Santa Catalina Island Things to Do

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    whales

    by iam1wthee Written Apr 15, 2009

    There is a boat tour on the island that allows you to view whales. I believe you can dive as well. They say that March is a good time to see them because this is when they are migrating.
    Due to time I was unable to fit this into the schedule because the last tour is at 2pm.

    http://www.catalinaoceanrafting.com/

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    Find Lisa Marie Presley's $500,000 diamond ring!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    Catalina Island is a beautiful rocky island off the coast of California. When you’re in the mood for escaping the hectic streets of Los Angeles, just board a ferry to seek solitude in this little paradise. Just don’t fight with your significant other on the island because you might do something regrettable --- like when Lisa Marie Presley threw a $500,000 ring into the waters after a fight with then boyfriend Nicolas Cage. Hmmmm…

    We chose to board the one-hour ferry from Long Beach (I think it was less than $70). Other ferries depart from San Pedro and Marina del Rey. Newport Beach and Dana Point in Orange County also have ferry rides going to Catalina.

    Once there, just choose from a selection of activities which include a bus tour, glass bottom boat rides to reefs and shipwrecks, scuba diving and snorkeling. Flying fish is known to surround the island as well. Bison herds have also been nurtured in this island - see if you can spot them!

    Have Fun in Avalon, Catalina Island!

    A boat by Catalina island, California
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    Dolphin spotting

    by iam1wthee Written Apr 8, 2009

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    When taking the Catalina Express to the island make sure you have your cameras ready because there are a lot of dolphins playing in the water. They are quick which makes it hard to photograph but it is such a wonderful sight to behold.

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    Skyline Drive Tour

    by iam1wthee Written Apr 8, 2009

    This is a scenic drive of the island. The driver is very light hearted and tells a lot of corny jokes which did make it more interesting.

    It lasted a little longer than 2 hours. They changed the time of when the tour started as well so make sure you call to confirm.

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    Undersea Tour by Discovery Tours

    by iam1wthee Written Apr 8, 2009

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    I really enjoyed this trip. It was so beautiful down there. The tour seemed to be more like an hour rather than 45 min. which was great for me.

    There was another tour company doing the same thing as well which is much closer to where the catalina express landed. They allow you to feed the fish and of course are more expensive.
    http://www.catalinadomain.com/nautilus_catalina_island.htm

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    Glass- Bottom Boat Ride in Catalina

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 5, 2009

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    Once we got to Catalina, we were on the lookout for what we can do. There are several booths offering day activities. We approached one which read that it offered a “Glass-Bottom Boat Ride” where you can view the varied underwater marine life without getting wet. Sounded good too us because we had our twins with us who just turned TWO.

    These boat rides bring you to fish-dense plots around the island for just under US$20, so that you can see the fish through the transparent glass floors (like snorkelling but without getting wet!). The waters are clear and the kids loved looking at the aquarium-like scenery.

    The boat might bring you the Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve, where colorful fish swim among the kelp forests.

    The boats can also be chartered to leave at night - and this is the time to see nocturnal creatures such as spiny lobsters, moray eels and horn sharks.

    Kids looking thru boat's glass floor, Catalina Isl Boating thru Catalina Island, CA
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    Tour on a golf cart

    by DJ_Rolo Written Oct 23, 2005

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    Another cool way to see Catalina is by golf cart. When you rent a golf cart you can cruise down the coast, up into the hills and through the city. There is a main road on Catalina that these golf carts go through and it takes you through a little tour around the island. Its not too expensive to rent especially if you have a few people with you. Its a great way to see some sights. I definitely recommend getting one of these for you first time at Catalina.

    In my bad ass golf cart - Catalina island
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    Race that tandem bike you rented

    by DJ_Rolo Written Oct 23, 2005

    After you and your friends rent the tandem bikes, i suggest racing them. With only 1 person of course. Find yourself an empty street and take off. Those things are hard to peddle on your own. Its pretty fun though...

    racing our tandem bikes - catalina island

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    ride a bike or a double bike..

    by DJ_Rolo Written Oct 23, 2005

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    A cool way to see this part of the city is riding a bike. Or you can rent a double bike. This main part of the city isnt too big. The streets are small and they are filled with shops and restaurants. So when riding around you can pretty much see almost everything while getting a little exercise. This was my friends bike that they rented so i dont know how much it costs.

    riding a tandem bike on Catalina island

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    Casino

    by megsmel Updated Aug 26, 2005

    Don't get excited gamblers, this is not a gaming casino. It's a theater and ballroom on top. Casino actually means gathering place, and back before Las Vegas, people would go to casinos to party.... I guess not much has changed. I planned to write a bunch of info on this and find some pictures to download. But you can check out mht_in_la Catalina page. He has some great pictures and obviously went on the tour.

    But if you have any interest in architecture or art, you must visit the casino. Even standing in front of the main entrance to see the gorgeous mosaic mermaid is great. Last I checked, the tours are $9.00 and the only way to get in is on a tour, or you can go to a movie and just see the theater, or if you are lucky enough to get invited to a special event in the ballroom. You buy tickets from Discovery Tours. Their main ticket booth is in the Plaza in the center of town where the buses pick up, or on the pier. They also hold Jazz and Blues festivals in the casino. Check out http://www.jazztrax.com/jazz/catalina.html.

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    "You must go Para-Sailing off the Catalina Coast!"

    by tetonski1 Updated Jul 23, 2005

    There's nothing like a bird's eye view, while dolphins pop their heads up through the water below you. Just watch out for the mischevious boat operaters that slow down just long enough to dip you in the water for a bit.

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    Snorkeling In Big Fisherman's Cove

    by smo001100 Updated Sep 4, 2004

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    My absolute favorite part of Catalina was snorkeling. Who knew such peaceful underwater worlds existed? The running joke was that Ariel(you know, the mermaid from the Disney movie) had it all wrong!!

    We saw so much life it was unbelieveable. You can snorkel in front of the beach area and then go along the cliffs. In the area where there is sand look for bat rays and guitar fish. Along the cliff area is the most amazing seaweed and grass 'forests' and also garibaldis and other fish life galore.

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    A tour through the Island

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    For about 50 USD per person, a company by the name of "Discovery Tours" offer a ride through the island via a truck for about 4 hours.. you may purchase the tickets online or at the counter as you get off the boat at the harbour. The tour starts off by driving through the island and passing by houses, one of them being the location where the writer, Zane Grey wrote many of his western books in the past.. The tour continues through the bushes to a ranch called "El Rancho Escondido" where you sit for about 15 minutes and watch a brief horse riding demonstration.. There is a museam there with lots of old horse accessories such as wagons and saddles. From there, the truck continues through more bushes and you get to see Buffalo's in wild at a distance.. The airport is the next stop.. nothing really spectacular here; just a few private tiny planes parked and a little gift shop and a food court.. The truck then drives to a point high up on the hills where passengers can get off and take pictures of the Catalina Island coast.. The truck then drives back to where it took off from, somewhere in town by the harbor.. I almost forgot, at the end of your journey, you get a free head band from the gift shop with the map of Catalina Island on it.

    A Wagon at the Museam at
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    Watch the boats go by on the Pier!!!

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    It's a wonderful and relaxing feeling to stand on the pier, gazing at the clear blue water and watch the boats pass you by one by one.. Little kids feed the fish food machine a quarter to get a fist full of grains to feed the fish by the pier.. Watching the fish, mostly perch with the occasional bright yellow or red fish attack the food thrown in by the kids is a great site... Great place for a family to visit at least once during their stay on Catalina Island..

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    El Rancho Escondido

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    Where they used to keep a lot of horses in the past, now it's a pretty quiet ranch where tour guides drive up trucks there for tourists to visit the ranch and the museum inside. The museum consists of Silver horse saddles and old wagons on display.. it's well worth the visit just to see the small museum.. If you're a horse lover and a fan of history, You'll like it here..

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