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“BEST TOUR ON THE 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 January 20, 2014

Captain Dave is awesome--his boat is very nice and he knows everything there is to know about Catalina and the local wildlife. After sharing some info on the history of Catalina and the different types of local wildlife/dolphins, he led us to the dolphins' kingdom and before I knew it I was taking dolphin selfie after dolphin selfie as if I were a part of the pod. This was the perfect tour that lasted just the right amount of time. Thanks Captain Dave and Kathleen!! Very nice to meet you both! -Alex

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"sea lion tour"
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"captain sandra"
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"photo package"
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"pod of dolphins"
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"boat tour"
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"astronomy tour"
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"lots of sea lions"
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"great trip"
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"awesome captain"
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"whale watching"
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"bald eagles"
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"afternoon tour"
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"sd card"
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"amazing tour"
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"would highly recommend this tour"
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"marine life"
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Captain Dave took my boyfriend and me out on the dolphin watching tour and we had an amazing time! We have worked on the island in the past and have a lot of experience on the island and we still learned so much from this tour- he is a wealth of knowledge. Though we have had many experiences with dolphins when we lived on Catalina, we have not had an experience quite like this one! Dave knew exactly how to maneuver which helped us get great pictures of the nearby dolphins bow riding. He of course always stayed at a safe distance. We even got to see many seals and sea lions and really take advantage of being outside in the beautiful weather. He gave us such an amazing experience and we are so thankful- we would do it again in a heartbeat!

The next day we went to White's Landing with Dave and Kathleen and that is such an amazing way to experience the island. Stand up paddling or snorkeling are options just off the beach! We could easily see the beautiful leopard sharks from our stand up paddle boards and had an amazing couple days with Dave on Catalina!

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is by far the best tour in Catalina! Captain Dave took our whole family out on an adventure of a lifetime. We saw three different kinds of dolphins (close enough to touch them)and sea lions galore! Buy the picture package for sure...great deal and you can enjoy the experience without having to take the pictures yourself. If you're lucky, his wife Kathleen will come along. She has lived on the island her whole life and can tell you anything and everything about the island. We have done several different tours on the island and this tour rated at the top of our list! This is truly a tour for all ages...my 3 year old and 5 year old had a great time as well as my aunt and uncle that are in their 70's! We enjoyed it so much we had him take us out the next day to White's Landing for a day of paddleboarding, snorkeling, swimming with leopard sharks, buffalo sightings and more...
Jennifer & Travis

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We chartered a private water tour of Catalina. Captain Dave is fun and personable and made it a great trip. He knows everything there is to know about the island. Listen closely, because he will quiz you on the return trip! :) I will repeat this tour on future trips.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is a great little getaway. Captain Dave--a skilled mariner and nice guy--whisks you away on a small powerful boat to a semi-secluded cove maybe 15 min. from Avalon. In season it's occupied by a camp, and in summer at least it's besieged by small yachts & fishing boats; but when camp's not in session there are very few residents and the facilities are available for day use via the Ultimate Beach Adventure, meaning a pretty full run of the place except for the cabins (some of which are in use for small groups); and the boat-people have only very restricted shore privileges. So it's surprisingly quiet and low-key. You can paddleboard, kayak, & snorkel around the cove--all the gear is there for the using and always accessible--or hike the nearby trails, or just lie around and listen to the waves lap against the shore. In any order, and as often as you like. Food in the camp kitchen ranges from not so good to not so bad, but you can always run a tab for special orders, or I guess BYO. My wife & I were in Avalon for just a few days but we liked White's Landing so much we went twice! (Two half-days; next time we'll go for a whole day.) Wouldn't mind going on one of Captain Dave's sea-excursions as well: we know we'd be in good hands.

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