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Explore. Connect. Live.

Fall 2015

Life on small islands provides a microcosm for understanding how we can live in balance with our environment and each other. Protect the Ocean and you Protect Yourself”. Through documentary ‘features’, learn what you can do to make a difference in your community and the world. Features a combination of teambuilding and volunteer activities. Support local conservation efforts by participating in the enhancement of strategically chosen and culturally significant locations. Measure your group’s impact with a literal “before & after” evaluation; immediate gratification for participants and immediate appreciation from the ‘aina (land) and local community. These activities are customized to accommodate your group's time allotment and are focused on participating in projects that are needed in the community with our non-profit 501(c)3 partners. Let us create a memorable event for the children in your group. The Ambassadors team will customize exciting and unique day and evening activities for children ages five and up. Environmental exploration and cultural discovery is included in each of our diverse program options led by friendly and fun naturalists. Our expert staff is highly trained, CPR/First Aid certified and has completed identification back ground checks providing the ultimate care for your children. 

In collaboration with the Wild Dolphin Foundation, Wild Side Specialty Tours' Volunteer Vacations offer an enriching week-long journey of discovery through Oahu's ocean world

  • In what we like to call sight-doing, you will help with conservation efforts of marine species, some highly endangered, others found only in Hawaii.
  • The clear waters beckon you to spend time with "Ke 'ola i ke Kai", the life in the sea. 

    Mingling with green sea turtles, wild dolphins, and tropical reef fish in shallow tepid, clear waters. A pod of pilot whales pop their heads our for a look at us, a sky that was empty one day is filled with albatross, boobies, and shearwaters the next. Our marine biologist guides will ensure that you and your companions won't be far away when it does!

  • Unique access to exploration of deeper waters for threatened megafauna such as whales and oceanic sharks. 

  • tar Voyager* 
    5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79 
    Star gazing and a closer look through our telescope are part of this adventure, as we embark on our own journey to learn about how the ancient Polynesian navigators used the night sky to discover Hawaii. 24-hour advance reservation required. 

    Underwater Photography “Picture This” Snorkeling 
    9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $79 
    Share your reef adventure with friends and family back home through digital underwater photography. 

  • Ai Pono ‘Eat Well’ - 10:30 a.m. 
    Enliven your culinary senses by joining one of our resort chef’s on a complimentary interactive tour of our Chef’s Gardens. This educational adventure encourages healthy living for a sustainable future. The tour begins at the herb garden at the lower pool deck; Reservations are required. 

  • Discuss the treasures among The Hawaiian Islands and learn about Hawaiian wellness philosophies and medicinal herbs while discovering their ancient uses. A Sense of Place 10 a.m. 
    A Sense of Place begins with the presentation of the award-winning documentary Then There Were None followed by a discussion of the history and subjects discussed in the film. A guided walking tour of the Honokahua Preservation Site explains its significance to ancient Hawaiians and its’ role today. Location may vary, please confirm with Front Desk.  I

    Turtle Tracks 
    9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $69 
    Learn about Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, the sand they nest in and how everything is connected. 

    Through the Lens 
    1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69 
    Capture the beauty of the local flora and fauna as we explore the beauty of Kapalua through the use of digital cameras and your “artistic eye.” 

    Creatures of the Night* 
    5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79 
    Venture into the night to experience heightened sensory awareness while observing nocturnal wildlife. 24-hour advance reservation required. 

    In a floating, rela-life laboatory, you'll be given expert guidance to develop competence and confidence in the water and with ocean wildlife by fully trained naturalists/escorts, and train alongside seasoned field researchers.

  • Field training will take place through informal, engaging discussions on topics such as turtle biology, fish identification and dolphin behaviors, as well Hawaiian ways of life, both ancient and contemporary.

  • Utilize the waters of Hawaii, in an area dedicated to native medicinal arts, as a source of rejuvenation.  "The physician heals, but nature makes well." Benefits experienced through dolphin encounters

  • Oahu's laid-back west side (the coastless traveled) includes Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae & Makaha. Ahhh... uncrowded beaches.

  • Geographically, spiritually, culturally, and economically separated from bustling Honolulu - mingle with the locals, while metro life is only a 45 minute drive away.

  • Visits sites of historical, biological or cultural significance, within the most intact area of disappearing Hawaiian culture and practices. All excursions are within an hour’s drive of land-based lodgings (boat harbor is 10 minutes away!), with plenty of time available for beach walks and individual discoveries.

Data collection can include logs taken on dolphin behavior, photo id's, and as easy-as-they-are-funsurveys of coral reefs. With small groups of up to twelve people, each expedition is tailor-made.

Wayfinding techniques are how Polynesian navigators made long voyages across thousands of miles on the open ocean. Using only their senses and knowledge passed down orally (often in the form of song), Polynesian navigators memorize important facts such as the motion of stars, weather and the seasons of travel, wildlife species, the direction, size, and speed of ocean waves, the colors of the sea and sky and especially how clouds would cluster at the locations of some islands.

Our Itinerary is arranged around daily boat trips (weather permitting), other activities being optional with plenty of time for relaxation and reflection. With good weather, we can opt to set sail for brilliant stargazing, intro to celestial navigation, and overnight cruises to other Oahu destinations such as Haleiwa Town, Waimea Bay or perhaps even take in the nightlife (and shopping!) of Waikiki. Trekkers will have unstructured afternoon and evening times for exploring on their own or with other new found friends.

You will be with a group of between 6-12 fellow trekkers. People travel independently, with friends or family. The groups are very diverse and sociable, a great way to meet new people. Check our trekker's blog to get in touch with other group members, get to know each other and plan for your expedition.

Included in your 7 day package is lodging at the tranquil and semi-remote tropical estate of the Makaha Golf Resort. Where you will enjoy the splendid surroundings of Makaha Valley, magnificent views of the Waianae mountain range, and romantic sunsets dropping into the blue Pacific. This is the paradise of old Hawaii.

With overnight voyages, trekkers have an option of staying on board or providing their own overnight accommodations with the help and guidance of our staff.


$1895 (check with your accountant for tax deductions) per person, 6 nights, double occupancy, includes lodging and meals. Does not include airfare (but stay tuned for group rates), tips, taxes or surcharges. Upgrades on lodging available such as two bedroom suites, etc.

How do our Treks make a difference?

What types of things are "conservation efforts"?

We have a large group, are we really limited to twelve people?

We want to come, but can we do it in the spring?

Will we need transportation?

2008 Sessions Now Booking: A minimum of 6 participants are needed

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Contact logan@wilddolphin.org with questions.

Things You Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs | How to Snorkel

Today Show, Jan. 21, 2004; Volunteer Vacations helping wildlife, Organizations offer volunteers the opportunity to get up close and personal with animals, while learning about the world around them (look for the box listings.)

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Waianae Boat Harbor, A5
Oahu Hawaii 96792 (near Ko Olina Resort) 
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Full Day Cruise

Excursion designed and led by marine biologists. Cruise wildlife hotbeds for whale and dolphin encounters - seasonal and year-round options, to view the most diverse populations of dolphins, whales and pelagic seabirds in Hawaii. Best whale watching in Hawaii!

  • Unique access to exploration of remote waters. We go where the big cruise ships can't. Pristine snorkeling and marine wildlife encounters, shore excursions available on multiple-day boat tours.
  • Relaxed snorkeling inside sheltered bays, home to vibrant marine species, many of which are endemic to Hawaii and found nowhere else in the world!
  • A remarkable chance to be in the midst of "rare" dolphins, whales, and other exceptional marine life - Hawaii's islands serve as an oasis within a huge oceanic desert,
  • In what we like to call "sight-doing", you're invited to participate in marine mammal and fish surveys and photo-identifications in under (if ever) studied areas. Information gathered is passed on to research organizations and policy/decision makers, who may be onboard right alongside you. 
  • Data collection can include logs taken on dolphin behavior, photo id's, and as easy-as-they-are-fun surveys of fish and coral reefs. With small groups of up to six people, each charter is tailor-made.
  • The Island Spirit's hull design provides a smooth superior ride, she's a true haven from every day life.

Expedition cruising - ....

  • Licensed Sea Captain and marine biologist crew with extensive knowledge of Hawaiian offshore areas, near-coastal waters and anchorages - we know where the wild things are, and have a boat that can reach them in style and comfort
  • Spacious deck areas for top side marine life viewing
  • Targeting dolphin, turtle and snorkeling hotspots that mainstream tourism can't reach
  • The flexibility, speed and comfort to reach a variety of wildlife or culturally significant remote areas
  • Full Simple Meals, nutritious, delicious and with aloha


  • Snorkeling equipment and floatation vests available

Small-ship cruising, limited to six passengers - though larger private or family groups accommodated. Groups are diverse and sociable, a great way to make new and lasting friendships.

Inquire about available dates for full day, overnight or multiple day trips

Full Day Shared Charter Rates (6 passenger max - ask about larger groups)

  • Similar to the Best of the West, but twice the length of time on the water
  • $335 per person for 7 hours, we mix and match to up to six guests total, ages 12+
  • Includes onboard meals, and snorkel gear

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Things You Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs | How to Snorkel

Notice: Wild Side (complete terms and agreements) reserves the right to substitute vessels, and to seasonally modify departure and arrival times. Due to our popularity and limited group sizes, cancellations with less than 10 day notice and "No Shows" are subject to full charge. Prices quoted do not include state tax, harbor fees or fuel surcharge.

Although our sighting rates are at 90+% we cannot guarantee sightings, interaction with wild dolphins or whales, snorkeling, nor ideal weather conditions. We reserve the right to not facilitate in-water OR shipboard encounters which we feel may compromise the well-being of our guests or ocean wildlife. Wild Side adheres to the IWC's General Principles for Whalewatching to minimize the risks of adverse impacts of whalewatching on cetaceans.

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