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Orca Island CabinsAlaska, USA

Perched above the waters of Humpy Cove on a private island near Anchorage in Alaska is a string of cool yurts. Each has its own timber deck overhanging the bay and, even if you never venture further than here, you’ll still be stunned by the surroundings. Harbour seals frolic in the cove and porpoises feed here, otters and Steller sea lions are frequent guests to the area and, during spawning season, black bears can be spotted fishing for salmon.

Each of the yurts is fully kitted out with a kitchen (although you need to bring all your food for your visit), private shower and a barbecue out on the deck. During the day, jump in a kayak and watch out for Willy, as killer whales frequent the waters year-round. You can also take out skiffs and stand-up paddleboards. Take a walk through the forests, bait a line to try and catch your dinner, go tide-pooling on the shore or take in the breathtaking scenes on a cruise.

get there

It’s a 2.5 hour drive (or bus trip) from Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city, to Seward. Trains also depart Anchorage at about 7am each day and arrive in Seward at 11am. A water taxi transfers guests from Seward to Orca Island Cabins; the half hour journey departs at 12.30pm.

  • Queen bed
  • Additional futon
  • Solar power
  • Kitchen
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower
  • Compost toilet
  • Private deck
  • Barbecue
  • Cooler (esky)

Prices start at about US$308 per person, per night based on twin share.

Orca Island Cabins
orcaislandcabins.com

 

The yurts are available from May to mid-September.

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