Orcas Island, Washington (population approx 4,500) is the largest island in the San Juan Islands group. Orcas Island curls around East Sound. The shape of Orcas Island's map from a birds eye view is similar to a horseshoe, making for a long stretch of shoreline and an excellent area for water activities. More remote than San Juan Island, it has maintained a charming, relaxed atmosphere. Like San Juan Island, it offers many activities and amenities for tourists.
Directions: Orcas Island can be reached by air (wheeled airplane or seaplane), water taxi, Washington State Ferries or boat. The ferry dock is located at Orcas Village and Bellport Deer Harbor Marina is a full service marina located in Deer Harbor.
Things to Do in Orcas Island: A hike up Mt. Constitution (about 1/2 mile above sea level) results in breathtaking views of the island and its surroundings. Bicycle rentals, moped rentals, shuttle tours, boat rentals, sailing charters, horse rentals, kayak rentals, whale watching and a public 9-hole golf course provide unique outdoor adventure activities for individuals and family vacations. A dinner theater, a day spa, the Orcas Island Historical Museum, the Lambiel Museum and many wonderful dining and shopping venues provide excellent indoor activities.
Lodging Options on Orcas Island: Choices for accommodations include romantic bed & breakfasts, guest cottages (including a lavender farm), vacation home rentals, hotels, inns, lodges, resorts and suites.