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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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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“long beach” (20 reviews)
“day trip” (22 reviews)
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34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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+1 800-481-3470
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"long beach"
in 20 reviews
"day trip"
in 22 reviews
"long term parking"
in 6 reviews
"captain's lounge"
in 4 reviews
"smooth ride"
in 9 reviews
"great ride"
in 8 reviews
"parking situation"
in 3 reviews
"always on time"
in 3 reviews
"before departure"
in 4 reviews
"ferry ride"
in 3 reviews
"comfortable seats"
in 3 reviews
"san pedro"
in 4 reviews
"free trip"
in 4 reviews
"wonderful trip"
in 3 reviews
"nice boat"
in 4 reviews
"saw dolphins"
in 5 reviews
"dana point harbor"
in 6 reviews
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Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

I'm taking my husband for an overnight getaway for his birthday so we are very excited for first visit. These are the things CE could improve on: 1-Better instructions on what to do when you get to Dana Point, like picking up boarding pass and...More

2  Thank Jonathan L
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Reviewed May 9, 2017

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

2  Thank fleetfeetpete
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Reviewed May 5, 2017

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

1  Thank Debi P
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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cbartizek
January 21, 2018|
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Response from KatrinaNeylon | Reviewed this property |
The distance is about 41 miles, and takes an hour on the Catalina Express at Dana Point. There are a couple of other places where the Express leaves from, but that would add to the timing and distance of the trip. Still... More
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Sonia G
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
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Vacationers62
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
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