Water Fun : Catalina Express

Water Fun

snorkeling on catalina island

As temperatures start to rise, the water is calling for you to jump in. Catalina Island has just what you need to get back to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Islands underwater wonders. Whether you decide to completely go underwater or just enjoy being on the water, Catalina Island has an activity just for you. Here is a list of a few activities the Island has to offer to help you get started.
photo credit: Kevin Jantzer

standup paddle boarding photo credit: ISLE Surf and SUP
photo credit: ISLE Surf and SUP

Glide across the water

What better way to work out while exploring the Island’s rugged coastline than on a kayak or standup paddleboard? Bask in the sunshine while exploring parts of Catalina that many don’t see. There are many convenient locations where you may rent ocean equipment including Wet Spot Rentals located right by the Catalina Express ticket window and Descanso Beach Ocean Sports at the Descanso Beach Club.

 

kids snorkeling in the ocean

Immerse yourself underwater

Catalina attracts divers from far and wide with its crystal-clear water and abundant marine life. The Island is truly another world underneath the waves. The diverse marine life is a sight to see up close as well as the famous kelp forests.  Catalina Divers Supply will make sure your diving adventure goes off without a hitch. If you are not certified for scuba diving, then snorkeling is the next best thing. No need to bring your own snorkeling gear, Catalina Divers Supply and Joe’s Rent-a-Boat are there to help you with rentals.

family on the semi sub looking at fish
photo credit: Socal Fun Family

Explore without getting wet

You should not have to miss out on exploring Catalina’s underwater world because you have small children with you or you simply don’t want to get wet. Don’t worry Catalina has you covered. Try a Glass Bottom Boat tour or get a little closer to the action by trying a semi-submersible. The Catalina Island Company offers both Undersea Sub Expedition and Glass Bottom Boat Voyage.  Catalina Adventure Tours offers The Nautilus Semi-Submarine Excursion. These activities are great alternatives to explore the sea life of Catalina Island without stepping into the water.

Drop anchor and enjoy

Fishing may be the oldest way to enjoy the ocean but it’s also one of the best ways. Fishing can be a thrilling and relaxing activity. Catalina Island has a great sportfishing history and you can be a part of it. From the fishing novice to the expert angler, Catalina Island can provide an experience of a lifetime. Charter a fishing vessel from Afishinados or Catalina Coastal Tours for a private guided fishing adventure. You can also rent a small boat from Joe’s Rent-a-Boat and explore on your own.

parasailing on catalina Island

Soar over the ocean.

Parasailing may not take you into the water but it will allow you to bask in the grandeur of the ocean and take in the beauty of Avalon harbor so harness yourself in a parasail and get ready to fly 800 feet in the air. Let your captain know if you want to dip your toes in the ocean after your flight. They also offer picture packages to preserve the memories of you flying above Catalina. Both Parasail Catalina and Island Water Charters can hook you up.

 

This is just a sampling of all the marvelous things there are to do on Catalina Island. There so much more to explore out in the water and give you an adventure you will never forget. If the ocean is calling you visit CatalinaExpress.com and start planning your Island getaway today.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.