The principal industries are public and private services, industry, agriculture, forestry and fishing. Ørnes is the Administration Centre of Meløy. The passengers of the Coastal Steamer have been heard to describe the entrance into Ørnes as one of the most beautiful along the route. Svartisen is Norway´s second largest glacier. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.
The Ågskaret, Halsa og Engavågen communities are situated in the south of Meløy municipality. In Forøy you´ll find a camping ground and a Inn (gjestegård) with a café. In the centre of Halsa the guest harbour to the local boat union is situated in connection with a well reputable service house.