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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!
Reviews (45)
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Reviewed yesterday
More than we hoped!

We had a group of 25 people for our whale watching excursion, and we had such an wonderful day! We saw ten to twelve Humpbacks! Black and white dolphins! Porpoises! Seals! Birds! We didn’t know which way to look at some points because there were...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time write such a wonderful review following your recent tour. We are glad that we exceeded your expectations and that everyone enjoyed the tour. Our crew commented that your group was very enthusiastic and a pleasure to deal with. It...More

Reviewed 3 days ago
Exceeded expectations

We had to cancel last minute due to a mistake in our travel from Richmond to Victoria. Tripadvisor policy would not refund us so we went into the office of the Whale watching cruise. After explaining the problem, they allowed us to join them a...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, General Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are glad to hear we exceeded your expectations and that we could get you out on a tour on a different day following your travel issues. This October has been providing some incredible trips and the weather has been unusually fantastic. Although our boat...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Exceeded all expectations!

What an adventure this was! Being our first-time whale watching we didn't quite know what to expect however what we received exceeded all expectations for this excursion. Greeted with a friendly staff at their main office we were told what we could expect and how...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

@chrisandregtravel We feel blessed to experience the marine wildlife of the Salish Sea: But it is even more spectacular when we can share it with enthusiastic passengers like you two. The questions you ask and your observations make the experience that much more amazing for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Very friendly captain with respect for animals

The captain was a really friendly guy with respect for its passangers, lots of knowledge about the whales and deep respect for sea animals as well.

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Our Captain really appreciates your recognition. As you point out, knowledge about whales is important, but "respect for... passengers... and deep respect for sea animals" is needed to make the experience meaningful. Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Whales and sea lions!!!

We booked this tour last minute and were so glad we did. Even in October we saw orcas, humpbacks,and sea lions. It was wonderful for my entire family. The guide and captain were friendly and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

"..orcas, humpbacks and sea lions..." Sounds like a wonderful way to learn about the biodiversity of the Salish Sea. Thank you for highlighting and recommending them (and us!) as part of any visit to Victoria, BC

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Steven A
31 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