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Five Star Whale Watching

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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...more
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645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a fantastic trip where we were so lucky to see 4x Orcas swimming along near to the boat. The guide had a record of all the disctintive markings on the whales which meant that with my partners slr camera we could zoom in...More

Thank alireeve2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

Five Star did a superb job of getting our group on a large numbers of hump back whales and orcas. The crew was friendly and engaging and the boat just right for our adventure! Highly recommend this company for whale watching in Victoria!More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We very much appreciate the feedback. I will make sure that the crew see your compliment (They work very hard to achieve the balance of providing scientific information in a fun and energetic way). We hope that you have a chance to come back and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the first time going whale watching but it's amazing every time. Saw whales and seals and lots of birds. Excellent knowledge and information given by naturalist/guide. Would go again and recommend it to anyone.

Thank monique1232018
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first whale watching tour and we weren't disappointed. Saw at least 3 humpback whales, our captain, Brad, saw one swim right underneath our boat and come up just a few feet away from the back of the boat, was amazing. This was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been Whale Watching numerous times, including several with Five Star and always had a fantastic experience. Recently I had the opportunity to take a tour on their new vessel, Salish Shadow, their high speed 12 passenger vessel. This new vessel provided the excitement...More

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

Hi Jeremy, Thank you for your incredible review, it is really appreciated. It sounds like you had an amazing tour on our new vessel Salish Shadow, which is proving to be a real hit with our guests. We like your description for Salish Shadow, the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went yesterday, Sept 4, and we an awesome adventure! Staff was very informative and friendly. Our captain was in constant contact with other boat captains to ensure we found whales in the area. We were lucky enough to have a humpback...More

Thank Dreamer711966
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jessica for such an fantastic review. It sounds like you had a very rare and spectacular encounter with a Humpback Whale! We always try and maintain the appropriate distance from all Whales and wildlife as set out in our guidelines but as you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this outing knowing we may not see any whales. About 20 mins (?) into it, I thought "I don't think we're going to have any luck today, but at least it's been a really nice boat ride". Then the captain cut the engines...More

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

Hi Colin, Thank you for taking the time out to write a review following your recent tour and it sounds like you had an amazing time on the water! We see whales on 99% of our tours during the peak season, June until the end...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the covered boat, which was comfortable with plenty of viewing space. You could access all outer decks. Two very knowledgable biologists on board (one on upper deck, one below) and an experienced and knowledgeable captain. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate on board....More

Thank KatieKate38
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Katie for taking the time to write such an informative review. It sounds like you had a wonderful encounter with several Humpbacks, the Gentle Giants of the Salish Sea! During our tours it is a common to see either Transient Orcas (the Marine...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the faster 12 person vessel which means you can get wet although jackets are provided and there is an indoor area if you prefer. We spotted several whales as well as seals and sea lions. Very informative. Everyone loved the tour.More

Thank bernadette316
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review following your recent tour on Salish Shadow, our brand new High Speed Coastal Explorer. It is definitely a more adventurous ride! We chose this boat to give people an alternative between the faster open boats (Salish Shadow is as fast...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vessel was just right size - bug enough so you did not need waterproofing and could chose to be on top deck without cover or covered downstairsExtremely good ( but not pushy) guides with informed commentsSpent an hour getting to site where whales spotted and...More

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

Thank you for your very thoughtful review. We agree 100% with your comments, our vessel is the perfect size and design for Whale Watching in the Salish Sea (our local waters). Thank you also for the comments about the guides who are very passionate &...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
4 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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