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Best time every if go get a cart for the day would say to go it was great
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!
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.
Very professional. On time, excellent communication, courteous drivers.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
We had a wonderful time at Catalina such a beautiful island would have liked to have stayed a bit longer next time would stay for a few days .
great day!after such a busy week in LA it was nice to go to catalina Island and relax and do some shopping and just enjoy the day.we were entertained by 3 young girls selling home made lemonade "best on the island" and they were right it was.
Island was fantastic, we went parasailing and rented a golf cart to explore the island. We also enjoyed lunch on the green pier. We saw dolphins and whales each way on the ferry and flew over a pod of dolphins while parasailing.
A highlight was the fantastic bus driver Charles. He was enthusiastic, outgoing, energetic, and knowledgeable. He answered all of our questions before we even had the chance to ask and was truly a gem. The bus was early, clean, and comfortable.
Our one complaint is that the voucher for the ferry ride to the island did not have a reservation. So when we arrived we were told we had to wait an hour for the next boat. I called the tour operator from the terminal and was offered no solution, that it is just a voucher for a ticket. This was quite upsetting as it would have meant cutting down our already short time on the island. Luckily for us the man working at the ferry terminal was able to squeeze us on as stand by passengers so we made the right boat. We then reserved on the boat we needed to get back in time to get on the bus.
To anyone purchasing this tour I would recommend calling the operator ahead of time to see which ferries tou should reserve for yourself to ensure you can get on the boat.
To the operator I would suggest arranging a tour that would offer an overnight stay in Avalon.
We really enjoyed the tour but wished the stay on island was longer!
I thought I had responded to this in early August, but I don't mind submitting again. We were a group of four traveling from Anaheim to Catalina Island. Overall it was a beautiful day, and definitely worth having made the reservation. At the ferry terminal we purchased one of the bus tours to the interior of the island. It was a very good decision! Once on the island we boarded the bus and for the next two hours we bumped and bounced until we arrived at the Airport in the Sky. We even got to see some bison who didn't seem at all impressed that we were there to see them!
The only "down" part of the day was that even though I had called twice, the two days before, to reconfirm our reservation and 8:30 pick up time, we received a call at 8:10 wanting to know why were we late? We were already on our way down from our room, but it still made us feel uncomfortable to have the implication that we were late! All it would have taken was a phone call to let us know to be ready earlier, and I left my number the two times I called. But I definitely would do it again if given the opportunity to return to that part of California!
This tour was nothing short of amazing. There is so much to do on Catalina Island. The only problem is, the day trip does not give you enough time to do more than one or two short tours before you have to be back to catch the ferry. You really need to stay the night or the tour needs to extend the hours of departure, other than that, the tour was excellent and the Avalon scenic drive was terrific and our tour guide was very entertaining
Wonderful--2 additional hours on Island would have made the trip more than wonderful. Not enough time to eat, tour island and do at least 1 more event prior to having to be back at ferry. Did not have time to visit shops. However, the staff were very friendly and the Island itself was nice. In spite of a need for the trip to be expanded at least 1.5 - 2 hours, I would highly recommend it and using Viator. I plan to use Viator for all of my tours from here on out whenever, I am travelling.
In general, a great way to spend a day outdoors, catalina island is simply beautiful . Next time , we will stay a few days to get to know all the island .
Well worth doing, although not much time spent on the island, only around 4 hours. Beautiful and quirky place, nice if you want to get away from the city.
The trip over and back was great and the island was beautiful. Would recommend this day trip to anyone
A wonderfully relaxing way to spend a day. Avalon is a quaint little township with amazing ocean vistas. The 50minute township tour is worth doing...
had a nice time.not enough time to any island touring though.