We had booked with Prince of Whales, but due to engine problems, they rebooked us with Five Star. We ended up having an excellent experience with them. Despite there being some heavy fog in the area in the days prior, we lucked into a beautiful sunny morning. We went out on the 9am tour and had a very smooth ride out of the harbor and into the straight. We saw whales amost immeidately after we arrived in the straight and were able to watch the pod - a mother and three smaller whales - for a long time. The whales moved out of the area after a while, so the boat took us out to Race Rocks to see the lighthouse and the large community of sea lions that live in that area. We saw two different varieties of sea lions and harbor seals. We circled back to where the whales were initionally and saw what appeared to be the pod taking down a seal! Very exciting to see. We even saw one of the smaller whales "spyhopping"! Also very exciting.
The naturalists on board the boat were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable and answered all of the questions raised by passengers, no matter how silly or basic. They were great at spotting the wildlife and explaining what behaviors we were seeing and what we could expect next. If I were back in Victoria, I would definitely go out with Five Star again.
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