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The Best Half of Hawaii is Underwater...

When Snorkeling Oahu -
Most snorkelers will miss most of what's out there.
You won't.

Our charters include sight-seaing on our Guided Snorkel Tour - Coral reefs are important to Hawaii for subsistence, traditions, and survival. Snorkeling or skin diving with knowledgable guides, repectfully accesses Hawaii's richest and most unique realms. Snorkel premier areas; where minimal rainfall, and limited development, keep some waters as calm and clear as ancient times.. Hawaii SnorkelingPull on your snorkel, take a deep breath and dive into these incredible underwater gardens - no sandy gear, no waves crashing, boulders, thefts, or other problems encountered when snorkeling from shore. No worry about getting tired or cold - the boat is right there, always accessible.

Wild Side's snorkeling tours have been voted #2 in the USA by National Geographic and were also nominated for Hawaii's own prestigious Living Reef Award.

We'll share our personal best with you, snorkeling near green sea turtles nibbling on coral reefs, while endemic fish (found only in Hawaiian waters) meander through a fluid neighborhood and whistles of dolphins and the winter song of whales are present in the background (well OK, at least the ever present sound of snapping shrimp!) - all in waters ranging in temperature from 76 - 82 degrees.Devil Scorpion fish on Oahu Snorkel

"Clear water, gentle currents, abundant aquatic life and getting away from the crowds"

Much more than a "taxi service" shuttling you between sites and, your own marine-biologist guides answer your questions, and besides yoru safety, are always on the lookout for wildlife, interesting sightings, or areas of historical, ecological or cultural significance to share with you.

Snorkel Oahu's best tropical fish and reef areas, many only accessible by boat or through insider knowledge. Privately enjoy serenity, natural beauty and healthy reef communities.

Snorkeling equipment and instruction are provided along with food, and drinks (shade and bathroom too!) during the onboard portion of your cruise, maximizing your experience both on and in the water.

endemic milletseed butterfly fishNo Fish Feeding

Fish feeding has been shown to change reef systems, and make fish aggressive. Help the reef and stay snorkel safe, please leave the fish food at home.

Good Hawaii Snorkeling Practices | Ocean Safety Tips | Snorkeling Mistakes to Avoid | Beyond Snorkeling - Giving Back

How to Respect Hawaii's Marine Life, (great video!)

While snorkeling, wear protective clothing and pre-applied sunscreen to avoid sunburn even on cloudy days. Hawaii's UV Index averages 10, which means a fair skin person will burn in 7-9 MINUTES.

"I have a lifelong appreciation for (kinship with?) wildlife, grew up in a "cowboy" area. Upon arriving in Hawaii, I missed the warm furry critters that I was used to. We don't even have squirrels, in this most geographically isolated landfall. I took to the water to satisfy the nature disconnect I was feeling. Wow, reefs are more diverse than rainforests, and what land animal can compete with the beauty, intelligence, and evolutionary success of dolphins and whales?" Tori Cullins on snorkeling Oahu

snorkeler finds conch shell

If you’ve snorkeled in the Caribbean or Mexico, you might be disappointed at first when you snorkel at some of Hawaii's reefs. The corals may not be as varied or colorful – but there’s good reason for that. Hawaii is the world’s most isolated island chain and at the cooler side of the region where tropical corals live and grow. 

The corals that found their way here are also far fewer in number than the corals that found their way to the Caribbean, Mexico or other locations.

But Hawaii’s reefs are also fascinating, due to the large number of endemic species that we have. Endemic species are unique to Hawaii and are found nowhere else on earth. These species have developed over tens of thousands of years in the relative isolation of Hawaii and have adapted over time with characteristics especially suited to our unique environment. The fish in Hawaii are often more brilliant than their tropical 'cousins' found elsewhere in warmer tropical waters. So when you snorkel here, you are seeing species you have not seen before. About 23% of the fish, 20% of the mollusks, 18% of the algae and about 20% of the corals are considered endemic. There are some fascinating species, such as the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse and the Bandit Angelfish, that are only found in Hawaii.

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 within 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 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 oceanic wildlife. All passengers are required to wear flotation devices.

Reservation Office hours: 8-4 (Hawaii Standard TIme)


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