How to have it all – live in paradise, swim with wild dolphins, teach conservation, and make a good living

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There is a sense of magic when dolphins turn and look up at you as they catch a ride on the bow of your boat, or when you dive into the clear water and hear the ocean filled with the sounds of humpback whales singing. And if you are lucky, and catch them before they settle in for sleep – you may be able to swim with wild dolphins…every day.
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Top-rated Wild Side Tours (rated #1 on Trip Advisor on Oahu, Hawaii) is for sale – and if you have the passion, resources, and desire you can take advantage of a rare opportunity to have a life most of us only dream of.
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Wild Dolphin Foundation's Tori Cullins
Wild Dolphin Foundation‘s Tori Cullins

Owner Tori Cullins is retiring, having fulfilled her dream of a life focused on the whales and dolphins of Hawaii, in order to pursue another; rehabilitating horses. She rescued a pony that was left to die in a garbage dump, and is now inspired to continue helping horses in need.
Having decided to sell the tour business she co-owns with her husband Armin, she is now looking for the right person to take it over. She is in no hurry to sell, and is looking for someone with a genuine passion for whales and dolphins to take over the tours that she has so carefully put together.
The boats, crews, contacts, and tours are included, just bring your dreams!
The boats, crews, contacts, and tours are included in the business, just bring your dreams!

These curious false killer whales were filmed with the boat’s GoPro camera (wait for the grin!).

Her top requirement is that the buyer is conscientious in how they take visitors to swim with the wild dolphins, and must be willing to alter the tours if the dolphins show any sign of avoidance and the guests appreciate this sensitive approach:

“My family spent an amazing morning swimming with a pod of around 40 dolphins and then we swam with lots of delightful Green Seas Turtles. Elizabeth and Jake were very friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and most importantly very protective of the environment and the welfare of the dolphins and turtles. We observed many other tour operators in the area who did not show the same respect. We were provided with a lovely “local” style lunch and all the equipment supplied was of good quality. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend Wild Side to anyone.” Trip Advisor review.

Humpback whales right offshore, photographed during a wildlife tour.
Humpback whales right offshore, photographed during a wildlife tour.
It seems that there is always something to see, even if swimming with the dolphins doesn’t work out – the following dolphins and whales frequent the region:
Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
Rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis)
Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris)
Dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima)
Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris)
Melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra)
False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris)
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
Pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata)
Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)
Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps)
Killer whale (Orcinus orca)
Longman’s beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus)
Fraser’s dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei)
These baleen whales have been encountered:
Bryde’s whale
Fin whale
Humpback whale (regular winter visitors)
Minke whale
Sei whale
Blue whale
Your dream awaits! More information can be found on the Wild Side Tours sale page.
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