Orcas Island

Step onto horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, drop your suitcase or backpack, and drink in the green paradise the locals call “the emerald isle” and “the gem of the San Juans” -- a happy combination of stunning shoreline, the highest mountain in the islands, and a handful of charming hamlets.  Discover this beautiful island through a Scenic Byway driving tour.

Outdoor Pleasures

Most of Orcas Island’s 57 square miles are rural and hilly, a challenge for cyclists and a pleasure for drivers, with curving roads that wind through forests and past artists’ studios, fields with old apple barns, and the occasional turn-of-the-century prune dryer.

Visit one of the nation’s most beautiful parks to hike, bike, swim, or explore—the 5,252-acre Moran State Park, with several lakes and more than 38 miles of hiking trails. There, you can drive, bike, or hike up Mount Constitution, the islands’ highest point, for a spectacular view of island-dotted sea and snow-capped Mount Baker.

Head out on the water on a kayak trip (guided or alone), whale-watching tour, or fishing or sailboat charter. You can book any of these adventures on the island, as well as rent bikes and check out guided horseback rides.

Eastsound

At the center of Orcas Island, at the top of a beautiful fjord, Eastsound is a walker’s village, alive with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and visitor attractions. Enjoy strolling among historic homes and buildings from the 1880s and picnicking on the village green, summer home of the Saturday Farmers’ Market and live music performances. In the heart of town lies the not-to-be-missed Orcas Island Historical Museum, bursting with island artifacts and photos, with six settlers’ cabins on the grounds. The Funhouse Commons and Orcas Center are a short walk or drive just north of the village. Start your day with an invigorating yoga class at Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio. After a long day of fun, relax and feel rejuvenated with a massage overlooking the water at Massage by the Sea.

Olga, Doe Bay and Deer Harbor

South of Moran State Park, the little hamlet of Olga is famous for its artists’ co-op, Orcas Island Artworks, with an extensive selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, art glass, fiber and wood by more than 50 island artists. You’ll find it housed in a historic 1936 strawberry packing plant along with the popular Cafe Olga, a charming eatery renowned for its homemade cinnamon rolls and delicious fresh-baked pies.

Past Olga on the water, you’ll come upon Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, where you can dine over the water at the Doe Bay Café on mostly organic food, often harvested just hours earlier. A rustic Northwest icon, Doe Bay Resort & Retreat offers lodging, massage, yoga, sea kayaking, hot tubs and relaxing Adirondack chairs overlooking the spectacular water view.

On the other side of the island, at the farthest western point, Deer Harbor is a hub for all things marine ­— kayak (and bike) rentals, whale/wildlife tours, sailing excursions, power and sailboat rentals, and Deer Harbor Marina which features the Marina Barge Gift Shop ­— along with a wood sculptor’s studio, eateries and lodgings.

Art on Orcas Island

Potters, jewelers, painters, photographers, sculptors ­— Orcas Island draws artists like salmon draw orcas. Just a few examples (in addition to Orcas Island Artworks co-op in Olga) include Crow Valley Pottery, near the golf course south of Eastsound, features the works of more than 70 artists (there’s a gallery in downtown Eastsound, too), as well as Orcas Island Pottery, the oldest pottery in the Northwest.

Orcas Island Lodging

From waterfront cabin resorts to elegant hillside B & Bs to a wide variety of vacation rentals, Orcas Island lodging can fit any need.  With its many parks, shorelines, hamlets, and galleries to explore and its multitude of activities, make sure and plan your visit long enough to enjoy all Orcas Island has to offer.

Other Names

Orcas Island is not named for the orca whale, but for Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo, the Viceroy of Mexico who sent an exploration expedition to the Pacific Northwest in 1791. "Orcus Island" or "Orca Island", visitors sometimes get confused.  However you choose to spell it, you will be welcome here.  

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Orcas Trail Rides - Group in Forrest

Experience the hidden back-country of Orcas Island on horseback. Explore an enchanting old-growth forest as you meander through grassy meadows and climb a mountain trail to the top of Mt. Pickett for a breathtaking view of the San Juan Islands. Orcas Island Trail Rides offers a wide range of authentic guided horseback adventures through one of Moran State Park. Whether you have an hour or half a day, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned rider, we have the perfect adventure for you and your family. Ride through an old growth forest-the best ride in the Northwest.  [more...]

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Shearwater Kayak ToursSee all information about this member
138 North Beach Rd
Eastsound
(360) 376-4699
Kayaking Orcas Island

Explore the San Juan Islands by sea kayak with Shearwater Adventures. Join one of our guided tours or design a custom trip for your family, friends or colleagues. Three-hour trips offer a taste of kayaking along the shores of Orcas Island. Day trips include an opportunity to venture further into the unique and beautiful environment of the San Juan Islands and explore a secluded island at lunchtime. We use stable two-person kayaks and provide all the gear and instruction you need. Bald eagles, great blue herons, harbor seals, river otters and porpoise are common sightings on our tours. [more...]

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Orcas Island SailingSee all information about this member
1945 Obstruction Pass Road
Olga
360-310-0100
Orcas Island Sailing - Youngster at the Helm

Ever wondered what allows a sailboat to sail into the wind?  Do you enjoy learning new and exciting activities?  Orcas Island Sailing offers hands-on lessons where you sail the boat!  No experience is required.  We calmly offer encouragement while explaining the how and why of sailing.

Every charter is an affordable private lesson for you and yours only, no crowds.  Bring your family (max. 6), your sweetheart or come alone for one-on-one instructor time. [more...]

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Cruise ControlSee all information about this member
1105 Terrill Beach Road
Eastsound
(360) 927-8216
Boating Cruising Orcas, San Juan Islands

Yachting for the afternoon or evening for a couple or small group. Cruise the North Shore of Orcas Island on our beautiful 50-foot yacht Capricorn. Have lunch or our wonderful four course dinner on the glassy waters of Sunset Cove. Specializing in the scenic beauty of Matia, Sucia, and Patos Islands. Take a walk, take a nap, enjoy the wildlife, drive the boat - you are our new guest captain. Be it business or pleasure, we will show you sunsets that you could only imagine. [more...]

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Crow Valley PotterySee all information about this member
2274 Orcas Rd.
Eastsound
(877) 512-8184
(360) 376-4260
Pottery, Art, Shopping, Orcas Island

Opened in 1959, Crow Valley Pottery continues to focus on artists creating original works in a variety of media. Potters Jeffri Coleman and Michael Rivkin anchor an exciting gallery unmatched in the islands for its breadth of artists, with an ever-changing collection of works in diverse media. The summer show series is a "must do" while on Orcas.  The "Annual Garden Show" each June ushers in the beginning of the summer season. The Gallery is open 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Valentine's Day through New Year's Day (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas). [more...]

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Deer Harbor ChartersSee all information about this member
5164 Deer Harbor Rd.
Deer Harbor
(800) 544-5758
(360) 376-5989
Whale Watching Boating Orcas Island Island

Enjoy an informative, narrated cruise through the San Juan Islands in search of orca whales and minke whales. The thrill of seeing one of these majestic creatures will be an unforgettable experience. Discover the other abundant marine life and wildlife that call these waters home. You'll pass by unspoiled, pristine islands and historic landmarks. Established in 1988. [more...]

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Orcas Island WinerySee all information about this member
2371 Crow Valley Rd.
Orcas Island
(425) 314-7509
Orcas Island Winery - Road to Winery

A father and son shared a dream to craft the finest wines that Washington has to offer, and that dream has become a reality in Orcas Island Winery. Randy and Alexander Schemkes are ready to share their fine-crafted wine with both Orcas Island visitors and those who call the island home.

Address: 2371 Crow Valley Rd.; (425) 314-7509
Hours: Thurs.–Mon., noon–7:00 p.m. [more...]

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Emerald Isle Sailing ChartersSee all information about this member
5164 Deer Harbor Marina Rd
Deer Harbor
(866) 714-6611
(360) 376-3472
Emerald Isle Sailing Charters

Relaxed. Rejuvenated. Awed by nature.

Our unique eco-sailing charters will leave you transformed…

Discover the hidden side of the San Juan's away from the crowds. Experience the serenity of wildlife under sail! Gorgeous 54-foot sailboat with heated pilothouse-the only pilothouse charter sailboat in the San Juans. This boat is perfect for staying warm and comfortable if the weather is chilly, while still enjoying the panoramic view. [more...]

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Massage by the SeaSee all information about this member
344 Main St., Suite 103
Eastsound
360-376-8006
206-486-HEAL (4325)
Massage by the Sea - Feet

Enjoy a "Touch of Rejuvenation" in a Seaside Oasis!

We offer Romantic Couples Massage, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Balinese Foot Bath, Injury Treatments, Medical Massage, Men's Sport, Hawaiian Lomi, Myofacial Bodywork, Cranial Sacral and Harmonic Sound Therapies with tuning forks, singing bowls and gongs. Whether you just need a day of rejuvenation from everyday stresses or have a specific problem or pain that can be alleviated with massage, our expert therapists will have you feeling better. [more...]

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Orcas Center See all information about this member
917 Mt Baker Rd
Eastsound
(360) 376-2281
Orcas Center - The Met Live in HD: Verdi's Rigoletto

The Orcas Center is the focal point on Orcas Island for community theater and the performing arts, presenting both local and professional artists. Over 40 performances a year has this center teeming with artistic activity. The facility features a 213 seat  theater, a multipurpose community room, a fully equipped kitchen, offices and a beautiful lobby that functions as a gallery for the visual arts. [more...]

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The Funhouse CommonsSee all information about this member
30 Pea Patch Lane
Eastsound
(360) 376-7177
Kids Activities Fun Orcas Island

The Funhouse Commons, just a few blocks north of the Eastsound Village is a youth focused community center where you will find all sorts of fun activities all summer long including drop in day camps, art and crafts classes, supervised free play - daily, Friday night hangout for teens and much more! [more...]

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Orcas Island PotterySee all information about this member
338 Old Pottery Road
Eastsound
(360) 376-2813
Pottery, Art, Shopping, Orcas Island

In 1945, Joe and Marclay Sherman opened Orcas Island Pottery. They traded a local farmer a set of 4 plates and 4 bowls for the now 150 year old trappers log cabin of old growth fir, dismantled and moved to the property, to become the showroom that it still is today. Three generations of potters have created a favorite destination for nature and art lovers visiting Orcas Island. [more...]

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Classic Day-SailingSee all information about this member
5164 Deer Harbor Road
Deer Harbor
(360) 376-5581
Classic Day-Sailing

Sail aboard the classic 1948 Northwest-designed and built sloop "Aura" in the scenic heart of the San Juans. Steer and work lines to your heart's content as we glide around the Wasp Islands, Jones Island and elsewhere in search of whatever nature has to show us that day. Offering three- to four-hour, afternoon and evening excursions from Deer Harbor Marina. Picnics welcome. [more...]

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Canoe Island French Camp - Kayaking at Sunset

Canoe Island French Camp is Summer Fun with a French accent. Summer camp, family camp, art, yoga, and cooking events for adults. [more...]

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Monkey PuzzleSee all information about this member
109 North Beach Road
Eastsound
360-376-2275
Monkey Puzzle -  Interior #1 Shopping Orcas Island

Monkey Puzzle is a unique store in Eastsound on Orcas Island. Not only does the store offer custom made clothes and jewelry, and it features items that are designed by the owner, Sallie Bell. All the clothing is made in Portland and you can watch as Sallie designs her jewelry and the clothes in workshop. Visitors are welcome to select fabric for a vest or jacket and then create a piece of jewelry to go along with it. There are stations set up for people to create their own statement. [more...]

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