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Address: Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 (Formerly Discovery Tours)
Phone Number: +1 800-626-1496
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The Santa Catalina Island Company has offered quality tours on Catalina...

The Santa Catalina Island Company has offered quality tours on Catalina Island since 1894. Exclusive tours include: the new Zip Line Eco Tour, the Casino Behind the Scenes Tour; Inland Expedition, seasonal Sundown Isthmus Cruise to the village of Two Harbors; Flying Fish Tour and the rugged Cape Canyon Expedition. Other popular tours include: Undersea Expedition; Skyline Drive; Glass Bottom Boat Voyage and the Avalon Scenic Tour. Ticket locations at each boat terminal and 5 outlets in Avalon. Tours can also be purchased online or with a lodging package at the Pavilion Hotel or Hotel Atwater.

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A Charming Jewel

Visited Family in Rancho Palos Verdes and they told us about the island and reserved the Water Shuttle and reserved the tour. Our family member is a dossent, so we received... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
HavBagWiLLTravel
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St. Petersburg, Florida

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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164 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Family in Rancho Palos Verdes and they told us about the island and reserved the Water Shuttle and reserved the tour. Our family member is a dossent, so we received preferential treatment thru the Conservancy. Arrived at the island and you can see the Wrigley Mansion in the cliffs. There is a lot of Island History here you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

My husband and my two kids we decided to do a wonderful 2 hour tour of the Avalon and Catalina island the weekend before Thanksgiving. We were so lucky we got one of the best tour guides and entertaining people. Her name was Cindy Lowe and glad she made the trip so much fun for my kids. She was funny... More 

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Thank Astrid A
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Fantastic! We went on the black boat because it was recommended by someone who lives on the island. The fish were all around and I took amazing photos!

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Thank Joanne B
Oceanside, California
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We really had trouble choosing which tour to take as there are several but the Inland Expedition offered the widest variety and really gave you a complete tour of the island including the back side Two Harbors and the Airport in the Sky, which were both loaded with great views, diverse ecosystem and of course great stories from the tour... More 

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Thank Lisa F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I did the 4 hour off road tour. It was amazing. The tour guide Cindy was very knowledgable and a lot of fun! It was exactly what we wanted to do and the views were BEAUTIFUL. A MUST when visiting Catalina. We saw Bison up close and had so many great photos after the tour.

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Thank Jacinda A
Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Cesar was a wonderful guide. We saw a herd of Bison and a fox. Made our catalina trip complete. Lovec hearing his stories about living in Catalina. Highly recommend.

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

It was fun to take the skyline tour to areas that I never saw in Catalina before. The tour guide/driver, Steve, was hilarious making jokes between Information on the island. He was a competent driver so no one was scared going up and down narrow roads. we saw many buffalo and one right next to the bus! I would recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

This was our second time visiting Avalon. We did several activities. We love the water so we did the Sundown tour, bottom glass bote and Inland jeep tour. All of them amazing.

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1 Thank Janette M
Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My daughter and I totally enjoyed our adventurous ride up into the mountainous area of Catalina, where we could see the surrounding ocean and islands. Cindy was an excellent, entertaining guide and careful driver who allowed us to make plenty of discoveries of stories and sightings of wildlife.

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Northridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We opted for an astronomy tour one evening. Kathleen was very knowledgeable and clear in her explanations. She also has a good telescope. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the history of astronomy and seeing the night sky in a new way. We also enjoyed looking down and seeing Avalon after sunset. It was totally worth the... More 

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