Activities at Orca Island Cabins

Activites at Orca Island Cabins

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling & Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Add-on Activities
Experience Nature

A World Away

Situated in the protected waters of Humpy Cove, Orca Island guests have the opportunity to explore Alaska both by sea and by land. Adventure in our unspoiled beauty, observe the abundant wild and marine life, or simply relax on your private deck. 

All equipment and gear is complimentary for guests and your stay includes an orientation to the water, so you can safely enjoy all of the water activities at your leisure.


Situated in the protected waters of Humpy Cove, Orca Island guests have the opportunity to explore Alaska both by sea and by land. Adventure in our unspoiled beauty, observe the abundant wild and marine life, or simply relax on your private deck. 

All equipment and gear is complimentary for guests and your stay includes an orientation to the water, so you can safely enjoy all of the water activities at your leisure.


  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling & Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Add on Activities
Experience Nature

A World Away

Harbor Seal in Humpy Cove

Wildlife Viewing

Humpy Cove is home to a wide variety of marine and wildlife. Whether you are exploring the waters by boat or simply relaxing on your private deck, there is much to see!
 
Marine Life: Harbor porpoise, Sea otters, River otters, Harbor seals, Steller sea lions, Orca whales and Humpback whales (occasionally), Giant Pacific Octopus and many smaller sea creatures such as starfish and hermit crabs.
 

Bird Life: Marbled murrelets, Black-legged kittiwakes, Bald eagles, Cormorants, plus see common murres and horned and tufted puffins just outside Humpy Cove

Harbor Seal
Stellar's Jay

Wildlife Viewing

Humpy Cove is home to a wide variety of marine and wildlife. Whether you are exploring the waters by boat or simply relaxing on your private deck, there is much to see!
 
Marine Life: Harbor Porpoise, Sea Otters, River Otters, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Orcas and Humpback Whales (occasionally), Giant Pacific Octopus and many smaller sea creatures such as Sea Stars and Hermit Crabs.
 

Bird Life: Marbled Murrelets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Bald Eagles, Steller’s Jays, Cormorants, plus see Common Murres alongside Horned and Tufted Puffins just outside Humpy Cove.

Sea Kayaking

Humpy Cove is an ideal location for sea kayaking – a protected and scenic cove, rugged coastline, snow-capped mountains, and frequent sightings of sea life make it a paddler’s paradise.

  • Take a paddle (about 45-60 minutes) to a nearby salmon stream where thousands of pink salmon spawn each July/August and where many bald eagles congregate to feed. A short hike to the head of the stream reveals a majestic waterfall.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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 intertidal zone.
  • Observe a variety of marine life.

Fishing

Enjoy casual fishing from the dock at Orca Island Cabins or from one of our rowing skiffs.

  • There are a variety of bottom fish including rockfish, flounder and sea bass in our Alaskan waters all summer. 
  • During July and August, look for schools of pink (Humpy) and silver (Coho) salmon.

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.

Orca Island Cabins Alaska

Snorkeling & Swimming

Enjoy the cool, crystal clear waters around our Island right from our dock. While the waters are cold year-round, they can be enjoyed on warm summer days with a wetsuit. 

  • If you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a Giant Pacific Octopus swimming among the abundant marine life. 
Girl in front of waterfall

Hiking

Jeep Trail: Hike the historic World War II jeep trail that begins in the NE corner of Humpy Cove (5 minutes from the island by skiff) and terminates at the mountain top at the northern point of the inlet. Wonderful views of Humpy Cove and Resurrection Bay can be seen along the ascent.

Waterfall Trail: For those who kayak to the salmon stream in the southern end of Humpy Cove, the opportunity to explore around and above the waterfall awaits you. This is a demanding hike with a steep and rocky pathway that requires much caution, especially under inclement/rainy conditions. But scenic vistas, small waterfalls and a variety of fauna await you.

Add-On Activities

BAY CRUISE (2 hrs.): $145.00 per person (for 2 to 6 persons).  This tour conveniently leaves directly from Orca Island Cabins at 10:30 am aboard our 6 passenger vessel and is guided by one of our experienced captains.  The tour is customized based on conditions and recent marine life sightings, with the goal of providing guests with unique and intimate opportunities to observe marine wildlife and the stunning scenery of Resurrection Bay.  

SEWARD, EXIT GLACIER AND KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK DRIVING TOURS: Enjoy 1-hour, 2.5-hour or 5-hour tours of Seward and the surrounding natural wonders. Book your tour with our sister company, SewardCityTours.

KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK CRUISE (6 HRS.): This cruise is on a large ocean vessel that takes you into Kenai Fjords National Park. We can arrange for this cruise for our guests prior to their stay with us, or for the date they return from Orca Island Cabins. Guests booked through Orca Island Cabins will have their return water taxi scheduled with time to meet their tour. Please inquire for pricing. 

ALASKA FISHING CHARTERS: Fishing charters must be booked independently by guests.

Add-On Activities

BAY CRUISE (2 hrs.): $145.00 per person (for 2 to 6 persons).  This tour conveniently leaves directly from Orca Island Cabins at 10:30am aboard our 6 passenger vessel and is guided by one of our experienced captains.  The tour is customized based on conditions and recent marine life sightings, with the goal of providing guests with unique and intimate opportunities to observe marine wildlife and the stunning scenery of Resurrection Bay.   KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK CRUISE (6 HRS.): This cruise is on a large ocean vessel that takes you into Kenai Fjords National Park.  It is the most comfortable way to make the trek into the park and get up close to the face of a glacier.  Along the way, wildlife sightings are abundant.  We can arrange for this cruise for our guests prior to their stay with us, or for the date they return from Orca Island Cabins. Guests booked through Orca Island Cabins will have their return water taxi scheduled with time to meet their tour. Please inquire for pricing.  ALASKA FISHING CHARTERS: Fishing charters must be booked independently by guests. SEWARD, EXIT GLACIER AND KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK DRIVING TOURS: Enjoy 1-hour, 2.5-hour or 5-hour tours of Seward and the surrounding natural wonders. Book your tour with our sister company, SewardCityTours.
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