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Address: Descanso Beach, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: 310-510-1226
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Kayaking
Description: A sports shop that offers many types of rentals, as well as programs for...
A sports shop that offers many types of rentals, as well as programs for youngsters.
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A good place for kayaking - FROG ROCK tour review

My husband and I went to DBOS for a 2-hr kayak trip to Frog Rock. Sure, it would have been cheaper to rent a kayaks instead of signing up for a tour, but sometimes it's cool to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Camarillo, California
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Camarillo, California
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My husband and I went to DBOS for a 2-hr kayak trip to Frog Rock. Sure, it would have been cheaper to rent a kayaks instead of signing up for a tour, but sometimes it's cool to get a local's perspective. The girl at check in was VERY happy, you can tell she enjoyed her job. Good for her! we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

We booked a kayak tour to Frog Rock. This was our first time to Catalina & first kayak. Our guide Amanda Sanchez was AWESOME!! Friendly, knowledgeable about the island, and patient with us first timers. The company also provides a water bottle and cookie snack. The cookie was the size of a tea saucer and delicious (we shared 2 and... More 

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Burbank, California
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My boyfriend and I rented a paddleboard. The equipment was great and the prices were excellent. The water was crystal clear and there were a lots of critters to see. All types of fish and a spider crab too!

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Petaluma, California
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We took the Willow Cove 1/2 day expedition and had a nice time. We love to kayak and had a great and informative guide with us. After a nice paddle we stopped at the cove and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Visibility wasn't that great so we chose to snorkel back at the dive center. All our gear was included (kayak,... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had never used a kayak before, but the folks at DBOS were very friendly and helpful. Our daughter was nervous, and quite vocal about it, and the lady at the booth reassured her. They kept our bags safe while we went out kayaking, and after we returned the kayaks they let us keep the bags there while we went... More 

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Encinitas, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Everybody here was very helpful and informative as to how to paddle board, gave recommendations as to best technique, how not to loose your sunglasses, etc. They offer a variety of Aquatic sports and you couldn't get a better location.

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Laguna Beach, California
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We rented advanced paddle boards here. There are very few places on the mainland where you can rent a paddle board & venture out on open ocean without a guide/staff member. Well, that's fantastic! Calm, quiet & challenging all at the same time. Views were simply awesome. Staff were warm, friendly & efficient. Prices were reasonable compared to the mainland.... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We had a great time. The walk from the pier was short and the guide was very informative. (Far better than our adventure on Hawaii.) The gear was first rate... The kayak guide was a young man who was very knowledgeable about Catalina Island and the fish/sharks in the ocean we were kayaking. He was great at spotting the batrays,... More 

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Pitt Meadows, BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our family of 4 took on kayaking on Catalina Island, kids ages 10/13. We are newbies to kayaking and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Overall, it was a 2.5 hour experience with a 2 person kayak. What made this attraction average was the lack of safety standards and procedures other than the signature of their waiver form absolving them of all... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We got a tip to rent kayaks at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports and I'm so glad we checked it out. Aurora was extremely friendly and accommodating. She made sure we got exactly what we needed at a great price and was flexible about our return time. The equipment was in great shape and they helped us get the kayaks in... More 

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