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Catalina Express

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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
Phone Number: 800-481-3470

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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Quick and fun with friendly staff

This was my first time traveling to Catalina Island. I researched the trip and felt prepared. If I did not do my research I would have been a little confused by the Catalina... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first time traveling to Catalina Island. I researched the trip and felt prepared. If I did not do my research I would have been a little confused by the Catalina Express parking situation. If you book a trip be sure to read all of the details and expectations. Overall this was a fun experience and the staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First time to Catalina Island. It was a great experience and will do it again. Boat ride to the island was great!

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wedding in Catalina last month and had a great time! Everyone on the island was very accommodating. Our wedding planner, Cathy Machado, was so very helpful, and Tracy at Bloom Floral was outstanding! The M Restaurant was amazing and served a delicious luncheon on their lovely patio. The Inn at Mt. Ada was the perfect place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This express boat to Catalina is the best way to go. Would recommend upgrading so that you have a cabin experience and better seating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

70 minutes to cross to Catalina from Dana Point, and the whole time, you can stand near the front with your hair whipping in the sea spray wind like a dog leaning happily out a car window. At just $40 each way, with gorgeous Catalina at the other end, it’s a bargain trip of a lifetime. Highly, highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our third year in a row to go to Catalina. This time we went for my birthday, because the trip for your birthday is free. You don't have to come back the same day. They give you a little ribbon to wear and you get other freebies and discounts on the Island. They have a full bar with... More 

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Inland Empire, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

This review is regarding only the Catalina Express departing from and returning to Dana Point, CA. Unless you are being dropped off at the dock or are handicapped and permitted to park in the short-term lot, be prepared for quite a trek from the parking lot to the departure point. Here's how it goes. Pull in to the short term... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

This is so convenient and quick to get to Catalina from South Orange County. We have taken it many times. Parking is free. The boat is easily accessible.

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

My husband & I took the ferry from Dana Point to Catalina Island & back in August 2016. All went smoothly, & the views were beautiful. Ferry time each way was ~1.5 hrs. We'd recommend purchasing your tickets & parking in advance because we were told this is the busiest ferry terminal which goes to Catalina Island. If you're going... More 

Thank Taryn O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We took the Catalina Express from Dana Point for a day trip to Catalina yesterday and it was lovely. Our family includes two people in wheelchairs and the crew could not have been more helpful or friendly, it make the trip a breeze for us. One note - people start lining up more than 30 minutes prior to sailing so... More 

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