Water activity

Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

4.6 / 5

64 reviews

Activity provider: Five Star Whale Watching
Water activity

Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

Activity provider: Five Star Whale Watching

From US$ 111.44 per person


Enjoy a 3-hour ultimate whale and marine wildlife watching tour in the Salish Sea! Sit back and relax aboard a luxurious coastal explorer as you search for killer whales, humpbacks and other wildlife with the help of marine biologists.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Set sail and search for orcas and killer whales
  • Learn about local marine wildlife from marine biologists
  • Relax aboard a luxurious coastal explorer
  • Benefit from excellent unobstructed views with in- and outdoor viewing areas
Full description

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour.

Board a brand new high-speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions, and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin.

Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world-renowned whale watching destination. 

  • 3-hour whale and marine wildlife tour
  • Hot chocolate
  • Use of jackets
  • Taxes
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Children under 2 years
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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Meeting point

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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour is not suitable for those whom are pregnant as well as infants, small children (that are younger than 6 years old), and people with back, neck or knee injuries.
  • 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.
  • There is a washroom on board, however it is compact and is limited use.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 64 reviews

Review summary

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We had a brilliant time! We saw many humpback whales and other sea animals. We were very lucky the day we went out, with how active the whales were. It was astonishing experience and a 12 person intimate boat right gave us many chance to talk with the captain and learn interesting facts! I highly recommend five star whale watching!

March 24, 2023

I didn't actually end up sailing with Five Star. I had booked with them but I was the only one. They had to cancel my trip. However, they called around to the other tour companies and found me a boat to get on, on the same day I had booked for. They took care of everything for me. Transferred all my info and payment to the other company! All I had to do was show up on time at the other company! I was so impressed with the level of service that Five Star will always be the company I book with 1st in the future. Well done guys! Not many companies will go above and beyond like you guys did. Thank you!!

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March 24, 2023

It was an amazing experience - the guides were extremely knowledgeable about orcas & the eco system - we had such a great time although it was a tad cold so I would encourage everyone to dress for the weather! Thanks again to the crew for making our experience so memorable

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 178260