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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Orcas Art StudiosSee all information about this member
1286 Mt. Baker Rd., Suite A4
Eastsound
(360) 447-8387
Orcas Art Studios - Barn - Art Classes

Create an artful vacation with a painting or drawing workshop on beautiful Orcas Island with it’s idyllic setting of Crow Valley pastures and glorious mountain and ocean views.

Our workshops are run by locally and nationally known art instructors. Among them are Gage Academy’s teachers Terry Furchgott and Mitchell Albala. [more...]

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Orcas Outdoors Sea Kayak ToursSee all information about this member
Ferry Landing
Orcas Island
360-376-4611
Kayaking Orcas Island

Orcas Outdoors Sea Kayak tours is located at the Orcas ferry landing on the Orcas Island boardwalk.  We have amazing multi-day sea kayak adventures as well as one- to three-hour trips. We have a great location where you can eat gourmet food and ice cream, whale watch, stay in the waterfront cottages and sea kayak. There are also kayak-while-you-wait-for-the-ferry trips. Park your car and go for a fun paddle while you wait for the next ferry! [more...]

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Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork StudioSee all information about this member
138 North Beach Road
Eastsound
(360) 298-0218
Yoga, Activities, Health, Fitness Orcas Island

Walk in Beauty. Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio is Orcas Island's premiere yoga studio located in the heart of Eastsound. Study with inspiring, compassionate Certified Instructors in a variety of yoga styles. We offer Private Yoga Instruction and Bodywork Sessions tailored to your needs. Deepen your personal practice or inspire your vacation, wedding, or event with a specialized yoga or bodywork session. [more...]

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Cascade LakeSee all information about this member
4960 Mt. Constitution Rd.
Olga
(360) 376-3111
Cascade Lake

Cascade Lake is the center of outdoor fun in Moran State Park. Paddle boat rentals, a swimming area, picnic shelters and three campgrounds to choose from give you plenty of relaxation time after hiking or horseback riding. A great place for kids, Cascade Lake has a 3-mile trail around the lake, a wooden bridge and a quiet lagoon for paddling and swimming. Purchase day passes at the park entrance and enter a world of natural beauty. [more...]

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North Shore Charters FishingSee all information about this member
421 Quarry Lane
Eastsound
360-376-4855
fishing charters Orcas

We offer the highest quality fishing experience in the San Juan's. From the boat to the bait. We don't cut corners on your vacation. Pro anglers, families and first timers our mission is to give you the safest most memorable experience possible. We don't just take you fishing, we teach you to fish. Seasonal lodging specials and combination tours custom to suit your vacation desires. Over 25 years experience. 360-376-4855 [more...]

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Bicycle AdventuresSee all information about this member
29700 SE High Point Way
Issaquah
(425) 250-5542
(800) 443-6060
Bicycle Adventures - Bicyclist on Road

Bicycle Adventures, Inc is one of North America's premier bicycling and adventure vacation companies, offering fully supported cycling and multi-sport tours in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Tours feature deluxe lodging and dining, equipment, luggage service, full van support and expert World Outfitters and Guides Association certified tour leaders. [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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Orcas Island Pottery GallerySee all information about this member
338 Old Pottery Road
Eastsound
(360) 376-2813
Pottery, Art, Shopping, Orcas Island

The oldest pottery in the Northwest, it is located on West Beach only 3½ miles from Eastsound, in an area of old growth cedars and Douglas fir, on a 100-foot high bluff overlooking President's Channell. When you turn off the main road onto the long driveway into the woods, you feel like you are going into a fairyland. As you enter the parking lot you will notice a sign for the 'Foot Path' that leads you down into the yard. There you will find different pathways to go on to discover this magical place with its beautiful gardens and fountains. It's a whimsical adventure. [more...]

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Lopez Island
TerraTrek Bicycle & Multi-Sport Vacations Bicycling ToursSee all information about this member
40 Spring St.
Friday Harbor
(888) 441-2433
(360) 378-4223
TerraTrek Bicycle & Multi-Sport Vacations

Escape with TerraTrek on a two- to six-day bicycle and multi-sport vacation through the San Juan Islands. Only a short drive from Seattle or Vancouver B.C., the San Juan Archipelago is an ideal getaway because of our long days of sunshine and plenty of activities. Enjoy cycling along quiet two lane country roads lined with wildflowers that wind down to spectacular vistas of neighboring islands and snowcapped mountain ranges, hiking around lakes that lead down to waterfalls, and kayaking past pebble stone coves and rocky islets in orca whale territory! [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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Kruger EscapesSee all information about this member
5164 Deer Harbor Rd.
Deer Harbor
360-201-0586
Kruger Escapes -  Main Boat Image

Step aboard a famous ex-ocean racer for a fantastic sail in the San Juan Islands. Kruger Escapes is ready to create the right sailing experience for you! We offer 3 hour day and sunset sails, multi-day trips, or adventure sails combining sailing with skiing or surfing. We also love sailing with you for surprise engagements, weddings, elopements and photo shoots.

Our sailboat Tomahawk hails out of Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, but we can arrange for pick up from and transport to other islands as well, We’re real people and we know you are too. Call us, we’ll talk. [more...]

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Orcas Island ArtworksSee all information about this member
217 Main St.
Eastsound
(360) 376-4408

Orcas Island Artworks is currently located at 217 Main Street in Eastsound, also known as the old library, while their historic building in Olga is repaired due to a fire. A treasured Orcas Island destination for visitors and locals alike, the Artworks offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the San Juan Islands. The co-op represents over forty Orcas Island artists and craftspeople, working in pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, paintings, prints, wearable art, fiber and more. Established in 1981, the gallery is one of the oldest cooperatives in the country. [more...]

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Orcas Island Eclipse ChartersSee all information about this member
Next to Orcas Ferry Dock
Orcas
(800) 376-6566
(360) 376-6566
Boating Cruising Charters Whale Watching Orcas, San Juan Islands

Professional guided whale and wildlife tours.  Boat departs next to the Orcas Island ferry landing.  See abundant wildlife and 172+ islands.  56-foot Orcas Express offers heated cabin with seats and tables inside, and top and lower viewing decks.  Historic guided lighthouse tours, too. [more...]

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Outer Island Expeditions Whale WatchingSee all information about this member
54 Hunt Rd.
Eastsound
(360) 376-3711
(360) 622-6562
Outer Island Expeditions - Whale Watching, San Juan Islands,

Outer Island Expeditions offers whale watching tours -- see whales or ride again free! -- from Orcas Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island and the Bellingham area. Last year we saw orcas on over 95% of our summer tours, and whales on 97%. [more...]

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