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Things To Do In Catalina Island

You're excited to set sail in a new direction. Constantly seeking an eye-opening adventure and unique ways to get your kicks, you're eager to check out an exciting destination from top to bottom. Next stop: Catalina Island! It's not challenging to fill your time, because Expedia can hook you up with tons of things to do. Book your activities now, and the only thing left to do is count the days until your getaway and prepare to have fun.

  • Get your favourite excursion on Expedia at a great price, and you'll still have enough cash for a top hotel or decadent meal while you're travelling. The things to do in Catalina Island are not only perfect for you, but they won't bust your budget. We have 31 things to do here, and you can make them yours beginning at £6.
  • Catalina Island is a favourite among sightseers like yourself. In fact, plenty of travellers have been visiting Catalina Island to learn about local history and culture and explore the best things to do, and many are already planning to return. The top activities can earn the curiosity of even seasoned travellers, and one look at our list explains why. Our activities includes a wide array of historically themed outings and excitement. With foodie tours like Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour, there is a huge selection of active options to choose from when you browse the top-quality tours and excursions here at Expedia.

Our activities are the best way to organise your holiday. It takes a bit of planning to make the most of a trip to Catalina Island, especially when you want to pack in a lot of exciting activities. And we know you're itching to explore every avenue遥ou are excited to get out and have an adventure. You look forward to checking off the most essential activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Book group tours on Expedia, and you'll never get lost.

Things to Do in Catalina Island

Lying just an hour off the coast of Los Angeles’ Long Beach by high-speed ferry, Catalina Island could be a world away, such is the change in pace. Visitors flock here for sightseeing, shopping and recreational activities, and so should you, as it makes an ideal spot to escape for a day or two. The charming waterfront city of Avalon sits at the southeastern tip of this rocky island while at the other end is the lovely seaside village of Two Harbours, often used as a backdrop in Hollywood movies and from where you can snorkel, kayak or go mountain biking.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Catalina Island

Two Harbors - This rustic community, named, unsurprisingly, for the two harbors on either side of a narrow strip, Catalina Harbour and Isthmus Cove, is easily reached either from the mainland by boat, or from Avalon by the Safari Bus. It’s a pleasant place for beach sunbathing, with several spots for lunch and a number of enticing activities on offer.

Long Point - Hire a boat, or kayak, to visit the beach at Long Point, as it’s unreachable by land. With luck you shouldn’t have too many crowds to contend with, but if you require even more solitude, there’s good scuba diving to be found at Pirates Cove nearby.

Avalon City - As popular with the jet set as it is with daytrippers, Avalon is a scenic little city, with beaches, gardens and plenty of cultural diversions to be enjoyed. You’ll find boutique shopping here along Crescent Avenue, and don’t miss a tour of the impressive Catalina Casino.

Bird Island - This rocky outcrop lies just half a mile off Fisherman’s Cove, so with a good pair of binoculars you may see cormorants, gulls and pelicans. Hire a boat to take a closer look, but watch out for guano.

Things to See in Catalina Island

Wandering the streets and beaches on Catalina Island is fun, but for a unique vantage point, why not take an underwater boat trip, for a closer look at the colourful marine life off the coast. If you feel claustrophobic, yet still thirsty for adventure, you can see Catalina from above the trees with a thrilling canopy zip line tour. One must-do on the island is to see the Casino - this art deco marvel isn’t actually a gambling den, rather a stylish and lively entertainment venue that has been at the centre of cultural life here for nearly a century.

Things to Do in Catalina Island

A good bout of sightseeing should be first on your agenda, and there are several ways to experience the beauty of Catalina Island, from adrenaline-packed safari jeep excursions to boat charters and scenic tours on vintage buses. After that, top up your tan on the beach, shop ‘til you drop along Crescent Avenue, and then finish off with drinks overlooking the ocean. There’s plenty of good fishing off the coast, and if you want to brush up on your game, a nine-hole golf course with a pro shop and clubs for hire.