Catalina Island, California

Santa Catalina Island has drawn Southern Californians for since the mid-1820s. That's when the Pimungan tribe settled there, attracted by the island's rich marine life. But Catalina's true popularity dates from 1919, the year Chicago chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley purchased the island development. Overnight Catalina secured its reputation as a playground for wealthy magnates and movie stars.

Since 1975, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy has held most of Catalina in trust. Buffalo, imported for a 1924 movie, roam the island's sere uplands. Offshore kelp beds shelter brightly colored Garibaldi fish, sea lions and seals. Gray whales pass on their annual migration, and dolphins are a frequent sight. It's no wonder the island - home to America's oldest fishing club - continues to woo weekend yachtsmen, deep-sea fishermen and divers as well as casual visitors content to explore Avalon's quaint lanes.

Note: Your ship will anchor in Avalon and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.

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Points of Interest

  • Avalon
  • Catalina Casino
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Island Interior
  • Marine Wildlife
  • Descanso Beach
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  • Avalon

    With its Mediterranean climate, palm trees, fountains, charming shops and plentiful outdoor activities, this harbor village is equal parts small town island community, quality cultural resort and model ecological town.

  • Catalina Casino

    The epitome of glamour of a bygone era, this beautiful Casino overlooking the Avalon Harbor features art deco murals, a classic 1929 pipe organ and a world-famous Casino ballroom.

  • Botanical Gardens

    Built in 1935, this stunning botanical garden show casing plants from all over the world, features a memorial to Avalon developer William Wrigley, Jr. and commanding views of the bay.

  • Island Interior

    The perfect adventure destination, Catalina's ruggedly beautiful interior is home to broad valleys, isolated coves, pristine beaches, two-thousand foot peaks and countless species of unique native plants and animals.

  • Marine Wildlife

    The blue waters surrounding Catalina feature undersea kelp gardens teeming with marine wildlife including garibaldi, Kelp Bass, Leopard sharks, bat rays, moray eels sardines.

  • Descanso Beach

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Avalon Casino

1 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-380
  • Avalon
  • Catalina Casino

Step back in time during this one-hour, guided walking tour of the Catalina Casino. View the 1,250-seat movie theater featuring well-preserved Art Deco murals. Take in the massive circular ballroom. Enjoy sweeping island vistas from the ballroom's balcony. Peruse the Catalina Island Museum and Art Gallery on the ground floor.

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Avalon Casino Behind the Scenes

1.5 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-385
  • Avalon
  • Catalina Casino

Step back in time during this 90-minute, guided walking tour of the Catalina Casino. Your tour offers special access to the backstage of the casino's 1250 seat movie theater and the "green" rooms used by Errol Flynn and Cary Grant. See the editing room where Cecil B. DeMille viewed the "rushes" of the day's movie shoot.

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Easy Catalina Island

.75 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-205
  • Avalon

Acquaint yourself with California's only island resort city during this 50-minute, narrated tour via air-conditioned motorcoach. Enjoy a picturesque drive through Avalon. Travel along a winding coastal road. Enjoy vistas of Avalon Harbor, the hilltop Wrigley estate, and the art deco Catalina Casino perched along the harbor.

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Catalina Semi-Sub

.75 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-610
  • Marine Wildlife

Explore Catalina's dazzling marine life during this 45-minute, narrated cruise aboard a semi-submersible vessel! Sit a large underwater viewing windows and marvel at breathtaking kelp forests teeming with colorful undersea creatures (including garibaldi, Kelp Bass, Leopard sharks, bat rays, and moray eels). Feed fish through a unique feeding system.

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Catalina & Botanical Gardens

1.75 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-110
  • Avalon
  • Botanical Gardens

Explore Catalina's history during this guided tour through Avalon to the Botanical Gardens. Stroll pathways featuring plants from around the world. Enjoy commanding views of the bay. Take in the Wrigley Memorial - a tribute to William Wrigley who developed the island in 1919.

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Catalina Kayak Expedition

2.5 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-770
  • Marine Wildlife
  • Avalon

Explore Catalina's coastline during this two-and-a-half hour, guided kayak expedition! Glide over kelp forests teeming with marine life.  Learn about Catalina's history as you watch for bald eagles, dolphins, harbor seals and sea lions. Land at Frog Rock Beach to relax, sunbathe or swim and enjoy a tasty snack.

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Dolphin Runner Adventure

1 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-640
  • Marine Wildlife

A speedy RIB (rigid inflatable boat) takes you out into the Catalina Channel for an exhilarating experience. This adrenaline-fueled ride in a nimble vessel allows your experienced captain to get you up close to the local wildlife. Look for frolicking dolphins, playful sea lions and soaring seabirds enjoying their natural environment.

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Wildlife & Coastal Cruise

2 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-740
  • Marine Wildlife

Discover Catalina's rugged coastline and stunning wildlife during this two-hour, narrated excursion aboard a large power boat. Learn about the island's history as you cruise to see harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles and red tail hawks. Travel out to open sea in search of dolphins and gray whales.

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Taste of Catalina

3.25 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-305
  • Avalon
  • Catalina Casino

Savor the flavors of Catalina while indulging in island history and culture with the Taste of Catalina Food Tour. A celebration of food, wine, and spirits, this walking tour through downtown Avalon showcases local products, fresh ingredients and the talented chefs and shop owners behind a cornucopia of culinary delights.

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Catalina's Interior & "Airport In The Sky"

3.5 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-125
  • Island Interior

Experience Catalina's ruggedly beautiful interior during this half-day, guided excursion via Classic Flexible coach bus. Enjoy a scenic drive along winding roads with views of wild bison. You'll pass though historic El Rancho Escondido, once an Arabian Horse Ranch, now home to Catalina Vineyards. Visit Catalina's mountaintop "Airport In The Sky". Shop for souvenirs, grab a snack and view historical exhibits.

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Canyon Drive & Glassbottom Boat

3 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-120
  • Marine Wildlife
  • Island Interior

Bask in Catalina's natural wonders during this half-day, guided adventure. Take a Glass Bottom Boat cruise to a protected marine preserve to see kelp forests teeming with marine life. Enjoy a scenic drive to view the island's rugged interior and visit the island's summit, site of Catalina's "Airport In The Sky."

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Zipline Eco Tour

2.25 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-400
  • Descanso Beach

Get your adrenaline pumping with the incredible gravity-defying Zip Line Eco Tour. Whoosh over the treetops through a course of five consecutive zip lines at heights of 300 feet above the canyon floor at speeds of up to 40-miles-per-hour!

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Bald Eagle Habitat, Airport-in-the Sky & Cape Canyon

4 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-115
  • Island Interior

Go off the beaten path with this four-hour, guided adventure to Catalina's rugged interior via open-air jeep! See isolated coves, pristine beaches, and broad valleys where wild bison roam. Visit Catalina's bald eagle and fox habitat! Tour the "Airport In The Sky" to view exhibits, shop and enjoy time for lunch on your own.

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