Water activity

Whale Watching Tour in Victoria, BC

4.4 / 5

56 reviews

Activity provider: Five Star Whale Watching

Whale Watching Tour in Victoria, BC

Activity provider: Five Star Whale Watching

From US$ 86.04 per person

Experience a tour that offers the unique experience of seeing humpback whales, orcas, and other marine life in their natural environment.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Have the chance to see whales on a smooth and stable 40-passenger catamaran
  • Listen to veteran captains and certified naturalists as they provide commentary
  • Get excellent unobstructed indoors and outdoor views for travelers of all ages
  • Discover the wonders of the Salish Sea
  • Keep your eyes peeled for seals, sea lions, otters, and an array of marine birds
Full description

Have the chance to witness the area's diversity of whale species including humpback whales, Bigg's orcas, minke whales, and gray whales. The spotting network and years of experience in locating the whales ensure a high success rate for tours.

The area of operations in the water surrounding Southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, the Gulf Islands, and Juan de Fuca Strait is a critical area for multiple species of whales, including other marine animals like seals, sea lions, sea otters, and marine birds.

You may even spot more rare species such as elephant seals and dolphins. Listen as your crew introduces you to these magnificent animals and share with you the myriad of other natural wonders abundant in this pristine marine environment.

The Salish Sea, the water off Victoria, is home to an abundance of marine wildlife. During the tour, explore various feeding areas that attract whales to local waters. Have the opportunity to see orcas and humpback whales in their natural habitat. 

Other possible encounters include minke and gray whales. The Salish Sea is also home to seals, sea lions, porpoises, otters, and many more sea animals. Let five-star whale watching introduce you to the wonders of the Salish Sea.

Includes
  • 3-hour cruise
  • Hot chocolate & coffee
  • Use of jackets
  • Taxes
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Tours depart at 645 Humboldt Street located on the side of the Fairmont Empress Hotel next to Miniature World. Please be there 30 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Tours are open for people of any age, this tour is not suitable for someone in a wheel chair, with stability issues or known back problems
  • Sea conditions can change and become rough on the water
  • Gratuities are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Incredible

We were extraordinarily lucky to find a dozen or more humpback whales in one spot and two that swam within feet of the boat. Amazing views of these magnificent animals. Aside from the huge slice of luck, the boat was comfortable, well staffed and not overcrowded. All staff on board were very friendly and imparted their knowledge well.

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August 13, 2019

Great Experience

We loved it. We were only a few days into the season and didn't see whales but it was already a gamble at that time. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and we had a great time even though we didn't see whales. They took great care to search and make sure we had a good time. We saw sea lions, harbor seals, and bald eagles.

April 8, 2019

Purchasing tickets, getting safety instructions, traveling on the boat was all smooth. We were instructed to wear layers which came in handy for a short time up top of the boat when going faster, but not exactly necessary. No wet spray.

August 19, 2022

Product ID: 4915