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  • Location:Anaheim - Buena Park, California
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Catalina Island Day Trip

Be whisked away to Catalina Island and the beautiful city of Avalon, a Mediterranean-like town just 22 miles off the coastline of Southern California. Travel across the sea in comfort and style aboard the fastest fleet of state-of-the-art passenger ferry. Go shopping in Catalina Island's quaint shops, dine at seaside restaurants or go snorkeling, bicycling or just relaxing on the beach.


  • Catalina Island Tour from Anaheim
  • Visit the city of Avalon - one of the most visited tourist destinations
  • Dine at one of 30 casual or fine dining restaurants
  • Shop at specialty or boutique shops which offer everything you may need
  • Enjoy aquatic activities such as snorkeling, kayaking or scuba diving
  • Includes ferry transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A easygoing getaway from the theme parks of Anaheim! Choose from all kinds of activities, from snorkeling to shopping. You may even spot dolphins on the ferry rides!

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What You Can Expect

Catalina Island Day Trip

Catalina Island Tour

On your way to Catalina Island from Anaheim take note of the crystal clear waters and spectacular views that surround you. Your ferry will take you to the city of Avalon, one of the most visited tourist destinations on Catalina Island. The trip to Avalon takes about an hour. In Avalon, you will have the option to do as you please with endless possibilities.

You can dine at one of many casual or fine dining restaurants or go shopping at specialty and boutique shops which offer everything from resort-style clothing to gift items.

You will have a chance to enjoy the waters with aquatic activities such as snorkeling, kayaking or scuba diving. For a laid back atmosphere, take a bike ride or stroll through the streets of Avalon and see sites of the city.

Or you can visit Avalon’s beachfront which features a variety of shops and restaurants. Enjoy the scenery of Avalon's beaches while relaxing in convenient lounge chairs or secluded cabanas.

Round-trip ferry tickets and hotel pickup and drop-off is included from select Anaheim and Buena Park hotels.

Please note: the listed price does not include a USD$3.00 fuel surcharge per person (required), payable direct to the tour operator on the day of your.

This tour is seasonal and operates from April to September.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Best time every if go get a cart for the day would say to go it was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful trip...didn't have any worries! The bus picked us up at the hotel, delivered us to the Ferry and was there to pick us back up when the Ferry returned. Loved the Island, as well!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great trip! On Catalina Express trip over captain stopped so we could view a whale (!!) and on trip back saw a huge pod of dolphins leaping out of the water in the boat's wake. Those two things were worth the price of admission for me! The island is beautiful...with many views reminding me of something out of the movie Jurassic Park. We rented a golf cart to explore with ($80 for 2 hours with an additional one free if wanted...we used all 3 hours.). Make sure you have CASH or TRAVELER'S CHECKS for a deposit. They accept credit cards for the actual payment but want a cash or t-check for the deposit. This immediately put a damper on the trip because I carry very little cash...until a very, very nice woman asked me how much cashe I had and accepted a much lower amount as a deposit. I wound up letting her keep it as a Christmas Gift for being so nice and helping me out.Only down side to the trip is there wasn't enough time to see and do everything I would have liked to.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very professional. On time, excellent communication, courteous drivers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We had the most relaxing and wonderful time in Catlina we went and sat close with the dolfins and stayed overnite which is a must as you dont have time in one day to see and do what you want.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great side trip for something different to do in LA. The boat ride from Long Beach is about 70 minutes so sit back and relax with a drink and some snacks. We rented a golf cart at the terminal for 2 hours ($80) and got a third hour for free. Drove around the island, stopped for lunch on the beach and got the cart back just in time. Walked around the village with lots of shops to buy souvenirs and reasonably priced T-shirts. Lots more to do like zip lining, renting kayaks, glass bottom boat ride, submarine ride and hosted tours. Could have spent more time there and we'll probably go back if we are ever in the area again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

It was great experience, I think nobody should miss a visit to Catalina Islands. It was very convenient as bus picked us up outside the hotel and dropped us back there. My husband and I loved it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Lovely spot and would have liked to spend more time there. Ferry trip over and back was great and we saw dolphins on the way over. I want to go back as there was much we did not get a chance to see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

As with all previous bookings with this company, it was very enjoyable experience from the pick up driver to the tour to the return journey. Knowlegeable people, friendly staff and an excellent choice of tours.

Look forward to my next booking.

Thanks to everyone

Deborah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

This trip was one of the best of our stay in California. Catalina is absolutely beautiful. We did snorkelling and kayaking while we were there. The shops are gorgeous also. The boat trip out is delightful and takes an hour. We came across a huge pod of dophins on the way so the cat stopped for everyone to take pictures. Fabulous place to visit. If we went again though we would find our own way to Newport Beach and get the cat out to the island and either spend a long day there or over night. Do not plan to do any activity that is long as you do not get much time on the island at all. Unfortunately the time we were able to spend on Catalina was only 3.25 hours which was no where near long enough. The boat dropped us at 11am and we had to be back at the dock at 3.15pm. The trip to the boat at Long Beach only took 45 minutes from Anaheim but going back to Anaheim was a 2 hour trip as the driver had to go to Huntington Beach to pick up a couple. I personally would not do this tour again as the time on Catalina is far too short and returning to Anaheim is far too long.

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