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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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Brilliant experience

Family of 7 did the Deluxe Wildlife Charter on Sep 21st. What an experience, can't recommend it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mark M
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Brisbane
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Beyond Amazing Experience

My husband and I booked a Best of the West tour on the Alaka'i and had an amazing experience. First... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
chalmershm
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Sparks, Nevada
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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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Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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+1 808-306-7273

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Family of 7 did the Deluxe Wildlife Charter on Sep 21st. What an experience, can't recommend it enough and staff were outstanding. We swam with Pygmy killer whales and Turtles. Simply amazing

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I booked a Best of the West tour on the Alaka'i and had an amazing experience. First off, the crew (Captain Elizabeth, April, and Melanie) are exceptional people. They were very helpful and knowledgeable and authentically care about the sea creatures that...More

2  Thank chalmershm
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Aloha! An incredible experience it sure was!! What a fantastic day on the water - mother nature was so good to us. What an amazing time observing the pygmy killer whales with such a great group. Wonderful to hear you'd like to book again in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to book this after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed! Our kids really wanted to swim with dolphins and sea turtles, and being able to do so in their natural habitat instead of a pool has beyond description. Downing,...More

Thank Mike and Meagha... G
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Woo hoo, we love your "nautical mile" pun. :) We can just hear the enthusiasm in your voice...love it. It was an absolute pleasure to have you and your family on board with us. Also, it was so special getting to see your kids enjoy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elizabeth, Melanie, and April were awesome. We took the Best of the West tour and our party of 5 owned the tour. They explained to us what they planned to do and got our input along the way. When they heard of a whale spotting,...More

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

Aloha! Your review brought smiles to our faces- we do love our jobs...and part of that is getting to experience nature with such wonderful guests like yourself! Mahalo for your time in leaving us a review and for sharing about your memorable experience with the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We can't thank Noelle, Elizabeth, and April enough for the absolutely incredible adventure we had September 6! We visited Oahu for our honeymoon, and we booked our tour with Wild Side after researching every dolphin tour company on Oahu and reading countless reviews. And wow...More

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

Aloha! Thank you so much for the very thoughtful review! We're so happy we got to help you celebrate your honeymoon and enjoy nature with your new hubby!!! What a fantastic trip...truly a pleasure to have you all on board. Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was way over priced. Started out good, Kelse was amazing, very nice and talked to everyone getting to know them A+ for her. The Captain seemed like a grumpy old man, he verbally yelled at other tour companies for doing things to get in...More

Thank David H
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Owner at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha! We'd like to sincerely thank you for your time in leaving us feedback. Although we strive to earn 5 stars in every review, we truly appreciate each one regardless of rating, not only because it gives us a genuine understanding of guest satisfaction but...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on an excursion with Wild Side on August 23, 2016 ( a year ago). We chose the Best of the West for 4-6 passengers. If you don't have a full party when you reserve, they try to mach people to your tour. We...More

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

Aloha! Mahalo for your very thoughtful review - we truly appreciate all the thought and time you put into sharing your experience with others. Makes us smile to read about how much you and your family enjoyed the trip, and are still so excited about...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far the coolest part of this morning adventure! Elizabeth and Noelle made sure that we did not disturb the dolphins in the wild. However, the dolphins were aware of us and swam circles around us! You could hear them communicating with each...More

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

Aloha! Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review. We are so happy you had such a memorable experience with Wild Side and that we were able to make you feel comfortable in the water while enjoying nature at its best! :) It was...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing trip on the Best of the West charter snorkeling tour. I've always wanted to swim with turtles and dolphins but have wanted to do it ethically, and this is the perfect opportunity. We learned so much about the sea life around...More

2  Thank kmcw2016
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha! A once-in-a-lifetime experience it sure was! Mother nature was so good to us - from the pilot whales, to the spinner dolphins, it was an all around fantastic day. We're so happy you had such a memorable experience and we hope you're able to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ventured out with the Deluxe Wildlife Charter this morning and had an amazing time! Our crew was knowledgeable and very friendly. I brought my large camera and they made sure to let me know when there was something worth shooting around the boat. The...More

1  Thank holli1210
Wild_Side_Hawaii, Manager at Wild Side Specialty Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Woo-hoo! It sure was fantastic to help your dreams of swimming with wild dolphins become a reality. What an amazing day on the water making dreams come true. :) We're so happy you had a great time and we hope you're able to visit again!...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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Ruxandra V
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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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