Things To Do
Hiking, walking, and beachcombing are popular activities for all ages.
Over three million visitors discover the Olympic Peninsula each year, attracted by beautiful
scenery, pristine wilderness, the spectacle of wildlife and the opportunity to challenge themselves
in a natural environment.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary forms the western edge of this wonderland. The sanctuary
shares 65 miles of coastline with Olympic National Park. In addition, Cape Flattery, on the Makah
Indian reservation is the northwestern-most point in the lower 48 United States.
See a map of the sanctuary
Backpacking and camping are available along the undeveloped and wild coastline.
What makes the Olympic Coast attractive is its wild character.
Hiking, backpacking and camping
are popular in the coastal wilderness strip of Olympic National Park. Check with the
Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center
for conditions, restrictions and permit requirements along the coastal wilderness strip.
On Indian reservations, inquire locally about access and permits necessary for camping and other
Respectful exploration of intertidal sea life fascinates visitors.
Tidepooling is exciting for all ages. When the sea recedes, it reveals
a world that is both on-land and underwater for part of every day. Up-close encounters with
intertidal animals require that you be respectful - browse our
page for tips on minimizing your impact.
Migration of marine mammals and birds provide an abundance of wildlife watching.
is superb. Birding and whale watching are very
rewarding throughout the year along the coast. In addition, elk and other forest wildlife are
common in Olympic National Park.
Locals and a growing number of surfers from Seattle and beyond have discovered the challenges and
rewards of Olympic Coast breaks, fueled by big Pacific swells. Browse to our Surf
page to find links to wave buoys, tide and currents and other information.
Charter fishing boats are available from Neah Bay, Sekiu, La Push, and Westport.
Sport-fishing charters for salmon, halibut, ling cod and
occasionally, albacore tuna, are available from Neah Bay, Sekiu, La Push and Westport. Fall,
winter and spring low tides are popular for razor clamming. Fishing and shellfish gathering
are regulated and licenses are required. See the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
saltwater fishing information
web site for more information.
Kayakers take advantage of calm weather to explore the sea from its surface.
The Olympic Coast provides challenge for expert sea kayakers.
Extreme conditions (and extremely changeable conditions) make this environment truly exceptional.
We urge you to monitor conditions before you depart, know weather, tides and currents and, above all,
exercise caution in this extreme and remote environment.
The ocean shore provides endless opportunities for discovery and investigation.
Beachcombing is a relaxing way to enjoy the coast.
At some point, we've all been astonished at the variety of objects the sea has deposited on our
beaches. It's good to know the rules of thumb on collecting and removing objects. Park regulations
and federal and state laws restrict the disturbance and removal of certain natural and historical
objects. Know the rules before you disturb that animal or try to remove that "mystery" object
you found in the sand.
Diving in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is popular
among expert divers who are willing to travel to the sanctuary. Exceptional habitats, fish
populations go hand in hand with the coast's extreme conditions. A few dive charter operators
serve the Olympic Coast - in general, ocean conditions and isolation require advanced skills
and exposed, open-water experience.
Contact for page content: Jacqueline Laverdure