Welcome to the photo gallery of Orca Island Cabins. This will be an ongoing project offered to the public for the purpose of showing many photos of this wonderful place. We hope you enjoy it and will come and visit.
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Time for me to get some things posted. I have been negligent I'm sorry. Here are some photos of the harbor seal that lives near the island. Last year some guests named her Sasha. We don't actually know if she is female or not but we liked the name and it stuck. We have since been referring to her as Sasha whenever someone sees her. We have seen Sasha near the island for the past 10 years.
In a different area of the cove we began to see another harbor seal quiet often. This seal is bigger with a much bigger head and body. Here are two photos of it. If we see this one again this summer we will have to come up with a name for it. I was kayaking when I took these two head shots of it. This seal is really quite large. These two photos were taken in June 2011.
On Saturday June 11 we had a guest from New York City staying on the island. He got up early in the morning and went kayaking. As he was returning to the island a whale was just leaving the island and heading in his direction. This photo was taken from the front deck of the Oystercatcher cabin about 7:30 AM. The second photo was also taken from that same deck. This man had a thrill of a lifetime! The whale was first spotted just below the deck of the cabin but we did not have the camera in hand at that time.
It was a beautiful spring day today. The temperature was in the mid 50's and the sky was blue with a light breeze blowing. We took a couple from Eagle River, Alaska to the island who were celebrating an anniversary. While we were there a group of Steller Sea Lions came swimming by on three different occasions. It seemed as though they were coming by to see who the new guests were! Each time they came by they came very close to where we were sitting and look right up at us. It was a fine afternoon there on the island with many more to come.
As I was looking over the past posts I realized I haven't put up very many photos reflecting the kayak activity that goes on at the island. Humpy Cove is a wonderful place to kayak. At least 90% of our guests use the kayaks to explore the area. They come back with wonderful stories of their adventures and the sights they see. One of the favorites is to kayak over to the porpoises that come into the cove to feed each day. When the water is very calm one can kayak over to them and see them as they feed at the surface of the water right next to your kayak. I don't have any photos of that at this time but I will try to get some this summer. For now I am posting photos of guests getting into a double kayak at the end of our dock and also a photo showing guests getting out of their kayaks at the salmon stream and pulling them up on the rocks.
During the summer of '09 we acquired a new boat for our water taxi which takes our guests to and form the island. This is a Hewscraft 27'and it seats 8 (with all their luggage) including the captain. The boat performance is wonderful and can cut through all the chop in Resurrection Bay with ease. Here are some photos.
We are proud to announce that our cabins have been published in a national magazine that is on the news stands now! We can be seen on page 106 of the September 2008 issue of COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE. I hope you will check it out in your local grocery store or book store!
The photos in this group are from an early morning kayak paddle that I took in the cove while I was waiting for the water taxi to arrive with new guests. It was a beautiful morning with the sun shining and the water was like glass. This big orange jelly fish popped up right next to my kayak and it was so beautiful. As I came beck I circled the island as the sunlight was just beginning to reach it.