Welcome to Catalina Island
'26 miles across the sea,' as the classic 1950s song goes, Mediterranean-flavored Santa Catalina Island is a popular getaway for harried Angelenos drawn by fresh air, seemingly endless sunshine, seaside fun and excellent hiking in a unique microclimate.Originally the home of Tongva native people, Catalina has gone through stints as a hangout for Spanish explorers, Franciscan friars, sea-otter poachers, smugglers and... Read More
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Catalina Island activities
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
Your day trip starts with hotel pickup from Punta Cana or Bavaro for the drive to the marina, where you'll be welcomed aboard the catamaran, Paradise, by the crew with tropical refreshments. Your PADI-certified dive team tells you about the health and safety procedures on board and provides a snorkeling briefing, assisting you with finding the equipment that best fits you. When this procedure is out of the way, depart the marina, setting a course for the east side of Catalina Island to a snorkel site known as the Wall, which caters to both novice and expert snorkelers. Life jackets are available to anyone that requires one. You can expect light refreshments and music selected by the entertainment team to keep you energized during the boat ride.After about 30 minutes of cruising, arrive at the snorkel site, where you have just under an hour of snorkeling to discover the natural marine beauty. You can expect clear waters with incredible visibility and an amazing underwater ecosystem. The crew is available with some bread to feed the fish as you snorkel. Afterward, re-board the boat and head to the west side of the island to visit a private beach. Here, a range of alcoholic and nonalcoholic refreshments are available as you relax and enjoy yourself on the beach. Snorkeling equipment is available at the bar if you wish to snorkel again off the shore.For lunch, enjoy Dominican cuisine prepared by a renowned local chef nicknamed 'Bobby.' Dine on pork, chicken, salads, pasta, and local fruits, all prepared in a hygienic kitchen; if you select the VIP upgrade option, you'll also enjoy fresh lobster caught that morning. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax; you can snorkel or swim again, enjoy the open bar, or just listen to the waves and soak up the sea breeze.When your time on the island is over, board the boat for the ride back to the marina, enjoying music and light refreshments at the bar. Upon arrival at the marina in the late afternoon, a bus takes you back to your hotel.
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Aboard the comfortable Catalina Express, sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful waterfront views on a 1-hour ride from Long Beach or San Pedro. You will be delivered to Avalon, the southernmost city of Los Angeles County. Once you disembark your ferry, you are a 5-minute walk from the downtown area. The pedestrian-friendly town regulates how many cars are allowed on the island, so much so that there is even a waiting list to own a car on the island! Stroll along the quiet, picturesque waterfront to enjoy shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment—all at your own pace. Depending on your schedule, check out what the Long Beach and San Pedro harbors have to offer. All food, drinks and activities are at your own expense.Long BeachArrive in the heart of downtown at the Catalina Landing, next to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Want to grab a bite to eat before your ride? Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the Catalina Lounge, in addition to coffee, beer and wine. The nearby Catalina Deli dishes out sandwiches and other light snacks. The ferry service operates daily (schedule varies by season) and accommodates bikes, surfboards and strollers, giving you flexibility to travel how you please. San PedroYou can arrive early in San Pedro, a part of the Los Angeles Port, to discover its rich maritime history. Visit landmarks such as the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the third longest suspension bridge in the state of California, as well as the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the historic USS Iowa and SS Lane Victory ships. When it’s time to depart for Catalina Island, hop on the ferry at the Catalina Sea and Air Terminal in San Pedro, which opened in summer 2012. The ferry schedule varies seasonally and accommodates bikes, surfboards and strollers, giving you flexibility to travel how you please.
Catalina Island Snorkel Excursion from Punta Cana
After being picked up from your Punta Cana hotel, travel to the port at La Romana to join your catamaran cruise. Beverages are served on board as you relax on the scenic trip to Catalina Island.Arriving at Catalina Island National Park, relax on the boat’s deck or use the equipment provided to go snorkeling among the island’s Caribbean corals. Your first snorkel spot is 'The Wall' drop-off on the Caribbean side of the island. Perfect for beginner to expert snorkelers, it’s considered one of the country’s most beautiful dive sites. Snorkel with an incredible variety of colorful fish at this impressive drop-off that stretches to the Caribbean Sea. The top of the reef is covered with different coral and sponges, varying in colorful shapes and sizes. Spot tropical fish while you snorkel in this famous Catalina Island spot.After your Caribbean snorkeling adventure, relax at a private beach club with a tropical cocktail and Caribbean music, and enjoy a barbecue lunch on the island.Spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling, or simply relaxing on the beach. On your return cruise to Punta Cana, listen to music and perhaps have a dance as you sail back to the mainland.
Catalina Food and Walking Tour
Make your way to the starting point and meet your enthusiastic guide and local food buff, who serves as your epicurean concierge for this small-group walking tour. Catalina Island is renowned for fresh seafood, delicious family recipes and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to come hungry for this culinary pilgrimage to the island’s best restaurants. Follow your guide down scenic Front Street. See original Catalina tiles from the early 20th century on the way to your first tasting. You’ll walk about a mile and sit down at six locations in all, for a smorgasbord of good local food. Taste homespun favorites, sweets and fresh seafood pulled straight from the local waters. Discover Avalon’s quaint streets and friendly locals as you stroll this postcard-worthy seaside town. Admire the iconic waterfront architecture, including the world famous Casino Building and the Inn on Mt Ada. Your guide will share fascinating insights as you walk to your tastings. For the finale, enjoy a local favorite — a beer float — before continuing to explore lovely Catalina on your own.
Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour
You will begin by checking in at the Zip Line Eco Tour Base Camp, a 15-20 minute walk from Catalina's central city of Avalon, and then gear up for your tour. After receiving an orientation to the zip line you will be transported to the top of Descanso Canyon, while enjoying picturesque views of the city of Avalon. Your zip-line adventure begins at the Hog's Back gate, high in the hills near Avalon and descending through Descanso Canyon. You will pause at several eco-stations during your journey, where your guide will give you a presentation on various aspects of Catalina Island, including wildlife, history and ecology. Your tour will end at Descanso Beach after approximately two hours.All participants on tour are required to hike short distances, ascend and descend stairs, need to be of average mobility and strength, and in reasonably good health. Those with preexisting injuries, back, neck, or heart issues should consult their physician prior to booking this trip.
Catalina Island Day Trip from Santo Domingo
Your day trip to Catalina Island starts with hotel pickup in Santo Domingo for the 1.5-hour drive along the coast to La Romana, where you’ll board the public boat to the island. There will be a brief stop for breakfast and last minute shopping for anything that you forgot to pack for the day!After the 35-minute boat ride across the Caribbean, find yourself on a small piece of paradise. Enjoy a welcome drink as your guide tells you a bit about the history and natural features of the island, which is part of the Dominican Republic’s protected Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East). With your guide, head to a snorkeling spot (perhaps the Wall, a well-known dive site) to check out Catalina’s array of tropical fish and coral (snorkeling equipment provided). Then refuel with a Dominican-style lunch accompanied by drinks from the open bar, including soda, coffee, beer or mixed drinks like a Cuba Libre or mamajuana, a special island mix of rum, red wine and honey soaked with tree bark and herbs. Next, it’s time to relax. Hit the white-sand beach for free time to stretch out on a lounge chair or swim in the crystalline waters. If you’re feeling energetic, show off your dance skills by participating in a little merengue with local entertainers and your guide. When your beach time is up, head back to the main island by boat and return to Santo Domingo for hotel drop-off.