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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Spend the day exploring Catalina Island via zipline. During this full-day tour from Anaheim, ride a ferry to the quaint island. You also have the option to upgrade to a variety of different adventures to ensure your day in Avalon is packed full of fun! Round-trip transportation from select hotels in Anaheim is included.
  • Day trip to Catalina Island from Anaheim
  • Enjoy views of the Southern California coast on a smooth ferry ride along the Gulf of Santa Catalina
  • Take an optional zipline tour over the breathtaking hills and canyons near Avalon
  • Option to include an Undersea Adventure or Ocean Runner tour
  • This is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city!
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Round-trip ferry transfers
Scenic Tour of Avalon (if option selected)
Undersea Adventure (if option selected)
Ocean Runner Tour (if option selected)
Zipline Adventure (if option selected)
Gratuities
Food and drink

Departure Point

Anaheim, CA, USA

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Following morning pickup from your Los Angeles or Anaheim hotel, board a shuttle for transport to the Long Beach Landing Terminal to catch the ferry. 

Aboard the ferry, enjoy the smooth ride to Catalina Island, just 22 miles (35 km) off the coast. As the boat sails away from the mainland, check out the fabulous views of the Southern California coastline receding in the distance.

Upon arrival in Avalon, the island’s largest city - if you have purchased an optional upgrade, you will make your way to that tour's departure point.

Avalon Scenic Tour

Take this guided scenic tour of Avalon and see the sights on a 50-minute, 7.5-mile (12-km) excursion that takes you up the hillsides, along the waterfront and through the center of town. The nonstop ride provides panoramic views and gets you oriented with Avalon and the attractions so you can better enjoy your time on Catalina Island. Learn about the island's history and heritage from your knowledgeable guide.

Undersea Expedition

Go below the surface of the Pacific Ocean on this 45-minute underwater excursion. Come face-to-face with Catalina's abundant marine life as you cruise five feet below the surface in a spacious, climate-controlled cabin with a live guide who will highlight points of interest along the way. Everyone has their own seat and port hole but you are also free to move about the cabin as much as you like for different viewpoints.

Ocean Runner Experience

Head out  into the Catalina Channel on a sturdy Ribcraft boat for an adrenaline-fueled one-hour tour. You may be able to spot dolphins and sea lions in the Pacific Ocean and along the coast! Learn about Catalina Island's history, heritage and landmarks from your knowledgeable guide. This will be a fast, fun and informative ride that offers another perspective on the natural beauty of Catalina Island.

Zipline Adventure:

Meet your expert adventure guide for a short safety briefing and orientation, then get fitted for a harness and helmet. Clip in and zip away, starting at the Hog's Back gate in the hills above Avalon. Travel on 5 consecutive lines, some at heights of 300 feet (91 meters) above the floor of Descanso Canyon. You'll reach speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph), stopping at several eco-stations to learn about the island's history and ecology from your guide. End your 2-hour zipline adventure ends at Descanso Beach.

After your day ion Catalina Island, you'll board the ferry for the ride back to Long Beach, where you’ll be picked up and taken back to your hotel for drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catalina Express
You’ll be picked up from your Anaheim area hotel in the morning for a shuttle drive to the Long Beach Landing Terminal, where you’ll hop on the ferry. Soak up vistas of the sprawling Southern California coast on your smooth 1-hour ride to the island. Located 22 miles (35 km) off the coast, Catalina Island (formally Santa Catalina Island) is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, a picture-perfect destination full of charming beaches, palm trees and rolling hills. When you arrive in Avalon, the island’s largest city, if you have purchased an optional upgrade, you will make your way to that tour's departure point. Avalon Scenic Tour - See the sights of Avalon on a 50-minute tour that takes you along the waterfront, up the hillsides and through the center of town. The quick, nonstop journey provides views and allows you to get oriented with Avalon and its attractions so you can better enjoy your time on Catalina Island. Learn about the island's history and heritage from a guide as you travel the 7.5-mile (12-km) loop.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Catalina Island Undersea Expedition
Undersea Expedition - Come face-to-face with Catalina's abundant marine life on this 45-minute underwater excursion. Cruise five feet below the surface in a spacious, climate-controlled cabin with a live guide highlighting points of interest. Every passenger has their own seat and port hole but you are also free to move about the cabin for a different viewpoint.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Green Pleasure Pier
Ocean Runner Tour - Head back out onto the ocean from Avalon into the Catalina Channel on a sturdy Ribcraft boat for an adrenaline-fueled one-hour tour. Look for dolphins and sea lions in the Pacific Ocean and along the coast, then learn about Catalina Island's history and landmarks from your knowledgeable guide. Expect a fast, fun and informative ride that offers another perspective on the natural beauty of Catalina Island.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Descanso Beach Club
Zipline tour begins here
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zip Line Eco Tour
Zipline Adventure - Just a short 15-minute walk and you will meet your expert guide at the zipline launch spot. After a safety briefing, strap in and get ready for an exciting adventure! Beginning at the Hog's Back gate high in the hills near Avalon, you’ll travel on five consecutive ziplines at heights of 300 feet (91 meters) above the Descanso Canyon floor. Feel your adrenaline rush as you reach speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph)! Your 2-hour zipline adventure ends at Descanso Beach
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Catalina Island Casino
View the iconic Casino before reminiscing on your fun, scenic experience on the relaxing ferry ride back to Long Beach, where you’ll be picked up and taken back to your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Zipline Requirements:
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Single passengers must be at least 10 years old and weight at least 80 lbs (36 kg)
  • Children ages 5 to 9 must ride with a parent or guardian who is at least 18 years old
  • Individual and combined weights on zipline cannot exceed 240 lbs (109 kg)
  • Restrooms are not available while on Zipline tour
  • Please note: passenger and weight restrictions are strictly enforced. Failure to meet these restrictions may result in cancellation without refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY EZ Alliance dba Karmel Shuttle's EXTREME Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades.

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  • "I had to be in line for my scenic drive at 11:45 a.m." See review

Reviews

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Tour was cancelled when we arrived .
Regina_B
, Nov 2020
Unfortunately when we got to Catalina Express Ferry , they told us that ferry trips to Catalina had been cancelled for the day. We had to go back home and we’re not able to do excursion. I called the tour operator and they talked to the ferry company. Ferry company said there was nothing they can do. Can Viator help me ensure I get a full refund from the tour operator???? Please keep me informed. Thanks, Regina Batista
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Not enough time, dont take the local bus.
Jaytripnow
, Nov 2019
So our arrival and than wait for the local bus (40 mins wait), than subsquenat not telling us when the stops where coming up and just flying by it. So did round the island we went.... Also leave 2 days to explore say trip was not enough time.
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Optional Upgrades
stevescarfe
, Aug 2019
A absolutely fabulous day out, one of the best ever day trips. The pick up from Disneys Grand Californian Hotel was spot on time, the tickets were ready at the Catalina Express Terminal , the staff were very helpful and welcoming.. The boat was very clean, boarding and disembarking was quick and efficient, the crossing to the Island was smooth and enjoyable. The scenic tour of the Island was fabulous with a very welcoming and informative driver and guide all in one, once again ticketing was simple and easy, everything on time, The Island was beautiful and scenic, lovely walks along the front, plenty of places to eat, we had sword fish caught locally. Return journey by boat equally efficient and superb. The only downside to the whole day was the fact that the return transport to the hotel was not there waiting for us when we disembarked . Fortunately we had bought a American sim for our UK mobile and were able to ring the shuttle to report that no one was there to greet us. They apologised and said they would send some one. After 45 minutes the shuttle arrived. Because the rest of the day had been so perfect, this failure did not spoil the day. Yet it was uncomfortable waiting there outside the terminal when everyone else who got off the boat had long gone, the Catalina office was closed and no one around, very lonely and empty waiting for that shuttle that should have been there waiting for us.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you on your next adventure
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Ripped off
453ellent
, Jun 2019
As a family vacation we booked a trip to Catalina for the day through Viator. As we were checking in my sister had a heart attack. She was rushed to the emergency room. We tried multiple times to work with Viator to get a refund. They refused! I would not recommend booking with this company as they will rip you off!!
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First class
susan h
, Jun 2019
Picked us up from the hotel early and dropped us off right outside the ferry terminal. We had a great day ,a lovely tour and when we got back to LA he was waiting outside where he dropped us off to take us back to the hotel
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I was picked up at a hotel at 7:50...
chrisbw
, Apr 2018
I was picked up at a hotel at 7:50 a.m. and taken to where the boat leaves in Long Beach. My boat arrived in Catalina at 11:00 a.m. I had to be in line for my scenic drive at 11:45 a.m. The drive was beautiful and was from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. I had to be in line for the boat to go back at 3:20, so I really only had 2 and a half hours to look around after the drive. I shopped, had a quick bite to eat and went to the museum. I wouldn't have been able to fit in the casino as the casino tours interfered with the drive and would have taken up a lot of time. If I could do it again, I'd take an Uber to the Long Beach and buy my own tickets for everything I wanted to do ahead of time. I found the time too short and it is such a beautiful place.
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I thought it was a tour but ended up...
Tooh P
, Feb 2018
I thought it was a tour but ended up as a shuttle service to Catalina island. We had to find the upgrades on our own, which was quite confusing. Nevertheless, the beautiful scenery surprised us and made up for all the hassle.
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Since we were there in January, some...
Evie
, Jan 2018
Since we were there in January, some of the shops were closed. The underwater sub excursion was good, we saw lots of fish. I felt we wasted some time as it was too short of time for two excursions, but too much time with the shops being closed.
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Catalina Island was a perfect day...
bjaninpgh
, Oct 2017
Catalina Island was a perfect day trip. Zip lining with two fun guides was definitely the highlight! Eating at a seaside restaurant was so relaxing afterwards. With a little extra time before heading to the ferry, we were able to do some shopping and rent a golf cart to explore on our own. Looking forward to next year's trip and another adventure.
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Great tour - the boat ride and scenic...
William C
, Sep 2017
Great tour - the boat ride and scenic tour were great
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