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Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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+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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Breathtaking experience with a FABULOUS crew!! Is it time to go back?

I would highly recommend this excursion while you are in Hawaii! We are a family of 5 from Franklin, TN & we ABSOLUTELY loved it! It is not cheap but it is worth EVERY penny. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Franklin, Tennessee

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would highly recommend this excursion while you are in Hawaii! We are a family of 5 from Franklin, TN & we ABSOLUTELY loved it! It is not cheap but it is worth EVERY penny. We SO got what we paid for & would definitely go back!! (we hope to!) I can NOT say enough about Noelle & Caroline! They... More 

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked this tour hoping to catch a sighting of a whale or two. We got much more than expected with up close encounters with numerous whales and dolphins. Jocelyn and Elizabeth were amazing! We loved the info they shared and their expertise in locating these gorgeous creatures. Definitely recommend this tour and would repeat it on our next visit... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip to Oahu. It was an amazing experience, truly unique and inspiring.

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1 Thank Michelle B
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! Thanks so much for the review....what an honor to be the highlight of your trip to Oahu! We're so happy you had an amazing experience and we'd love for you to visit again! More 

Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw at least a dozen whales, swam with several pods of wild dolphins, and snorkeled to see fish & turtles!!! Our tour guide, Elizabeth, has a tremendous amount of knowledge to share with the group about the area and marine life. She is very impressive! I felt safe with our Captain Downy watching the ocean while we played. Olivia,... More 

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2 Thank NewAdventures16
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Aloha! An honor to be the highlight of your vacation. We're so happy you and your family had a fantastic experience with all nature had to offer the day of our great adventure. Those memories will last a lifetime. :) If you're ever back on the island, we'd love for you guys to visit again! More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A fantastic experience with a highly professional, knowledgeable crew. Such an amazing way to see nature at its best. The attention taken to ensure that we did not leave a negative impact on such incredible sea life was outstanding.

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1 Thank mandy329
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Nature at its best, indeed! What a great trip we had! Always such a pleasure to have like-minded guests who love and appreciate the ocean and its creatures. Mahalo for choosing Wild Side and we hope to 'sea' you again!! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is amazing! We swam with dolphins, which was absolutely surreal!! We saw whales, turtles and various sea life! This company also gives proceeds for conservation efforts, I've heard others do not. The crew was amazing, and helped me a lot since I had never snorkeled before. They are very passionate about the ocean and sea life, that was... More 

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

Mahalo for your very thoughtful review! We really enjoyed having you and your family on board and are so happy you had such a wonderful experience with nature. Aloha from our ohana to yours! More 

Frankfort, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Before going to Hawaii, we reviewed several options for Whale Watching, etc. We decided to splurge and try the Wild Side Tour after reading the other reviews. Wow! We're so glad we did! Everything was great, from the time we boarded the boat until the minute we left. We even received pictures of the trip, which most companies charge tons... More 

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

Aloha! From all of us at Wild Side, thank you so much for your review. Great to hear you and your family had such a memorable experience. We would love for you all to visit again....hope to 'sea' you in the future. More 

Templeton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My 11yo daughter and I celebrated our last day visiting Oahu with the Wild Side Excursion. We got to see humpback whales, swim alongside dolphins and near turtles. Videos and pictures can't transmit the emotions of being so close to this wonderful creatures. You have to experience it like this, with respect to their environment and their lifestyle, in the... More 

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

Your review certainly made us smile! So great to have you and your daughter on board with us experiencing nature. If you find yourself visiting Oahu again in the future, we hope to 'sea' you all again! Aloha from all of us at Wild Side! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We want to thank the crew of the Island Spirit for providing our family with the most amazing experience. Yesterday we were able to swim with dolphins and sea turtles! We also watched three humpback whales swim through the ocean. The crew was patient, kind and informative. They were respectful of the animal's natural habitat and behavior. Our young boys... More 

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

Aloha! It was a pleasure to have you and your family on board our Island Spirit! What a great day we had making memories with the dolphins, turtles and whales. Thank you so much for choosing Wild Side and safe travels to you for the rest of your trip! More 

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family - me, my husband and our 28 and 24 year old sons - went whale watching off the coast of Cape Breton one June, but it was very cold and we saw just the backs of two whales. That is what I was expecting. We were a little anxious about going because we were not snorkeling. We had... More 

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2 Thank Linda P H
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this review

Great memories indeed!!! What a fantastic adventure with the melon headed whales - and a great pleasure to experience with such wonderful guests. Mahalo for thoughtful review. Cheers! More 

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