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Catalina Express

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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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This thing is so much fun !

This is a lot of fun but I have to give people lots of advice on this one. First, find out online about the schedules that you want and on what day. Because it takes an hour or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
bandit004
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El Paso
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El Paso
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171 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a lot of fun but I have to give people lots of advice on this one. First, find out online about the schedules that you want and on what day. Because it takes an hour or so each way, you have to factor that in your visit. I suggest allowing a whole day for travel time and visit... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful way to get over to Catalina Island. The boat was clean with bathrooms. The even have a snack bar with adult beverages. We took the 7:15 am and they had coffee, muffins and bagels. The crew was polite and helpful.

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Thank akroger
Oregon
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I picked this ferry over the cheaper Catalina Flyer due to the horrible ratings they got. I was happy with the experience overall. No one got sick on this ship which I was very concerned about.

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Las Vegas
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were heading to Catalina Island for a weekend. It was nice the Express has a birthday program to travel for free on your birthday. The Island has many treats for people celebrating their birthday too. The ride was pleasant. Saw some dolphins,other boats on the ride out. The boat has bathrooms and a snack stand.

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Thank VegasBobn
United Kingdom
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647 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We headed to Catalina on the express. I prebooked online (glad I did as the Monday morning service was fully booked). The downside was the check-in process - the check-in line was very long and then for the parking I had to take the car to a remote parking area and get a shuttle back (you need to allow at... More 

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Thank UkSil
Rancho Mirage, California
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A relaxing way to get to the island. You'll see dolphins and sealions, during the season of whale watching I have seen a whale come up and wave at the boat!!

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Florida
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103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Very professional and left on time both to and from the island. You also have to pay for parking as well as the ride there and back. It was comfortable and clean with a fairly smooth ride. We did see hundreds of Dolphins and a few whales as well. There is a concession stand on the main deck for coffee... More 

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Thank Greg P
Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

I took my daughters over for the first time. It was a smooth ride, clean and friendly. It left on time and the trip across was an adventure in itself. We got there in no time. The view as we got closer to Catalina, was amazing. Occasionally you can get a discounted ticket through Groupon or Living Social.

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Thank Ozzymum2013
Dana Point, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Excellent ride, clean, friendly, and fast. Leaves on time , parking is 12 dollars for the day , snacks and drinks available.

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Boerne, Texas
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Taking the ferry over to Catalina island was an adventure in itself. It was a beautiful day and we sat up top in the open air trying to spot dolphins. we were lucky enough to see some playing just as we pulled into Catalina Island.

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