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Catalina Express

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34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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“day trip” (20 reviews)
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expect to see whales and dolphins on the way to and from. We rented a small outboard at the dock on arrival and had a great time just cruising around the the East face of the island all day. Caught a lot of fish too!...More

1  Thank fleetfeetpete
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The check in was a very bad experience. We paid $117.50 for parking, however I am handicapped and parking is free if you park in the handicapped places and display your placard. I went back to the window and they refunded me (on my card)...More

Thank Debi P
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Fast and fun way to get to Catalina Island. The Captain slowed down briefly as we saw multiple groups of dolphins (25+ Dolphins total) swimming alongside the ferry, and we still made it to Avalon on time (in about 1 hour and 20 minutes). It...More

1  Thank II_Traveler_II
Reviewed April 9, 2017

A recent trip across a very choppy surf - to Avalon from DP - showed us that the crew on the Express really know their job and care about passengers. Many (if not most) of the passengers became seasick at some point during the hour...More

1  Thank Happi b
Reviewed March 18, 2017

Took the morning boat trip to Catalina. Rented a golf cart to drive around the island - best thing to do. It took a little more than two hours at a leisurely pace. Then onto the return boat.

1  Thank cavebearagain
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Some of the boats are worn and some of the crew lack customer service ethic but all and all they do a good job as a shuttle to and fro this little floating beach town called Catalina.

1  Thank cap10paul
Reviewed March 12, 2017

On a Sunday morning we took a ride to Newport to check out the launches going to Catalina. After getting details, we ventured back to Dana Point Harbor. While at the harbor, we discovered the Catalina Express booth that offered trips to Catalina from Dana...More

1  Thank JWS44
Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

We went on the day trip which worked out great for our group. The ride was very smooth. We saw whales on the trip out. Catalina Island was worth the trip.

1  Thank Gail R
Reviewed February 18, 2017

We went on a particularly rough day and were worn in advance to prepare for a rocky trip. The crew really went out of their way to make everybody as comfortable as possible. Overall it's a very efficient and good experience.

1  Thank Tanya S
Reviewed February 16, 2017

The Catalina Express gets 5 stars, the Island gets 4. I wouldn't want to go to Avalon weekly, but it was fun for a getaway weekend. The cost of a really nice B & B, plus the best tickets we could buy on the express,...More

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Sonia G
What are the breakfast/snack options for the early morning?
April 14, 2017|
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Response from MusicMama | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking you are asking about Dana Point before embarkation. There are a few restaurants at the marina, and an excellent outdoor cafe for bagel/egg sandwiches or oatmeal and coffee/juice/smoothies. We enjoy breakfast at... More
Is there another parking lot besides the $14 a day lot? Someone mentioned a "remote lot" and a shuttle back to the ferry? We are spending 3 nights in Catalina, so the $14 a day adds up!
September 2, 2016|
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Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
Which Catalina Express are you taking? Parking is convenient from Dana Point but limited, San Pedro and Long Beach both have parking and probably about that price
Hi, My hubby and I are flying to LAX next week and need transfers from airport to Long Beach Catalina Express. The on the return trip we need transfer to Downtown San Diego from the Dana Point Catalina Express. I think I can use Red Van or Karmel from Lax but don't want this ride to take longer than our flight from the East coast. I do not believe that these shuttls run from Dana Point? Uber? Which I have not used yet. Want easy but not to $$. Thanks
August 16, 2016|
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Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
I have had good success with Super Shuttle, although I have not used them to San Diego. They have ExecuCar that doesn't make additional stops to pick-up passengers. Try them