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Catalina Island Itineraries

There's so much to see and do on Catalina Island that it takes more than a day to do it all!

Most people only think of Avalon when they think of Catalina - but there's a whole 76 square mile island to discover and plenty of activities to keep you busy as you explore.  Here are some ideas...

AVALON - Day 1

  • Take a scenic city tour to get the lay of the land
  • Discover Catalina's abundant marine life in a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible tour
  • Stroll along Avalon's palm lined streets and shop for unique island gifts
  • Play a round of miniature golf
  • Set out on a segway tour
  • Be pampered with a luxurious massage
  • Rent a boat, kayak or peddle boat
  • Wet a line and get hooked on fishing
  • Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many seaside restaurants
  • Rent a golf cart and tour Avalon on your own
  • Search for dophin, sea lions and harbor seals on an ocean rafting tour
  • Go snorkeling at Lover's Cove
  • Go parasailing
  • Pedal around Avalon on a bicycle
  • Experience open ocean riding on a jet ski
  • Take in a historical walking tour and learn about Catalina's tile or architecture or even ghosts or UFO's!

CASINO AND DESCANSO BEACH - Day 2

  • Discover the history of Catalina at the Catalina Island Museum
  • Tour the iconic Casino Ballroom and the Avalon Theatre
  • Dive in at the Casino Dive Park
  • Try snuba at Descanso Beach
  • Zip through the high canyons to the beach on the Zip Line Eco Tour
  • Take in an evening movie at the Avalon Theatre
  • Rent a kayak and paddle along the rugged coastline
  • Go for a dip in the ocean at Descanso Beach
  • Walk on the ocean floor on a Sea Trek Undersea Adventure

AVALON CANYON - Day 3

  • Play a round of golf at the Catalina Country Club
  • Partner up for a tennis match
  • Discover the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon
  • Go camping at the Hermit Gulch Campground
  • Hike up the Hermit Gulch Trail and connect to the Trans-Catalina Trail
  • Hike up the Hermit Gulch Trail and connect to the Trans-Catalina Trail
  • Take a custom naturalist led hike overlooking Avalon Bay
  • Stroll thru the stately Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens
     

FURTHER AFIELD - Day 4

  • Hire a friendly taxi to take you into the Interior of the Island
  • Have lunch at the scenic Airport in the Sky
  • Take in the natural and cultural history of the Island at the Nature Center at the Airport in the Sky
  • Go mountain biking
  • Try your skill on an off-shore fishing expedition
  • Traverse the island on the Trans-Catalina Trail, 37 miles from end to end
  • Camp-out at one of the five interior campgrounds or at one of the many primitive boat-in campgrounds. Or go comfort camping and be treated like royalty!
  • Hop on a jeep, van, bus or unimog tour into the interior
  • Take an aerial tour of Catalina by helicopter

TWO HARBORS - Day 5

  • Take the Catalina Safari Bus from Avalon to Two Harbors, or arrive in Two Harbors by boat from San Pedro
  • Go snorkeling or diving
  • Hike to the overlook at Ballast Point
  • Walk from one side of the island to the other, the easy way -across the Isthmus, 1/4 mile wide
  • Take a Hummer tour to the west end of the island
  • Enjoy lunch or dinner on the patio of the Harbor Reef
  • See the historic Civil War barracks
  • Overnight at the Banning House Lodge or camp out at the Two Harbors campground
  • Rent a kayak and explore the nearby coves and underwater caves
  • Play beach volleyball

 

Buffalo roam the interior of the island. They were brought here in 1924 as "extras" for a movie.