Santa Catalina Island, or Catalina, as it is popularly known, is a favored playground for Southern Californians and visitors to the area. Here, there are a myriad of outdoor activities along with options for rest and relaxation. It is the California's only island resort destination. Whether you are a first-time visitor on a romantic weekend getaway or a frequent guest here for another trip to paradise, Santa Catalina Island is a unique escape from the frenzied pace of mainland life.
You can reach the island by a Catalina Island boat from San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point, California. The town of Avalon is a quaint village with an oceanfront promenade lined with restaurants, boutiques and hotels. From the promenade, visitors can stroll along the colorful Pleasure Pier, which offers numerous opportunities for exploring the island's emerald waters with world-famous glass bottom boat rides, a semi-submersible undersea tour, flying fish boat trip, coastal cruise and a romantic sunset buffet cruise.
You are welcome to take a fun water shuttle tour aboard a Catalina Island boat to all the city's exciting waterfront attractions. You can hop on board between the downtown waterfront attractions such as the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary or for a high-speed trip to the south end of Long Beach; you can catch the boat between downtown and Alamitos Bay.
Hurry on down to the Harbor and catch the AquaLink water taxi from Long Beach Transit. It's a 60-foot catamaran cruiser that comfortably ferries up to 75 passengers to the most popular attractions in Long Beach Harbor and on down to Alamitos Bay Landing near Seal Beach. This Catalina Island boat has three "ports of call": Dock 4 at Rainbow Harbor near the Aquarium, Catalina Express terminal at the bow of the Queen Mary, and Alamitos Bay Landing.
From April to October you can take an outstanding Flying Fish Boat Cruise. This cruise includes two tours in one - an excursion to the isthmus and a Flying Fish Boat Trip! Cruise starts from Avalon to the rustic village of Two Harbors aboard the classic open-deck Catalina Island boat. This trip is really two tours in one. Your cruise takes you along 14 miles of stunning Catalina coastline. Once in Two Harbors, explore the isthmus on your own or with our guide. You can even make arrangements to enjoy dinner at the famous Harbor Reef Restaurant for an additional fee. After exploring the area, you'll witness Catalina's most surprising phenomenon: flying fish. It's true: Catalina's flying fish really do fly. But you have to see it to believe it. The boat's searchlights dramatically entice these marine aviators to fly out of the water and into your memories. This trip is truly one of a kind.
Catalina Yachts is a southern California-based company that manufactures fiberglass monohull sailboats. It was founded in 1969 in Hollywood, Ca by Frank Butler. Today Catalina Yachts is one of the largest boat manufacturers in the world, with over 75,000 hulls manufactured to date. Catalina Yachts produces the most complete range of sailing yachts from as small as eight feet to the massive ocean going Catalina 50.
When you board a Catalina sailboat, you find comfort, spaciousness, and efficient layouts. What you will not find until you sail one is how easy they are to sail and how well they perform. All these features have evolved over the years from feedback from Catalina's customers, plus the experience in sailing and building America's most outstanding sailboats.