Youth Groups : Catalina Express

Youth Groups

Aerial view of Catalina Island

Catalina Island is an adventurous paradise that will “wow” your student or youth group with its unique history and exciting activities.


After a fun, one-hour boat ride to Catalina Island, start the day with the Discover Avalon Tour. Guests can discover the enchantment of Avalon on this delightful journey along the beach front, up the hillsides and through the heart of this friendly and historic town. Learn about colorful local attractions, history and folklore. (Duration: 50 minutes. Call Catalina Express for group tour reservations.)

cafe metropole
descanso beach club
descanso ocean sports


Swing by Café Metropole Café Metropole where you can pick up freshlypacked boxed lunches. Head out to Descanso Beach Club and enjoy the picnic lunch on the grassy hill overlooking the beautiful private beach. (Contact Café Metropole for a group quote on student meals at 310.510.9095.)

Travel Tips

Need to add an education element? Visit the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new Trailhead where you can schedule a docent to speak to the students about the Island’s ecology and wilderness.

Are your students interested in marine life? Book the 45-minute Undersea Expedition where students can come face-to-face with Catalina’s abundant sea life by cruising five feet under water in a spacious, climate controlled semisubmersible submarine. Every passenger has their own seat and port hole, so they can easily see an incredible array of undersea dwellers.

Worried about letting your students roam the beach alone? Don’t be. The town of Avalon, where the shops and restaurants are, is only 1.5 sq. miles, so it’s very easy to let students go off on their own to explore. Catalina has a small-town feel and is very safe, so you can be confident that this unique beach day will make both parents and students happy.

view of catalina


Discover Avalon Tour

1 Island Plaza



cafe metropole


Café Metropole

113 Metropole Ave.



Aerial view of Descanso Beach Club


Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way



Two girls kayaking around Avalon Bay.


Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

5 St. Catherine Way






708 Crescent Ave.



undersea expedition


Undersea Expedition

Green Pleasure Pier



a map of the youth group itinerary

For a printable PDF of the Youth Group itinerary, please click here

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.