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Youth Groups

Catalina Island is an adventurous paradise that will “wow” your student or youth group with its unique history and exciting activities.


After a fun, one-hour boat ride to Catalina Island, start the day with the Discover Avalon Tour. Guests can discover the enchantment of Avalon on this delightful journey along the beach front, up the hillsides and through the heart of this friendly and historic town. Learn about colorful local attractions, history and folklore. (Duration: 50 minutes. Call Catalina Express for group tour reservations.)


Swing by Café Metropole Café Metropole where you can pick up freshlypacked boxed lunches. Head out to Descanso Beach Club and enjoy the picnic lunch on the grassy hill overlooking the beautiful private beach. (Contact Café Metropole for a group quote on student meals at 310.510.9095.)

Travel Tips

Need to add an education element? Visit the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new Trailhead where you can schedule a docent to speak to the students about the Island’s ecology and wilderness.

Are your students interested in marine life? Book the 45-minute Undersea Expedition where students can come face-to-face with Catalina’s abundant sea life by cruising five feet under water in a spacious, climate controlled semisubmersible submarine. Every passenger has their own seat and port hole, so they can easily see an incredible array of undersea dwellers.

Worried about letting your students roam the beach alone? Don’t be. The town of Avalon, where the shops and restaurants are, is only 1.5 sq. miles, so it’s very easy to let students go off on their own to explore. Catalina has a small-town feel and is very safe, so you can be confident that this unique beach day will make both parents and students happy.

Additional Information and Location

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1. Discover Avalon Tour

1 Island Plaza


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2. Café Metropole

113 Metropole Ave.


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3. Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way


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4. Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

5 St. Catherine Way


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5. Trailhead

708 Crescent Ave.


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6. Undersea Expedition

Green Pleasure Pier


A map of the Youth Group itinerary.

For a printable PDF of the Youth Group itinerary, please click here.