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

Enjoyed the ride and the experience of a high speed boat trip to Catalina. The best place to sit is on the upper deck. It is windy and sunny, but the view and the experience is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the ride and the experience of a high speed boat trip to Catalina. The best place to sit is on the upper deck. It is windy and sunny, but the view and the experience is worth it.

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Solomons, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We decided to take the ferry to Catalina Island. Price wasn't too bad... about $75 round trip per person. The ride was nice...took about an hour. We saw dolphins and even a whale. The boat was clean and well kept.

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St. Thomas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Mini-vacation, beauty at sea, a day on Catalina -- talk about attitude adjustment. And once back at Dana Point the joyful dilemma of where to dine? So many choices!!

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PA & FLA
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54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a great way to go to the island..It gives you enough time to go to the beach, or rent a golf cart and tour or even do a pretty complete walking tour...It's really quite pretty and there is a lot of history there..Back to the boat.. comfortable, well appointed and fun! We also saw whales and they were... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We really enjoyed this ride to the island. On the way back, the captain alerted us when there were whales. Very exciting! Clean boat and really nice crew.

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El Cajon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

As we live in San Diego, we elected to depart from Dana Point versus San Pedro or Long Beach to avoid the additional drive. We also decided to upgrade to the private Captain's Lounge for an additional $80 each way. Having priority boarding and the private room was nice, as were the complimentary drinks, but the lounge itself needs a... More 

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Dana Point, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A terrific ride at minimal cost from the Wharf at Dana Point. The Isand bursts with excitement. Really good bars and retaurants and lots of friendly people. The ride is about 1 1/2 hours on a great boat.

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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Fun way to spend the day is to take the ferry to Catalina in the morning, enjoy lunch and the town for the afternoon, and then take the leisure trip back to Dana Point late in the day. During the cruise expect to see whales, dolphins, and other sea life. While there is plenty of indoor seating that is comfortable... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great and fast ride to Catalina and very well priced. Was afraid of getting seasick but it was a nice smooth ride.

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Draper, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Nice trip out to Catalina Island, smooth ride and saw pods of dolphins. Once there rented a golf cart and explored the island. Nice day trip.

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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: 800-481-3470
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point

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