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Catalina Express

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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

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.

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Getting there is half the fun!

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... read more

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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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! Good times!

1 Thank fleetfeetpete
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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) and said I should see the credit in 2-3 days. It is now 15 days... More 

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New York
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Fast and fun way to get to Catalina Island. The Captain slowed down briefly as we saw multiple groups of dolphins (25+ Dolphins total) swimming alongside the ferry, and we still made it to Avalon on time (in about 1 hour and 20 minutes). It was a rare treat, and a great experience.

1 Thank II_Traveler_II
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

A recent trip across a very choppy surf - to Avalon from DP - showed us that the crew on the Express really know their job and care about passengers. Many (if not most) of the passengers became seasick at some point during the hour and 15 minute ride, and the crew compassionately helped anyone needing assistance, including some older... More 

1 Thank Happi b
Bellevue, Washington
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77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Took the morning boat trip to Catalina. Rented a golf cart to drive around the island - best thing to do. It took a little more than two hours at a leisurely pace. Then onto the return boat.

1 Thank cavebearagain
Southern Cal
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171 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Some of the boats are worn and some of the crew lack customer service ethic but all and all they do a good job as a shuttle to and fro this little floating beach town called Catalina.

1 Thank cap10paul
Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

On a Sunday morning we took a ride to Newport to check out the launches going to Catalina. After getting details, we ventured back to Dana Point Harbor. While at the harbor, we discovered the Catalina Express booth that offered trips to Catalina from Dana Point. We decided to book our trip for mid-week and saved the extra hour that... More 

1 Thank JWS44
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We went on the day trip which worked out great for our group. The ride was very smooth. We saw whales on the trip out. Catalina Island was worth the trip.

1 Thank Gail R
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

We went on a particularly rough day and were worn in advance to prepare for a rocky trip. The crew really went out of their way to make everybody as comfortable as possible. Overall it's a very efficient and good experience.

1 Thank Tanya S
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The Catalina Express gets 5 stars, the Island gets 4. I wouldn't want to go to Avalon weekly, but it was fun for a getaway weekend. The cost of a really nice B & B, plus the best tickets we could buy on the express, plus restaurant meals makes this sort of a pricey weekend jaunt. The Sunday morning restaurant... More 

2 Thank LosAngelesVisitors

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