The group of small islands that make up the Octopus Islands Marine Park provide safe anchorages for boaters travelling the scenic Inside Passage. BC Marine Trails Network Association includes Octopus Islands as a stop within a network of connected marine accessible campsites, resting areas, and safe havens.
The park offers a number of different recreational opportunities in addition to boating and paddling, including swimming, hiking, fishing, scuba diving, wilderness camping and nature appreciation. A portage route to Small Inlet Marine Park on the west side of Quadra Island can be accessed from the Octopus Islands. From this trail, a hiking trail leads to Newton Lake which is a lovely place for a freshwater swim. Access to the park is by boat only.