Resting off the coast of California in the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Santa Catalina Island features spectacular landscapes and a variety of outdoor adventures. Home to pristine beaches and corals reefs that fringe the coastline, the island’s Mediterranean climate and natural wonders make this a haven for nature lovers.
Things to do in Santa Catalina Island
Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the Catalina Casino and discover why, despite its name, there’s no gambling found here. See the magnificent circular ballroom where stars like Benny Goodman earned their name. Afterwards, stay for a film at the beautifully restored Avalon Theatre and admire the Art Deco murals that line its interior.
Ever thought you’d see fish fly? Experience the thrill of Catalina’s fish taking flight as they jump from the sea on a Catalina Flying Fish Tour or venture out into the Catalina Channel for a romantic sunset cruise to spot dolphins and sea lions swimming beside the boat.
Get a closer glimpse of Catalina’s marine life by snorkelling or scuba diving at Lover’s Cove. The protected inlet is home to a variety of colourful fish and corals. If you don’t fancy getting wet, tour the sea by kayak or follow the Trans Catalina Hiking Trail for sweeping views of the Catalina coast.
Discover your wild side on the Catalina Aerial Adventure, an obstacle course with swings, bridges and ladders suspended high above the scenic Catalina Canyon. After working up an appetite, kick back and relax at Descanso Beach Club, the island’s most popular beachside restaurant and bar.
Getting around Santa Catalina Island
Ferries arrive in Catalina from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach or Dana Point. The journey across takes approximately an hour, while helicopter services from Long Beach and San Pedro take 15 minutes. Motor vehicles are restricted on the island, making golf carts, bicycles and taxis the best ways to get around.