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Catalina Express

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Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
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+1 800-481-3470

With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San...

With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, Catalina Express is the best way to get to Catalina Island. In about an hour, you could be hiking, biking, shopping, diving, snorkeling, fishing, dining, stand up paddling, kayaking, relaxing at a spa or kicking back at the beach club.

Just 22 miles from LA, but a world of difference.

(Don't forget to upgrade to the Commodore Lounge and skip the lines with priority check-in, express boarding, plus a complimentary cocktail or soft drink, and more. Just $15 each way.)

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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island

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Fun trip over to Catalina

Pretty efficient service altho the waiting out in the sun can be a bit much. No reason to line up when they first call is what I have discovered. Just wait til they start boarding... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pretty efficient service altho the waiting out in the sun can be a bit much. No reason to line up when they first call is what I have discovered. Just wait til they start boarding to get in line. Boats are pretty nice. Get to Catalina in an hour. In the future I might consider commodore lounge upgrade if its... More 

Thank STP95008
Seal Beach, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Catalina Express from Long Beach was a good experience. The waiting room in Long Beach was clean and the seating was comfortable. They have a restaurant there which I did not try. Getting on board was an easy experience and the seating there was comfy with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating and enough room to move about.... More 

Thank 270Pat_C
Huntington Park, California
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been going to Santa Catalina Island for over 18 years now and I always take the Catalina Express very courteous and polite are the employees that work there they make my trip a pleasant one everytime.

Thank Michael R
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ride was short and quick. Long enough to grab a drink and walk upstairs to enjoy the view. Get a seat near the window and outlet to charge your phone! Its not a bumby ride at all. You can also grab some zzzzz's which is what a few people did on our ride over. Short and sweet

Thank Aliscia A
Adelaide, Australia
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49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on the Catalina Express for a trip to the island roughly takes 1 hour to arrive nice comfortable and affordable transportation, can also buy food and drinks on board if needed.

Thank CraigAussie
Roseville, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ferry ride was good. Bathrooms were clean. Good selection of drinks and snacks if you need. I loved the outside chairs for the ride. We even saw a whale and dolphins.

Thank Patrick H
Phoenix, Arizona
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74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have taken the Catalina Express before, it is a comfortable, reliable and affordable way to get to Catalina. This particular trip in february was post-California storms.. so we had very rough seas. The crew handled it so well! made sure everyone had bags in case they needed them, retrieved some ginger ale or coke for those asking, and they... More 

Thank SKnBK
Mesa, Arizona
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great trip to island, depart and arrive right on time, little over 1 hr trip, booked on line and got discount, also offer free birthday deal

1 Thank BigRedAZ
Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this day trip over to Avalon. The Catalina Express was great with some amazing views. We were lucky to see whales, dolphins and a seal. The rid over was very smooth. On the way back we sat very comfortably in the Lounge Area, which was inside. We didn't stay over night but there was plenty to do for... More 

1 Thank Carolinahej
Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ferry ride to Catalina Island is really nice and relaxing. Our captain even pointed out a whale swimming nearby and slowed the boat so we could watch it. The island, however, is really not all that. I was disappointed with how little there is to do on it. The scenery from the island is beautiful, but the overpriced shops... More 

Thank Pamela M

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