We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“long beach” (19 reviews)
“day trip” (22 reviews)
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
Write a Review
Reviews (205)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 201 reviews

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We made a day trip on a Sunday in August. Weather was perfect. We live in Dana Point and the ferry schedule from this port is a bit limited. Many more choices departing from Newport and Long Beach. As a result, advanced planning is necessary....More

1  Thank Rudypup
Reviewed 30 August 2017

The boat itself was roomy inside and outside. There was a minimal service bar for breakfast, coffee, and juice. Not sure if there was alcohol, but I doubt it. The crew was very re-assuring to the crowd and thoughtfully went through the safety measures needed...More

1  Thank KatrinaNeylon
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The Catalina Express is a most beautiful ride over to Avalon...and then the pods of dolphins showed up! How thrilling to see this amazing sight. Our Captain spotted them first and shared the info so all passengers could see the dolphins in action...awesome!

Thank passagrillemermaid
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We experienced no motion sickness on the vessel, so that was great. The boat is clean, and you have a choice of riding on a very tiny upper deck or in the cabin, which is air conditioned. After the boat takes off, you can order...More

Thank Scubajackie
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing service, really take care of people whom ride with them. If I could give more stars I would highly recommended to everyone. People whom work at the Dana Warf are some of the nicest people I have ever meet best experience.

Thank Ronnie P
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I called the week before to check on availability of a midweek one day trip, leaving in the early AM and returning early PM. Even thought it was high season, the rep assured me that if you book 24 hours in advance I should be...More

1  Thank C S
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Called late (night before) as website indicated a call was necessary. Got a little later trip to Avalon than we wanted. Drive to terminal, across Long Beach port was amazing in itself! Took a moment to find the entrance to the ticket office; but when...More

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth a crossing the Express delivers. We took the bigger catamaran and it was a very pleasant ride coming and going. Terminals were clean and ticketing was super efficient. Make sure to make a reservation as seats sell out.

Thank kathleen w
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Because they do NOT offer Groupon's or other savings, the class of passengers and the crew is definitely above average. A less crowded trip than the Catalina Flyer, out of New port of Long Beach

Thank Philip K
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

3rd trip to Catalina, maybe our last. Check in a mess, requiring standing in line an hour or more; parking worse, 2-3 miles away. Back to find car covered in bird poop & leaves. Shuttle provided initially, none on return. Ferry ride good but other...More

1  Thank Faye W
Nearby Restaurants
RJ's Cafe
255 reviews
.42 km away
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
346 reviews
.38 km away
Harbor Grill Restaurant
425 reviews
.33 km away
Wind & Sea Restaurant
511 reviews
.13 km away
Nearby Attractions
Dana Point Harbor
850 reviews
.32 km away
Doheny State Beach
400 reviews
.69 km away
Baby Beach
110 reviews
1.21 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sonia G
14 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from MusicMama | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking you are asking about Dana Point before embarkation. There are a few restaurants at the marina, and an excellent outdoor cafe for bagel/egg sandwiches or oatmeal and coffee/juice/smoothies. We enjoy breakfast at... More
2 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
Which Catalina Express are you taking? Parking is convenient from Dana Point but limited, San Pedro and Long Beach both have parking and probably about that price
16 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
I have had good success with Super Shuttle, although I have not used them to San Diego. They have ExecuCar that doesn't make additional stops to pick-up passengers. Try them