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Things to Do on Orcas Island

MJ Beach Inn sits on the shores of Orcas Island, which offers a plethora of fun things to do. Whether you're looking to stay in Eastsound to go exploring or want to venture off to Moran State Park or Turtleback Mountain Preserve, there is something for all to enjoy. Make the most of your stay at North Beach Inn with our guide of things to do on Orcas Island.


Orcas Island Whale Watching

There are many different whales off the shores of Orcas Island as well as numerous other animals such as seals, porpoises, eagles, herons and other seabirds. Book a tour to explore the waters surrounding Orcas Island and have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Moran State Park

If you're in the mood for a host of outdoor activities, then Moran State Park is the place for you. You can hike, cycle, swim or horseback in and around this beautiful state park. Moran is home to 38 miles of hiking trails as well as a host of other native wildlife and nature.

Friends in Nature

Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Not only is Turtleback Mountain Preserve beautiful, but it is home to 8.7 miles of hiking trails. These trails range from gentle inclines to steeper routes. There are several outlooks that will have you in awe of the beautiful natural surroundings both on the mountains and through views.

Swimming in Island Beach


Climb the historic stone tower on the mountaintop for an even grander view. Enjoy the park's five lakes, where you can swim, kayak, stand up paddle or fish for rainbow trout. Explore Moran's 38 miles of hiking trails, or take a trail ride on your favorite bike or with your trusted horse. Stroll through a natural preserve to spot birds and wildlife.

Wildlife Tours

Whatever tour you choose, you’ll have the chance to see orcas, minke whales, harbor seals, Dall’s and harbor porpoise, bald eagles, ospreys, cormorants, great blue herons, and other seabirds.

seasonally, look for Steller and California sea lions, gray whales, and elephant seals.

Water Tour
Mountain Biking

Mountain Preserve

Rising dramatically from the west side of Orcas Island and visible throughout the archipelago and beyond, Turtleback Mountain offers visitors some of the most spectacular natural landscapes and scenic vistas in the San Juan Islands.

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