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“Awesome scenic island tour with a knowledgeable islander”

Wet Spot Rentals - Island Outback Tours
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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.
long island, new york
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“Awesome scenic island tour with a knowledgeable islander”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2011

On February 22, 2011, Chip Upton and his son Michael made our day! Despite a surfing injury to his foot from the day before, Chip took my husband and I on a back roads island adventure. During the six-hour + tour, we saw buffalo, fox, ravens, eagles, and a harbor seal, the later who followed us on our kayaking expedition around Little Harbor. Chip went out of his way to make our day adventurous and enlightening.He let us customize the tour to fit our expectations. This is clearly the best back island tour on the island. Thanks Chip and Michal.

Visited February 2011
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Redlands, California
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“Best tour on Catalina!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2010

We had such a great time on our day tour! It was so relaxing and fun - and was personalized to our specific preferences which made it extra special! Our tour guide was Caitlin, whose family has been on the island for 100 years! Her personal stories of growing up on Catalina Island made the tour interesting - and for just a few hours you have the privilege of a peek into what happy island living is all about! The beach umbrella and beach chairs provided were great - helped to keep the sunburns to a blessed minimum. The kayaking at our own pace was so much fun! Caitlin was super sweet and ran up to a look out vantage point to take some photos of us kayaking - which made the kayaking part of our day even more fun and memorable! The provided picnic lunch (with the super delicious "monster cookies" from the cafe at Airport in the Sky) was such a nice way to enjoy a stress-free lunch on the beach. Cold, refreshing bottled water was amply provided. The day was at our pace, which was such a wonderful world away from the hurry and hustle of tour bus trips and large groups. The tour starts about 9:45 a.m. and we got back about 4:15 p.m., which allowed time for dinner and last minute photos and shopping before boarding the Catalina Express back home. We absolutely recommend this tour to anyone wanting a less-touristy view of Catalina at your own pace!

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Los Angeles, California
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“Great trip off the beaten path!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2010

I took my girlfriend the Catalina for her birthday this week and our day with Chip was the highlight! He's a great guide who makes sure you are having a first rate experience. We took the Outback Tour with beach picnic and had a great time kayaking, snorkeling and just relaxing. This trip is great for those who want to avoid the busy, touristy attractions and actually see the island and it's natural beauty. It's basically a 3/4 day trip but it leaves you with time before and/or after to go snorkeling at the best spot on the island which is right there in Avalon harbor.

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Claremont, California
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“Best Day Tour on the Island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

What a great way to spend the day on Catalina! We went on the Outback/Kayak tour and loved it! Got to see the interior of the island (lots of buffalos & deer) and then kayaked on the other side of the island. Our guide was great and knows everyone and everything about Catalina. The tour runs from 9:45am to 4:00pm and includes lunch. This is honestly the best tour of Catalina I've ever been on. We will definitely do this again!!

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Lompoc
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“Great local insights into the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2010

After reading the Trip Advisor reviews - tried this out. Chip Upton was fantastic - a third generation local - he and his wife run a great little shop. Very convenient - so stop by on your way from the ferry. My husband and I took the inland tour with the stop at Little Harbor for an amazing first time kayaking experience! I got to see dolphins and harbor seals frolicking in the waves! There were fantastic views, "trained Ravens", and more. Chip gave great local stories of growing up in this area and insights into things going on around the island now. It was a great way to spend a day - getting the "scoop" - so we can plan a more detailed trip, perhaps later this year. Didn't get to the snorkeling at Lover's Cove - but may try that next time.

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