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Catalina Expeditions - Private Tours

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Address: P.O. Box 737, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 (Formerly Discovery Tours)
Phone Number: +1 800-626-1496
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: The Santa Catalina Island Company has offered quality tours on Catalina...
The Santa Catalina Island Company has offered quality tours on Catalina Island since 1894. Exclusive tours include: the new Zip Line Eco Tour, the Casino Behind the Scenes Tour; Inland Expedition, seasonal Sundown Isthmus Cruise to the village of Two Harbors; Flying Fish Tour and the rugged Cape Canyon Expedition. Other popular tours include: Undersea Expedition; Skyline Drive; Glass Bottom Boat Voyage and the Avalon Scenic Tour. Ticket locations at each boat terminal and 5 outlets in Avalon. Tours can also be purchased online or with a lodging package at the Pavilion Hotel or Hotel Atwater.
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Cindy Lowe - providing laughs from start to finish

A friend and I took the scenic tour of Avalon when we visited Catalina last week, and the tour went beyond my expectations! First of all, the route takes you on a brilliant route... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A friend and I took the scenic tour of Avalon when we visited Catalina last week, and the tour went beyond my expectations! First of all, the route takes you on a brilliant route up high so you can spot magnificent views of the city and coastline. It really was stunning! and I would happily go on this route again.... More 

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Avalon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Skyline Drive was very scenic. We had a great time. Charles the driver was very knowledgeable and even told some corny jokes about buffalo and life on Catalina Island. There are beautiful vistas and the chance to see some native plants and animals (we saw a Catalina Island Fox dart across the road), and Charles was familiar with where the... More 

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Andrew W, General Manager at Catalina Expeditions - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time leave feedback on our tours and we look forward to welcoming you on board for another adventure in the near future! Thank You. More 

Redondo Beach, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Was there last month on a cruise and took this tour of the island. Best four hours of the cruise !! Our driver / guide was Cindy Lowe and she was great. Sang to us, told us history, told old, old, jokes (good), drove that old bus like she was born in it!!, Weather was great. I will take this... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had a week in Catalina and were so impressed with our first tour ( Dolpin watch) that we stayed with this company & booked also 1) "Airport in the Sky" , 2) tour of Avalon, 3) Casino tour, 4) semi submersible submarine and 5) the glass bottom boat. We were impressed with the friendly, professional staff ( special mention... More 

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Andrew W, General Manager at Catalina Expeditions - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your comments and feedback and we look forward to welcoming you on board for another adventure in the near future! Thank You. More 

Wichita, Kansas, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Just like another reviewer - we were visiting the island for the day and just wanted to relax and learn about the area. Charles provided such a great tour all while maneuvering through the narrow streets and the cliff edges all the way to the "Airport in the Sky". Such a great way to learn about the island, see some... More 

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Rome, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Sat. Nov 15, 2014 -Two couples in need of a relaxing weekend in Catalina. What to do to fill the time. One of the best tours I've ever had . . . . .and that includes tours in Italy. We got on his special antique bus and from there on Charles took us on an adventure. He told stories that... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We booked the Hummer tour (specifically the "East End Adventure" tour) during our 1-day visit to Avalon. We couldn't have been more pleased with the adventure. The small size of the group (7 in our case) allowed for a more personalized experience. The tour guide ("Bear") - a local celebrity among Avalonians - was outstanding; he described local wildlife &... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We did a one day, Friday trip to Avalon, one side of the island. Other side is 2 Harbors and we did not visit, but I believe you can have Byson milk there. There are hotels. Tours can be planned ahead online or right when you get off boat. We decided not to pay the guided 45mins. $24PP bus tour,... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We've enjoyed the flying fish tour three or four times now, and it's always thrilling, beautiful and informative. The flying fish season is roughly throughout the Summer. As the tours depart Avalon at night (8:45 pm or 9:15 pm), you'll probably need to spend the night on the island. They take you on an hour long journey aboard the Blanche... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Santa Catalina Island Company has a 1 hour tour that is a great way to see Avalon. The tour cost less than renting a golf cart for 1 hour and with the tour you have a guide to tell you about the area. Our guide was Stephen. He was great. Customer service was good from the time we booked... More 

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