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.
More about Catalina Island, California Points of Interest
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.
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.
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.
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.
The blue waters surrounding Catalina feature undersea kelp gardens teeming with marine wildlife including garibaldi, Kelp Bass, Leopard sharks, bat rays, moray eels sardines.
Special Child Pricing Available! Children age 12 and younger, savings up to 50%.
Fantastic Catalina Adventure Game
3 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-310A V X - 3 1 0
Play the Fantastic Catalina Game, an interactive, clue-based adventure that's like a reality show come to life. This scavenger-hunt-style game is a unique way for the whole family to sightsee throughout Avalon. When players cross the finish line, the fun continues with complimentary snacks and an awards ceremony.
Seal Rocks Safari Cruise: A Small-Group Experience
1.5 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-620A V X - 6 2 0
Set off into the waters of Avalon Bay in search of the famed frolicking seals and sea lions that flock to Seal Rocks. Your nimble vessel will be well positioned to maximize photo opportunities and if lucky, you might also see dolphin, sea turtles and seabirds enjoying their natural environment.
1.5 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-630A V X - 6 3 0
Sail along the coastline of Catalina Island enjoying drinks and snacks in an intimate setting of up to six passengers on a 2022 Catalina 385 38-foot sailboat. Perfect for a special occasion or just chill time with the family. Activities for the kids, snacks and beverages are found on board.
2.75 hours | Catalina Island | AVX-635A V X - 6 3 5
Discover the beauty of Catalina Island's coastline in private luxury aboard a 2022 Catalina 385 38-foot sailboat. Escape the crowds and unwind with a glass of champagne and tasty nibbles. The intimate atmosphere and magnificent scenery set the stage for romance, special celebrations, and those looking to relax and recharge.
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.