Unique Outdoor Getaways : Catalina Express

Unique Outdoor Getaways

Two guys hiking on Catalina

As you plan a trip to enjoy the outdoors again, Catalina offers unique experiences that will allow you to explore the natural beauty of the Island. Whether you are looking for a day trip or staying overnight, there are various activities to make a getaway to remember.


Camping right off the coast under a great palm tree

Hike and Camp across the Island minus the gear hauling

Catalina has hidden gems throughout the interior of the Island. Hiking and camping are great ways to see the lush beauty that the Island is known for, but hauling your gear or planning the experience might sound a little overwhelming.

Let Catalina Backcountry help you create an outdoor expedition that you won't ever forget. They offer back-country support, comfort camping, guided hikes, gear haul and custom experiences. Their knowledgeable team have the insider knowledge and will help you see many spots that only locals have explored.>


Summer Camp for families or groups

Reconnect with Family at Summer Camp

It’s glamping summer camp style. At Catalina Island Camps, family groups can rent cabins complete with meals available for two- and three-night stays.

Come relax on a secluded beach with plenty of room to spread out. Swim, kayak and snorkel in the cove and hike the local trails. Enjoy the stars at night at a beach campfire with s’mores. Catalina Island Camps has set up the campgrounds for a small number of family groups to safely share the beauty of Catalina Island.

If you have to log in to check email or have a quick call, they have internet. It is also a great place to disconnect and recharge as a family.

To start planning your family retreat, visit the Catalina Island Camps website where they walk you through the planning process.


Hummer rolling through the Islands mountians

Meet a Bison

Catalina is the home to many unique wildlife including a herd of bison, bald eagles and the Catalina Island foxes. One of the best ways to see these treasured locals in their natural habitat is an off-road tour into the interior of the Island.

Catalina has tour companies that can take you and your travel buddies to explore parts of the Island few people have seen before. If you are only able to plan a daytrip to Catalina, these tours range from two to five hours. Many have created an option for a customizable private tour, so you can plan your tour to maximize your experience. Check out the tours below to see which best fits for your adventure.

Catalina Adventure Tours - During this 2.5-hour tour, journey up the tree-lined old stagecoach road from sea level to an elevation of 1,604 feet. Featuring picturesque scenery, your bumpy transport makes its way over rugged terrain, venturing through Gallagher’s Cove and Toyon Bay, and coastline areas such as Goat Harbor, White’s Landing, and Rippers Cove. The wild animals roam free which makes every sighting an exciting bonus. On clear days, enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views.

Catalina Island CoClimb aboard an open-air biofuel Hummer and go in search of American bison on this exciting expedition into Catalina’s rugged interior. This 2-hour 4-wheeling adventure offers you an excellent opportunity to see American bison in the wild as you journey through favorite grazing grounds of these majestic animals. While you keep your eyes peeled for Catalina's American bison grazing on the hillsides, your guide will share interesting facts about Catalina's history, flora and fauna.

Catalina Island Conservancy With access to over 165 miles of paved and unpaved roads, the naturalist-led Conservancy Eco Tours allow you to explore parts of Catalina Island no other outfitter can reach.  Whether you are hoping to learn more about the Island’s rich history, see some of our unique plants, wildlife and bison, or simply explore parts of Catalina that most people never see, your adventure starts here! 

Catalina Island Taxis and Tours - Take a private Catalina tour and explore the magic of this enchanted island. Your personal guide will pick you up in either an open-air 5-passenger Jeep or one of their comfortable vans and show you picturesque views and share the island's rich history.


The Island is a great destination to start traveling again with so much open space and activities. From lounging beachside to hiking the rugged terrain, you can have a variety of experiences every time you visit.


* To get the latest details on what's open and other travel advisories, visit Love Catalina Island.

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.