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Catalina Transportation Services

Address: 228 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0342
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Ranked #24 of 63 Activities in Avalon
Owner description: Adventure into the Backcountry of Catalina in a Jeep or Highlander SUV. See the magnificent views...
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Owner description: 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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Arlington, Virginia
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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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Southern 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Loved this 3 .5 hour tour Our driver Bear was awesome and helpful and very knowledgeable Made the ride interesting and informative He was very descriptive in his narratives and we learned a lot

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We called in advance and scheduled a time to coincide with our Catalina Flyer arrival in Avalon. When we got in we had a bite to eat and met our guide at the Taxi station. They provide either water or champagne in your van. There were 5 adults and we were given a wonderful guided tour of the island. We... More 

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

So glad you had such a wonderful time. We appreciate the positive feedback from everyone who posts on Trip Advisor More 

los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Call in advance and reserve your tour, there are a selection of vehicles available. The guide was friendly and knowledgable and stopped anytime we wanted for pictures. It was well worth the price for our own private tour of the island....I highly recommend. Tip: You can also bring your own cooler with drinks and food for the ride!

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

A group of girlfriends and I flew over to Catalina Island for the day and we used Catalina Transportation Services. We've never had better service! Rene Perez was our driver and guide, he went above and beyond to make sure our day was excellent. He was so knowledgeable and accommodating, I definitely recommend this company and Rene to everyone :)... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Apparently the trolley only runs on cruiseship days but we lucked out. Bought an all-day pass $7.00 and rode around the town of Avalon. Much better than renting a golf-cart for $40/hr! Part of the trolley is open air seating so it was great to ride around and take pictures!

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