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Five Star Whale Watching

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Victoria, Canada
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About Five Star Whale Watching
Join Victoria's first Certified Responsible Whale Watching Operator and discover the wonders of the Salish Sea. We are Victoria's oldest Whale Watching company with the safest record in the industry. Our 40 passenger high speed expedition catamarans & 12 Passenger Coastal Explorer are the perfect vessels for environmentally friendly and responsible whale watching without sacrificing comfort or safety ! During our tours we can encounter various Whales including Orcas Humpback Whales, Migrating Gray Whales, Minke Whales. Other Marine life encountered includes, Porpoise, Seals, Sea Lions, Otters and numerous Marine Birds. Discover why Whale Watching in Victoria B.C is a must for any visitor. We live in one of the best places in the world to enjoy whale watching – let our expert staff and crew educate and inspire you with the wonders of the Salish Sea! We take our marine environment seriously, and strive to implement the “Reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy in all we do.
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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

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.
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3 hours
from $64.99
$72.21

Marine Wildlife Tour with Expert Guides

Watch for wildlife along the scenic coast of Vancouver Island on a 3-hour boat tour from Victoria with an experienced marine naturalist. You’ll travel by high-speed catamaran with heated indoor cabins and outdoor decks, and scan the water for whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions, and many species of marine birds. This 3-hour wildlife tour departs from a central location in the heart of historic Victoria.
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3 hours
from $84.05

Ultimate Marine Whale & Wildlife Tour

Go whale watching in Victoria on a 12-passenger boat that’s designed for seeking out whales and marine wildlife on Vancouver Island’s spectacular coast. With a heated cabin, onboard bathrooms, and outdoor viewing decks, this whale watching tour is a comfortable alternative to an open speedboat that still provides the maneuverability and personal experience of a small craft while searching for orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, seals, and more.
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3 hours
from $91.69

Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalist Guides

Trade your cruise ship for a whale-watching vessel on a 3-hour shore excursion from the port of Victoria. Travel into the open waters of the northern Pacific Ocean to spot native marine life including orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals and minke whales. Learn about British Columbia’s amazing aquatic ecosystems from onboard naturalist guides, who will help point out passing species along the way. It’s an exciting and educational voyage for the whole family!
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3 hours
from $64.99
$72.21
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lynnsey-anne wrote a review Sep 15
London, Canada7 contributions
We have been on 4 other whale tours this is the first time seeing whales. The crew was great very personable. Excellent value and cost first one ever posting pictures with out an additional fee.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Five Star Whale Watching
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you Lynnsey-anne for your review and kind comments. Glad to hear you finally got to see some whales after previous tries. Yes, we do not charge for the images we take on the trip and they are posted on our Facebook page for all to enjoy free of charge. Thank you again for your review and for choosing Five Star Whale Watching.
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lauriedwightb wrote a review Sep 14
Saanichton, Canada1 contribution
The tour was excellent even though the air quality was quite smokey. Watching a mother humpback and her baby was a thrill.
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Five Star Whale Watching
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It sounds like a very special day on the water with a Mom & Calf Humpback! Yes, the smoke has been tricky to deal with but at least we had the large cabin to protect our guests and the masks also add an extra layer of protection. We did have some guests cancel due to the smoke that day and have had to cancel our tours for the past 3 days as the conditions were much worse. Safety first! Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and thank you again for choosing Five Star Whale Watching.
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katrinalaszczynski wrote a review Sep 11
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Very fun experience, saw lots of whales and our guide was extremely informative. Would definitely do it again!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Five Star Whale Watching
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Katrina, Thank you for taking the time to write such an thoughtful review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your recent experience and thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to seeing you again in the future and thank you again for supporting Five Star in these trying times!
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mposthuma66 wrote a review Sep 8
Maple Ridge, Canada1 contribution
Andrew went above and beyond what we were expecting. We travelled far and wide in the search for whales. He was determined to find them. His persistence payed off with us seeing approximately 24 orcas from the famous J pod. Memories to last a lifetime. Thanks again Andrew, you made our anniversary that much more memorable. Sincerely,Michael and Lisa Posthuma
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your amazing review following your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. We know that Andrew had to put a lot of effort in on that particular day and he told us after he was determined to find your group Whales as you were all so patient and understanding. In the end his determination paid off and you got to see a lot of Orcas. We are even happier to hear that this made your anniversary and will make sure we let Andrew know, he will be thrilled to hear your comments. Thank you again for such a wonderful review!
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841pam wrote a review Sep 7
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My experience was beyond great! The crew were a wealth of information about the different Orcas we saw! And we saw a huge amount. The Orcas hunting seals close to the shore was beyond belief! They didnt know, but I also saw a dolphin and much more. I am still reliving my day. So rare to see for me. I am still smiling!
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC, Owner at Five Star Whale Watching
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Thank you for your fantastic review following your recent tour. Glad we were able to make it a bucket list event and you saw so many Orcas. Putting a smile on the faces of our guests is why we do what we do and hopefully educate & inspire. Thank you again for your review and for choosing Five Star Whale Watching.
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