Catalina Island Tours for Every Type of Vacationer : Catalina Express

Catalina Island Tours for Every Type of Vacationer

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A vacation on Catalina Island takes you to breathtaking lands, where nature comes alive before your eyes and sweeping vistas welcome your every view. For over 40 years, Catalina Island tours have been indulging vacationers in the dream vacation getaway experience they’ve always wanted. The three main tour companies, Catalina Adventure Tours, Catalina Tours, and Catalina Island Company have each crafted exceptional Catalina Island tours to fulfill the desires of families, couples, groups and singles alike. Here are a few Catalina Island tours for every type of vacationer.

Catalina Island Tours for Families with Children

Just because children come into the picture doesn’t mean that the adventuring days are over. In the midst of busy careers and responsibilities, parents are growing in their realization that quality time with their children is very precious. This causes parents to search for something special; an experience that everyone can enjoy. Family adventure vacations open up a whole new world of excitement to create unforgettable experiences. With the countless amount of fun activities on Catalina Island, it is the perfect destination for families with children of all ages. Depending upon your family’s interests and vacation wants, you may want to consider one of these family tour packages on Catalina Island to give your family vacation memories that will last a lifetime.

Safari Island Adventure

Travelling is one of the best ways to open up a child’s world to excitement and wonder. Impactful Catalina Island tours often ignite new interests and expose children to the diversity of nature. Imagine trekking on an island expedition in an open-air vehicle as your family gazes in disbelief at the surrounding foxes, bison and other Catalina Island wildlife. For two and a half hours, your family will journey from sea level to an elevation of 1,604 feet as you take in beautiful scenery using your naked eye and provided binoculars. The driver also serves as your guide to unlocking the history of the Island and its unique adventures. This family experience delivers a harmonious blend of adventure and scholarship that’s so enjoyable you won’t even realize how much you’re learning.

Semi-Submersible Vessel

Take your family on “The Nautilus,” a semi-submersible submarine designed after America’s first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. One of the unique Catalina Island tours, this under-water adventure takes you 6 feet under to explore the sea creatures below. You can even create a fish frenzy by pressing a torpedo button that launches fish food into the sea! During certain seasons, you’re also able to take special evening missions to view nocturnal sea creatures that only come out after dark. Join the captain and his crew on these missions that are both educational and entertaining.

Catalina Island Tours for Couples, Friends and Singles

In its best moments, traveling usually means new discoveries, big laughs, and unforgettable stories to add to your life experiences. The best reasons to choose an island getaway is because it accompanies beautiful sunsets, crystal clear waters, unadulterated nature landscapes, and island-exclusive activities. It’s also a great way to escape the busy distractions of busy life and submerge yourself into a rejuvenating environment where you won’t find a traffic light anywhere. Whether you’re adventuring to the Island by yourself, with a loved one or friends, the following Catalina Island tours are sure to give you the Island getaway vacation you’ve always wanted.

Guided Kayaking Tours

There are few finer ways to explore Catalina Island than by going on a guided kayaking tour. Whether or not you’ve kayaked before, most of these Catalina Island tours are well-suited for first-time kayakers. The experienced guides will navigate you through the most gorgeous views and wildlife to behold on the Catalina Island waters such as fish, sea lions, dolphins and eagles – and all of the necessary equipment is provided! One of the advantages of this kayaking adventure is the diversity of people you get to meet along the way. Catalina Island tours are a great way to meet and interact with other groups and individuals from all over the world. It’s not uncommon for people who connect on these tours to stay in touch once their trip has ended – some even make the trip a yearly tradition!


Taste of Catalina Food Tours

If you enjoy breathtaking island views and incredible food, the Catalina Food Tour is for you. This delicious experience provides non-touristy foodie experiences hosted by fun and personable tour guides. One thing we can guarantee is that you will see and sample a lot! The Taste of Catalina tour will give you a sneak peek into 6 unique restaurants for you to indulge on the highest rated entrees, desserts and beverages. Many people don’t realize the rich history of Catalina Island, and what better way to discover it than while tasting delicious dishes?  Let’s face, when it comes to group activities, there are few things more unanimously enjoyable as eating food. This is something people of all ages and taste buds will enjoy – even those with specific dietary requirements. No two food tours are the same, and this Catalina Island tour promises amazing sights, sounds, and tastes from this historic isle. It will be a highlight of your Catalina Island adventure.


Each of the aforementioned tours barely touch the surface of the fun to be experienced on this enchanting island. Other Catalina Island tours include:

  • Zip Line Eco Tour
  • Avalon Scenic Drive
  • Discover the Casino Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Sea Rocks Explorer
  • Inside Adventure Tour
  • Scenes of Catalina
  • Village Walking Tour
  • Parasailing Tours
  • Guided Snorkeling Tours
  • Guided Scuba Tours
  • Happy Hour Tour
  • Many More!

These tours normally start at 9:30am and are offered in 2, 4, and 8-hour tours. Many of the tours run into the evening so make sure to bring all the basics such as sunscreen, water, hat, hair tie, walking shoes and jacket. One of the most beautiful aspects of Catalina Island is that it is secluded from cars, traffic and freeway which means you’ll need to be prepared to walk. Check out our expanded list of Catalina Island Tours here.

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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.