The most visited tourist destination on Catalina Island is the city of Avalon. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the “mainland”, Avalon is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Avalon can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it’s the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.
While in Avalon, visitors enjoy swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, shopping, strolling the museum and art galleries, a day at a spa, guided sightseeing tours or renting golf carts to explore the city on their own.
Another activity that is not to be missed is heading outside the city gate to the beautiful interior of Catalina Island. One of the unique guided tours will provide you with history and amazing views of the undeveloped outback of the Island. Or explore the isolated coves, secluded beaches, miles of hiking trails, beautiful plants and native animals that abound just outside of Avalon.
Zip Line Eco Tour
The only zip line in LA or Orange County provides visitors a spectacular new view of the island. The Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour features five separate runs and drops a total of 440 feet while soaring you through Descanso Canyon toward the Pacific Ocean with heart-pounding speed. Book your spot now for the rush of a lifetime. Book Online Now!
A bridge between Snorkeling and SCUBA diving, this new activity allows you to breathe underwater without all the heavy equipment used in diving. A great new way to explore the ocean floor! Catalina Scuba Luv (310) 510- 2350
Stand-Up Paddle Boards
Glide across the water as you paddle by the beach and coastline Descanso Beach Ocean Sports (310) 510-1226
We challenge you to hold back a smile while gliding and bouncing along the ocean surface with you and up to 2 of your friends. Tubing is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the beautiful waters of Catalina's coastline. Island Water Charters 310-510-9280
Enjoy the exhilaration of a 4D motion simulator experience on the X4D Ride, hang out with friends and try some Island Bowling, or have a hoops competition with the family at Three Palms Avalon Arcade.
Day or night, there is something for everyone-thrills, competition, prizes, sports, food and drink. Showcasing the latest State-of-the Art games and attractions on a year round basis.
Avalon’s beachfront is lined with South Beach, Middle Beach and Step Beach—all are conveniently located in the center of town and within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and land activities.
If you venture a little further through town you will come to The Descanso Beach Club, located just beyond the Casino Building. It is the perfect place to enjoy the sun, lounge on the beach, snorkel, kayak, cruise around on stand up paddle board, or swim in the crystal clear water. With new Cabanas and lounge chairs available you get the ultimate in beach relaxation. Restrooms, outdoor showers, dressing rooms and chair/umbrella rentals are available. This private beach also offers a seaside bar and restaurant in Avalon, so you can dine and enjoy your beverage with your feet in the sand.
There’s no better way to get around and tour Avalon than by the seat of a bicycle. Hourly, half day and full day rentals are available.
Visitors seeking out seafood, Mexican, Italian or American cuisine won’t have to look far. The city of Avalon has over 30 restaurants and most are conveniently located within walking distance from hotels. Whether you crave casual, beachfront dining or something more formal, the island offers a little something for everyone from burgers and hot dogs to steak and lobster.
Fishing is allowed on the Green Pleasure Pier, on the mole or rent a skiff and explore the many caves and coastline. There are also numerous sportfishing charters available with local guides. The waters are filled with a variety of fish: seabass, halibut, tuna, and marlin in the fall.
Tee off on one of the West Coast’s oldest golf courses. The unique 9-hole, 2,100-yard layout is easy to walk and can be played in about two hours. Or you can play the 2nd set of tees for an enjoyable 18-hole play. This course offers not only beautiful vistas but is great for golfers of all levels of expertise.
For nearly 40 years the Golf Gardens Miniature Golf has been a beloved 18-hole course for both visitors and locals alike. The classic course can be played in about an hour and is the perfect afternoon activity for all ages.
Golf Cart Rentals
If you enjoy being your own guide, rent a golf cart. Golf Carts are Avalon’s unique transportation of choice and is a great way to see the picturesque city. Not reserved just for the Golf Course anymore, they are a great way to sightsee at your own pace and get around as the locals do. Hourly rentals available where you can set your own course or follow the map provided.
There’s great hiking all throughout Avalon. Venture out into the natural Island terrain and get an up close look at Catalina’s endemic plants, wildlife and dramatic vistas. The new Trans Catalina Trail, a 37.2 mile trail that traverses the entire Island, is a great way to see areas of the Island that only can be reached on foot. Hiking permits are required for extended treks into the interior, but are free and available at the campground office or at:
There is no better way to get up close and personal with Catalina’s coastline then to rent a Kayak and explore or take one of the many guided excursions available. You can glide past magnificent cliffs, pull up onto secluded beaches or venture into natural sea caves. Great for mid-morning/afternoon, pack a lunch or rent snorkel gear and head down the coast.
Massage & Spa
Escape from the stresses of daily living by relaxing in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Get a massage while you gaze out over the beach and relax to the sound of the waves coming in and out. Catalina is an exceptional place to enjoy massages, facials, and spa treatments, many of which are Island inspired.
Located inside the historic Casino building and restored to its original grandeur, the art deco masterpiece offers movies nightly in a majestic setting. First run features change every Friday.
Be your own guide and drive the boats yourself for sightseeing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving up and down Catalina’s coastline. Motorboats, kayaks, pedal boats, paddleboards, as well as fishing tackle rentals are also available.
Take sightseeing to new heights over Avalon Bay! Fly solo or share the thrill with another on a doubles flight.
Catalina Island is the most popular dive destination in California with crystal clear water and visibility ranging from 40-100 feet. Casino Point Marine Park has an abundance of marine life and is a great site for everyone, from beginners to the more experienced. Giant kelp forests and several wrecks and artificial reefs have been established to provide additional habitats.
Strolling along quaint streets, you’ll find a wide variety of specialty shops that offer everything from resort-style clothing to unique gift items. Wandering from shop to shop is a great way to get acquainted with the town and find that perfect souvenir.
Snorkeling is one of the easiest and most exciting ways to experience the natural beauty held within the waters directly around Catalina Island. Snorkeling on Catalina Island is some of the best anywhere from Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve to Descanso Beach to the Casino Point. Snorkelers come face to face with hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates that call these waters home. Several places offer gear rentals and guided tours.
From a scenic tour of the City of Avalon to getting up close with the marine life on an undersea semi-sub there are numerous tours for everyone to enjoy. Both educational and fun, there is no better way to learn about the Island’s history and folklore. To find more information on all the tours available and to book online click here.