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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 2 weeks ago

A beautiful November afternoon on the water. Very safe, stable boat with cabin for warming up. Spectacular whale viewing. Large pod of Orcas all to ourselves. Some great photos. Then off to see some humpback whales that were in feeding mode. One actually came completely...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bruce M
5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Bruce, It was indeed a memorable time. We very much appreciate the questions that your friend and you asked: We love it when passengers are actively engaged and share our commitment to conservation. I am sure you will agree that the creatures of the Salish...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am a Marine Biologist and I have to say that the stuff is really prepared to answer in the best way all your question. Even though, the experience was fantastic and we saw many Humpback Whales, in particular one of them have been under...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and kind comments about our staff. As you are a Marine Biologist, you will appreciate that when on the water we are dealing with Wild Animals of various species in their natural environment and try to be respectful & responsible...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

This was an incredible experience in a beautiful part of the world! Five Star were brilliant, great staff and a good boat. We were able to see both Humpback whales and Orcas. We were looked after so well by our guide, Katie, and our skipper,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you for taking time to recognize Katie and Trev. We are very lucky to have them entertaining and educating visitors. They work hard to read research papers and attend talks, symposia and conferences to stay up-to-date on all issues impacting the Salish Sea. We...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018

Absolutely awesome experience with a seasoned crew. We saw a lot of whales and even saw one breach! We also saw sea lions, sea otters, and a bald eagle! The crew was also very knowledgeable and provided information throughout the trip about the animals, whales,...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

We very much appreciate you taking time to acknowledge the time our crew takes to explain the interconnection of all creatures in the Salish Sea. Reconnecting people with Nature is their and our passion. A quote from Chief Seattle: "Humankind has not woven the web...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

We had a group of 25 people for our whale watching excursion, and we had such an wonderful day! We saw ten to twelve Humpbacks! Black and white dolphins! Porpoises! Seals! Birds! We didn’t know which way to look at some points because there were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time write such a wonderful review following your recent tour. We are glad that we exceeded your expectations and that everyone enjoyed the tour. Our crew commented that your group was very enthusiastic and a pleasure to deal with. It...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

After reading some of the reviews, I admit that I was on the alert. Realizing that there is unpredictability with the “creatures of the sea”, we were given a briefing about safety, what to expect, where we were going, and what they expected from us....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MrsAgiedc
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Thank you for your thoughtful review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour. We are fortunate to have some of the best Captains & Crew in the industry who truly care! Thank you again for taking the time to write a review and...More

Reviewed 20 October 2018

We had to cancel last minute due to a mistake in our travel from Richmond to Victoria. Tripadvisor policy would not refund us so we went into the office of the Whale watching cruise. After explaining the problem, they allowed us to join them a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

We are glad to hear we exceeded your expectations and that we could get you out on a tour on a different day following your travel issues. This October has been providing some incredible trips and the weather has been unusually fantastic. Although our boat...More

Reviewed 16 October 2018

Amazing trip, well organized and great crew. Saw a family of Orcas teaching their young to hunt and a humpback whale complete with tail shot. The team know where to go to get the best chances of viewing these amazing creatures in the wild. Would...More

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Date of experience: September 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

We really appreciate how succinctly you summed up you tour. We are privileged to share this "Unforgettable Experience" with visitors like you.

Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We had a marvellous morning as well watching in the company of Katie from five star. We were given an interesting and thorough briefing before sailing. The boat was clean and comfortable with hot drinks on tap. We seemed to cover a huge distance for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thank you so much for your review. We will pass your kind words on to Katie.

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

I recently had the pleasure of going with this company on a whale watching tour. They really are 5 star. The staff were very knowledgeable and gave us a full briefing before setting off of what we could also expect to see and what to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Much appreciated. You are so right that to get an introduction and to understand The Salish Sea is far more than just heading out, taking a picture of a whale and heading home [Although, that is a pretty amazing part of it ;)] The interconnection...More

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tchugh
21 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
23 April 2015|
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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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