Orjaku study trail’s Silmakare observation tower (700 m from the parking)

The observation platform is located on the Orjaku study trail, on the former islet Silmakar. You can get there by passing approx. 700m on a boardwalk running through the reeds or by going approx. 200m in a straight line from the cattle gates. The tower offers a view of Käina Bay, where you can observe birds nesting in the bay as well as numerous migrations in spring and autumn. There are a total of 23 islands in the bay, which are shallow and mostly surrounded by reeds. The birdlife of Käina bay is interesting and rich in species. In autumn and spring, 10-15 thousand, maximum 20 thousand water and coastal birds stop at the bay.
Phone +372 676 7111
Type of objectObservation Tower
Parking facilities Parking near the Orjaku bay and next to the bird observation tower
Amenities6 m high wooden observation tower with one intermediate platform, disabled ramp to the 1st intermediate platform, information board about the birds of Käina Bay.
Hiking options Orjaku study trail
SightsView of Käina bay, reeds and coastal pasture.
Additional information Before going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam), rules of conduct and waste-sorting policy
Restrictions In Käina Bay–Kassari Nature Reserve. Information about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 662 5999, info@keskkonnaamet.ee).
Location Orjaku village, Hiiumaa municipality
Driving directions The location marker of the observation tower shows the location of the beginning of the hiking trail on the map.
Drive 3.2 km on Suuremõisa–Käina–Emmaste road to Emmaste, pass the Käina–Kärdla junction. Turn left at the Orjaku junction, drive 2.3 km towards Orjaku. There’s a lighthouse to your left; the parking area, which marks the start of the trail, is next to the lighthouse.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.803004
longitude: 22.759642
L-EST 97 x: 6518514.5 y: 428314.1