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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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Deluxe Wildlife Charter - Highly Recommended

My husband and I, and our 8 year old son, did the Deluxe Wildlife Charter today with Jess and... read more

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makovitza
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Kapolei, Hawaii
Best of the West!

We were looking for a private snorkeling tour. Wild Side, Best of the West, was perfect! The... read more

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bhirsh2018
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Northbrook, Illinois
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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: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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

My husband and I, and our 8 year old son, did the Deluxe Wildlife Charter today with Jess and Downing. We had an amazing time. Our son's verdict was "awesome!" and "even better than I hoped". The crew were friendly, helpful, and willing to answer...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We were looking for a private snorkeling tour. Wild Side, Best of the West, was perfect! The capacity of the boat we were on is only 6 people. Cassie and Jed were fantastic. We swam with spinner dolphins, sea turtles, pygmy killer whales and spotted...More

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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Wooooo-hoo! What a packed day with so many different species of marine life to observe!! Swimming with the pygmy killer whales was especially memorable - so great to have such a lovely group of guests with us for that fantastic experience! Mahalo for your time...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Five stars throughout! The trip could not have been better. Excellent and knowledgeable crew and captain, beautiful catamaran, spectacular setting, and abundant dolphin, turtle, and even seal sightings. I’d highly recommend!More

1  Thank LindaBDeutsch
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Aloha Linda! Thank you so much for your time in leaving us a review!! It was wonderful to have you on board with us to experience such a great day with nature. Wonderful to read how much you enjoyed our crew and catamaran. We hope...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great time and observed all of the above sea creatures during our excursion. If you have seen your tropical fish but want to see something more— dolphins and whales in their wild marine habitat, then this is the trip for you. Knowledgeable...More

1  Thank Mark O
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Aloha Mark! What a fantastic day with nature. It was great to get to know you and your ohana during our Wild Side adventure. Observing the pilot whales was especially great this day!! Awesome to hear your teenagers would want to do this again in...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our extended family of 6 (my father, my husband, and my three teenage nephews) had an incredible time on the "Best of the West" tour, and the experience was definitely a "bucket list" item for me! I have always wanted to swim with dolphins, but...More

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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Aloha! Your review brought a smile to our faces! We sure do love our job, and it's because of guests like you who make it even better. What a wonderful day with nature, and even more special to get to enjoy it with such a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a group of 9 adults and 3 teens we wanted to try a different experience together and not necessarily with strangers......this trip delivers exactly that. We are all from Australia so we can swim ( much to the relief of Jessica) our guide and...More

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

Aloha Les!! What a beautiful day on the water with such a great group...it's always a pleasure to host aussies! We're so glad you had a fantastic experience. We look forward to seeing you again next time you visit Hawaii. Mahalo for your time in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of six spent the morning for the second time with Wild Side. The second time was even better. While 3 other huge tour boats were chasing after a pod of dolphins, our captain and crew patiently put us in the perfect place to...More

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

Wooo hoo, we love our returning guests!! Awesome to hear that your second time with Wild Side was even better than the first!! We really enjoy the small group size and we're glad you did, too! :) Mahalo for your time in leaving a review,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great day! We were so lucky to get a last minute reservation for a Sunday sailing. Capt. Downing and Jess, our guide, were so knowledgeable, which worked in our favor when all the other boats were circled around one pod of spinner dolphins....More

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

Aloha Doak! Your review brought a smile to our faces - we love how special of an experience you had with your husband while on your adventure with Wild Side. Getting to swim with pilot whales is magical in itself, but I'm sure it was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t thank Jess, Captain Downing and Carlie for the unforgettable experience we had! They were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and their love for the ocean and it’s inhabitants was contagious. This small and personable experience was awesome. We were fortunate to see these magical...More

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

Aloha Janelle! A magical day it sure was!! It was a pleasure to have you, your daughters, & friends on board with us to experience nature!! We're so glad you liked the small and personalized adventure - we truly enjoy keeping it small sized so...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing tour! Our group saw and swam with pilot whales, a pod of about 100 dolphins and some turtles too! Our fantastic guides Jess and Downing made the day really special. They were so knowledgeable about everything - all the different species we...More

1  Thank Kiwitraveller232
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Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha!! What a fantastic adventure!! From the pilot whales, to the dolphins, to the turtles, (and even the beautiful reef fish!!), it was an all around wonderful day. So glad we could help make it so memorable for you all. :) Mahalo for choosing Wild...More

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hjhackett
1 July 2018|
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Response from Wild_Side_Hawaii | Property representative |
Aloha! Thanks for your interest. Great question. As we interact with the marine mammals in their wild state, encounters are not 100% certain. We do have dolphin sighting rates of 95% of the time. :) Humpback whale season... More
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Camilo C
18 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 tsmith1 | Reviewed this property |
Our 8 year old loved it. He’s a strong swimmer though. I would ask the tour company rep.
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