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Two Harbors - Things To Do

Experience the rural surroundings of Two Harbors and Catalina’s interior. Located on the west end at the island’s Isthmus, Two Harbors is a unique and rustic small island village getaway for outdoor and boating enthusiasts. This village has one restaurant, one bar and snack shop, and one General Store – each with a stunning view. Explore Catalina’s interior where you’ll find plant life that is not found anywhere else…and animal life that’s just as rare. Visitors may spot Catalina fox, quail, buffalo, and even bald eagles while hiking along well-marked trails, biking over mountain roads or a high adventure tour aboard a hummer. Two Harbors allows you to be in a rural setting or keep to your urban likings by staying close to the amenities.

Beach Volleyball

The upper beach of Two Harbors has a great sand volleyball court for beach volleyball enthusiasts. A fun way to get some outdoor exercise and enjoy the strikingly clear water and sandy beach. Rent a ball at Two Harbors Dive & Recreation a few feet away or bring your own for an enjoyable game in the sun. The Dive and Recreation Center also has beach supplies, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and more.

Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center: (310) 510-4272
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Bicycling

Mountain biking on Catalina is a must-do for serious bikers. The dirt roads of the island interior offer challenging biking or easy cruising, plus awe-inspiring views. Mountain bike rentals are available or you may bring your personal bike on the Catalina Express. (Boat reservation for bicycle required)

Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center: (310) 510-4272
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Dining

This quaint village only has one restaurant, the Harbor Reef Restaurant, one bar, the Harbor Reef Saloon and Patio Bar, and a snack bar, the West End Galley all conveniently located next to each other so there is an atmosphere and style for all to enjoy. On summer weekend nights there is a DJ on the dance floor connected to the Patio Bar for all to enjoy. And the local favorite, “The Buffalo Milk” is not to be missed and is one of the Patio Bars specialties. The West End Galley is the perfect spot for a quick and casual bite for either breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner during the summer season.
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Fishing

Fishing in the sparkling waters off Catalina’s coast is some of the best anywhere. Sea bass, yellow tail, and halibut are just a few varieties of fish you can catch. Equipment and skiffs are available.

Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center: (310) 510-4272
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Hiking/Backpacking

The Two Harbors area offers day hikes ranging from easy to difficult, allowing both the casual hiker and serious trekker to traverse into the interior of the island. Some trails follow existing roads and some lead to ridges offering expansive views of the ocean, Channel Islands and mainland. Free hiking permits are required for extended treks.
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Kayaking

The crystal clear waters around Two Harbors lead into secluded coves, caves, and reefs with amazing sea and bird life. Many of these areas are reachable only by watercraft. Spend the day kayaking, fishing, or try a naturalist guided tour.

Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center: (310) 510-4272
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Picnic Areas

In addition to individual tables and barbeques areas, there are four larger areas for picnics or outdoor events in Two Harbors. They are on a first-come basis unless you reserve it in advance for a private event at the site. Bring your own meal or have it catered, and enjoy the afternoon.
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Scuba Diving

The island’s favorite dive sites such as Ship Rock, Bird Rock, Emerald Bay, Isthmus Reef, Eagle Reef and Blue Cavern’s Point are all within 15 minutes by skiff. You can also enter the water right off the no-surf sandy beach, or paddle a specially designed diving kayaks and discover your own secluded cove.
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Snorkeling

Two Harbors offers easy access to some of the world’s best snorkeling. Voted “World’s Healthiest Marine Environment” by Scuba Diving Magazine, the water is clear and clean, with visibility ranging from 40-100 feet. Water temperatures vary from 55-72 degrees. Lessons, rentals and guided dive trips are available.

You can enter the water right off Two Harbors’ calm, sandy beaches, or paddle a specially designed diving kayak to a secluded cove. Dive masters are available for guided kayak/snorkel tours.

Lessons, rentals, charters and guided trips are available from the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center. They also offer snorkeling excursions aboard their 45-foot catamaran, Garibaldi.

Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center at (310) 510-4272
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