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1. Contract stones and Otimäe stone burial place
2. Pühalepa church
3. Suuremõisa castle
4. Suursadam
5. Soera Farm Museum
6. Kärdla
7. Hill of Crosses
8. Tahkuna lighthouse
9. Reigi church
10. Kõrgessaare-Viskoosa
11. Kõpu lighthouse
12. Vanajõe Valley
13. Sõru harbour
14. Orjaku bird observation tower
15. Exhibits building of Hiiumaa museum in Kassari
16. Sääretirp
17. Kassari chapel and graveyard
18. Vaemla wool factory
 
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ORJAKU BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER

Drive back along the same road to the sign pointing to Emmaste. In a few kilometres you will be in the centre of Emmaste (commune house on the left, shop and cafeteria on the right). Continue towards Käina until you reach the sign pointing to Orjaku, then turn right. Drive through Puulaid and pass the sign for Orjaku.

Photo: Tiit Leito
Photo: Tiit Leito / www.fotokogu.com

Orjaku village - small but very dynamic, with tourism enterprises, harbour, nature trail and bird observation tower - was mentioned at the same time as Sõru, in the 1254 document of the partition of Hiiumaa.

The bird observation tower with its faintly Oriental shape can be seen from afar. Near the tower is also a small lighthouse.

From the vicinity of the bird observation tower, you may investigate the nature trail (established in 1995, length 1.5 km), and then go see Käina Bay, but better yet may be to climb up and enjoy the view. The beautiful panorama is a part of Käina Bay – the Kassari landscape protection area comprising 2,572 hectares of land and 950 hectares of sea. The bay, which separates Hiiumaa from Kassari, is the main observation area. It gained the status of internationally important wetland in 1998. The essence of the bay is that of a coastal lake, where numerous little islands (23 to be precise) make the view quite picturesque. The water level in the bay is low, but the bottom is rich in mud. Mud began forming about 2,000 years ago; the qualities can be compared with the well-known therapeutic mud of Haapsalu. Although the mud was first used in Selja hospital already in 1897, Hiiumaa does not yet have a sanatorium of its own. But the usage of mud in therapeutic procedures has gained in importance every year.

Alongside a healthy population of forest birds, almost a hundred species of birds nest in these regions. During the migration period up to 20,000 ducks land on the bay. Among other interesting species are cormorants (see also the silvery trees on the islets), avocets, bearded tits, and bitterns. One pair of sea eagles lives here. Of fish, roach and perch predominate; the bay is also a spawning area for ides.

On the other side, Jausa Bay can be made out, but the village landscape with a little harbour is more visible. There is a nice exhibit on the ground floor of the tower that explains what you are seeing.

 
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