exceeded your expectations and provided you with an experience you'll remember for years and years to come! It sure was a great day with Mother Nature...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We participated in the Best of the West tour yesterday and absolutely loved it. Cass and Mel were fabulous guides who were patient and entertaining throughout. We had tons of fun swimming with dolphins and turtles!

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

Aloha!! So glad to hear that you had tons of fun on your adventure with Wild Side! Your memories with the dolphins and turtles will last a lifetime! :) We sure did have a great time getting to know you and experience nature together! Cheers!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I went with Cass, Noelle and Jed and they were awesome! We were swimming with about 20-30 spinner dolphins within the first hour of being on the boat. Crazy!! We also swam with some turtles and snorkeled on a reef that had...More

3  Thank jbr0b
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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 thoughtful review. It was a pleasure to have you on board with us for such a great day with nature! Mahalo again for choosing Wild Side and we hope you're...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Needless to say, my family and I had a great time on the Best of the West Tour with Jed, April and Cass on May 7th. The crew was very courteous and knowledgeable about the marine life we were lucky enough to see and/or snorkel...More

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

Aloha Angela! Your review means so much to us!! We can hear the genuine excitement through your writing and it makes us so happy that you and your family had such a memorable experience that made your Oahu stay so special. :) We're glad you'll...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on board with Cass, April and Captain Jed. They were very timely with their safety briefing and got us on the water quickly. They were very educational on telling us about the animals we were encountering....we even got to see a humpback whale...More

1  Thank Maria Q
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Maria!! What a wonderful day on (and in!) the water together!! It was great to get to know you and your ohana while experiencing nature together. Glad you enjoyed the educational emphasis as well, that's one of our favorite parts of the trip, too!...More

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Camilo C
17 May 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
30 March 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
19 February 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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