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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: 800-481-3470
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

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.

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Nice day trip

Took the Catalina Express to Santa Catalina Island for the day. Smooth ride, but a bit noisy, especially in the backb of the boat. The trip was on time both ways. Great way to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Phil K
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the Catalina Express to Santa Catalina Island for the day. Smooth ride, but a bit noisy, especially in the backb of the boat. The trip was on time both ways. Great way to spend the day seeing the sights on Catalina. The cruise line provides parking for a fee, but the parking lot is quite a distance from the... More 

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Thank Phil K
Ashland, Oregon
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209 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wear ear plugs. The board roars the whole hour and thirty-minutes over and back. Staff are friendly. Seating is limited by the Windows. Very expensive for what you get.

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Thank Tapetseb22
Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very convenient travel to Avalon, and just enough time to see Catalina and explore the highlights of the Avalon area.

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Thank CbinBigD
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

1. Well maintained boat. 2. Attentive crew 3. Plan to come at-least 30 minutes early . This give you time to park, leisurely grab a bite and then walk to the boat.The lady at the ticket counter will give instructions to parking. 4. Reservations are recommended. Note that you get a free trip on your birthday! 5. Boat was on... More 

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Thank Madhu Varthana J
Dana Point, California
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The staff are always very helpful and polite. They are very focused on the safety of the passengers. I like taking the ferry out of Dana Point because the boat is smaller than Long Beach and the parking is easier.

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Thank nofearcavaliere
Laguna Beach, California
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139 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Catalina Express is a great choice for day or weekend excursions to Avalon. The trip takes about 1 1/2 hours each way. The boats are clean and well-maintained, and reasonably comfortable for a short ride.

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Thank James J
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Catalina Express does a very good job and the trip to and from the island was very enjoyable. We were, however, a bit disappointed with "touristy" Avalon.

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Thank Jim B
Laguna Beach, California
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Very well run business and you get a free trip on your birthday! Boats virtually always on time and very clean. Don't sit outside up on deck if you don't like wind. Good drinks served by an attentive crew. Get there early for parking and walk to boat.

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Thank John D
Tucson, AZ
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53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

we left from Dana Pt and not overly crowded.....they didn't seem to use the Catamaran ship from this location so smaller ship was used for trip both going and coming from Catalina Is..

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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492 reviews
229 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is a boat ride to Catalina Island. It's kind of pricey - $76.50 per person round trip. The trip is about 1 hour, 20 minutes each way... But it's the only real option (other than a $300 helicopter ride). Boat was comfortable enough. There was seating indoors and out. I think if the seas are not rough you would... More 

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