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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists provided by Five Star Whale Watching

Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
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About
Watch for orca whales and other marine wildlife on a half-day whale watching cruise from Victoria, and learn about the fascinating marine ecosystem from onboard naturalist guides. Indoor and outdoor seating ensure a comfortable trip in any weather: Photographers can get clear shots from open-air decks, with plenty of room to warm up inside if it’s cool on the water.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Highlights
  • See the coast of Vancouver Island from the ocean
  • Discover marine wildlife with two expert naturalists
  • Cruise in a vessel that’s designed for whale watching
  • Open top deck gives photography-friendly 360-degree views
What to expect
  • Take in the beautiful sights of British Columbia on an educational whale-watching adventure from Victoria ! Discover the wonders of the Salish Sea with Victoria's 1st Certified Responsible Whale Watching Operator! Enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife, while learning about the Salish Sea marine ecosystem from onboard naturalists. They’ll answer any questions you may have during your whale-watching cruise and encourage you to search for native marine life! Marine animals you might encounter include orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, gray whales, porpoise, dolphins, harbour seals, sea lions, otters and marine birds!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • See the coast of Vancouver Island from the ocean
  • Discover marine wildlife with two expert naturalists
  • Cruise in a vessel that’s designed for whale watching
  • Open top deck gives photography-friendly 360-degree views
What to expect
  • Take in the beautiful sights of British Columbia on an educational whale-watching adventure from Victoria ! Discover the wonders of the Salish Sea with Victoria's 1st Certified Responsible Whale Watching Operator! Enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife, while learning about the Salish Sea marine ecosystem from onboard naturalists. They’ll answer any questions you may have during your whale-watching cruise and encourage you to search for native marine life! Marine animals you might encounter include orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, gray whales, porpoise, dolphins, harbour seals, sea lions, otters and marine birds!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5422WHALE
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • 3-hour whale-watching tour from Victoria
  • 2 onboard naturalist guides
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Five Star Whale Watching, 645 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6, Canada Check in: We ask all passengers to meet 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time. Meet us at 645 Humboldt Street on the North side of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, next to Willow Stream Spa
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (layers and comfortable shoes are recommended)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Inclusions
  • 3-hour whale-watching tour from Victoria
  • 2 onboard naturalist guides
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Five Star Whale Watching, 645 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6, Canada Check in: We ask all passengers to meet 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time. Meet us at 645 Humboldt Street on the North side of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, next to Willow Stream Spa
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (layers and comfortable shoes are recommended)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun. 22, 2021
A note from Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
We have installed a Plexiglas barrier at the check in counter to protect staff & guests. No cash will be accepted to ensure staff safety. All guests will undergo a health check as laid down by WorkSafe BC and will be required to sign a waiver. For full details/restrictions, visit www.5starwhales.com
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Popular mentions

5.0
77 reviews
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retiredsunseeker
Richmond, Canada7 contributions
Well worth it!
Sep. 2021
I was there with friends who had never been whale watching before and they were totally amazed with the whole experience. We were fortunate enough to find 3 pods that were socializing together and being quite playful. Our captain (Trevor?) and Naturalist guide were both very informative and knowledgeable. They said they wouldn't be surprised if there's baby's in 18 months due to their behavior.

We also stopped on the way back at Race Rocks where the lighthouse is, and watched the sea lions and seals all in their natural habitat. Well worth the price and nice to have an inside covered area as it was a nasty day out. Thanks again!
Written September 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for your fantastic review and kind words. We are so happy your friends were on such a special tour especially with 3 pods of Orcas! Thank you again.
Written October 2, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cea49
Abbotsford, Canada7 contributions
Higly recommended
Sep. 2021
A great whale-watching experience! Staff was friendly and the guides were knowledgeable. We were able to see orcas, humpback whales and sea lions.
Written September 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for writing such an amazing review after your recent tour. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience with the Orcas and Humpback Whales, plus the Sea Lions. We will pass on your kind comments to our staff. Thank you again for the review.
Written September 22, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Denise T
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
Amazing Whale Watching cruise
Sep. 2021
Amazing cruise - we saw a pod of transient Orcas, a pod of resident Orcas and a huge humpback whale! On the way back to the harbour, we saw California sea lions. It was an incredible day!!
Written September 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for your awesome review! While we do not seek out southern resident killer whales on purpose (and make effort to avoid them as per government regulations), sometimes these situations are inevitable and we must stop or slow until we are clear of the whales. We are so happy that you were able to witness some sea lions as well as transient orcas and a Humpback! To see both of these whale species is always an incredible opportunity! We are so glad that you enjoyed your tour, and we would love to host you again in the future!
Written September 17, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Scott
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
Amazing trip and wonderful naturalists
We had an amazing trip. Skye and Andrew were very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had. Trevor did and excellent job getting us into great spots for photos, without disturbing the animals. The boat was comfortable and very clean too. We could see other companies out at the same time and I really appreciated that we weren’t packed onto the boat like the others.
Written September 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for such an incredible review! We will make sure we pass on your comments to our crew and really appreciate the feedback. Thank you also for the comments about our vessel, they are appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your tour so much and thank you again for the amazing review!
Written September 6, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Garth B
1 contribution
Excellent
Sep. 2021 • Couples
This was by far the best whale watching tour of the 4 we have taken..smaller boat, not at all crowded,and a humpback was playing along side the vessel. Mere feet away stayed with us for 15 minutes! Also seen orcas and maybe 100 sea lions and seals. Would only take this tour when in Victoria.
Written September 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for such an incredible review. it sounds like you had a very special day with an amazing encounter with a Humpback Whale. We practice all responsible and best practice Whale Watching guidelines but on rare occasions the Whales will decide to come close. At that time we shut down and let the Whale do what it wants to do. Thank you again for coming out with us and for such a wonderful review.
Written September 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

pamhD3289WG
5 contributions
Professional service and amazing experience
Jul. 2021 • Friends
We appreciated that the staff worked so hard to find the whales, and even extended our trips to do so. Staff checked in frequently to ensure we were comfortable and enjoying the experience. First time on the smaller vessel, and it was terrific!
Written July 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for your review and kind words. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching and had an amazing experience. Most of the time we can find Whales within our regular 3 hour tour but when necessary we will extend the tour if Whales are a little further away than usual or found later in the tour. We will make sure we pass on your comments to our staff and thank you again for such a terrific review!
Written July 11, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LMS46
Edmonton, Canada20 contributions
Amazing, fun & informative!!
We had a fantastic time on the Salish Shadow with Captain Kaegan and Captain in training, Emma!! Emma was fun and cheery and Kaegan was so full of information and stories as well as knowledgeable history of the area. We got to see some Orcas which, of course, was the height of our trip. Both Keagan & Emma made it an enjoyable trip to say the least. We will be going back with more family & friends yet again this month. Can’t wait! I would recommend Five Star Whale Watching to anyone!
Written July 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FiveStar W
Thank you for your amazing and thoughtful review. We are happy to hear you had such a wonderful time during your recent tour and got to see some Orcas! Thank you for your kind comments about Kaegan and Emma, we will make sure we pass them on and we are fortunate to have such wonderful & dedicated staff. We look forward to seeing you on a tour again and thank you once more for such an amazing review!
Written July 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

M K
3 contributions
Amazing experience
Sep. 2020 • Friends
We saw pod of orcas..amazing first whale watching experience. Very affordable and additional discounts was available, cheaper compared to other whale watching companies. The guy was very informative and explained amazing facts about whales and near-by area. Good customer service. Wish they add some zodiac boats to the fleet . Highly recommended.
Written September 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your review and glad to hear you had an amazing experience. We purchased our vessel Salish Shadow as a huge step up from a Zodiac style vessel and it is superior in every way. Almost all the Whale Watching companies in Victoria are slowly moving away from Zodiacs. Salish Shadow provides all the benefits and thrills of a Zodiac but with the comfort & amenities of the larger vessels due to the fully heated cabin area, proper toilet and seating both inside & outside. It is faster, quieter, smoother, safer, more comfortable than a zodiac. As it is higher it also provides a much better viewing experience as well. In fact Salish Shadow is a new class of vessel for the local Whale Watching industry and one that is the envy of all that see her, especially on a cold wet day! Thank you for your kind words about your guide and our customer service. We hope to see you on another tour in the future and thank you for choosing Five Star Whale Watching.
Written September 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Safari131227
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Great day of whales and learning
Sep. 2020 • Family
Thanks to five star whales, my ten year old daughter crossed seeing a humpback whale off her list.
Wonderful crew answered all of her questions and we felt very safe on board.
The crew are very covid aware and would be cleaning handles and door knobs during the trip as well.
Highly recommended
Ken Chapman
Written September 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Ken, Thank you for your kind words and amazing review following your recent trip. It was wonderful to see you and the family again. We are glad we made you feel safe and appreciated our efforts to keep everyone safe. Yes Alex is a gem and is very passionate and knowledgeable, we are very lucky to have her as part of the crew. We are also glad your daughter daughter crossed seeing a humpback whale off her list. It was a wonderful encounter! Thank you again for your kind words and for supporting Five Star Whale Watching during these challenging times.
Written September 6, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hilda B
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada63 contributions
Great Time on the Water with Five Star
Aug. 2020
We. had an amazing three hours out on the water. Caighan (?Sp) was an amazing
captain and cruise leader. It was so obvious that he loves his job and respects the animals and the environment. We saw a beautiful humpback whale, stellar sea lions, seals, ducks and birds and, of course, the amazing scenery. The boat was comfortable and there was space for distancing as well as people wearing masks so felt very safe during these strange times. Would highly recommend. It was easy to book and the office assistant was so helpful and friendly.
Hilda, Victoria, British Columbia
Written August 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for you wonderful review we really appreciate the feedback. Kaegan is an excellent Captain and very knowledgeable, we will make sure he reads your kind comments. Thank you again for choosing Five Star and we are glad you had such a fantastic time.
Written August 28, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Five Star Whale Watching
philnbi17
philnbi17
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Great experience
Fantastic day whale watching! We followed a pod of 5 Orca whales for probably 30 minutes! It was amazing! Thank you
Pamela M
Pamela M
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Knowledgeable Guides; Respectful of the Wildlife
Good COVID protocols - temperature checks, boat wasn't fully loaded with people. We did see 4 different humpback w
slyhill
slyhill
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Safety first
Very organized, covid safety protocols in place and excellent crew! Remember to leave a gratuity for their great se
Kathi M
Kathi M
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Great tour
we had such a perfect time with lots of wildlife and a great guide he explained a lot and was very friendly
Brenda P
Brenda P
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Great Adventure
We had a beautiful September day. The water was flat calm and the whales, sea lions and seals all put on a show for
tan812021
tan812021
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Great experience
The staff were friendly and professional, they made sure everyone was safe. Was a great experience. 😊
Curiosity38916556494
Curiosity38916556494
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Great experience!
We enjoyed the whole experience! The naturalists were friendly and knowledgeable, I would definitely do this excurs
kimr314
kimr314
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Fun
It was an amazing experience, we saw 2 humpback whales and sea lions. Even though the water was pretty choppy and w
876coreyb
876coreyb
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Awesome whale watching
It wasn't an optimum day for finding whales (fog rolled in for about 45 minutes) but the guides kept at at until w
PeskyFam
PeskyFam
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Amazing wildlife viewing!
Took our 3 kids (ages 8,8 and 4) and this trip is a great length and the boat is clean and safe. We saw orcas, a h
893colleen
893colleen
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Excellent
Under fog patches and somewhat choppy seas Captain Trev managed to safely maneuver his way through the Salish Sea
johnlpritchard47
johnlpritchard47
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Happy Whale Watchers
Full value for our experience ….. smooth ride on choppy waters …. Our guide was especially friendly and informative
Sallie C
Sallie C
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Orcas, Humpbacks and Sea Lions
We were so lucky to see orcas, humpbacks and sea lions! Crew even waited for us as I have to buy a face mask for my
terri_tntvicbcca
terri_tntvicbcca
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What a great whale watching experience.
Knowledgeable, helpful hosts. We seen a hump back whale! Loved all the sea lions and seals at Race Rocks.
Vit M
Vit M
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Wonderful Tour with exceptional Views of Nature and Wildlife, best experience ever!
The Whale watching tour was an outstanding experience where we got to see a Humpback Whale, Sea Lions and other wil
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