Alaska Vacation Outdoor Activities
Situated in a protected cove, Orca Island Cabins guests can enjoy Alaska whale watching, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, tidepooling, exploring by paddle or foot, or just relaxing as Alaska wildlife surrounds you both by land and sea. Watch mountain goats grazing on the mountainside, bald eagles overhead and Orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, Dall's porpoise, Harbor porpoise, Steller sea lions and sea otters as they feed and play in Humpy Cove and Resurrection Bay.
Humpy Cove is an ideal location for sea kayaking - a protected and scenic cove; rugged coastline; snow-capped mountains; frequent sightings of harbor porpoise, sea otters, river otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions and the occasional Orca (killer) whale and Humpback whale. A popular destination for many of our guests is a salmon stream within Humpy Cove (30 minute paddle) where thousands of pink salmon spawn each July/August and where many bald eagles congregate to feed. Contending with the bald eagle at the dinner table are the black bears who are adding pounds as they approach their hibernating period. A short hike to the head of the stream reveals a majestic waterfall which cascades into an elevated pond. More challenging paddles outside Humpy Cove include Sandspit Point on Fox Island to the south and Thumb Cove to the north. In addition to the marine life regularly observed in Humpy Cove, a variety of bird life is likewise on display throughout the summer months as thousands of seabirds nest and feed in nearby waters. Marbled murrelets, black-legged kittiwakes, bald eagles and cormorants are regularly seen within the cove; and other seabirds, including common murres, horned and tufted puffins, are seen just outside Humpy Cove. Whatever your interest, photo opportunities abound in Humpy Cove and its nearby waters for both the novice and experienced kayaker.
The calm waters within Humpy Cove offer our guests the unique opportunity to enjoy paddleboarding in a majestic, coastal setting. Explore the intricate coastline and rock formations near Orca Island, explore the island’s inter-tidal zone, observe a variety of marine life – harbor seals, harbor porpoise, river and sea otters – who often visit you while underway, or just lie back and relax on your paddleboard and experience island time while adrift. Whether by kayak or paddleboard, many paddle under our footbridge – a popular photo op. Wet suits are available for our guests to use for paddleboarding or for just taking a dip in our “cool” ocean waters.
RESURRECTION BAY CRUISE (2 hours)
Join us on a cruise of Resurrection Bay and see some of the most breathtaking coastal seascapes and landscapes in southcentral Alaska. This is an area where snow-capped mountains meet the ocean and provide nesting grounds for cliff-dwelling seabirds, haul-out areas for the Steller lea lion, and feeding grounds for Orca and Humpback whales. As we cruise by the bird rookeries at Cape Resurrection and Barwell Island, we’ll observe tufted and horned puffins, cormorants, black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, pigeon guillimots, black oystercatchers, bald eagles and other seabirds. And along the cliffs we often spot the sure-footed mountain goat who seeks the cliffside for protection from its predators. Our cruises are scheduled at times convenient for our guests. Cost: $75 per person (3 guest minimum).
Enjoy casual fishing from Orca Island itself, from its dock or from our rowing skiff. Complimentary fishing gear is available to our guests for their use and enjoyment. A variety of bottom fish, including rockfish, flounder and sea bass are in our Alaskan waters all summer. During July and August, look for schools of pink (Humpy) and silver (Coho) salmon as they swim by the island in pursuit of salmon spawning streams of their origin. For the serious fisherman, half-day and full-day fishing charters can be arranged with fishing charter operators in Seward who will pick up and drop off our guests at Orca Island. Information and rates are available upon request.
“RENT YOUR OWN PRIVATE ISLAND”
Orca Island Cabins is ideal for family reunions, weddings, honeymoons and special occasions. Exclusive use of Orca Island is an option for any couple or group. Just call and reserve all cabins and enjoy exclusive use of Orca Island’s facilities.
WATER TAXI FROM SEWARD, ALASKA
Orca Island Cabins provides its own water-taxi service to Orca Island for its overnight guests (cost is included in cabin rates). The 9 mile cruise from the Seward Small Boat Harbor to Orca Island is itself a scenic wildlife cruise with many photo opportunities. For a nominal fee and when our schedule and weather permit, we are available to water taxi our guests from Orca Island to various locations in Resurrection Bay to hike and explore. One location of interest is Sandspit Point on Fox Island (3 mile cruise); cost is $25 per person round trip. And overnight guests are welcome to access Orca Island via their own vessel; adequate space is available at our island dock for mooring.
Water Taxi Departure Time (from Seward Small Boat Harbor): 12:30 PM Pick-up Time (from Orca Island): 10:30 AM