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Catalina Express

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Address: 320 Golden Shr, Long Beach, CA 90802-4243
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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Rough Ride while Whale Watching

Catalina Express is essentially the only whale watching company available for trips by the public so they have a corner on the market which probably explains the price. The trip... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Long Beach, California
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New York, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't go online to book a ferry ride the same day you are taking the trip. You'll have to go early and buy your ticket at the counter.

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Thank Magnolia M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You need to take these ferrys over to Catilina Island. Over priced but can't get there any other way. The island is a must see.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Catalina Express is essentially the only whale watching company available for trips by the public so they have a corner on the market which probably explains the price. The trip itself was eventful in that many passengers became very sea sick; the trip out was very rough. Great for watching dolphins play, but not much else. We did see some... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great experience riding the Pacific to a large island off the coast of LA. Not much to see, but a enjoyable experience. Takes a while, but fun to see the city disappear behind you, and an Island slowly appearing, while dodging being sprayed by water most of the time.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a pleasant experience to use a lounge room with nice crew and professional altitude. Clean lounge, good service . Vine and snack were served, bar is available.Nice music we enjoyed view from window and trip was very comfortable and not long approximately 50-55 min.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Big boats, ample seating and being a catamaran the most comfortable way to cross from Long Beach to Catalina. If the boat is overbooked there is always the chance of a standby seat. Refreshments are available on board and both our crews were very pleasant but efficient. There is ample parking nearby, we parked a ten minute walk away across... More 

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Spicewood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to pay the extra $15.00 each way to upgrade to the Commodore Lounge. First of all, you get to board and disembark first and the lines are considerably shorter. The chairs are very comfortable and lean back. The additional fee includes one beverage, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and either a savory or sweet snack, both of which are... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Catalina Express left from Long Beach Port. If one opts to leave their car, there is a parking structure with a fee. We selected a one day only birthday adventure; this time. Therefore, to maximize our stay, we made reservations for a 6AM departure with an 8PM return. The trip over was comfortable, quiet and smooth; as was our... More 

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Banning, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ride round trip free on your birthday. Great way to celebrate in a wonderful setting. Disabled get priority boarding, very nice and helpful staff.

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Thank heyjeanne
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So easy to go on a vacation for a day or several days. The Express is smooth, fun, easy to access from Long Beach or San Pedro.

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