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“Beyond expectations, Outback Tour hit the Wet Spot!”
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Wet Spot Rentals
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Owner description: Summer fun since '91! Kayaking, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding are the things to do on Catalina Island. Our booth is located at the Avalon boat landing, just a 3 minute walk from Lovers Cove Marine Preserve. Rent a set of snorkel gear or a glass bottom kayak to explore this protected, fish filled bay or paddle a kayak or stand up paddle board down the coast to gain a new perspective of Catalina Island's natural beauty. Kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkel Catalina Island with Wet Spot Rentals, it will be the highlight of your Catalina Island vacation.
Reviewed May 13, 2012

If you don't want to read further this sums it up: Best time to be had on Catalina Island.

I surprised my girl with a trip to Catalina on her B-day, and decided for an overnight stay to be able to get more out of the island. Chip, 3rd generation islander and owner of Wet Spot rentals took us on an outback picnic tour one of the days.

As every reviewer has said, except the one who will give a business a poor review based on weather, the tour is a blast, and you really have to experience it for yourselves. Chip was very informative on all aspects of the islands history and had plenty of great stories about growing up on the island. Lunch is provided, but we brought our own adult beverages.

Saw several Bison, a rattlesnake, seals, eagles and plenty of beautiful scenery. Got to kayak around for a few hours and check out all the coves and rocks around Little Harbor. There are other tours to take, and things to do on the island, but this one is the absolute best!

3  Thank Vlad C
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

My wife and I are seasoned world travellors and seldom go on arranged tours because the "cookie-cutter/one trip fits all" approach just isn't for us. Normally, after some advance research, we land in a location, grab the public transportation and get out and explore. Realistically, that is a bit hard to do on Catalina for several reasons: some roads have restricted access, public transpo is limited to Avalon, it was going to be a short trip, etc. Our last trip to Catalina we did some mountain biking and had a general idea of the East half of the island, but were hoping to do something else. We stumbled upon Wet Spot while walking to the terminal to check schedules, and it could not have worked out better.
Chip is not only a third generation Catalina resident--he loves this island. We were fortunate to be able to go out on an all day outback with him, and his total focus was on doing what we wanted to do. After explaining some of the options, he let us put it together, so we could spend as much time at each activity as we wanted. We never felt rushed and were able to pack a lot into a day--much much more that we could either on our own or with other companies.
As others have stated, Chip knows the history, geography, fauna and flora very well, and the stories about growing up on the island were great.
So if you are tired of being treated like a tourist, and tired of ordinary tours, take a tip and call Wet Spot.

3  Thank Barry W
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Wanted to do something different after about 10 visits to Catalina. We found it in the Catalina Island Outback Tour & Beach Picnic. Lifelong Catalina resident and owner Chip Upton took us on this tour and regaled us with so many interesting stories about the island, its residents, history, geology, and biology I wished there was a book I could have purchased with his stories. An amazing way to spend a day on an amazing island. Don't hesitate - just do it, you will be sooo glad!

Thank NBJJY
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We took a 3 hr. ride across Catalina with Chip our guide. He was incredably informative, polite, helpful & funny. We had a great day & got beautiful pictures. He let us stop anywhere we wanted & patienly waited while we took dozens of pictures. It was so beneficial to be with someone who lived there his whole life. We learned so much about the Island, flora & fauna. We had been several times over the years but learned things we never knew & saw things we could not have seen any other way. A big thanks to Chip our gracious and knowledgable guide! What a great day. Thanks Chip!

Thank Harold B
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

My husband and I signed up for the 3-hour back country tour as we were interested in seeing the "real" Catalina, but were not interested in kayaking or beach activities. As it turned out, we were the only ones who signed up, so we had a private tour with the owner, Chip. He is a 3rd-generation Catalinian, and was not only knowledgeable, but great company. He knew the island inside and out, and had great stories and anecdotes about Catalina. We had a truly terrific afternoon, and felt we really gained so much knowledge about Catalina and its history. So so much better than a big bus lumbering around those switchback roads, too !

Thank Leslie S
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