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Address: 228 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0342
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Description: Adventure into the Backcountry of Catalina in a Jeep or Highlander SUV...
Adventure into the Backcountry of Catalina in a Jeep or Highlander SUV. See the magnificent views, observe the amazing wildlife. Buffalo roaming free, Catalina Island Fox, Bald Eagle and much much more. Our well trained drivers will share the history and special stories along the way. See Catalina the way it was meant to be seen. See why the Wrigley's wanted to preserve this beautiful Island.
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We stayed at Hamilton Coves during our recent stay on Catalina, which is a few miles outside of Avalon. We were picked up at the ferry terminal by Abel. We shared a van with one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We stayed at Hamilton Coves during our recent stay on Catalina, which is a few miles outside of Avalon. We were picked up at the ferry terminal by Abel. We shared a van with one of the local high school teachers that was returning from a vacation off-island. Abel drove to her home, which gave us a short tour of... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

we took the public transit to tour the Island.4$ round trip it takes you up to Wrigley Stadium at the top but the ride up is just that a ride the driver said Nothing once you get to the top if you want to go into the Wrigley conservatory it cost 7$ It does save from walking around but if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Thank you so much GREG for making Mother's Day & my birthday a perfect day. We were given a grand tour of the island not many people are lucky enough to enjoy. Greg is pleasant, kind, informative, and really knows the island. If you're looking for an interior tour look no further. You've found it and ask for Greg!

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

During our recent visit to Catalina Island, the drivers are very knowledgeable and service oriented.

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CatalinaTrans, Manager at Catalina Transportation Services, responded to this review

I'm so happy to hear you were pleased with our drivers. We always appreciate positive feedback from our customers. More 

La Jolla, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Taxis expensive, and wasn't informed about the Trolley which makes a loop around the Village as a way to get to the Casino. The bus tours were good, but the one who was an employee of the Santa Catalina Co. was not understandable.

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CatalinaTrans, General Manager at Catalina Transportation Services, responded to this review

I’m sorry to hear about you not being informed about the trolley system here on the Island. September through June our trolley runs on Saturday; Sunday & Cruise Ship days. During July and August our trolley runs 7 days a week. It is an excellent way to get around the Island at a very low cost. Unfortunately the Santa Catalina... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We arrived in Avalon on the Friday after Christmas. Our hotel clerk called Catalina Transportation Services dispatch on Friday afternoon and was told that the trolley would operate on its normal schedule on Saturday. On Friday night, we noticed signs posted on all the ferry stops saying that "due to unforeseen circumstances", the trolley was not in operation. However, since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We took a private jeep tour with Theresa for two and a half hours through the island's inner backcountry. She knew so much about the history and present life on Catalina and also found so many places to view bison up close. Theresa is a gem and the tour was a major highlight of our two weeks of touring California!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Catalina Transportation Services The four of us had a personal three hour tour away from Avalon for $115 an hour, $345 total. This was so much better than the bus tours and really not that much more in cost. Theresa was our tour guide and she was fantastic, I would ask for her. Our vehicle options were a jeep (open... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I often mean to write reviews, but sadly, rarely do. When service is this outstanding though, it would be inexcusable. Six of us family members scheduled a private SUV and driver with Catalina Transportation Service after reading many positive comments on this site and we were not dissapointed. We were coming into port for the day from a cruise on... More 

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river grove, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

first of all i would recommend buying an explore california pass for $30. because i bought this pass my family (6 in all) were able to take the catalina flyer boat to catalina island for half price. that meant a savings of $210. the only down side was they only have 1 trip out and back a day and they... More 

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