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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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World Whale Day!

Happy #worldwhaleday 🐋🐳🐬 Today we celebrate World Whale Day🎉 Although at Five Star we believe every day is a celebration of Whales😍 It is important we continue to help protect and save Whales and our precious marine environment. If you would like to learn more on ways to help, visit our website at each…

Family Day Tours this Weekend

This Family Day Weekend, join one of our Marine Wildlife Tours and Experience the Wonders of the Salish Sea with your family. Tours are departing on Saturday Feb 17th and Sunday February 18th at 1pm on our 12 passenger covered vessel, Salish Shadow. Book now at if you enter the word GROUPS when prompted…

International Day of Women & Girls in Science

Today is International Day of Women & Girls in Science 🧑‍🔬 At Five Star Whale Watching we are proud to have worked with (and continue to work with) so many amazing & intelligent Scientists, Teachers, Captains, Marine Biologist & Naturalists! #internationaldayofwomenandgirlsinscience

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