Westsound Seaplane Base is, as the name suggests, a seaplane base situated adjacent to the community of Westsound on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States. There are two runways; one designated 10/28 measuring 4,000 feet x 500 feet (1,219 metres x 152 metres) and 18/36 measuring 5,000 feet x 500 feet (1,524 metres x 152 metres). Kenmore Air offers flights to and from Seattle.
Orcas Island, where the community is located, is the largest of the San Juan Islands in the north-western area of Washington state. The island is in the shape of a horse shoe, with an area of about 57 square miles. The primary airport on the island is Orcas Island Airport, situated 1.9 kilometres north of the central business district of Eastsound (of which Westsound is technically still part of).
What to see & do
Moran State Park - The 5,000-acre Moran State Park is the largest public recreation area in the San Juan Islands. The site offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, with facilities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, and camping. Aside from the Cascade Falls and Rustic Falls, the most popular attraction in the park is Mount Constitution.
Mount Constitution - Mount Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. There is a stone observation tower on the summit built by the Civilian Conservation in Corps in 1936 that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Magic Air Tour - If you're not satisfied with a panoramic view, book a scenic tour with Magic Air Tours for an even more stunning bird's eye view of the San Juan Islands.
Orcas Island Historical Museum - The first museum of the Orcas Island Historical Society is the only object-based, interpretative heritage facility in the island. It features a permanent collection with about 6,000 objects, printed materials (such as books, newspapers, brochures, posters, and maps), and photographs relating to the history of the island and the life and culture of the Native American and early European-American settlers in the area. There is also an intact skull and partial skeleton of a 14,000-year-old Bison Antiquus, also called 'ancient bison'.
Orcas Island Artworks - The gallery Orcas Island Artworks features local arts and crafts. It represents over 40 artisans in the Orcas Island, specialising in various forms and mediums of art such as pottery, sculpture, glass, metals, prints, painting, and more.
How to get around within Westsound
For those who want to go on a leisurely stroll around the island, riding in a bicycle is a great way to explore. You can either bring your own bike or rent one at the bike rental outlets found in the island. Car rental and taxi service are also available.
How to get there
Travellers can take a ferry from Anacortes, but if you'd rather fly in to Orcas Island Airport, Kenmore Air provides flights from Seattle. San Juan Airlines also operates from Anacortes, Bellingham, and Friday Harbor. It is also possible to fly in from Seattle to Westsound Seaplane Base via seaplane operated by Kenmore Air.