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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 1 August 2016

Took the "slow" more comfortable boat a long way west but there they were. Half a dozen humpbacks going about their business. On the way back the crew found two northern elephant seals hauled out which was a pleasant unexpected surprise. The guiding was excellent.More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

Thank you for your review regarding your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. As the saying goes, slow & steady wins the race! Although at 25 + knots, our vessel is not really slow but is very comfortable. The Humpback sightings this season have...More

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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We really loved it. Good boat, excellent and knowledgeable staff. Saw lots of whales and had a fantastic experience!!!

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

Thank you for your kind review about your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. It is so nice to see that our efforts are appreciated by our wonderful guests.

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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to tour with this company Staff are awesome & knowledgeable Very safe and we've been on 6 trips so far and plan 7th in October 😊 Every time seen lots of whales..seals..Eagles etc Coming from Alberta...always great to be out on the...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Dear Joany, Thank you for your lovely review. We always enjoy having your enthusiasm and energy on our tours and look forward to you joining us again in October :)

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We saw some orcas but, overall, the trip was not worth the time or expense. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the ride out was interesting, the islands beautiful. I felt badly for the animals, though, with all of the gnat-like boats circling them every...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Dear Michigander94, Thank you very much for taking time to write your review. We very much appreciate feedback. We respect your statement: “I felt badly for the animals, though, with all of the gnat-like boats circling them every time they took a breath.” Your feelings...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

we went on a 3 hours boar ride and saw about 5 orcas the trip was great the crew was very nice, experienced and knowlegable it was a great trip

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2016

Thank you for your kind comments following your recent excursion with Five Star Whale Watching. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed tour and that you saw lots of Orcas and other wild life.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We booked the tour whilst on the clipper heading to Victoria from Seattle, and the arrangements were excellent. They gave us an interesting talk and then we headed straight to the boat and out to see if we could spot any whales. The team were...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2016

Dear Loraine, Thank you for your kind comment about your recent tour and our team, it is appreciated. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and that it was the highlight of your stay in Victoria. Our crew does enjoy what they do...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Fantastic experience. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable crew. It was quite rough when I went in the afternoon but seeing the orchas and luckily a humpback plus all the other wildlife it took off the worry about it being a bit choppy. Something I always wanted...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2016

Thank you for such a wonderful review and for your kind words about Five Star Whale Watching & our crew! We are happy you got to tick this off our your "bucket list" :) Thank you again for chosing Five Star Whale Watching.

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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Unfortunately we didn't see any whales, during the trip we were told this often happens if there is a full moon the night before due to the effect on the tides. My cousin who lives in Victoria joined us so I paid for 5 adults...More

2  Thank 440rob
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2016

We are sorry to hear that you did not see whales during your tour. We make every effort possible to show our guests whales but sometimes the whales do not cooperate. That is the reality when you are dealing with wild animals that can move...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2016

I really didn't fancy the Zodiac boats, so we went for the larger cruiser style, with Five Star. Very efficient booking, smooth ride in comfortable cabin, and - the whales! We saw a family of transient Orcas teaching a young one how to hunt, then...More

1  Thank Iain M
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2016

Thank you for your kind comments regarding your recent experience with Five Star Whale Watching. We are happy you enjoyed your tour and got to see the Whales & other wildlife. It sounds like you had a very special experience watching Transient Orcas teaching a...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

This trip was the best ever! We saw so much marine life and the views are spectacular. We had a very, very close encounter with a huge gray whale, who came to us and checked us out very closely and hung around our boat for...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2016

Thank you for your kind words and praise. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. It sounds like you had a very magical experience!

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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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