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“The BEST Part of Our Trip to Catalina Island!”

Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing
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Owner description: Where your Catalina adventure begins! We offer Dolphin/ Sea Lion trips, Coastal Sightseeing/ Eco-Tours, and the Astronomy Experience night time tour all at the best prices in town! We can also customize a private charter to suit your needs. We specialize in small groups (6 or less) and offer the attention to detail and customer service you deserve.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

You have to schedule a tour with Captain Dave if you visit Catalina Island. I can't say enough great things about our experience. We were traveling with our 2 1/2 year old daughter and were afraid we wouldn't be able to go with the minimum age of 4. Captain Dave was very accommodating. Since we went mid-week and the tours weren't full, he said he could take us! It was by far, the most amazing thing we did on the island. We went on the dolphin and sea lion tour and we literally saw hundreds of both! The were all around our boat and underneath our boat and the water was so clear, you could just look down and see them! The boat was nice and we felt really safe. I am a big sissy and thought I would be worried with our little one on board, but it was smooth and perfectly safe. The price of this tour is also really reasonable, especially considering the great experience you get compared to the other 'tours' offered on the island by other big companies. We did several of those too and I wish we just went on Captain Dave all three days for tours instead. The others were a huge disappointment. We can't wait to come back to the island and will most definitely be calling Captain Dave back for all our touring!

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CatalinaCoastalTours, Manager at Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for the excellent review. We value our customers input in order to better serve you. Your daughter was a natural on the boat and I was glad to accommodate your family! Being able to see those big Dolphin up close is a memory that I'm sure you will cherish for years to come!

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Had the best time, would do it again in a heartbeat!!! I don't know how he got those dolphins to perform the way they did, they seem to just jump a little higher around our boat. He and his wife were wonderful.

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CatalinaCoastalTours, Manager at Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for the review. We keep those Dolphin on the payroll to perform for us :) It really is amazing to see them in their natural element, vice a theme park, naturally having fun and jumping around.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We went to Catalina in hopes to visit our son who was at Boy Scout Camp in Emerald Bay, we thought we would rent a boat and take ourselves over. Little did we know that was not an option. Captain Dave saved the day, we had asked around and were given the name of Captain Dave he was more than eager to help us out. Not only did we have a terrific Captain but Dave's lovely wife Kathleen joined us and together with their knowledge of the waters and the Island we had the most wonderful experience. Better than we expected!!

2  Thank Kimberly B
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CatalinaCoastalTours, Manager at Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for the review. These reviews mean a lot to a small company like us. We were happy to accommodate you on your private charter to Emerald Bay. Most people that visit the Island do not realize that it is not easy or cheap to go anywhere outside of Avalon once you are here. We know that private charters are pricey so we work hard to make sure you have the best possible time since you are spending your hard earned money with us. We want all of our tour to be more of an experience rather just a tour.
Regards,
Dave Carlisle

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Fab - Dave took us to see local wildlife on Catalina coastline, Cormorants, Pelicans, a Bald Eagle, Sea Lions, and magnificent beautiful lyrical Dolfins. Great trip.

3  Thank Rachel Y
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We had a great trip thanks to Dave and his team. We are a family of 4 including a 23 year old and a 13 year old and everyone loved the trip. We liked the professionalism of the online booking including a reminder the day before and a thank you mail just a few hours after we completed the trip. Dave is a great skipper - very knowledgable and very friendly. He made it a very personal trip for us. We saw the sea lions of course, but Dave also found a pod of dolphins for us and that was magical. We even saw a Bald Eagle. Thanks Dave and your team for a great trip. I also thought the cost was reasonable.

3  Thank Gareth Y
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CatalinaCoastalTours, Manager at Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for the review! We call it a trifecta trip when we see a Bald Eagle, Sea Lions, and Dolphin. We work hard to provide our customers with a wonderful experience at a competitive rate. We hope to see you again this Summer!
Regards,
Captain Dave Carlisle

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