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Catalina Express

320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
800-481-3470
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Ranked #2 of 41 attractions in Long Beach
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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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San Francisco, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Get's to and from Catalina super easily - but reserve ahead of time as soon as you can 'cause the boats fill up fast. Especially in summer, one or two day ahead may not be enough time to catch the boat you want (especially one leaving for the island before noon).

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We have ridden the Catalina Express several times. This time we saw a blue whale! Awesome! They are orderly and boats are clean. Crew is always courteous and safety conscious. One can walk around the boat, go outside and feel the sea breeze. We've seen dolphins and whales. A great ride.

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Van Nuys, CA (USA)
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Traveling on these boats was great. I had 2 people with me that usually experience seasickness and neither one had a problem. The boat was clean, the snacks and drinks are reasonalbly priced and seating is comfortable. We saw dolphins and seals on our way to Catalina. Try the Bloody Mary. Very nice.

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Sunnyvale, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Good place to visit with kids, they have fun in the ferry. Might visit once only, not many times, its kinda gets expensive. we did the golf cart tour,(book online, you get one free hour for a given price) and the semi-submersible). Would have loved to do the zip-line if my kids were eligible to ride.

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Huntington Beach, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Great consistent service to Catalina. You know it's bad when the boats aren't running! Many options and times to get there. Been riding regularly since 1988. I do understand fuel costs these days, but the rates have really gotten high.

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Fast and convenient. A little more expensive than I thought it should be but a nice ride to the Island

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Bogue Chitto, MS
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The boat was very comfortable both inside and on the outside deck. The breeze is very cool so a light jacket is a good idea. The trip from Long Beach to Catalina Island took about an hour but was very enjoyable.

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Upland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Easy travel to and from Catalina. The San Pedro terminal is clean and neat with some nice amenities, like a restaurant.

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California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What can I say? You want to go to Catalina, you don't have a lot of transportation choices. Fortunately, the Express is on time and efficient. No complaints!

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Reasonably priced, nice and quick, plenty of dolphins, seals and sea-birds to admire along the way. It's really the only way I'd ever consider getting to the island, and I'd recommend it to anyone. The facilities on board are adequate but given the duration of the journey there isn't any need for them to be much better.

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