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Your Favorite Orcas Island Vacation Rental Presents…..

The Orcas Island Sea-Life Fun Edition!

So we got to thinking, when you’re staying with us or one of our fine fellow lodgings here on Orcas Island (#1, #2, #3, #4), you might get to thinking:

“I love the land, but what about all that surrounding liquid stuff? What’s hidden in those danky depths? I want to explore the unknown!”

And even if you weren’t going to be thinking that particular thought, maybe you are right now! Or you’ll be thinking about the idea that you hadn’t thought of it yet. However you go about thinking or not thinking about it, here’s your handy guide to the Orcas Island Sea-Life!

Special Note: If you want to skip the guide and go straight to learn about our rates and reservations here at Orcas Ohana, click here :) .


This is the easy one so we put it first. Orcas Island has got some great whale-watching. For all of your whale enthusiasts, there are different kinds of whales to be watched: Orca Whales, Minke Whales and Gray Whales.

Sharalyn Lehman: Journal of San Juans: A group of children ponder the sight of a sixgill shark that washed up on the beach of San Juan Island's Argyle Lagoon, June 26.

Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan hosts the only whale watching park in the world. More than 100,000 people visit the site each year in hopes of catching a glimpse of the orcas, made famous by the Free Willy movies. ~San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

Anytime you get the opportunity to reenact Free Willy, you have to take it. You just have to. The aforementioned park is a pretty good place to do some watching or there are plenty of charter boats that leave Orcas Island for a nice little tour like Eclipse Charters. And we get some more coverage on watching some porpoises here.

Sea Lions and Otters

For all your sea lion info, investigate this blog entry thoroughly. And for all your otter info, you’ll have to just look the otter way to find it. Get it? Ok, that one was pretty weak, we admit. Perhaps the otter video posted below will satisfy all of your otter needs.

Oh, And Don’t Worry: There’s Lots of Fish in the Sea

The surrounding sea has salmon, lingcod and rockfish, plus many more. Fish are more interesting to eat than to learn about; it’s just a fact of life. If you want to get some scuba-diving going though to check out what’s hiding out of sight, check out this convenient scuba-diving guide site for San Juan Islands.


Here’s the otter video there’s been so much talk about:

River Otters at Orca Island Cabins from Adam Murphy on Vimeo.