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Catalina Island Passenger Ferry from Newport Beach provided by Catalina Flyer

Catalina Island Passenger Ferry from Newport Beach

Catalina Island Passenger Ferry from Newport Beach
4.5
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Go on the largest catamaran ferry carrying passengers to Catalina Island. With 3 decks, multiple snack and beverage centers onboard including a full bar, and an amazing open-air top deck with spectacular views of coastlines and opportunities to view pods of dolphin and even whales during the crossing to Catalina Island. The ferry's large size and open-air deck is a perfect option for those concerned with motion sickness for the short 1 hour trip across the channel. Located in Newport Beach centrally located for much of southern California and is the closest ferry servicing Catalina Island for Orange County, San Diego County, and Inland Empire travelers/residents. Newport Beach is also known for its fine dining, abundant nightlife, and numerous resorts for those wanting to explore this destination after their stay on Catalina Island.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Departing from the iconic Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach daily departing promptly at 9 am and arriving in Avalon, Catalina Island around 10:15 am. This is one of the most easily accessible ports for residents/visitors of Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego County to travel by boat from the mainland to Avalon, Catalina Island. Crossing time is just over 1 hour on the "Largest" catamaran to Catalina Island. This large Catamaran is state of the art with three decks. The first deck is enclosed with plenty of seating and a snack bar. The second deck offers a full bar and additional indoor seating. The third deck is open air with seating in the California sunshine and offers stunning views during the trip. Enjoy “Speed – Service – Comfort”. The day of your trip we ask that you try to arrive by 8:00-8:15 am for the 9:00 am departure time as it leaves exactly at 9 am. Looking for bite to eat or a warm cup of coffee while waiting to depart, the Balboa Bakery is right in front of where the ferry boards for departure which is perfect for grabbing a snack/beverage. Once you board you will depart arriving in Avalon at 10:15 am. From there you will unload and if staying for the day have the rest of the day to explore and enjoy the many activities and sights of Avalon and Catalina Island.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 271601P1
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
Restroom on board • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
We offer alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages on board for purchase. Cash Only. • Coffee and/or Tea • Snacks
Duration
1h 15m
Departure details
400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA Our business is located in the Historic Balboa Pavilion. We recommend parking at the Balboa Pier Municipal Parking lot which is located on the beach side of the Peninsula. Our office and vessel is located just a short 3 minute walk from the Pier Parking lot on the Harbor side of the peninsula.
Inclusions
Restroom on board • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
We offer alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages on board for purchase. Cash Only. • Coffee and/or Tea • Snacks
Departure details
400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA Our business is located in the Historic Balboa Pavilion. We recommend parking at the Balboa Pier Municipal Parking lot which is located on the beach side of the Peninsula. Our office and vessel is located just a short 3 minute walk from the Pier Parking lot on the Harbor side of the peninsula.
Duration
1h 15m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
101 reviews
Excellent
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Molly K
4 contributions
Super trip on the Flyer, great staff!
Jul 2021 • Family
The Catalina Flyer staff is awesome and dedicated to creating a fun experience for guests on their trip to/from Catalina Island. The staff provides wait service at your seat for drink orders, which is awesome if you’re on the top deck, so you don’t have to climb stairs with the drinks. The captain also went out of his way to slow down so passengers could do some dolphin and whale watching during the trip. In addition to slowing down he also provided some educational info about the marine life we were viewing. Overall, a great trip, and a lot more than we expected from a ferry ride.
Written 17 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lanny B
0 contributions
Great smooth ride.
Jul 2021 • Family
Wonderful staff and great facilities. Wonderful trip from Newport to Catalina island. We loved the smooth ride as well.
Written 16 July 2021
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Rebecca G
1 contribution
Awesome staff!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Super friendly and helpful staff! There were two young kids having a tough time on the boat and the staff make frequent visits to the family to check in on them and make sure they were comfortable. Staff also made rounds throughout the trip to clear empty cups, check in on passengers, and answer any questions passengers might have. There was a deck for snacks and drinks, a bar deck, a convenience desk for things like Dramamine, etc, and a concierge offering activities and maps of the island. Will definitely book the Catalina Flyer for our next visit to Avalon.
Written 16 July 2021
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Jeana A
Salt Lake City, UT20 contributions
Above & Beyond Service
Jul 2021
Exceptional experience! Not only was the entire crew helpful, but the Captain went above and beyond to let us experience seeing the dolphins on our ferry ride back from Catalina. He announced where to look for the dolphins and even slowed down and did a circle around to make sure we all saw them. It was the icing on the cake! Great company! In May we took a different ferry out of Long Beach and the experience was completely the opposite. Felt almost militant in all of their communication and actions with us. This, on the other hand, was a great experience and one we'll definitely do again! Thank you Catalina Flyer!
Written 14 July 2021
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Selina
1 contribution
Much more than a Ferry
Jul 2021
This wasn't an ordinary ferry ride. We became surrounded by dolphins and the driver of the ferry slowed down and made a few extra turns so everyone aboard the boat could experience the magic of the dolphins swimming around it. The captain of the ship is a true lover of the sea and wanted all of us to experience the beauty of it all. It was above and beyond. This was on 7/11 returning back to Newport. What an experience. Thank you.
Written 12 July 2021
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Raul P
Simi Valley, CA4 contributions
Day trip to Catalina Island
Jul 2021
This company is very organized, the boat left promptly to and from Avalon. The boarding process was as smoothed as can be expected, any hiccups were caused by travelers who were trying to avoid waiting in line under the Avalon sun. While on board there is plenty of seating on 3 levels, the top outdoor. We did not have any issues with sea sickness, but there were a few passengers around us who did. Take medicine if you are prone to moving sickness. The bar on the second deck served a variety of mixed drinks and beers, at a reasonable price. The entire staff was very nice and helpful. Our family enjoyed the experience.
Written 11 July 2021
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Lonni JC
New York19 contributions
Was pretty much what I expected
Jul 2021
The ride was quick...embarking is quick. Disembarking takes a little longer but its the people getting off that slow things down not the staff. We stayed seated for probably the first 10 minutes to let it "thin out" a little.

We were on the top level in the open air. It wasn't bad but very cool on both trips (to and from) def bring a sweatshirt and or blanket. And if you get the SLIGHTEST car sick, TAKE the meds they recommend! We were fine on the way there but def felt it & became anxious about getting sick since a handful around us weren't feeling well - so we took Bonine for the trip back and it was an even better ride.

The staff was great at walking around checking on people and getting anything they might need. The Captain even pointed out pods of dolphins on both sides during our ride. We did order Mimosas from the bar area that were way heavy on the champagne. Not what we were looking for at 10am but that wasn't any kind of major downer. I'd use this service again.
Written 10 July 2021
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R D
1 contribution
Great Service
Jun 2021
Beautiful boat road to the Island. Crew was friendly, engaging, and a pleasure. We brought our bikes over ($7 per bike round trip; heads up NO electric bikes allowed). loaded and unloaded with care.
Written 7 July 2021
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SoCaliNative
Riverside, CA40 contributions
Always good
Jul 2021 • Friends
Always great! We use them every year. Easy to book and easy to board after waiting in the long line - looks intimidating but it moves quickly and efficiently. There’s always plenty of space so don’t worry!
Crew are helpful and polite.

Disembarking takes quite a while if you stow luggage because people cut the line, but not much the staff can do about that.
I do wish they had 2 trips daily so you don’t have to end the day on Catalina by 3:30 but I could do Long Beach if I want to adjust the schedule.
It would also be great if they had a Two Harbors option at least once or twice a week.
Written 7 July 2021
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Dm91497
Bakersfield, CA1 contribution
Fully Accessible
Jun 2021 • Friends
Ten Stars. 100% accommodating to wheelchair user. Went above and beyond to ensure comfort boarding and disembarking. Highly recommend.
Written 27 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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LindaB5908
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Disappointed
I have been traveling on the Flyer for years. I took a trip in May and had a good experience. Masks were required f
Q2862BDclairek
Q2862BDclairek
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Great ride!
Great ride to Catalina Island. Crew was efficient and respectful! They were most helpful to all. 😁😁
Mama_corona
Mama_corona
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Great boat ride
Loved how fast they load and unload passengers. The option to leave luggage in one place. The fact that there's 2
U9955YLbretth
U9955YLbretth
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Great experience - on time arrival / departure - smooth catamaran ride
The amazing thing about the Catalina Flyer is the organization and that their arrival / departure times are spot on
Cabudnik
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Take Catalina Express
The boat had standing room only. We sat off the back. Big mistake. Must have been 5 people showed up after boat too
bonniehF1937VG
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A fun day at sea!
A fun family day trip. Crew was friendly and knowledgeable and pointed out marine life. We saw different types of
Vinesmith
Vinesmith
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Great crew!
The crew on Jul 17, 2021 was fantastic! We really appreciate Jeb Hawlish assisting us when we got sea sick. He is
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Haydeealayza
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day trip to Avalon
we loved the clean n courteous service we received in our ferry ride with Catalina Flyer , great service on our dri
Curiosity669255
Curiosity669255
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Great ride
Enjoyable ride. The journey there was overcast and chilly, but the ride back was warm. We saw dolphins both directi
582ritat
582ritat
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Great way to get to Catalina
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Catalina. There were five of us traveling together. Make sure to follow direction
217jayneh
217jayneh
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Great price & helpful staff
We managed to get discount fares through Groupon which saved us a good amount of money. The staff were great runnin
mariahf587
mariahf587
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Awesome Cruise to Catalina
It was a wonderful day spent in Catalina. The boat crew was professional, friendly and efficient. The boat was cl
Marina_M0823
Marina_M0823
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Great day trip!
We had a great time. The boat was clean, staff super nice and accommodating! Had snacks, full bar. Island itself is
754taylorl
754taylorl
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Catalina Visit
Great customer service prior to trip and onboard. Allowed us to move our tickets several times. Also very helpful a
O7511FAmichelles
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Zero social distancing
The crew was nice and the boat was clean. Issue was there was zero social distancing. There were so many passen