Outdoor Paradise : Catalina Express

Outdoor Paradise

Catalina Express boat arriving to Catalina

Catalina Island has long been a favorite island getaway to escape from city life. What can you do in Catalina that will guarantee a vacation to remember? Well, to answer that question here is a fun list of activities to take advantage of while on the Island.


couple kayaking in avalon harbor with the casino in the background

Explore the crystal-clear waters of Avalon

Jump in the water, it’s great this time of year. You can rent a kayak, stand up paddle board, pedal boat or even snorkel. The water in Catalina is typically around 70 degrees, which is the perfect temperature to cool down on a hot summer day. Any of these water activities promises to be a great time.

man ziplining on catalina island

Zip through Descanso Canyon

With speeds up to 35mph and five separate lines, you can soak in the beauty of Catalina from above. This two-hour exhilarating adventure through the Catalina canyon will be a hit with you and your travel buddies. While you zipline through the canyon, your trained guide will teach you about animals and plants native to Catalina Island. Visit the Catalina Island Company’s website to learn more.

young women driving a golf cart around avalon

Drive around town Island style

Be your own tour guide and rent a golf cart. Golf cart rentals are available by the hour and fit up to a group of six. Get your map of Avalon (provided by Catalina Island Golf Carts) and explore the beautiful city while experience breathtaking views on your own time!

couple walking through the botanical gardens

Stroll through the Botanic Garden and Wrigley Memorial

Just about a 30-minute walk from the center of town, you can stroll through this beautiful garden. This special place is conserved by the Catalina Island Conservancy and offers an educational experience about the Islands endemic plants. After your stroll through the garden, make your way to the Wrigley Memorial. This monument honors William Wrigley Jr. (yes, part of the Wrigley gum company) and offers stunning views of Avalon and the beautiful garden below.

family parasailing in avalon harbor

Soar above the sea

Harness yourself in a parasail and get ready to fly 800 feet in the air and take in the beauty of Avalon harbor. Let your captain know if you want to dip your toes in the ocean after your flight. They also offer picture packages to preserve the memories of you flying above Catalina.


Start planning your trip

Catalina Island is an escape that is not so far away with adventure and fun for everyone! These are only a few suggestions, there are still many different activities to explore. If you are looking to extend your trip to keep enjoying all Catalina Island has to offer, check out one of the best deals in town with our Boat and Hotel Packages. Catalina has many lovely hotels that are perfect for a family, couples or a group of friends.

As you start planning to visit Catalina Island, you might wonder what has changed over the past couple months. Please visit our website’s Know Before You Travel page to see the new cleaning and travel procedures that have been put in place during this time. Also visit the Love Catalina (Catalina Island Tourism Authority) website to see more information about what is open on Catalina Island.



* To get the latest details on what's open and other travel advisories, visit Love Catalina Island.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island 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.