Orcas Island Activities

Turtleback Farm Inn’s location on Orcas Island, the loveliest of the San Juan Islands which sprinkle the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, creates a truly inspired escape. This secluded spot offer opportunities to check out the islands’ wide assortment of varied plant life and magnificent wildlife – whales, seals, eagles, and hawks to name a few.

Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest, which are located in the northwestern corner of Washington state in San Juan County, Washington, United States. With a land area of 57.3 square miles (148.4 km²) and a population of just over 5000, Orcas Island is slightly larger, but less populous, than neighboring San Juan Island. Orcas is shaped like a pair of saddlebags, separated by fjord-like Eastsound, and 2 prominent bays, Westsound and Deer Harbor, on the southwest side. At the northern end of the island is the village of Eastsound, the largest population center on Orcas and the second largest in San Juan County.

Reconnect with nature by crossing the road from the Inn and exploring the Turtleback Mountain Preserve. Encompassing 1,576 acres of forest, grasslands and Garry Oak woodlands, its high meadows and rocky ledges lead way to unparalleled views of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. This stunning destination is sure to lure back nature-lovers year after year!

kayaks at orcas island in the san juans


Whale Watching and Kayak excursions depart each day, weather permitting from spring to fall.

The destinations and duration vary, so we’d be happy to help you with your adventure.

You will not need any extra equipment, just your interest, and the fee will be collected by the operator.

To guarantee a spot, give us a call while you’re planning your trip as the tours and charters usually fill up fast.

Call us now – 1-800-376-4914.