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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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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Great Boat Ride to a lovely location

We took the Catalina Express from Long Beach only because we didn't know we needed to make reservation to go from Dana Point weeks in advance. But the ride was great and makes it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Prescott, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the Catalina Express from Long Beach only because we didn't know we needed to make reservation to go from Dana Point weeks in advance. But the ride was great and makes it easy and inexpensive to go to Catalina.

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Renfrew, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoy the fresh sea air on this over-sized speed boat that takes you to enchanting Santa Catalina Island. After a short wait in a long line, we boarded the boat and chose our seats. After the boat turned around and headed for the island, passengers can get up and roam around, which allows a view of all the scenery on... More 

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Laguna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Super simple easy way to travel to Catalina. The only way we go is the Catalina Express. Park in the lot for the day (not sure about parking if you're going overnight.) Come a little early, and line up to get on the vessel. Fast, easy trip for the entire family. Dependable, and if you're lucky (which we often are),... More 

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Catalina is a great, quick get-a-way, whether for a long day or weekend. It offers multiple choices for dining, excursions, shopping and incredible sunsets and views. It is truly a hidden secret, close to Southern California cities with multiple Catalina Express options

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Catalina is a great place to go for a one or two night getaway. The Catalina Flyer is quick and smoothe. Once on the island, rent a golf cart, take a boat tour, poke around the city. Rent a cabana at Desconso Beach. Pick a restaurant and enjoy the afternoon. Take a tour of the Casino that is not a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Expensive but easy and comfortable. Lots of staff on board. Bathrooms available.Food and drinks available. No issues except price and wishing there were times offered.

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El Paso
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 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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Oregon
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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