Intimate, educational and engaging tours with a focus on experiencing the heart and soul of Orcas Island.
Led by Orcas Island native and former RN74 Bellagio sommelier, Cole Sisson, Salish Sea Tours offers two daily tours: Art, History & Local Legends and Fresh Fermented & Flying High. The first highlights local artisans and history. The other showcases Orcas Island’s acclaimed food and drink culture.
Tour participants enjoy experiences unavailable to the everyday tourist, from a lesson in ocean sustainability and oyster shucking at Buck Bay Shellfish; to tasting the fruits and herbs used to produce homemade preserves and lotions; to visiting the farms that provide produce to local restaurants. This is a grassroots, ground-level introduction to ‘island life.’
This is an eat, drink and explore kind of excursion all designed around a local’s perspective of why Orcas is one of the most magical places on earth. Find goodies you want to pick up along the way? Onboard coolers provide storage for the oysters, farm fresh vegetables or growler of local beer you may wish to purchase on your tour.
More Fun Things to do in the San Juans
If you’re San Juan bound, don’t miss your chance to snap a selfie by these epic lookouts, historic sites, and cute creatures!
247 average days with sunshine, a reputation for wholesome fun, and more than 6 places to get freshly made pastries all make Friday Harbor is the ultimate kid-friendly getaway destination that the whole family will love.
With the sun on your face and two wheels at your command, San Juan Island is yours to explore – as fast or as slow as one of Susie’s Mopeds will take you.
Windswept grasslands and breathtaking views make the southernmost tip of San Juan Island the perfect location for a day hike.
Photos by Heather Wallace