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Tailored Expeditions Into the Untamed Near Ko Olina, Oahu

Every year, people from all over the world flock to Oahu’s coastlines, hoping to spot a majestic humpback whale tail. Did you know, whale sightings are possible year-round? Whether you’re looking to swim with wild dolphins or snorkel over coral reefs with sea turtles, our sea excursions offer unparalleled wildlife interactions.

With only six guests per charter, you’ll receive personalized attention from our credentialed crew, who will involve you in their behind-the-scenes research projects and captivate you with their passionate stories of Oahu environment, wildlife, and culture.

🔥 Ignite Your Wild Side | Small Groups, VIP Treatment 🔥

  • Experience uncrowded, personalized care and attention, with every seat being front row.
  • Gain unique access to deeper waters for year-round whale watching, swimming with wild dolphins
  • Sail on our 34′ power catamaran equipped with a flybridge, shade, private bathroom, and a sturdy custom ladder.
  • Savor a local-style lunch and snacks to keep you energized throughout your adventure.

“What I appreciated the most was their dedication to conservation and their contributions to research of marine animals. The guides gave us a feeling of being in a National Geographic episode, generously shared inside information about marine animals we encountered as well as passionate myths and legends of the gorgeously rugged shoreline. With only 5 other people onboard, the swim with dolphins encounters were magical…”

—Leanna H.,  May 2024

TripAdvisor, 5 Star Review

“Spotting a whale shark on our Wild Side Hawaii tour was a breathtaking surprise! Swimming with dolphins and pygmy killer whales was incredible. The crew’s expertise and commitment to ethical wildlife viewing made the experience perfect.”

— Lucas J., April 5, 2024

TripAdvisor, 5 Star Review

“Wild Side Hawaii delivered an exceptional adventure. We swam with dolphins and encountered pygmy killer whales, learning so much about these fascinating animals from the expert guides. Snorkeling with turtles made the experience a must-do for any wildlife enthusiast!”

— Olivia P., June 1, 2024

TripAdvisor, 5 Star Review

Wildlife in Depth | Custom Biologist-Led Boat Expedition

Bucket List Encounters on Full Day Oahu Boat Tours

Our six-hour charters delve offshore into Oahu’s most wildlife-rich waters and bucket-list outcomes. Limited to just six guests, this intimate adventure ensures personalized attention and a truly immersive experience. Departing just 10 miles from Ko Olina, this journey blends science, conservation, and sheer wonder, all while enjoying local-style lunch and snacks. Experience the ultimate connection with nature on this exclusive, woman-owned, and managed charter, where every moment promises to captivate and inspire.

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Expert Educated Crew: Our team of certified science communicators ensures you not only experience the wildlife, but also develop a deep understanding and become stewards for them. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of Oahu’s marine life with our expert-led boat tours and, Year Round Whale Watching on Oahu

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200+ Five Star Google Reviews

“Choosing the six-hour charter with Wild Side Hawaii was the highlight of our Hawaiian vacation! We had a fantastic day getting offshore observing endangered false killer whales and monk seals, seeing pelagic seabirds, swimming with a whale shark and enjoying a peaceful snorkel with turtles on a vibrant coral reef away from crowds at Kaena Point. Highly recommend for anyone near looking to explore Hawaii’s marine life in depth and away from the crowds.” — Jessica M., May 5, 2024

Oahu Snorkeling ner Ko Olina

Far better than the typical tourist boat and especially that they respect and truly love the wild life in the water. We were able to see a whale beyond the end of the humpback season, tons of dolphins, turtles and a manta ray! Hands down, best boat tour I have been on, from Florida, Texas and Bahamas experiences I have been on. So if you want a more intimate experience, like sailing with friends/family, you can’t choose any other option than Wild Side!!! Thank you again for a memorable experience! Sam Mahmoud 4/2024

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“The Best Snorkeling Tours on Oahu”

Tour-goers rave about this tour, praising the crew and describing swimming with dolphins as incredible. They also appreciate that it is a private, personal experience thanks to the capacity limitations. Prices start at $205 per person and include a sandwich lunch and snorkeling gear. Tours depart at 7 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. daily. with private charters.” Lyn Mettler, U.S.News

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“8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.”

For a truly immersive experience, consider a sustainable excursion with a group like Wild Side Specialty Tours, where you can swim with a pod of dolphins after some simple training

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Skip the city plan on snorkeling with wild dolphins on a Wild Side Tour

~and/or~  organize a guided expedition on our  Top Ten Trips with a Splash”

Whale Watching Oahu

“Whale Watching Tips”

Be sure to do your research and choose a responsible and sustainable company that respects the animals and focuses on education… I chose Wild Side as my tour company, run by marine biologists and trained naturalists.