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Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“long beach” (18 reviews)
“day trip” (20 reviews)
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Faye W
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Getting to Catalina Island is not cheap $300.00 round trip. We had myself, my wife and two teenage girls. We departed from Dana Point to Catalina and then from Catalina to San Pedro to get our rental car for the rest of our California trip....More

Thank Jeremy S
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We found the pre-boarding and parking process to be a bit disorganized. The staff will not allow you to check in the day before so you have to arrive at least an hour before boarding (so an hour and 15 before departure) and stand around...More

2  Thank travelinggal1951
Reviewed 5 June 2017

I've taken the Catalina Express several times from Dana Point to Catalina. The boat is on time,clean and in good running order. The staff is professional, informative and helpful. The seating is indoor and outdoor and very comfortable. The best part is the wildlife viewing...More

1  Thank Pam B
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

I'm taking my husband for an overnight getaway for his birthday so we are very excited for first visit. These are the things CE could improve on: 1-Better instructions on what to do when you get to Dana Point, like picking up boarding pass and...More

Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Expect to see whales and dolphins on the way to and from. We rented a small outboard at the dock on arrival and had a great time just cruising around the the East face of the island all day. Caught a lot of fish too!...More

1  Thank fleetfeetpete
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The check in was a very bad experience. We paid $117.50 for parking, however I am handicapped and parking is free if you park in the handicapped places and display your placard. I went back to the window and they refunded me (on my card)...More

1  Thank Debi P
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Sonia G
14 April 2017|
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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|
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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|
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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