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Five Star Whale Watching

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645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
+1 800-634-9617
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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.
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645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the staff, Andrew and Katie were awesome. They were very knowledgeable and friendly, engaging the passengers the entire trip. Great experience. Seeing orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals and bald eagles was a highlight of our trip.More

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Thank jan d
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jan, Thank you for your wonderful review, we always appreciate feedback from our guests. Our staff are all very knowledgeable & enthusiastic and love their job. The crew always try to engage with each and every passenger to ensure all our guests are being...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Started the tour on the wrong foot! Luckily for us I received a call from them as they were leaving the dock! We were two blocks away and watched them come back, thank goodness!! Rocky start but what a fantastic finish! The entire crew were...More

Thank Mike D
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Mike, Thank you for your glowing review! We were glad our office was able to contact you and the boat return to the dock so you could join the tour. It was a stunning day out there with both Humpback Whales and Transient Orcas,...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

From making the reservation with Jim, to the excursion with guides Katie and Jo-Ann (?) and Captain Trevor it was amazing. My cousin was visiting from Australia and she wanted to see Orcas in the wild...not only did we see them but 5 Humpbacks, Eagles,...More

Thank sirap03
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your glowing review! We will make sure we pass on your kind comments to our wonderful crew, Jim, Katie, Jo-Ann & Trev. It sounds like you had the perfect day during your trip, calm seas, Orcas, Humpbacks and lot so other marine...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

What an incredible experience. The guides were brilliant and full of knowledge and willing to answer any questions. I went in the morning and we saw 2 different pods of Orca's. Such a privilege to see these amazing animals in their own habitat!More

Thank Kocola
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Dear Kocola, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We especially like your comments about our wonderful staff and the fact they were willing to answer any questions. Our crew is very passionate as well as being very knowledgeable and...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Went out for this attraction on on sept 24th saw a number of whale spoutings, breachings and a couple of whale tale flips amazing experience. Our staff was amazing at explaining natural habitats and whale patterns as we tried to follow and locate them. We...More

Thank kathyk126
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Dear Kathy, Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. It sounds like you had a wonderful encounter on your tour! Our staff do an excellent job of interpreting the natural behavior of the Marine Life we encounter and describing the...More

Reviewed 26 September 2017

My husband and I took a Whale Watching tour with Five-Star as a part of his company retreat. It was amazing! We saw a pod of Orcas, the babies were hunting a seal and extremely playful that afternoon, breaching and splashing for our cameras. We...More

Thank Teresa R
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Dear Teresa, Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review of your recent experience with Five Star Whale Watching! We are happy to hear you had such an amazing experience, it sounds like you had a very special encounter. We will...More

Reviewed 25 September 2017

This was our first whale watch, so I have nothing to compare it to. It took a while to find any sign of life other than birds, and I don't think I was the only one beginning to feel the trip was a bust, but...More

Thank sandhaus
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you for your kind review about your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. Sometimes it takes longer than others to find the Whales out there, as they are constantly moving (up to 100 miles a day) in search of food. That is why...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

We saw 4 whales in total. It was simply amazing! The boat was clean. The hosts and naturalist were very informative, We saw a sea otter and sea lions. The three hour crews was well worth the money paid. For those of you tha t...More

Thank BlairCherylM
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Thank you so much for your amazing review! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip during your tour. Thank you also for your kind comments about the boat and our naturalists, we will make sure we pass this on to them. We agree, the...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017

Couldn't say more good things about this company, they managed to find both humpbacks and orcas - and even extended the day to find orcas knowing how badly we wanted to see them. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable, and it was nice to have the...More

Thank rockfaery
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you writing such a glowing review of your recent tour! Most of the time we can find the whales during our regular 3 hour tour. However, if required we will extend the tour to show guests whales. We are happy to hear that we...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a blast on this tour! We saw Orcas and really enjoyed ourselves! Would definitely use this company again, and would recommend it to my family! The guides couldn't have been more nice! Coffee and hot Chocolate on board too! Do...More

Thank Joliballs
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review and we are happy you had such a wonderful time! Our crew really love what they do and love it when they receive such positive feedback. Thank you again for your review and...More

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tchugh
22 July 2015|
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Absolutely - our vessel is perfect for any age! We often have families with newborns and small children on board - our catamaran is a twin hull stable vessel with plenty of indoor (or outdoor... More
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LCWalker
3 July 2015|
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC | Property representative |
Hi LCWalker and thank you for your question! You can absolutely change your itinerary - you just have to contact us directly if you would like to change the time or day (1800.634.9617). Please try to give at minimum 24 hours... More
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Melissa M
24 April 2015|
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Absolutely! It is a stable catamaran - if it is windy we will advise you. As long as you have no risk warning from your doctor you are more than welcome to join us! I hope this helps and Congratulations!!
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