Boating has been a critical part of Orcas Island’s life and prosperity ever since the first settlers arrived in the 19th century. Since that time marinas, public docks, and resorts have sprung up along the shores of Orcas providing easy access to the beautiful vistas of the Gem of the San Juan Islands. Many island residents own their own boats and several businesses offer their services for boat maintenance, repairs, and upgrading. Popular resorts provide their own docks and encourage visitors to come by cruise, charter boat, and seaplane for a fully immersive island experience. Servicing and restocking options for your boat are also in constant supply right at the marinas, or at the sporting goods stores in Eastsound.
The ride over to Orcas on the Washington State Ferry boats is a marvelous introduction for any visitors driving or biking to the islands, and there are plenty of marine opportunities for them to enjoy as well. Kayak rentals are available at several locations and sailing charters can be found at each of Orcas Island’s town marinas. Whale watching tours depart almost daily during the prime seasons and come fully equipped with refreshments and experienced tour staff.
Check out our Boating and Marina pages for more marine options and come explore the San Juan Islands of Washington State today!
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Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
West Beach Resort is located on the sunny and pristine west side of Orcas Island, Washington. We are a private destination resort specializing in providing guests with an authentic San Juan Islands getaway. We have been an Orcas Island lodging and hotel destination since 1938. Stay in our fully-equipped beachfront cabins & cottages on our world class walk-out, west-facing, sand/pebble beach and watch the sunset as you relive the day's adventures from your private beach fire pit.
Spice up your sailboat or yacht with custom built, made to order teak wood furnishings from Cruising Concepts. We've built companionway doors, tables, boarding ladders, even interior entertainment suite furnishings. Our specially crafted teak products include custom design options and accessory kits. Call Cruising Concepts today at 360-376-2975 and see what options are available for your pleasure craft.
Call 360-376-2975, Orcas Island
Island Expeditions. Year round charters available. Join us aboard our new vessel. Sight Humpbacks, Orcas, Minke and Gray Whales; also view porpoise, seals and eagles. Or try fishing; catch Halibut, Ling Cod, Rockfish, Dungeness crab or Spot Shrimp. Trips depart from the Lopez Islander Resort. Lighthouse Tours and Kayak Trips are also available.
Call 360-376-3711, Lopez Island
Sailboat, rigid-hull inflatable, and powerboat charters.
Call 360-376-7616, Orcas Island
With ever-changing cycles of nature, each tour is unique. You will discover the excitement of meeting whales, eagles and more in their natural habitat. An unpredictable wilderness, full of surprises, is waiting just for you. You will never forget it!
Call 360-376-6566, Orcas Island
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.
Amante Sail Tours
Morning and afternoon guided sailing tours.
Call 360-376-4231, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Whale watching and wildlife cruises with naturalist guide.
Call 360-376-5989, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Offering boat repair and specializing in electronics and electrical installations.
Call 360-376-3108, Orcas Island
An adventure on the water awaits you! We look forward to meeting you, and welcoming you aboard the sailing vessel Tomahawk. We are family and kid friendly, or can cater to a romantic evening for two. Crabbing, fishing, and hiking are available for the adventurous. Three hour Day and Sunset Sails offered daily. Departures from Deer Harbor, Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor available.
Custom cruises through Canadian waters as well as whale watching and fishing available.
Call 360-376-4855, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Cayou Quay Marina
Protected and convenient location in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Permanent Moorage in the San Juan Islands.
Call 360-376-4560, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
Personal and regular daily kayak tours.
Call 360-376-5531, Olga, Orcas Island
Crewed sailing charters throughout the San Juans, Gulf Islands, the Inside Passage, Desolation Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest.
Call 360-376-3472, Eastsound, Orcas Island
Six day sailing yacht adventure or twelve day wilderness trip by land and sea. Kayakking also available.
Call 360-671-5852, Bellingham, Washington
Experience the most intimate and serene afternoon and sunset kayak tours along the west side of Orcas Island through Shearwater Adventures at West Beach Resort. No experience necessary, professional guides, safety first. An adventure you won't forget! www.westbeachresort.com
Call 360-376-4699, Orcas Island
A Trophy Fishing Charters
Salmon, Halibut, Longcod, and other bottom fish for a great San Juans fishing experience with all the latest fishing and safety gear.