Whale Watching, Swimming with Wild Dolphins, Turtle Reef Snorkeling On Oahu since 1996
Life Uncaged – In Their World, on Their Terms
Warning – potentially life changing. Certainly life affirming.
Our award-winning cruises are intimate, ecologically friendly, nature-minded, and foster lasting connections “‘where the wild things are”.
Charter participants may experience one or more of the following on any tour (Mother Nature willing) – our marine mammal sighting rates are 99.5%
Dolphin Encounters and Wild Dolphin Swims
Whale Watching – We’re Fodors choice for Oahu whale watching, and CBS’s “Top Five American Whale Watching Tours”
Guided Snorkel with Sea Turtles and Reef Fish
Departing from the island of Oahu, our mission – Conservation through Experience -sense of place, interconnectedness, ocean stewardship and cultural sensitivity.
Whale watching, snorkeling, swimming with dolphin and turtles, our tours include the entire ecosystem – from pelagic seabirds to beaches teeming with reef fish – and the culture and traditions that formed around them.The health and safety of passengers, wildlife, and the host community are priorities. See boat tours here.
Keeping the charters at low numbers (6-10 passengers) maximizes the experience for our guests while minimizing any impact on the wildlife we encounter. We have a 99.5% success rate of dolphin and whale sightings.
Clear water – 60 to 100 ft. visibility common (onboard viewing like a glass bottom boat!), warm (76 to 82 F) water, with snorkeling depths from 10 to 80 feet, make the adventure enjoyable for all snorkeling levels – or those staying onboard. Your in-water guides point out reef life, with our guided snorkeling you won’t miss a thing!
You’re not just another face in the crowd. Our charters maximize each day’s experience and combine both indigenous knowledge and scientific findings with a flair for storytelling and an eye for finding wildlife. We take the time it takes, to go beyond the experience you expect.
Experience makes a difference – Oahu’s only marine biologist founded and led charters add a depth of knowledge and passion – dedicated professionals trained under demanding standards, only the best are selected for “making sense” of nature’s drama unfolding before you. Guarantee? Vacation time is valuable – if you don’t have time to do it right, you definitely won’t have time to do it over. Our sighting rates are 99.5%, You Only Live Once.
Visit our crew page to view backgrounds and accomplishments, our yacht page to view our boats, amenities, and a 360 degree virtual tour, and our tours page to find the charter that’s right for you and your loved ones.
Our five-star “Best of the West” (up to six passenger) is 3.5+ hours on the water, fully guided (snorkeling and onboard), interactive, and engaging.
Includes dolphin, whale, and turtle encounters with snorkel opportunities…
Longest average in-water time with dolphins, in Hawaii. Whether swimming with dolphins or encounters with other sealife – our tours deliver.
Looking for a charter that does whale watching only? We can help set you up with like-minded folks, we love those charters too!
The Deluxe Wildlife Charter (up to 10 passenger) also boasts tailored service and in-depth experiences
Become a biologist for a day, a wildlife steward forever…
Need transportation? Be green and catch TheBus, it’s no more time than you would spend shuttling around Waikiki, and it comes our way everyday!
A portion of all proceeds from our charters and edu-tainment events are contributed to the Wild Dolphin Foundation for conservation efforts, whale and dolphin photo ids taken onboard are submitted to Cascadia Research Collective for cataloging.
Virtual Swim with Wild Dolphins | Virtual Whale Watching | Virtual Snorkeling
Wild Side Hawaii (whale watching, swimming with wild dolphins, snorkeling tour) Oahu-based combination of best snorkeling, swimming with wild dolphins, year round whale-watching, incredible history, stunning landscapes, and a mesmerizing wealth of natural beauty that only Mother Nature at her finest can provide – our mission is quite simply, conservation through experience.
Wild Side Consistently Ranked as a “Top Five” Best Hawaii Tour
(see our press page for links to the articles below)
Ten Must Do Things in Hawaii #1 | The Ultimate Hawaii Itinerary #1 | #1 of Oahu’s Top 10 Experiences | National Geographic Adventure – Top Ten Water Adventures, #2 | Frommers’ Swimming with Dolphins Picks #2 | Wild Dolphin Swim, Top Five Destinations Worldwide #2 | Swimming with Dolphins #3 of Hawaii’s best liked things |Top 10 things to do with Kids in Hawaii #4 | Honolulu, Hawaii, Top 5 Activities (Travel Channel) | Top 5 Hidden Treasures | Sunset Magazine “Best of the West”| 100 Best Ecological Tours | Forbes – World’s Top Ten Snorkeling Spots | Most exciting and fun thing to do on Oahu | Best of Oahu | Top Wildlife Adventures