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Orca Island Cabins
Ranked #12 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Seward
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Finally had a chance to stay at this remote "glamping" lodge in Resurrection Bay. The hosts, Dennis and Susan, are attentive, kind and enthusiastic - they clearly want each guest to experience this magical place their way - whether that's enjoying the cozy, private yurt deck at your cabin, to the "south decks" overlooking the bay, to kayaking, fishing, stand up paddleboarding, etc. They take a few minutes to show you all there is to know, and from then on - you make the weekend what you want it to be. We loved the flexibility to be on our own schedule, and took advantage of most all that is offered. We even had fresh rockfish, caught via kayak by my husband, for dinner one evening. You do bring your own food, but each yurt is magically appointed with a small kitchen including range/oven, running water and basic cooking necessities - and a 3/4 bath with on-demand hot water and a unique, environmentally sensitive composting toilet that was both perfect for the location and fascinating from an "engineering" perspective. They've built these 7 yurts carefully into the landscape, with a series of boardwalks connecting the mainland cabins to Orca Island over a footbridge. Peaceful, serene, relaxing, romantic. A perfect place to celebrate a special time, or a perfect part of a longer Alaska itinerary.

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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Dennis and Susa... S, Owner at Orca Island Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kris,

Thanks for "glamping" with us in Humpy Cove. Delighted that you were as active as you were and had the nice experience that you did. Your comments are appreciated.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Do not pass go without booking this experience! From the booking experience with Yen Ly to meeting Susan and Dennis on the dock, I do not have enough words to describe how unique and enjoyable our two nights at the cabins were. The yurts exceeded our expectations - cozy, clean, and equipped with everything you would need. The view is spectacular, we went to sleep listening to the ocean waves beneath our feet, and woke to the most beautiful scene. The way they have constructed these yurts and boardwalks is nothing short of spectacular. My husband, a builder, was in awe;)

Dennis talked us through the kayak across the cove up to the bunker (which you should definitely do) and we relaxed, read books, met the other folks staying at the Island and thoroughly enjoyed our time. While the price may seem steep for the experience - I promise you it is well worth it! This is a labor of love and you can feel the magic when you're there. A must do :)

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Dennis and Susa... S, Owner at Orca Island Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Katherine,

Delighted to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your stay at the island and glad to hear that you hiked up to the bunker - a recently added activity available to our guests. Additional boardwalk and another yurt are under construction for 2018 so there will be more to explore should you visit with us again. We appreciate your comments on your visit.

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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

As we pulled up to the jetty, after a half an hour ride in a tinny from Seward, a group of guests greeted us..."welcome to heaven" they said, and as we looked around at our sublime surroundings, I think they just might be right. The water was an amazing shade of blue/green and perfectly clear, the yurts are all tucked in between groves of trees and linked by wooden walkways, little touches are everywhere. Our yurt overlooked the water, with a wonderful view to the south. You need to bring your own supplies, the big grocery store in Seward is near the marina and also your own ice for the provided ice box. The yurts are cosy and eco friendly. We stayed two nights...you'll want to stay longer.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Dennis and Susa... S, Owner at Orca Island Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Ripley,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us at the island. Our goal has always been to provide comfortable and stylish accommodations in this remote, wilderness setting. Your comments speak to that and are appreciated.

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

This place is magical. It is like glamping but completely unique and an experience of a life time. The owner will pick you up from J dock. You take a water taxi to the orca island. Your cabin is a beautiful well furnished cozy yurt. The place is beautifully kept. Activities involve fishing [ although no luck ] kayaking to a spectacular waterfall, taking a rowboat to a hiking trail to the barracks and more. I would love to go there again when the weather is but more sunny but still we had an excellent time!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Glamping at it's finest. Everything is explained and safety is preeminent. Boat out and back is on time. Comfortable and clean yurts. Hot water, solar electric, spectacular views, fun equipment for free excursions and a gift shop to buy Susan's beautiful paintings of their Orca Island paradise.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Address: Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay, Seward, AK 99664
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Region: United States > Alaska > Seward
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Ranked #12 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Seward
Price Range: €569 - €619 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Orca Island Cabins 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique place to stay when visiting Seward Alaska, our nightly rental cabins are comfortable accommodations in a remote setting. Our rates include a 30 minute scenic cruise to the property from Seward as well as all the equipment use including kayaks, stand up paddle boards, rowing skiffs, and more. ... more   less 
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