We are Victoria’s Most Respected & Longest Running Whale Watching Company

“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 Victoria’s longest running and most respected Whale Watching Company! What began as operating fishing charters in 1985, Eric & Kathy Johnson soon realized the growing attraction of watching Orcas (killer whales) in their natural environment. So began Five Star Whale Watching, now Victoria’s longest running family-owned Whale Watching company. In 2017 Eric & Kathy decided it was time to retire and their long term Manager, Andrew Lees, decided to buy the company to continue the legacy!

Our Promise

While you can never guarantee a wild animal in their natural habitat, we at Five Star are confident that over 98% of the time in peak season months we will be able to show you whales in the wild! Despite industry leading success rates in whale sightings, there is the rare occasion that our whale friends decide to play hide and seek. If this happens between June 1st-October 31st we invite you to join us again on a complimentary tour, weather and space permitting.


Over the years Five Star has been a solid presence in the local whale watching community and at the forefront of establishing Victoria as a world renowned whale watching destination.

We are a proud member of the Pacific Whale Watching Association (PWWA) and a strong supporter of the Center For Whale Research (CWR). 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. Join us for one of the most comprehensive educational and exciting trips you will ever experience!

Responsible Whale Watching

Five Star has been a pioneer in promoting responsible & respectful whale watching. We follow best practices guidelines for whale & wildlife viewing.

You can see the PWWA guidelines that we follow by clicking on the link below;



1% For The PlanetFive Star Whale Watching is a proud member of 1% For The Planet. We recognize that we have a responsibility #forourplanet and are committed to creating a positive impact. Because of this, we donate 1% of our sales to #nonprofits focused on #environmental issues.

Over 30+ Years of Experience

Five Star is also a leader in formulating environmentally friendly and respectful whale watching practices.

Learn More About Our History

Proudly celebrating over 30 years of Excellence!

We offer high quality services with very knowledgeable staff and competitive rates!
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Locally Grown & Wild: Meet Our Crew

Our team is the most experienced, friendly & passionate in the industry. Don’t believe us? Follow the link below to learn more…

Get To Know Our Team

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