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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria, British Columbia
  • Spot the majestic orca (killer whale) off the coast of Canada!
  • Learn about the Pacific marine ecosystem from 2 expert naturalists
Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
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Hit the waves with expert naturalists in search of Canadian sea-life on this 3-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria. Hop aboard your whale-watching boat and head out into the rolling seas with your guide. Gaze out over Victoria’s attractive coastline and watch the waves for sightings of graceful orcas. Listen as the two expert naturalists on board explain the life cycles of the majestic creatures, and learn of their pivotal role near the top of the marine food chain. Enjoy fine views from the seating areas both inside and on-deck. 
What to Expect
Take in the beautiful sights of British Columbia on an educational whale-watching adventure from Victoria ! Enjoy a three-hour cruise on the Pacific and spot majestic orcas (killer whales) while learning about Canada’s marine ecosystem from two onboard naturalists. They’ll answer any questions you may have during your whale-watching cruise and encourage you to search for native marine life!

Ron Bates, one of the leading orca researchers in the Pacific Northwest, may also be along for the ride! He conducts much of his research on board and can provide unique and detailed insight into the lives of these magnificent and intelligent mammals.

Every whale-watching adventure may be different depending on the day’s marine activity. The cruise often starts with visits to the small islands off the coast of Victoria to begin the exciting search for whales. Listen as your expert crew explains the surrounding marine ecosystems of the Pacific. Learn about the important food chains in each area and the types of animals found there. Often, the crew will pull kelp on board and give you a chance to touch, feel and taste where many of the food chains begin.

This exciting whale-watching cruise is conducted on a boat designed specifically for whale watching, and provides a smooth, swift and stable ride. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating areas for great panoramic views. This tour is fun for the entire family!
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1 - 5 of 17 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Absolutely amazing and excellent experts

This was a fantastic trip where we were so lucky to see 4x Orcas swimming along near to the boat. The guide had a record of all the disctintive markings on the whales which meant that with my partners slr camera we could zoom in...More

Thank alireeve2017
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your fantastic review! We never know what we will encounter when we are on our trips but that is part of the magic of watching Whales in the Wild :) While our Captains follow all guidelines/regulations and practice responsible Whale Watching practices,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the first time going whale watching but it's amazing every time. Saw whales and seals and lots of birds. Excellent knowledge and information given by naturalist/guide. Would go again and recommend it to anyone.

Thank monique1232018
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and great comments following your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching! We look forward to you joining a tour in the future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
WOW, amazing

This was our first whale watching tour and we weren't disappointed. Saw at least 3 humpback whales, our captain, Brad, saw one swim right underneath our boat and come up just a few feet away from the back of the boat, was amazing. This was...More

1  Thank Johanna H
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Johanna, Thank you for your review, and for your first Whale Watching experience it sounds like you had an amazing time! We are fortunate to have some of the best Captains & crew in the industry, including Brad & Tiffany, who have many years...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Well worth it!

My husband and I went yesterday, Sept 4, and we an awesome adventure! Staff was very informative and friendly. Our captain was in constant contact with other boat captains to ensure we found whales in the area. We were lucky enough to have a humpback...More

Thank Dreamer711966
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jessica for such an fantastic review. It sounds like you had a very rare and spectacular encounter with a Humpback Whale! We always try and maintain the appropriate distance from all Whales and wildlife as set out in our guidelines but as you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Whales and more whales

We booked this outing knowing we may not see any whales. About 20 mins (?) into it, I thought "I don't think we're going to have any luck today, but at least it's been a really nice boat ride". Then the captain cut the engines...More

Thank Colin M
5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Colin, Thank you for taking the time out to write a review following your recent tour and it sounds like you had an amazing time on the water! We see whales on 99% of our tours during the peak season, June until the end...More

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30 July 2018|
Response from Larena C | Reviewed this property |
Stays along the coast but travels about 30-45 min away from Victoria. I believe all trips are different depending on where there has been a sighting.
18 July 2018|
Response from Suncoasters2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure I would as the water can be rough depending on weather. We had 2 youngsters along and both of them vomited. The staff were quick to clean everything up, but I sure felt sorry for the little ones. Luckily they fell... More
8 July 2018|
Response from Suncoasters2014 | Reviewed this property |
We met the staff at their office at the Empress Hotel (down the north side) which is quite far to walk to from the cruise ship. If you are hardy walkers then you might try it depending on time frame for your port stay... More