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A Locals Guide to Orcas Island

Fun hikes, tours and places to visit while on Orcas.

Top 10 Fun Activities


DEER HARBOR CHARTERS whale watching tours are simply the best! The Whales are something not to miss while visiting Orcas. Plus 30 years of experience and local guides really make the trip great!

Orcas Island Pottery

ORCAS ISLAND POTTERY is a great spot to visit. Locally made pottery right at the studio. Beautiful setting in the woods overlooking a spectacular marine view of Presidents Channel and Waldron Island. No entrance fee and easy parking.

Fun Family Hikes

MORAN STATE PARK is home to some great hikes. A few are the loops around Cascade Lake (2.7 miles), Mountain Lake (3.9 miles) and twin Lakes. Also if you have the time to visit Obstruction Pass State Park it's a mile hike in but well worth the burn. Home to some teriffic camping and a great beach. It is usually the last to fill up during our busy summer. Turtle Back and even better Turtle Head are a few more hikes well worth exploring.

kayak tour

SHEARWATER KAYAKING runs a terrific guided kayak tour. It is the perfect way the explore the shoreline and get a light workout. With over 30 years of experience they are truly the best in the business. Due to strong tides and winds, renting is not always the best choice. Cascade Lake does have rentals but for anything in the saltwater be safe and go with a trusted company. 360-376-4469

Historical Museum

The HISTORICAL MUSEUM located in Eastsound is a must visit. They have some great photographs of the early days on Orcas. The once thriving fruit and berry industry, the fishing canneries and much, much more. The museum sits just up the street from the Co-op Grocery Store. If you find yourself near the Co-Op swing by our shop; it's two shops down from the Co-Op. Stop by and say hello!

Mt. Constituition

Take a trip to the top of Mt. Constitution. You can drive to the top or if you are feeling adventures you can hike up! As the highest peak in the San Juan Island archipelago the view is simply spectacular.

The Farmers Market

The Farmers Market (Saturday Only) is located in Eastsound. Eastsound is the largest town on Orcas. At the Farmers market you can find local produce and meats from farms, crafts and great food vendors. The market runs from April - October from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Jones or Yellow Island

ORCAS BOAT RENTALS provides a water taxi to Jones Island or Yellow Island. Jones is perfect for a half day get away. Easy hiking, great beaches and nice mowed lawn areas. Yellow has amazing wildflowers in the spring. Or you can rent a boat and go explore on your own schedule. 360-376-7616

Olga Pitstop

OLGA ARTWORKS is a local art studio. The artist pool together in the local co-op space to display all sort of unique and beautiful art. The KATKIN CAFE sits inside the studio and is a great breakfast or lunch spot. Also BUCK BAY SHELLFISH is just a minute down the road from the Artworks and it is a must see! Fresh Local Seafood, great sandwiches and setting.

Day Sailing

DEER HARBOR CHARTERS offers 2-3 hour Day Sailing from Rosario Resort. Cruising at mother natures pace with limited cell phone reception is literally a once in a lifetime experience for many people. This sailing charter is probably the best way to relax without committing to a long day on the water.

Thank You

"Orcas Island is truly a magical island. Thank you for putting together these top ten activities. As a first time visitor to Orcas Island I really appreciate having a few ideas to help plan my week long trip. We will definitely be back next year! "
Margaret Hersh
"I have been visiting Orcas since I was a kid. I never would have thought of going over to Jones Island or checking out the locals Farmers Market. Thanks for putting this list together. You made my weekend!
Bradley Morris
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