COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Valued Customers, we thank you for your continued support and understanding! 🐳

For our full COVID-19 safety protocols please visit our COVID-19 page at https://www.5starwhales.com/covid-19-safety-protocol/

“Be kind, be calm and be safe” – Dr. Bonnie Henry.

 

 

 

Availability Dependent on Weather

This Fall Discover the Wonders of the Salish Sea!

This fall join Victoria’s 1st Certified Responsible Whale Watching Operator and Discover the Wonders of the Salish Sea. Book on line and enter the code DGV2021 to receive a 25% discount or call our office and mention the code. Fall is an excellent time to go Whale Watching with so much wildlife to see. With all our vessels having heated cabin areas, you don’t need to worry about the cooler weather, we’ve got you covered 🙂

 

Locals Discount!

We offer a 25% discount on all our tours for locals. Contact our office for more details and discover the wonderful wildlife in the Salish Sea!

Why choose Five Star?

There are many Whale Watching companies in Victoria but here are a few reasons we stand out from the crowd!

  1. We are Victoria’s longest running and most respected Whale Watching company and have been a pioneer of the eco-tourism industry for over 30 years! 
  2. Five Star is proud to be Victoria’s first World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) Certified Responsible Whale Watching Operator. We follow and often exceed the Best Practice Guidelines for Whale & Wildlife viewing.
  3. Five Star Whale Watching was one of the first companies in Victoria to be awarded The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp. This stamp allows travellers to easily recognize destinations and tourism businesses around the world that have adopted globally standardized health and hygiene protocols to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience. Five Star was instrumental in developing safe operating procedures under COVID-19 for the marine ecotourism industry in Canada and BC. Five Star Whale Watching also has the best safety record of any Whale Watching company on Victoria. Visit our COVID-19 Safety protocols page from more information on a stringent health and safety measures. https://www.5starwhales.com/covid-19-safety-protocol/
  4. Our Mission is to Educate, Inspire, Preserve & Protect the incredible Marine Environment.
  5. Five Star is part of the Whale Reporting Network that provides alerts to commercial vessels that Whales are in the area and to slow down. The data also is used for research purposes. We fly the Whale Warning Flag on all our vessels to warn other boaters Whales are in the area.
  6. Following the mantra of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replenish, Restore in our daily operations. We believe it is our duty to do what we can to help protect our planet and give back as much as possible. We do this because it is the right thing to do, not to gain fancy awards, taking care of our planet and especially the precious Marine Environment is the only reward we require.
  7. Our fleet consists of 2 Purpose built Expedition Catamarans, Supercat & Kuluta, plus our High Speed Coastal Explorer, Salish Shadow. We pride ourselves on having the best purpose built Whale Watching Fleet in Victoria! 
  8. Let our expert team of Marine Naturalists, Captains, Managers & Office Staff introduce you to the wonders of the Salish Sea! We have some of the most hands on, passionate and knowledgeable crew in the marine industry. From the friendly office staff ready to answer your questions and assist you, to the experienced and passionate Marine Naturalists & Captains, ready to pass on their knowledge and passion for the local marine environment. Guest comfort and a high level of customer service is paramount in all we do.

Responsible Whale Watching

Choose Your Next Adventure: Choose one of our exciting adventures today! With two purpose-built marine Expedition Catamarans and one covered High-Speed Coastal Explorer, our fleet of three is sure to provide you with a safe, comfortable and thrilling experience in the Salish Sea! Read on below to discover our tour options. *Please note all reservations are subject to demand, availability and weather!

 

 

Responsible Whale Watching

Private Charter

Join us for a private whale-watching or wildlife tour on-board one of our exciting vessels. All vessels are equipped with a covered area and a washroom. Inquire with our office about vessel availability, pricing and capacity requirements. See options for private tours.

 

Daytime Whale-Watching Tours (April-December)

 

3-Hour Catamaran Whale-Watching Tour.

 

 We go where the whales are! Take a 3-Hour Whale-Watching Tour of the West Coast aboard a covered, luxurious and stable expedition catamaran with a washroom and two viewing decks. During our 3 hour tour you will have the opportunity to encounter Orcas, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales or Minke Whales, that are attracted to the Salish Sea due to its abundance of food. Other Wildlife we may encounter includes Seals, Sea Lions, Porpoise, Dolphins, Otters and various Marine Birds. Our Expedition Catamarans set a new standard of excellence for Whale and Marine Wildlife viewing. They feature upper and lower viewing decks, with 360 degree unobstructed viewing. A heated cabin area, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 3 unique outdoor viewing areas and large windows that open, provide excellent viewing opportunities, not matter the weather. Each vessel has an onboard washroom. Let our expert Naturalist Educate & inspire you as they discuss the incredible Marine life of the Salish Sea. Suitable for all ages. See options for catamaran tours.

 

Ultimate Marine & Whale Watching Tour

3-Hour Ultimate Whale and Marine Wildlife Watching If you are looking for a little more excitement or a more intimate tour, then join us onboard our High-speed coastal Explorer, Salish Shadow! This tour is designed for the serious Marine Adventure Seeker. Salish Shadow leads the industry with its 108” bottom width and beam width of 9’ 6. This design feature markedly improves stability in rough water creating an extremely safe and dry marine adventure machine. Twin 300Hp 4 stroke (eco-friendly) outboards provide the perfect balance of speed, low noise, high-efficiency and economy. Enjoy a 3-hour Ultimate Whale and Marine Wildlife Watching tour in the Salish Sea! Salish Shadow boast indoor and outdoor seating. Two outside viewing areas with walk around access, a fully heated cabin area and onboard washroom. This vessel provides the ultimate combination of excitement and comfort. Please note – Salish Shadow may not suitable for children under 5 or people with back or knee issues. See options for Salish Shadow tours.

 

Evening Whale-Watching Tours

3-Hour Sunset Whale-Watching Tours (June-September) Observe the beauty of Victoria’s whales and marine life during a special sunset tour of the Salish Sea. From June until September we offer special evening tours that combine the excitement of encountering Whales and other marine wildlife plus the opportunity to see a gorgeous sunset. The evening trips are magical and highly recommended for guests looking for an extra special adventure. What makes these evening tours special; 1. Less vessels and less people than on our regular day time tours. 2. Beautiful time of the day to take a tour and leaves the rest of the day free for other activities. Great for photographers! 3. Stunning scenery, wildlife and sunsets. 4. Perfect for families, corporate clients, groups or people looking for a fun and special evening activity. 5. Tours can be customized to suit the needs of our clients/group if they want to charter the entire vessel for the evening. Contact our office now to inquire about these special evening tours! Especially suited for corporate events & team building. With over 30 years of experience, we know how to create an unforgettable marine adventure. Evening tours are available on either our 46 passenger Expedition Catamaran or our 12 passenger High Speed Coastal Explorer. Please Note: Our evening trips may be on our 12 passenger vessel, Salish Shadow – High Speed Coastal Explorer, which may not be suitable for very small children (under 6 years) or people with back or knee issues. If concerned please check with our office before making a reservation. See options for evening tours.

 

Marine Wildlife Tours

3-Hour Marine Wildlife Tours (March) In March, join one of our exciting Marine Wildlife Tours and discover the wonders of the Salish Sea! Whilst there is a chance to encounter Whales on one of these tours, our focus is on the rich & diverse marine wildlife. This wildlife includes Seals, Sea Lions, Porpoise, Otters and various Marine Birds including Bald Eagles. Our Marine Wildlife Tours are on our luxury 12-passenger vessel, Salish Shadow – High Speed Coastal Explorer. NOTE: This vessel is not suitable for very small children or for people with back/neck/knee issues. See options for marine wildlife tours.