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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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08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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 (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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Best experience in Hawaii!

Everything about this company is amazing! This is the best thing you can do in Hawaii, and it is completely worth the price. We started our tour with a bit of bad luck (the boat... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Anna T

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everything about this company is amazing! This is the best thing you can do in Hawaii, and it is completely worth the price. We started our tour with a bit of bad luck (the boat had a repair that needed to be made), but immediately the company went to work to get us on to the other boat. The other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Noelle and Josslyn were great at finding humpbacks for our whale-watching tour. I appreciated their respectful stance on the distance to the whales, and we were able to get great views of tail slaps and breaching and diving. It was hands-down our best activity of the week, and I hope to do it again one day! I highly recommend Wild... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This boat excursion was by far "The Best of The West"! For that matter the best experience we've had in Hawaii and we have had many. The boat Captain Jocelyn, and boat photographer Noelle were so responsive of what was happening on the water and adapted our experience in response! The photographs were awesome and the time constraints were of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While planning my trip to the island of Oahu, I knew I wanted to see dolphins. I found Wild Side Specialty Tours while researching online, and I was sold by the reviews and by the fact that it's eco-friendly. I wasn't sure if the reviews would hold true, but holy moly, it sure did. My boyfriend and I walked away... More 

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

Your review brought a smile to our faces! Mahalo for your very thoughtful review - we're so happy you and your boyfriend had such an amazing experience with nature and with Wild Side! We sure did have a great time with you guys, too! Your memories with the dolphins will last a life time. Cheers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of 10 took the morning Wild Side Whale Watching and Snorkeling tour with Captain Downing and Elizsbeth. It has been the highlight of our trip! We saw a Whale in the distance and were able to swim with the dolphins and snorkel. Incredible experience for both non-swimmers and those experienced snorkelers. Would HIGHLY recommend!

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

From all of us at Wild Side, we send you a sincere thank you for your very thoughtful review! It was a pleasure to host you and your family on board while we experienced nature together!! What a fantastic experience under the sea!! Aloha from our ohana to yours. More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught an early morning taxi from Waikiki to Waianae. It was quite a long drive but totally worth it. It wasn't long before we saw spinner dolphins. We had to wait our turn while other boats followed them but that was the right thing to do. After swimming with the dolphins we headed out into the deeper water and... More 

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

Aloha! Thank you so much for your time in leaving us a review, all of us at Wild Side send you a big mahalo! We're so happy you had a great time observing the dolphins and whales in their natural habitat....we had a great time sharing that experience with you guys. We hope you are able to visit again in... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our crew of Jocelyn, Elizabeth and Noelle were extraordinary. Great boat handling, astute comments on the whales, dolphins and some history of the Leeward side of Oahu. Lunch was extremely tasty. Our highlight was watching mom and a calf for about 20 minutes, with the calf showing off with a breach. The crew was aware that my wife has Alzheimer's... More 

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

Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review. It was a pleasure to have you on board with us and experience nature at its best - wow, that mother and calf sure was amazing to observe! Aloha from our ohana to yours! More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined the Wildlife Deluxe tour last Thursday. It was a wonderful tour, swimming with dolphins, watching sea turtles and very nice encounter with Humpback whales. The whales swam under the boat. As if a bus is passing underneath. So big. The whale blew a nice bubble ring at us. The crew was excellent. Nice team, Nick, Elizabeth and captain Downing.... More 

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

Aloha! Mahalo for your time in leaving such a wonderful review. What an adventure - from the dolphins, to sea turtles, to amazing sights with the whales!! Glad you could see our passion for the animals - we love sharing that passion with our amazing guests! More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we had our tour was supposed to be stormy, so the crew found a way to squeeze us in sooner. It was great, because otherwise we would have been out of luck altogether on a whale watch tour. Our crew was Melanie, Elizabeth, and Dalton, and all three were really easy to talk to and a lot of... More 

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

Aloha! We so appreciate your review! Mahalo for choosing Wild Side - we're so glad you had an amazing experience. We pride ourselves with our commitment to conservation and education, so we love when our guests appreciate that, too. :) We would love for you guys to visit again in the future, cheers! More 

Wausau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great day spent with Wild Side!! The crew was so nice and knowledgable. We took our 8 year old twins and everyone loved the experience.

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

Aloha! Glad to hear you had a great day with us! It was a pleasure having you and your family on board to experience nature together. We hope you're able to visit again in the future! More 

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