Catalina Island is south-southwest of Los Angeles and is part of California’s Channel Islands. It consists of two towns, Avalon to the east and Two Harbors to the west. The island is full of culture and history. No matter what time of year you want to visit Catalina Island, there is always something to do. Before you can check out the scenery and activities, though, you have to get to the island.
Traveling By Sailboat
In addition to passenger ferries that leave from Long Beach, San Pedro, Newport Beach and Dana Point, visitors to Catalina Island can travel via private plane or charter a private boat. Sailing to Catalina Island from Long Beach by sailboat might take longer than a high-speed ferry, but it is worth the time spent on the beautiful ocean, where you might happen to see a dolphin or whale. Via sailboat, you can travel either to Avalon or Two Harbors.
What To Do On The Island 2023
February is part of the off-season for visiting Catalina Island, but that makes it more efficient and affordable to enjoy the many sights and activities that take place year-round.
Catalina Aerial Adventure
If you are adventurous and wish to be entertained and challenged, check out the Catalina Aerial Adventure. It is just a short distance from the Desansos Beach Club, but you will feel like you are out in the woods among the eucalyptus trees that tower over you. Climb, crawl and swing through five different self-paced obstacle courses. This is a perfect adventure for beginners and athletes alike.
Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour
Climb on board a shuttle and travel until you are 600 feet above the Descanso Beach House. You will then zip across and down the canyon, enjoying picturesque views of the ocean, traveling through a grove of eucalyptus trees and reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Along the way, your tour guides will tell you about all the plants and animals on Catalina Island, 60 species of which are only found on the island. At the conclusion of this two-hour adrenaline rush, you will end up at the Descanso Beach House, where you can enjoy a drink or meal. This won’t be as intimate as a private boat dinner for 2, but you will be able to brag about your adventure.
Glass Bottom Boat
Travel from the harbor to Lover’s Cove on a glass-bottom boat. You will see colorful and interesting fish and sea life during this approximately 40-minute tour.
Undersea Sub Expedition
Similar to the glass-bottom boat, this vessel is more like a semi-submarine. You will travel just under the water’s surface to Lover’s Cove and view the local sea life, including the bright-orange Garibaldi, California’s state saltwater fish, through your own porthole. On the way back to the harbor, you can go up on deck and enjoy the view.
There are plenty of other activities to enjoy on Catalina Island, including bison watching and learning about the history of Catalina Island. Fishing is allowed, but be sure your vessel meets charter boat requirements.
Plan your visit to Catalina Island today. You won’t want to leave!