Things to do
Orcas Island has a diverse set of options for visitors and locals looking to enjoy themselves. In addition to charter boats and whale watching, tourists can enjoy trail rides, hiking, and local markets in season. Taxi and shuttle services are available on call for trips into Eastsound to peruse the stores and markets for locally grown foods and homemade goods. Parks, theaters, and museums are also readily accessible in and just outside town.
Outdoor enthusiasts can also acquire transportation to and from the trails and lakes of Moran State Park, some of the most picturesque terrain in the San Juan Islands, where they can choose from casual walking trails or long distance hiking. Mount Constitution is a must see with views of most of the San Juan Archipelago as well as Puget Sound and the Canadian Rockies. Mountain biking and horseback riding are permitted on some trails in season.
Make sure not to miss seasonal events like the Doe Bay Music Fest, the annual summer Farmer’s Market, and Martin Lund’s One World Concert. Nearby farms and orchards offer their produce on site while in season, and don’t forget Turtleback Mountain’s north and south trails that provide the only prominent views of southern and eastern Orcas Island. On July 3rd the Deer Harbor community puts on a small fireworks display down by the Marina. Come by boat for the best viewing locations.
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Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
For all the information you need to plan a first-rate visit to Orcas Island, check out the comprehensive Orcas Island Business directory at OrcasIsland.org!
Reserve a Day Charter, Sailing the San Juan Islands, on the Classic Wooden Sloop, "Aura", a Northwest treasure. Her classic beauty, roomy cockpit, and steady speed make her ideal for day sails in the San Juan Islands. The Aura sails from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Steer and pull lines as much as you want. Instruction and longer trips are also available.
Explore the wonder of Deer Harbor, Moran State Park and other trails around Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.
Sailboat, rigid-hull inflatable, and powerboat charters.
Since 1982 we have introduced thousands of people to the joys of sea kayaking on Orcas Island with our sea kayak tours, and kayak & gear sales. We use the best kayaks and equipment available, have a dedicated staff of qualified guides, and know the islands better than anyone. Orcas Island kayaking is a great activity during your visit to the islands. Join one of our 3-hour, outer island, sunset or moonlight tours for a fantastic time on the water!
Four Winds Westward Ho is a private, non-profit summer camp founded in 1927. We offer an incredible camp experience for boys and girls ages 8-16 during three sessions each summer. Activities include: sailing, horseback riding, tennis, archery, arts & crafts, gardening, sports, photography and music. Our trips program takes campers overnight to nearby islands.
Enjoy the San Juan Islands. on two wheels! Rent a bicycle at Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island and let the fun begin.
A longtime destination and waypoint for boaters & travelers in the San Juan Islands. "Modern dock facilities, side ties up to 120", Guest overnight docking, Electricity and potable water, High speed internet access, Fuel Dock, Laundry & showers, Beach and Pool access. Visit the Dock store for groceries, espresso, ice cream, burgers, fish and chips, beer & wine, soft drinks, ice, bait, boat stove fuel, daily newspaper, t-shirts and some produce. FREE shuttle access to ferry and shopping.