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Whale Watching, Swimming with Wild Dolphins, Turtle Reef Snorkeling On Oahu

Life Uncaged – In Their World, on Their Terms

  • Warning – potentially life changing. Certainly life affirming.

  • Our award-winning cruises are intimate, ecologically friendly, and foster lasting connections “Where the Wild Things Are”.

  • Expert, helpful, and caring guides nail marine mammal sighting rates of 99.5% – and that you (safely) won’t miss a thing.

All Charters include:

Dolphin Encounters and Swimming With Wild Dolphins – Every tour is diverse, depending on the dolphins’ moods and the crew’s discretion in maximizing the adventure. Typically the dolphins are social, curious, interactive and friendly. The team at Wild Side briefs all guests on dolphin “wet-iquette” ensuring that both you and the dolphins have an enjoyable experience.

“Bucket-list” Whale Watching (year-round!) – We’re Fodors choice for Oahu whale watching, and CBS’s “Top Five American Whale Watching Tours

Sight-seaing with Guided Snorkeling among giant Sea Turtles and brilliant Reef Fish 

Departing from the island of Oahu,  This 100% eco-friendly tour is not only good for the environment, it edu

cates on wild life protection and ocean conservation. Be daring and join the crew at Wild Side for a thrilling, unbeatable tour of dolphin, whale and reef encounters.

Whale watching, snorkeling, swimming with dolphin and turtles, our tours include the entire ecosystem – from deep-sea seabirds to beaches teeming with reef fish – and the culture and traditions that frame them. The health and safety of passengers, wildlife, and the host community are priority.

Keeping the charters at low numbers (6-10 passengers) maximizes your experience while minimizing wildlife

impact.  Enjoy a great lunch, shade (or sun), room to spare and private bathrooms on both boats.

Clear water – 60 to 100 ft. visibility onboard viewing comparable to a glass bottom boat, warm (76 to 82 F) water, with snorkeling depths from 10 to 80 feet (you can see the bottom!), make the adventure enjoyable for all snorkeling levels – and for those staying onboard. Your in-water guides point out reef life and activities – with their keen eyes, you’ll treasure what most miss!

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.

“Snorkeling w/ 5 people WAY WAY better than 25. Just love the intimate feel. So personalized”
– Kara Williams, VacationGal.com

nd Hawaiian FriendExperience 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. Visit our crew page to view backgrounds and accomplishments, our yacht page to view our boats and their amenities, and our tours page to find the charter that’s right for you and your loved ones.

The Unequivocal Bucket List Experience!!!”
– TripAdvisor Review

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.

“However small the change may be, that’s what we do, inspire people to experience Hawai`i differently and to become more conscious about their connection to the Earth and Ocean”
– crew “Paulphin”


Our five-star “Best of the West” (up to six passenger) is 3.5+ hours on the water, fully guided, interactive, and engaging.

Includes dolphin, whale, and turtle encounters with snorkel opportunities… 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)

Same focus, tailored service and in-depth experiences, (whale watching, swimming with wild dolphins, snorkeling ) 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. – 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!

Give Back – A portion of all proceeds from our charters 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.

Due to our popularity (100,000+ served!) and limited seating, do please make reservations at least a couple of weeks in advance, longer leeway over holidays (Christmas, Spring Break, etc.).

Wild Side Consistently Ranked in “Top Five”

(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

Wild Side is a proud member of the World Cetacean Alliance –

“The Global Voice for Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises”