Catalina Island is separated into two sides of the island, Two Harbors, is situated on the north end, and Avalon is on the southern side. Avalon is the most populous village on the island and is the primary landing spot for those who wish to tour the western half of the island. Two Harbors is the second, and much smaller, resort village on the island.
Catalina Island is a place where the gentle rhythm of the waves makes time slow down. It’s a place where you can paddle through crystal clear waters in the crisp morning air, followed by Mai Tais and sun soaked massages on the beach in the afternoon. Moonlit walks are the norm and a sense of timelessness surrounds you. Stroll around the island by foot or golf cart, the popular mode of transportation, and get lost in what Catalina has to offer. That Catalina feeling of tranquility is better known as Island Time.
Catalina Island is accessible by boat, helicopter, or plane. By Boat: The most popular form is by boat, and there are several departure spots in Orange County. The Catalina Express departs from Dana Point and Long Beach, and the The Catalina Flyer departs from Newport Beach. The trip takes approximately an hour, and is worth the trip the second you step off the boat. Get your discount boat tickets here! By Helicopter: Arrive in Catalina in just 15 minutes with Island Express Helicopters. By Plane: NEW! Plane trips to Catalina Island with SkyThrills!. Pilot can wait for you same day or return to pick you up the next day.
THINGS TO DO
From the surf to turf, there are countless things to see, do and explore. Being situated in the Pacific Ocean allows for a myriad of ocean activities including fishing, kayaking,
parasailing, and jet skiing. Glass bottom boats tour the surrounding reefs, but you can the East of Avalon, and Descanso Beach, west of the Casino in Avalon, are popular places to enjoy the marine life. Catalina also has some good surf spots, while there are few, on the “backside” of the island called Shark Harbor and Ben Weston Beach.have a more personal trip to the underworld with snorkel or scuba gear. Lover’s Cove, to
Some of our favorite activities include:
Parasailing – Scuba Diving – Snorkeling Trips – Jeep ECO Tour – Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Wild Dolphin Boat Tours – Rent an Electric Bike – ZipLining – And so much more!
Interested in exploring the lay of the land? There are many camp sites to choose from on the island. The Santa Catalina Island Company has campgrounds at Two Harbors, Parson’s Landing, Black Jack, Little Harbor, and Hermit Gulch inland from Avalon. Note: All campgrounds require a reservation and permit, so get your permits before venturing to the island. While camping, hit the trails and enjoy a day of hiking or mountain biking. Visitors must first obtain a permit at the Conservancy’s office and declare the parts of the island they intend to visit. Hiking permits are free whereas bicycle permits are available for a fee, $35 per person annually, where helmets and mountain bikes with knobby tires are required. There are also a lot of tours to take you around the island, ranging from walking tours, jeep tours, spooky ghost tours, to a thrilling zipline tour! Take your pick. Then you can unwind with a relaxing and deserving massage.
Book your Catalina Adventure today or give us a call to speak to a travel expert at 800-914-0184.