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Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
800-481-3470
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Dana Point
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Type: Ferries/ Boats
Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the... more » Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them. « less
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Neosho, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Travel was what I expected, UNTIL we stopped to watch whales. Very cool as we found a whale breaching on the return trip. Thanks for stopping Captain!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Had a great ride on the ferry. The staff were friendly. On the way back, a whale was breaching a mile away. The captain pulled up close, slowed the boat and followed the whale for 20 minutes while it put on a show. He went out of his way to make sure everyone could enjoy the rare event.

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Rocky Mountains, CO
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Very efficient way to get to the island, if not a tad expensive for a ferry ride. The boat moves quick, so the wind out front can be pretty powerful (though you can no longer sit in the bow for safety reasons). The bar serves drinks with too much ice and not enough alcohol for the price, just wait until... More

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A group of friends decided to go to Catalina for the 4th of July. We got tickets at about $75 each for a round-trip excursion. They make you check in a whole hour and half before your boat ride, even though it takes just a few minutes at the counter to get your tickets. Plus they charge an additional $12... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Why folks complain about Catalina Express is beyond me. I used their services back in the 80's a number of times. Recently, my wife and I used Catalina Express from Dana Point to Avalon and back. The service was excellent and logistics perfect at all times. The owner has done a brilliant job of keeping this business going, in a... More

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Drove up from San Diego to Dana Point for Catalina trip- made reservations on-line and their schedule was consistent (unlike some tours we reserved on Catalina Island). Person directed us to parking (it is a bit of a walk- about 10min away - so plan accordingly for time and luggage drop-off) We rode on the inside level going over at... More

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San Diego
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We recently visited Catalina and used Catalina Express out of Dana Point to get there. I kept looking for a Groupon, but they were only available for the Catalina Flyer out of Long Beach. We went ahead and paid the extra money to keep it close to our home. The boat was clean and the staff were very helpful. We... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The staff was nice, the vessel clean and well maintained. The boat left on time and returned to collect us from Catalina Island on time. Will take this vessel again (again and again) when visiting Dana Point.

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Costa Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Celebrating a big birthday so decided to go to Catalina. Since I travelled actually on my birthday, my trip was free. Since I have a handicap sticker I parked near the dock for free. While waiting for the boat to board I bought breakfast to go at the restaurant right there on the dock. When we boarded the friendly crew... More

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Laguna, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We usually go from Dana Point but they offer ferrys from Long Beach as well. The crew is nice, they leave and arrive on time. The bathrooms are clean, the food is not much but they do have a bar.

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