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Orca Island Cabins
Ranked #12 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Seward
Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband and I had seen Orca Island Cabins on "The Today Show," so I had to go! Dennis and Susan were so nice and hospitable. Dennis picks you up on his water taxi and tries his best to show you a few whales while driving out to Humpy Cove. We stayed here on two very sunny days in early July, but I can see that this experience would have been just as unique and peaceful even with rain or overcast skies. The yurts are so cute......and nicely decorated.....and are absolutely comfy and cozy.......and you can't beat the view and tranquility. We stayed in "Puffin" and it was private and peaceful. Without a doubt, we recommend this place to all. I'd recommend kayaking in the late evening. We were able to catch a few salmon and rockfish. And the walk to the waterfall is so pretty in the evening or early morning. There's something mystical and magical about that place in the evening. Keep a watch out for the curious seals. And waterproof pants and shoes are a good idea.
Keep up the good work, Susan and Dennis. You guys have a really good thing going.........very unique.......very "real Alaska"........and very cool! You inspired us to get the heck outta the rat race...
XO Kristen and Jeff (from Florida)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We recently stayed one night at Orca Island Cabins and had a wonderful time. We were not one of the lucky ones to get clear skies, but even in the rain and mist it was a great adventure. We took the kayaks out for a paddle and saw a mother and baby harbor porpoise. The yurts are clean and very comfortable. My recommendation is to stay more than one night if possible. I will definitely go again the next time we are up in the area. Great experience for couples or families. A great value when you take into consideration the boat ride to and from the island, unlimited use of the kayaks and a once in a lifetime experience of staying in such a beautiful location.

Room Tip: Bring sleep mask in the summer, the yurts do not have black out drapes :)
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

My son and I got to stay overnight at this lovely place and it was just amazing! The peace and quiet except for the birds was just what the doctor ordered. My son spent a lot of time kayaking around in the cove with Sasha (the harbor seal). We had wonderful guests from New York on the island with us and it was just simply Paradise....The work that has gone into making this resort is nothing short of unbelievable. The owners take much pride in this resort and it shows! So glad we made it part of our trip, just wish we could have stayed longer....Thank you Dennis and Susan for sharing your paradise with the rest of us!

Room Tip: A yurt that hangs out over the water was my preference and we so enjoyed watching the birds and mari...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

We helped our gracious friends Susan and Dennis open their resort for 2013. What an exceptional experience! This was the first time we had stayed in a yurt, or been to Alaska for that matter. Views of wildlife and scenery abound - on the way out and back to the yurts - and during the stay. The kayaks and rafts were easy to use - the yurts impeccable. We barbequed with our friends, stayed up late talking and got up early to enjoy the peaceful environment and to explore the "resort". The water was so clear - and the tide pools full. We kayaked with a humpback whale, saw Stellar Sea Lions, harbor seals, a black bear on the distant meadow, lots of birds, and Dall's porpoises. Guests paddle-boarded. Susan is an exceptional artist and her new gallery shows off her fabulous paintings, and friends' jewelry and hand-painted scarves. A must for those who want a relaxing experience out in nature.

Room Tip: All 5 yurts have exceptional views - and lots of privacy.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

A buddy and I stayed here over Memorial weekend. This is a true Alaskan experience. We kayaked out to a waterfall, fished, saw bears, and sea lions. The yurks are awesome and unique. They are on a bluff on the island and the views are the best I've ever seen. Dennis and Susan are gracious hosts. This was by far the best thing we did in Alaska. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny!

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  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights. Owners are extemely helpful. Bedding had hair in it from a previous guest : /
Not much to do except kayaking since the island is very small. Very beautiful location, no cell phone or internet connection.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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sslink, Owner at Orca Island Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2013

We are very sorry you had the experience of finding a hair on your bedding. As the owner and operator I personally do most of the cleaning and bed changing. Because we take great pride in providing very clean facilities in this remote location, we regret this occurred.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed two nights in May 2013 - we are from California and were looking to be engulfed in as much "Alaska" as possible. This definitely fit the bill! On the boat ride out with Dennis & Susan we encountered a bunch of Dall porpoises as they played and raced our boat. While on the island, we had between 6-8 humpback sightings with one being literally 20 feet from our yurt! We were just blown away by all of this! We also saw sea and river otters, harbor seals and tons of birds including Bald Eagles and Rufus Hummingbirds. It rained one entire day we were there but that didn't keep us away from the kayaks. The water around the yurts is so calm most of the time that you just have to go exploring in a kayak. When the tide is low you see a ton of starfish and other awesome creatures going about their busy lives in the nooks and crannies of the bay. It is just amazing and we hope to return. This was our fifth trip to Alaska and I hope to be back to Orca Island very soon!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay, Seward, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
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Ranked #12 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Seward
Price Range: $670 - $899 (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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