Unique Island Experiences : Catalina Express

Unique Island Experiences

tile making

Just off the coast of Southern California lies a local island getaway offering unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else. Catalina has rich history and one of kind activities that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Tile Making Experience

One of the many elements that makes Avalon stand out is its Spanish and Art Deco artwork which is showcased in the tile displays throughout town. With the Catalina Tile Experience, you can learn about the history of tile making on the Island as well as create a Catalina inspired piece of your own. This fully immersive experience is great for adults and children alike.   

Flying Fish Tour

Flying Fish

Did you know fish could fly? They do on Catalina Island! The famous flying fish are a sight to behold on the Flying Fish Voyage where you will get up close and personal with these marine aviators. This 50-minute tour can only be taken at night, so stay the night and have experience you can’t have anywhere else.

Howland's Landing Campsite

Family Summer Camp: August 18 - 22

What better way to spend your summer than going back to summer camp with your family or friends? To make it a truly unique experience, join the Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Society team at Howland’s Landing on Catalina Island for their annual August Family Camp. Meals, lodging, activities, amenities, and transportation all included! Rent out a cabin with family or friends and partake in fun adventures for the whole group. Learn about the wonders of the ocean from legendary leaders of the marine world and relax on a private beach at Howland’s Landing.

Family standing by golf cart

Golf Cart

Helping you escape from the hustle and bustle of city life is what Catalina does best. One of the main ways the Island accomplishes this is by limiting the number of cars. The preferred mode of transportation is golf cart. There is something freeing about zipping around an island taking in all the gorgeous views at your own pace. Rent a golf cart from Catalina Golf Cart Rentals & Tours for a few hours and really explore this island paradise.

Couple lounging on the beach

Descanso Beach Club

If you live in Southern California, you know enjoying an alcoholic beverage on the beach is not allowed. Descanso Beach Club is the exception. It is one of the last private beaches in California that is still open to the public. Take a stroll along the waterfront past the iconic Casino and settle in with a Buffalo milk in your hand and your toes in the sand. Want to elevate your beach experience? Rent a chaise lounge or private cabana.

Catalina Island can give you unique and memorable experiences for the whole family or your group of friends. Hop on the Catalina Express and start your adventure 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.