Catalina Express

The Catalina Express

Relax, Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

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Celebrating 36 Years of Service

This year Catalina Express celebrates its 36th year of service to Catalina Island. Starting with only one boat and one phone, Catalina Express has emerged as the leader of marine transportation to Catalina Island. Each year, more than one million passengers set sail on board the Catalina Express fleet.

"It’s amazing to see how much the business has grown and changed over the past 36 years. I believe the success of Catalina Express has been made possible because of our loyal customers and employees”
- Greg Bombard, President

Catalina Express began in 1981 when three Catalina Island residents realized the need for fast, reliable transportation to and from the island. Doug Bombard, his son Greg Bombard and long time colleague, Tom Rutter, worked tirelessly to make the vision a reality. Since then more than 25 million passengers have set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.

In its first year of service Catalina Express operated with one, 60-passenger vessel. The founders worked closely with boat builders to design vessels with innovative features like full ride control systems for stability, modern navigational systems, airline-style cabin seating, panoramic viewing windows, and on-deck seating, which won immediate acceptance from passengers.

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Media Requests

Catalina Express’ vessels, terminals, and ports have appeared in dozens of films, news stories, magazines and newspaper articles. As the fastest, most reliable, year-round transportation to Catalina Island, Catalina Express receives numerous media requests each year. The Marketing department personnel welcome media inquiries and will accommodate reasonable requests.

If you are working on a film, article or news story and need assistance please call the Marketing department at: (310) 519-7971 ext. 1000

If an assignment requires travel to the island on board Catalina Express or filming or photography on board, please download the Media Questionnaire and email to [email protected]

Marketing department personnel will review the questionnaire and contact you to discuss the assignment.

For hi-res images of Catalina Express and Catalina Island, please email your request to [email protected]

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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.

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