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Five Star Whale Watching

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645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
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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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"whale watching"
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"coffee and hot chocolate"
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"great trip"
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"captain trevor"
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"see whales"
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"dall's porpoises"
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"bring binoculars"
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"lunge feeding"
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"entire crew"
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"top deck"
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"other companies"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had the best experience. Didn’t expect to see manybthen tobsee 12 we were very impressed! If you have a sensitive stomach take motion sickness tablets they were perfect and didn’t feel sick at all. Very impressed with the staff and knowledge of the marine...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had gone on a family whale watching trip with Five Star and had the experience for lifetime. The team is very friendly and will try everything in their capacity to make your trip a memorable one.More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We are happy to hear you had the experience of a lifetime during your recent trips. Our staff try and make every trip a memorable one and do a fantastic job, we will...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was amazing; staff knowledge, the boat, the whole experience. We loved it!! Had hot chocolate on the boat!More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review and glad to hear you enjoyed the tour so much! Our complimentary hot chocolate is legendary, best in the business :) Thank you again for taking the time to write such a glowing review and for choosing Five Star...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a beautiful day! My brother got to go on his first whale watching tour! It was great we got to see whales! Everyone was great!More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Sharon for your kind words and review. This was the tour we encountered Transient Orcas, the T2C's North East of Friday Harbor and enjoyed a wonderful day circumnavigating San Juan Island! Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour and that your Brother got...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second trip with 5 star, and as before the service was excellent from the office to the whales. A very knowledgable crew with lots of time to answer questions. I will use them again in the future. Thank you 5 Star.More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! We really appreciate our return customers and it was great to see you out with us again recently. Our crew love to pass on their knowledge and passion for the marine environment to our passengers. Thank you again for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucking on our outing. It was an overcast day, but seas were calm. We were surrounded by whales. The skipper knew where to go, to get ahead of the pod.More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Susan, Thank you for your lovely comments and for providing a review. You were very lucky during your tour that you encountered all of Jpod near Oak Bay. The pod was widely spread as they were in foraging mode (hunting for Salmon) and so...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They were very hospitable and friendly and also supporting, but the whale watching was From distance and a binocular was necessary to get capable of watching whales.More

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Thank Ashkan K
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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ashkan, Thank you for your review. We are surprised at your review as on your trip we had a wonderful encounter with a group of 5 Transient Orcas, including a playful juvenile. We practice respectful & responsible Whale Watching and abide by all guidelines/laws...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

A great experience, however, expectations should be checked prior to going on a tour. I would definitely recommend whale watching when you're in Victoria, however, we thought it was going to be like the videos and brochures that they show you with the orcas breaching...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2017

Thank you for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed the overall experience. We do try and help our guests have realistic expectations for our tours, it is one of the items we go over during our pre-trip talk. We are also one of...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Throughout the last ten years we have used this company whenever we are in Victoria & want to go Whale Watching. Very knowledgeable & friendly staff. Would highly recommend this company. They are very passionate & respectful of the sea life they encounter.More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Dear Tammi. Thank you for taking the time to write such a incredible review. It is always a pleasure having you on board and that you appreciate all we strive to do during our tours. We look forward to having you join one of our...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

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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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

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

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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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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC | Property representative |
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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