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Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
800-481-3470
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Ranked #4 of 13 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We took the Catalina Express from Dana Point to Catalina and back. Recommend booking in advance because sometimes it is sold out. Trip was about 1:15. We took seats in the front of the boat going out. This worked out fine as the doors on either side were open so lots of fresh air. Even saw about 100 porpoises in... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I guess it doesn't matter much, it gets you to & from the island. I am sick most of the time on the way there anyway, so even if this boat doesn't have all the bells and whistles, it's just over an hour anyway. It runs on time, so that is a plus.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great trip across to Catalina Island with Catalina Express. Great crew who were able to give us a 'shout out' if they saw any whales. Dana Point was a good place to catch the boat from with good parking facilities.

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My buddy and I spent the day on Catalina taking the 9:50 am boat over and the 5:50 pm boat back to Dana Point. This was our first time and my ticket was free as it was my birthday. This schedule gave us time to take the great "Taste of Catalina" food tour with time enough to do some sight-seeing... More

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Carmichael, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

What fun - going to Catalina for the day - the boat made the trip easy, even on a rather rough day. We enjoyed the ability to see from many different vantage points on the boat during the trip.

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Orange County, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
391 helpful votes 391 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Everyone involved from the folks distributing tickets, to the snack bar concierge, to the pilot himself were approachable professionals who know what they are doing, and how to do it in a service-minded manner. We got to the island in no time at all, and enjoyed just as speedy of a trip on the way back after wearing ourselves out... More

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Neosho, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Dana Point, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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