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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria, British Columbia
  • Spot the majestic orca (killer whale) off the coast of Canada!
  • Learn about the Pacific marine ecosystem from 2 expert naturalists
Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
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Hit the waves with expert naturalists in search of Canadian sea-life on this 3-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria. Hop aboard your whale-watching boat and head out into the rolling seas with your guide. Gaze out over Victoria’s attractive coastline and watch the waves for sightings of graceful orcas. Listen as the two expert naturalists on board explain the life cycles of the majestic creatures, and learn of their pivotal role near the top of the marine food chain. Enjoy fine views from the seating areas both inside and on-deck. 
What to Expect
Take in the beautiful sights of British Columbia on an educational whale-watching adventure from Victoria ! Enjoy a three-hour cruise on the Pacific and spot majestic orcas (killer whales) while learning about Canada’s marine ecosystem from two onboard naturalists. They’ll answer any questions you may have during your whale-watching cruise and encourage you to search for native marine life!

Ron Bates, one of the leading orca researchers in the Pacific Northwest, may also be along for the ride! He conducts much of his research on board and can provide unique and detailed insight into the lives of these magnificent and intelligent mammals.

Every whale-watching adventure may be different depending on the day’s marine activity. The cruise often starts with visits to the small islands off the coast of Victoria to begin the exciting search for whales. Listen as your expert crew explains the surrounding marine ecosystems of the Pacific. Learn about the important food chains in each area and the types of animals found there. Often, the crew will pull kelp on board and give you a chance to touch, feel and taste where many of the food chains begin.

This exciting whale-watching cruise is conducted on a boat designed specifically for whale watching, and provides a smooth, swift and stable ride. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating areas for great panoramic views. This tour is fun for the entire family!
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Great experience

We were on the smaller 12 passenger boat. Tom was very knowledgeable and we saw 2 pods of orcas as well as a humpback whale. Overall a very good experience but I did feel a bit seasick on the way back.

Thank Gsaracco
5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your adventure on the Salish Shadow!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whale watching bonanza

Our family went on the afternoon whale watching cruise and came up trumps. We saw three humpback whales and at least 15 Orcas. A brilliant afternoon. The naturalists kept us well informed of what we saw and the ecology of the area. The trip was...More

Thank Ray C
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for such a glowing review and it sounds like you had an amazing wildlife bonanza! Our Naturalists are the best in the business and are both informative and passionate about the marine environment. Thank you for noticing our efforts to show you wildlife...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
They are experts

We had a fabulous time on this tour. We found some killer whales who were in the middle of celebrating together after a successful hunt. Note that due to regulation you cannot see the whales from more than 1 km away - bring binoculars! Our...More

2  Thank Larena C
5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Larena, Thank you for your review. Sounds like you had a very exciting encounter! Our 1km slow-approach and 200 yard (US waters)/200 metre (Canadian waters) viewing distance is done to keep the whales as safe as possible, which we are very committed to doing. Thank...More

Reviewed 30 June 2018

We saw a Humpback, a pod of Orcas and a cute otter. It took a while to find the whales but once we found the Humpback, we then saw the Orcas. It's really cool how the captains communicate between themselves to help everyone have a...More

2  Thank pricegals
5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you for your review. Seems that you must have sent out really positive vibrations as you attracted both a Humpback and Orcas... and "Ollie the Sea Otter". Hope you will join us again...

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Wonderful Experience!

My mother and I recently took a 5 Star Whale tour-what a wonderful time. The boat has multiple viewing areas-upstairs in the hurricane zone, areas to sit bow and stern of the boat, and covered seating as well. On our trip we saw Humpback whale...More

1  Thank Karen R
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Dear Karen, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. We will make sure we pass on your kind comment to our staff who love receiving feedback. Although we never know what...More

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Steven A
31 July 2018|
Response from Larena C | Reviewed this property |
Stays along the coast but travels about 30-45 min away from Victoria. I believe all trips are different depending on where there has been a sighting.