Beautiful Orca Island outside Seward, Alaska

In Adventure, Alaska Travelgram, Lodging by scott


It was a glorious day on Resurrection Bay for our cruise over to Orca Island. I hooked up with Dennis and Susan Swiderski, who have a few yurts set up on their island in Humpy Cove. It’s an incredible place.

Even though the island is just nine miles from the Seward Harbor, it’s a world away. The three yurts are perched above the water–perfect for watching the harbor seals, the otters or even the WHALES come right up for a look. Or, just look straight down and watch the seaweed sway back and forth. Check out the tidal pools around the island for all kinds of critters.

Take the kayaks out for a spin. That’s Pete and Lisa Armstrong in the yellow two-person kayak (below). “This is where we come for a family getaway,” said Pete. 

To get to the cabins, hop aboard the Swiderskis’ water taxi. It takes about a half an hour. The yurts are “self-catered” which means you bring your own grub. Each unit has its own barbecue grill, cooler–and a private bath. 

Susan was telling me about some great adventures around the island, in addition to sitting out on the deck (my favorite). There are waterfalls and secret inlets to paddle around. Watch for bears, mountain goats, river otters, whales, seals–all kinds of critters. 

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