OIRS has the capacity to accommodate up to 58 guests at one time in either of our two accommodation blocks: Havana or Pelorus. Specific accommodation blocks can be requested upon booking, however OIRS reserves the right to allocate bed space at their discretion and requests for specific accommodation blocks cannot be guaranteed.
Accommodation is provide on a self-sufficient “Leave nothing but memories” basis, with all items brought onto the island being removed upon departure and each group carrying out a thorough cleaning of all areas upon departure (Cleaning materials are supplied). Pillows, mattress protectors and a blanket are provided on each bed and if required linen can be supplied at no charge. All rooms have a small shelf, clothes hanger space and are equipped with wall or ceiling fans and celling to floor slat windows.
All kitchen areas are equipped with large industrial gas ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, fridges and freezers. Additionally the largest kitchen comes equipped with five low-wattage bain-maries, industrial sized pots and pans capable for cooking for large groups. All plates, glasses and cutlery are supplied.
Each accommodation block has access to separate bathroom areas equipped with composting toilets, showers and deep sinks for hand washing laundry. There is also a small entertainment area in each section equipped with comfortable chairs, TV, stereo and shared access to a small fiction library, games cupboard, music and video collection. Wireless internet is available throughout.
In front of the accommodation blocks there is two large communal BBQ’s, volleyball net and hammocks available for use of all guests.
Built in 2004, this two story accommodation block is capable of housing 48 guests in its eight rooms. Each room has 6 bunk beds, two wall fans and open wardrobes for storage of personal belongings. Most rooms offer a view of the ocean or the tropical rainforest. Rooms are not air-conditioned but do have large floor to ceiling slatted windows that capture the sea breezes keeping rooms at a comfortable temperature all year round.
Catering to visitors staying in Havana House, this air-conditioned building contains a combined kitchen and recreational area. It has two fully equipped kitchens stocked with all items necessary for catering for large groups and small. The deck area is sufficient in size to accommodate up to 56 diners along a series of 7-8 banquet tables. Alternatively there is available upon request a large 10 x 4 meter awning that can be placed in front of the deck area allowing sheltered dining on the grass area in front of the accommodation block.
The larger kitchen can cater for groups up to 50pax and the smaller kitchen can cater for groups up to 15. In addition to the standard cutlery, crockery and pots this building is supplied with five low wattage bay maries, five large earthenware baking dishes, large stock pots, 12 folding banquet tables and 70 chairs.
A small entertainment area offers a TV, video, stereo, two comfortable lounge chairs and a small selection of books, music CD’s, puzzles, card games and board games. There is also available for visitor’s entertainment beach cricket, beach soccer, table tennis and volley ball equipment.
At the rear of the facility is the ablution block offering six shower and toilet stalls, hand basins and mirrors as well as three deep sinks for washing of clothes and several clothes lines.
Built in 2004, Pelorus House is a fully self-contained accommodation block offering four bedroom units, 2 rooms with 3 single beds and 2 rooms equipped with 2 single beds. Each room has fans and open wardrobes for storage of personal belongings.
In the air-conditioned central area there is a fully equipped kitchen and lounge area. There is two fridge freezers and a large dry food cupboard, lounge, dining table and chairs. At the rear there is a ablution block with two composting toilets, two showers and hand basins. Located on the ample verandah overlooking the surrounding national park there is tables and chairs as well as a washing machine and chest freezer.
The Orpheus Island Research Station actively seeks volunteers to assist with station duties throughout the year. See our Volunteer Program webpage for further information.
Orpheus Island Research Station provides a range of excellent facilities to suit both research and educational groups.