There's Something In The Water Meet Our Crew
Locally Owned & Operated: Eric & Kathy Johnson
Eric & Kathy are still proud owners of this well respected company they established in 1985. Originally offering fishing charters, Eric & Kathy soon realized the growing attraction of watching Orcas (Killer Whales) in their natural environment and so began Five Star Whale Watching, now Victoria’s longest running family owned and locally operated Whale Watching company.
Trev has a Masters Degree in Marine Biology and has been driving whale watching boats in Victoria for the last 20 years. Trev’s knowledge and passion for our oceans and local marine environment is unsurpassed.
O.M. / Head Naturalist
Andrew has a degree in Recreation & Leisure and has over 20 years International Marine Industry experience. He has been part of the Victoria Whale Watching industry since 2005. Andrew loves to share his knowledge and passion with all of our passengers & crew.
O.M. / Sales & Marketing
Taira Poletz came to Five Star in the spring of 2010. Taira has a degree in communications with extensive training & certification in sales and marketing in the tourism industry. Taira traveled for many years, prior to raising a family in Victoria
The Whale Guru
Our associate Ron Bates has been studying the local Whales and Marine Life for over 20 years and is a wealth of knowledge. This experience and expertise is the back bone of the inspirational and educational tours provided by Five Star Whale Watching.
Our Marine Naturalists are amongst the most experienced in the industry and are passionate about the marine environment. Many of our naturalists are involved in leading research and marine mammal observing around the world. We love what we do!
The Five Star Crew recently adopted J46 “Star”