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Undersea Tour

1 Island Plaza, Santa Catalina Island Company, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Ranked #23 of 54 Activities in Avalon
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Owner description: Come face-to-face with Catalina’s abundant marine life by cruising five feet under water in a spacious, climate-controlled cabin. Or, come back for the nighttime version and we’ll introduce you to a whole other world that only comes out after dark.As we feed the fish from our semi-submersible vessels, you’ll see a wide array of undersea dwellers: bright orange garibaldi, spotted calico bass, urchins, rockfish and bat rays, just to name a few. This is more than a tour; it’s an undersea adventure.A colorful Fish Finder Guide and souvenir button are included with each ticket purchase. Advance reservations are recommended.
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Riverside, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was a fun adventure where we saw a "lot" of magnified fish (windows will magnify them). However, there were mainly Garibaldi and a few other fish seen. This boat goes to Lovers Cove and the shipmate will feed the fish once you get there so they KNOW to swim up to the submarine. The tour is only about 45... More

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Lemoore, California, United States
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21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Ride takes you out to endangered kelp reef where fish are fed and schools and schools surround the vessel. Lasts about 1/2 hour..costs $30.00 for adult. Great trip for kids.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This trip was so much more than I expected! Once we got on the boat, while still docked in the harbor we were thrilled to see bass and perch surrounding our boat. We were lucky enough that no one else signed up for the tour (it's still early in the season and midweek), so we could move around to see... More

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Seattle, Washington
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

I am so glad I did the submarine adventure. So many fish to see, swimming through the kelp forests and alongside the vessel. They swim right up to the big windows. Definitely the highlight of my vacation. Awesome!

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Forestville, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We wouldn't have taken this tour for ourselves, being experienced snorkelers (think Hawaii and the Caribbean), but did it for our soon-to-be 12 year old granddaughter. She loved it! Good views out the portholes of this semi-submersible boat that, after setting the tone with some canned video and intercom reports (like an amusement park ride), took a slow cruise to... More

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Temecula, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

There are two undersea adventures. The one we took, the crew fed the fish. We heard that on one they sell you food for $6.00. It was fantastic. The fish were everywhere. We saw mainly opal eyes and bass and a few girabaldi here and there. The colors of the kelp, etc were beautiful. You can see way more than... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

A fantastic way to see LOTS of fish and the underwater gardens in Lovers Cove. I was stunned. The crew throws out food for you (free on this company's tour) and the fish come in swarms. My wife and I had a great time trying to find all the fish on the poster and taking in the colorful sea garden.... More

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Cool, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Totally impressive. As an adult in my mid forties and having been around the ocean quite a bit, I still found myself as excited as the young children on the tour. I've been on glass bottom boats at other locals but those do not compare to being submerged several feet below sea level. The sheer amount of fish is impressive.... More

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

So when the Island is fogged in, go under water to see the Sea....this tour will not dissapoint. The amount of fish that we saw were amazing. The cost was reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012 via mobile

Great with kids. Really neat to see into the ocean through the glass. Nice staff and nice vessel. Saw a ton of fish! My kids were entertained for at least half of the time. That's pretty good for them!

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