Great Outdoor Experiences : Catalina Express

Great Outdoor Experiences

jeep tour on the backroads of catalina

As you begin to plan your next vacation, Catalina Island is a great place to start. Located just an hour away from the Southern California coast it continues to be a retreat from city life. With so much open space, it is easy to enjoy nature and the freshest air in California. Here are some activities that are geared towards appreciating the outdoors and your own space.

 

Return Back to Nature

Catalina’s hidden gem is the picturesque views in the interior of the Island. A quick way to have this experience is an off-road adventure on a Jeep or Hummer tour. The tours are all led by knowledgeable guides who will give you historical and ecological insight on the Island. The open-air vehicles are a great way to gain a full view of your surroundings. Check out the Catalina Island Company for information on their Bison Expedition tour where you can go in search of American bison. For an interior tour with a more naturalist twist try the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Wildlands Eco Tours. Catalina Island Taxi and Tours offers a picnic lunch tour as well as a romantic couple tour of the interior. Many of these companies are offering private tours for a more exclusive experience.

Group flying over Avalon harbor on a parasail

Up in the Air

The view of Catalina from 800 feet high is spectacular. Jump on a parasailing speed boat and feel the rush of the wind in your hair. The crew will safely harness in a parasail and up you go to enjoy the beauty and thrill of soaring with the birds. One thing you will notice instantly is how quiet and calming it is in the sky. For an added thrill, ask to have your feet dipped into the cool refreshing water. Visit California Parasail or Island Water Charters to book your parasailing adventure.

group enjoying themselves on the rope bridge

A Thrilling Adventure

Zip through the sky on the thrilling two-hour Zip Line Eco Tour on Catalina Island. Start off 600 feet above Descanso Beach Club and zig-zag your way down the canyon while taking in amazing ocean views. You will soar through a grove of towering eucalyptus trees on five separate lines at speeds approaching 35 mph.

Want more of a physical challenge? Try the Catalina Aerial Adventure. This tour is a unique and challenging outdoor experience. It consists of climbing, swinging and crawling through a series of challenging obstacles suspended in a grove of towering eucalyptus.

family enjoying the view from their golf cart

Take your Time

Explore the beautiful coastal scenes of Catalina Island at your own pace. Hop into a golf cart and drive around taking in all the splendor the Island has to offer. Or pedal your way to adventure by renting a bike. Stop whenever you see a great view that you want to capture on your phone or just stop and contemplate nature. Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals and Tours is conveniently located near where you arrive and will help you set up your golf rental.  Brown’s Bikes has a variety of bike options to fit your needs from electric bikes to mountain bikes.

With all activities, please make a reservation if possible, to ensure you don’t miss out on the experience. Visit LoveCatalina.com to find contact information for these activities and learn more about other businesses open on Catalina.

 

by Guadalupe Rodriguez

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.