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“Exciting and informative tour”

Five Star Whale Watching
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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
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Owner description: Established in 1985, Five Star Whale Watching is Victoria’s longest running and most respected Whale Watching company. We are a family business offering unparalleled service and location. Five Star Whale Watching has been a key player in establishing Victoria British Columbia as a world famous whale watching destination. Our high speed expedition catamarans are the perfect vessels for environmentally friendly and responsible whale watching without sacrificing comfort!With over 80 Resident Orcas (Salmon Eating Killer Whales) and numerous Transient Orcas (Marine Mammal eating Killer Whales), discover why Whale Watching in Victoria B.C is a must for any visitor. Our marine life also includes Humpback Whales, Migrating Gray Whales, Minke Whales, Porpoise, Seals, Sea Lions and numerous Marine Birds. 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.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Exciting and informative tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

The tour guide provided a lot of interesting facts and tidbits of info in the area and whales/marine life. Warm Jackets were provided for those sitting outside and they did work. We saw 5 hump back whale sitings meaning the back and tails of whales and it was exciting "chasing"the whales. Saw sea lions "fighting" for space on the rocks. A really interesting tour.

Visited July 2013
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“Good group”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

The staff were friendly and helpful, we just didn't get to see much beyond a few whale backs. It wasn't their fault, it was just the day and the luck of uncooperative whales. I don't think it really matters which company you go out with, they communicate with each other and all end up in the same part of the ocean where pods have been spotted that day. This was a longer trip than I was expecting and I did like the boat ride. On the way back the captain took us by some small islands where we could see mama seals and their pups sunning, that was cool.

Visited July 2013
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“Great viewing of Orcas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a very professional company. From the time we booked until we left the boat they kept us informed. Before we got on the water we were told all about the whales we might see. We found the whales and had a great viewing - with lots of information and photo shoots. Great adventure!

Visited July 2013
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“Good choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed this excursion and were rewarded with the sighting a a humpback whale....a very large one at that, an enormous elephant seal, a bald eagle and other varieties of seals. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff and coffee and hot chocolate were available on board for no charge.

Visited July 2013
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Broomfield, CO
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“Very knowledgeable guides”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We bought this tour as part of a package with the Victoria Clipper coming over from Seattle. The staff and guides were very informed and there was also a marine biology expert of some sort on board as well. (He knew his stuff, I'm just not positive of his exact title.)

We saw harbour seals, sea otters, a minke whale and two orcas from one of the resident pods. We weren't as close as the photos in their brochures would have you think. They don't want to interfere with the whales in any way though so we totally understood not getting any closer. Also, the whales were just surfacing and diving - no sea world jumps or anything like that so don't expect a show. It was cool to be able to tour the area by boat and to just be even that close to those amazing creatures.

Visited July 2013
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