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Five Star Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Victoria, Canada


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Providing 5 Star Experiences Since 1985! Join Victoria's 1st Certified Responsible Operator.

The Five Star Advantage

Often imitated but never duplicated or equalled, Five Star is the original family owned and operated whale watching company. As founders of whale watching as a staple activity in Victoria with over 30 years of experience, we have some of the most hands on, passionate and knowledgeable crew in the marine industry. Guest comfort and a high level of customer service is paramount in all we do.

We are proud to be Victoria’s 1st World Cetacean Alliance Certified Responsible Operator. This shows our commitment to responsible whale watching practices. We have been a pioneer in establishing responsible and respectful Marine wildlife viewing since 1985!

Our office is conveniently located in Victoria’s vibrant downtown at the renowned Fairmont Empress hotel and our tours depart a short walk from the office in Victoria’s lively inner harbour.

“Turning Heads Since 1985” is much more than just our catchy tag line. It is also a description of what Five Star Whale Watching has consistently done with innovative vessel design and attention to the passenger experience. It also explains why we are the longest running and most respected Victoria whale watching company!

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Latest Sightings Report

The sightings continue to be amazing this spring with lots of Orcas and Humpbacks encountered 😍 We have seen breaching, lunge feeding, soy hops, lots of tail flukes and whales just having a good time. Seals, Sea Lions, Porpoise, Elephant Seals, Otters and Eagles, have also been spotted on recent tours. Don’t miss out, book…

Experience an adventure of a lifetime!

Great trip, worthwhile and great crew

Great trip, well informed and enthusiastic crew. We saw three killer whale groups during our trip. Worth the time and money

– Marco N, Tripadvisor
Whale watching at its best!

Absolutely majestic!! Incredible weather, excellent captain, and extremely knowledgeable guide. It was truly educational as well as beautiful. Saw several whale pods; 18 transient orca whales total. Sea lions, seals, and a lone sea otter. Highly recommend this spectacular adventure.

– Kelly R, Tripadvisor
Should be called 6 Star!

As a Tour Director recommending to clientele, l can always be confident of a Five Star Service and beyond!

– miggicheng2023, Tripadvisor
An awesome experience

We were lucky enough to have perfect conditions for our afternoon trip and then to view a humpback slapping it’s pectoral fins was truly awesome. It was great to have some space when watching and still have the thrill of moving at speed; an “Ultimate whale watching tour”!

– wpad2023, Tripadvisor