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At Wild Side Specialty Tours, our 3-hour inclusive boat tour is all about experiencing the real thing. No tanks, no crowds, just the open Pacific and its amazing creatures.

Unique Adventures: Dive into the Pacific’s vibrant underwater world. See sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and more. We’re on a mission to gather data to help protect these marine creatures.

Swim with Wild Dolphins: Get up close with dolphins in their natural habitat. We prioritize their well-being, ensuring respectful interactions.

Year-Round Whale Watching: Enjoy whale watching year-round with our marine experts. Learn about these giants and their habits. Humpbacks already sighted for the 2023/2024 season!

Guided Snorkeling: Explore coral reefs, fish, and sea turtles (best in the summer months). It’s the real deal, not a show.

Marine Conservation: We’re passionate about marine conservation. Join us in our mission to protect ocean life.

Join Wild Side Specialty Tours for a genuine, small-group adventure where you’re not just an observer, but an active participant in the magic of Oahu’s marine world.

This Ain’t SeaWorld, it’s The Real World…

Our guided snorkeling portion has ranked #2 in National Geographic’s “Top 10 Trips with a Splash
And our year-round whale watching focus has earned CBS’s “Top Five American Whale Watching Tours”

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Six Hour In-Depth Marine Safari

Dreaming of offshore daytrip adventure? Maybe capture a photo of the Blackfooted Albatross? Calmer, summer weather has everyone excited to include the remote offshore areas of seamounts and upwelling, here the more elusive whales, dolphins and seabirds are found. Get behind the scenes (literally in-depth!) insight on ocean habitats, wildlife behavior, camera techniques and composition. Your camera gear, our awesome guides.

Checkout our Instagram page for the latest photos from our charters.

Whale Tails and Sunset Sails: The Ultimate Oahu Sunset Sail Whale Watching Experience

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Explore the captivating world of Oahu’s humpback whales on our exclusive Whale Tails and Sunset Sails. The West Side is the best side for sunsets and the highest population of whales! Join a select group of just six lucky guests on our premium 34 ft. power catamaran. With a woman-owned and managed crew and guided by certified naturalists and wildlife biologists, this adventure offers not only thrilling encounters but also a deep connection with the marine life.

Winter Humpback Whale Watching: Witness the awe-inspiring humpback whales in their natural habitat from December to April. Experience their late afternoon breeding rituals and listen to their enchanting songs through our onboard hydrophone. Our expert crew ensures respectful interactions, making this a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.

Beyond Whales: Our tours offer more than just humpback whales. You can also spot a variety of marine mammals, sea turtles, and rare seabird species, adding an extra dimension to your adventure on the “Wild Side” of Oahu.

  • 6 species of baleen whales
  • 18 species of toothed whales and dolphins
  • 22 species of seabirds – including rare and often endemic species.

Expert Educated Crew of certified naturalists and wildlife biologists, so that you not only see and hear the wildlife, but come to know and care about them.

Reservations for holiday peaks, winter and summer seasons are recommended to be made at least two weeks ahead of time. Though we will take ‘last minute’ ones if we have space, your chances are much better to book (way) ahead of time.

You Should Know

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

Although our sighting rates are at 95+% we cannot guarantee sightings, interaction with wild dolphins, 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. We do not offer transportation to the boat harbors. Wild Side adheres to the WCA Global Best Practice Whale Watch to minimize the risks of adverse impacts of whale watching on cetaceans.

Reservations for holiday peaks, winter and summer seasons are recommended to be made at least two weeks ahead of time. Though we will take ‘last minute’ bookings if we have space, your chances are much better to book ahead of time.