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Address: 645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
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+1 800-634-9617
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Established in 1985, Five Star Whale Watching is Victoria’s longest running...

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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Saw humback and Orcas!

This whale watching tour was great! We followed a male and female orca for about an hour, catching glimpses as they came up for air. Then we went searching for a humpback, which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This whale watching tour was great! We followed a male and female orca for about an hour, catching glimpses as they came up for air. Then we went searching for a humpback, which we found right towards the end of the trip. As if on command, the massive whale took a deep dive and gave us a beautiful view of... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and kind words. We are happy you saw lots of marine life, including both Orcas & Humpbacks during your tour with us. Your feedback is very much appreciated. More 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I went whale watching this summer with a gaggle of my folks out visiting from Ontario. I've been out whale watching before but nothing like this trip. The boat was great, it was comfortable & a great platform for everyone including grandparents & kids. I've never seen so many whales as that day. I highly recommend this company for your... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your recent experience with Five Star Whale Watching. We are happy you enjoyed your tour and that you got to see lots of whales! Your feedbacks means a lot to our crew and the company. More 

Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We have been with 5 Star many times,most recently this summer and every time it has always been an incredible experience.The crew are very knowledgeable and respectful of the wild life. Their boat was purpose built for whale watching and provides by far the best viewing platform. The cabin area is heated,perfect for when it gets a little cooler and... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for such a wonderful review and for choosing Five Star Whale Watching. Your feedback is appreciated and so is your continued support of our company. It is great to hear that our efforts do not go unnoticed. We look forward to seeing you out with us again in the future. More 

Nanoose Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Beautiful day on the water. The naturalist shared interesting details about the wildlife and area. Saw whales, dolphins, birds, sea lions, seals and more. Great family experience. My husband and son got amazing photos and video to remind us of this special day. The staff seemed well trained and were most helpful.

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for such a wonderful and thoughtful review. We really appreciate receiving feedback from our guests and share the feedback with our passionate staff. The Salish Sea (the waters we operate in) is teeming with wildlife during the season and it sounds like you experienced almost everything it has to offer! More 

London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

During my time in BC I joined a number of these type of trips and this was by far the least satisfactory. I have also followed whales many times in the Caribbean, California, South Africa, Iceland, Norway, Alaska with guides, on fishing boats and from the shore. The boat was good, the guide helpful and quite knowledgeable and the orcas... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience despite seeing Orcas. When Orcas are close to shore, the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) guidelines recommend staying a 1/4 mile from the shoreline, which is exactly what our vessel did that day. The Orcas we observe in the wild are either on... More 

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Very friendly and informative staff. Whale watching vessel appears to be in good repair with safety talk prior to leaving the harbour. Unfortunately no control over the weather and it was late into the season, but we did see whales and of course as we were preparing to head back and all kind of settling down is when one whale... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for providing a review of your recent experience and we are glad to hear you had fun. One thing we have learned over the years is that you never know what you will encounter when dealing with mother nature & wild animals but that is what makes it so exciting. Seeing a breach is always one of the... More 

Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The boat was very close to being full, but Tara and the wonderful staff at Five Star managed to sneak us on anyways. Their customer service was exceptional, and it was reflected throughout the trip by the crew! The boat is an older boat, and so can be quite noisy at times - however once you get adjusted to it,... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review regarding your recent experience with Five Star Whale Watching. We are very happy you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your feedback. One comment we would like to clarify is about the vessel, while it is one of the older vessels in the fleet it has been constantly upgraded and in February we installed two... More 

White Rock, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I have seen many whales over my years while out sailing or fishing, but have never actually purchased a whale watching tour. I was in Victoria with my husband who was in a conference at the Empress. This tour was offered to guests. Well, I must say it was amazing. We were well looked after. Loaned Helly Hansen warm jackets... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Sharon, Thank you for such a lovely review of your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It was a fantastic day! They went out of their way to find us a pod of Orca's and catch up with three large humpback whales! What an experience. They were professional, informative and very accommodating. We plan on going back with our kids. I would highly recommend this organization.

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Ursula & Terry, Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review, it is most appreciated! More 

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I booked this trip to see killer whales and I know they are wild animals and can't be brought to view on demand so I was little disappointed not to see any. However, we did see 7 humpback whales at close quarters which was fantastic. There are many companies to chose from so check closely who says what about seeing... More 

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you did see 7 Humpbacks at close quarters and enjoyed that experience. As for your disappointment at not seeing Orcas, we can understand you were hoping to see them but we can never guarantee what type of whale we will encounter on a given trip. Orcas can travel up to... More 

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