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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists provided by Five Star Whale Watching

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Watch for orca whales and other marine wildlife on a half-day whale watching cruise from Victoria, and learn about the fascinating marine ecosystem from onboard naturalist guides. Indoor and outdoor seating ensure a comfortable trip in any weather: Photographers can get clear shots from open-air decks, with plenty of room to warm up inside if it’s cool on the water.
Highlights
  • See the coast of Vancouver Island from the ocean
  • Discover marine wildlife with two expert naturalists
  • Cruise in a vessel that’s designed for whale watching
  • Open top deck gives photography-friendly 360-degree views
Important Information
Departure Point
Five Star Whale Watching, 645 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6, Canada
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3-hour whale-watching tour from Victoria
  • 2 onboard naturalist guides
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (layers and comfortable shoes are recommended)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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M K wrote a review Sep 2020
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We saw pod of orcas..amazing first whale watching experience. Very affordable and additional discounts was available, cheaper compared to other whale watching companies. The guy was very informative and explained amazing facts about whales and near-by area. Good customer
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Thank you for your review and glad to hear you had an amazing experience. We purchased our vessel Salish Shadow as a huge step up from a Zodiac style vessel and it is superior in every way. Almost all the Whale Watching companies in Victoria are slowly moving away from Zodiacs. Salish Shadow provides all the benefits and thrills of a Zodiac but with the comfort & amenities of the larger vessels due to the fully heated cabin area, proper toilet and seating both inside & outside. It is faster, quieter, smoother, safer, more comfortable than a zodiac. As it is higher it also provides a much better viewing experience as well. In fact Salish Shadow is a new class of vessel for the local Whale Watching industry and one that is the envy of all that see her, especially on a cold wet day! Thank you for your kind words about your guide and our customer service. We hope to see you on another tour in the future and thank you for choosing Five Star Whale Watching.
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Safari131227 wrote a review Sep 2020
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Thanks to five star whales, my ten year old daughter crossed seeing a humpback whale off her list. Wonderful crew answered all of her questions and we felt very safe on board. The crew are very covid aware and would be cleaning handles and door knobs during the trip as well.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
Responded Sep 6, 2020
Hi Ken, Thank you for your kind words and amazing review following your recent trip. It was wonderful to see you and the family again. We are glad we made you feel safe and appreciated our efforts to keep everyone safe. Yes Alex is a gem and is very passionate and knowledgeable, we are very lucky to have her as part of the crew. We are also glad your daughter daughter crossed seeing a humpback whale off her list. It was a wonderful encounter! Thank you again for your kind words and for supporting Five Star Whale Watching during these challenging times.
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Hilda B wrote a review Aug 2020
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada63 contributions19 helpful votes
We. had an amazing three hours out on the water. Caighan (?Sp) was an amazing captain and cruise leader. It was so obvious that he loves his job and respects the animals and the environment. We saw a beautiful humpback whale, stellar sea lions, seals, ducks and birds and,
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
Responded Aug 28, 2020
Thank you for you wonderful review we really appreciate the feedback. Kaegan is an excellent Captain and very knowledgeable, we will make sure he reads your kind comments. Thank you again for choosing Five Star and we are glad you had such a fantastic time.
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davidsI5795LX wrote a review Aug 2020
Langley1 contribution
The company name says it all, absolute 5 star experience. Andrew found us a variety of sea life to view, including a pod of orcas, while patiently answering all our questions. He is a highly experienced, knowledgeable, amicable operator and our experience with him and his staff
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
Responded Aug 21, 2020
Dear David, What an incredible review, thank you so much! It was a real pleasure having you join one of our tours and answering your enthusiastic questions. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with Five Star Whale Watching and for the recommendation. Thank you again for choosing Five Star, your support at this time means a lot and we hope to see you again in the future. Take care and stay safe!
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Nicole P wrote a review Jul 2020
Vancouver Island, Canada4 contributions13 helpful votes
The most amazing experience ever! And we had a great tour guide with the whole your to ourselves! We got to see humpbacks and orcas!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
Responded Jul 14, 2020
Dear Nicole, Thank you for your fantastic review of your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. It was a pleasure having you onboard and glad you got to see Orcas & Humpbacks during your tour.
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By: Five Star Whale Watching
snakeratsteve
snakeratsteve
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Only in November - Whale watching adventure!!!
Incredible whale watching adventure out of Victoria, BC harbour!! They lined up close to 2 dozen whales for us to
lynnsey-anne
lynnsey-anne
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Excellent tour
We have been on 4 other whale tours this is the first time seeing whales. The crew was great very personable. Excel
lauriedwightb
lauriedwightb
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Whale of a good time
The tour was excellent even though the air quality was quite smokey. Watching a mother humpback and her baby was a
katrinalaszczynski
katrinalaszczynski
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Amazing!
Very fun experience, saw lots of whales and our guide was extremely informative. Would definitely do it again!
mposthuma66
mposthuma66
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Determined!
Andrew went above and beyond what we were expecting. We travelled far and wide in the search for whales. He was det
841pam
841pam
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A Bucketlist event
My experience was beyond great! The crew were a wealth of information about the different Orcas we saw! And we saw
AGrizzz03
AGrizzz03
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Spectacular
We had a greatfternoon out on the water and got to see a beautiful humpback, sea lions, seals and a sea otter. Grea
PALees2014
PALees2014
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September 2020 Whale Watching
Absolutely fabulous trip! I highly recommend this company, they care about the whales and the environment. They wan
Secondstar2theright
Secondstar2theright
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Great Trip!
We had a wonderful morning out on the Salish sea. Our captain was great, the weather was great, and we were very im
Alison A
Alison A
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AMAZING!!!
The staff was so amazing and helpful prior to the tour. Our captain, Kaegan, (sorry if I spelt that incorrectly!) w
Sharon and Bill A
Sharon and Bill A
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Whale Watch
Had a great time , guide was great and saw 2 pods of Orcas. Beautiful day and great experience. Seal lions at the l
Nick J
Nick J
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Best way to spend my birthday- being a tourist in my town!
This was a wonderful birthday treat. We live in Victoria but whale watching never gets old! I was really pleased w
mariiag0l0vacheva
mariiag0l0vacheva
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Great Experience
It was definitely a great time. Five Star really cares about safety of the customers. They provide safety jackets o
cedew2020
cedew2020
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Family Trip
This was our 1st time on a Whale Watching adventure - we had a great time. Our tour guide Andrew was great and ver
Venture06010577210
Venture06010577210
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True 5 star experience
Excellent customer service! Andrew has a wealth of knowledge about the marine wildlife and area which really added
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