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5 Star Whale Watching | Whale Watching

Established in 1985, Five Star was instrumental in establishing Victoria, British Columbia, as a world famous whale watching destination. We are a family business offering unparalleled service and location. Five Star Charters Whale Watching is proud to help you discover the picturesque West Coast of Canada, and Vancouver Island, home to the largest population of Killer Whales (Orcinus Orca) in the world. Our area of operations in the water surrounding Southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, and the Gulf Islands, is the home of pods "J", "K", and "L" numbering approximately 90 whales in total. Our "Five Star" crews are waiting to introduce you to these magnificent mammals and share with you the myriad of other natural wonders abundant in this pristine marine environment.

Our high speed expedition catamarans are the perfect vessels for environmentally responsible whale watching without sacrificing comfort!

We live in one of the best places in the world to enjoy whale watching – let our expert staff and crew educate and inspire you with the wonders of the Salish Sea! We take our marine environment seriously, and strive to implement the “REDUCE, reuse, recycle” philosophy in all we do. The information network we administer translates into the highest success rates of finding whales in their natural environment while consuming less fuel on average. What does this mean? We are minimizing our ecological footprint relative to our competitors! 


April • May • June • July • August • September


Short (1-3 hours)

Vessel types

Small boat (0-50 passengers)

Times and prices

10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Adults $99.00 CDN Children (14 yrs of age and under): $65 CDN Infants (2 yrs of age and under): FREE

About our skippers and naturalist guides


Scenic backdrop to encounters

We frequently

See a whale's tail • See leaping whales • Watch whales only

Baleen Whales

Gray Whale • Humpback Whale

Toothed Whales

Killer Whale / Orca

651 Humboldt Street
Town / City
State / County
Zip / Postcode
V8W 1A6
patricia lees
excellent experience with a top rate company
Traveled: 2011-06-06, Reviewed: 2012-01-05
Safe approach to whales / dolphins
Valuable learning experience
Trip meets expectations
Minimal impact on the marine environment
Own research / support for conservation
My family and I have taken a Whale Watching tour on three occasions with Five Star Whale Watching and have had an incredible experience every time. We have seen Orcas, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales during our tours, plus lots of other cute animals such as Harbor Seals. Their Expedition Catamarans offer the perfect vessels for whale watching, especially for families. The hot chocolate on board is delicious:) I would highly recommend Five Star Whale Watching to anyone interested in seeing whales and marine life off Victoria!
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2013 Responsible Whale Watch Partnership:Click here to read more about the partnership