We are Victoria’s Most Respected & Longest Running Whale Watching Company
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.
The Five Star Advantage
Often imitated but never duplicated, Five Star is the original family owned and operated whale watching company. As founders of whale watching as a staple activity in Victoria and over 30 years of experience, we have some of the most hands on, passionate and knowledgeable crew in the field.
Guest comfort and a high level of customer care is paramount in all we do. We are a small hands on company that can still perform at the same level as a high volume company, but with customer focus not being overlooked.
Our office is conveniently located in Victoria’s vibrant downtown at the renowned Fairmont Empress hotel. Our tours depart a short walk from the office in Victoria’s lively inner harbour.
“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.
The Five Star Experience
We go where the whales are! Take a tour of the West Coast aboard a luxurious and stable expedition catamaran. Like the competitors who charge more, we have a 99% success rate of finding whales in peak season. From playful Orcas to giant Humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable.
Rustic and authentic charm, without sacrificing comfort and quality. Our vessel has all the add on’s necessary to make the tour the focus, not what is lacking – a full washroom on board, full 360(degree) viewing from inside or outside the vessel, an inside cabin that can be heated when it gets cold outside, hydrophones, marine biologists to act as your guides, water repellant jackets, binoculars, and complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.
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.
The Five Star Movement
Founders of environmental movement to protect the SRKW’s with rules and guidelines surrounding West Coast whale watching – founding partner of the PWWA and avid supporters of the Centre for Whale research. We incorporate the reduce reuse recycle motto in all we do.
We are a proud member of the Pacific Whale Watching Association (PWWA) and 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!
We are committed to environment stewardship and are part of the 1% To the Planet. Our everyday operations are conducted in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.
Over 30+ Years of Experience
Five Star is also a leader in formulating environmentally friendly and respectful whale watching practices. We follow best practice Wildlife Viewing guidelines.
Our vessel features Whale Friendly Arneson Drives, that have been shown to produce the least amount of underwater noise.
We use Low Sulphur Eco-Diesel.
We Are a Family Owned & Operated Wildlife Tour Company
We offer high quality services with very knowledgeable staff and competitive rates!
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…