Catalina Island - Simply Paradise

California's only island destination, Catalina Island lies approximately 22 miles off the coast of Long Beach in Southern California. A year-round paradise, Catalina Island boasts smog-free air, the clearest water of any harbor on the US West Coast, and not one traffic light on the whole island! Avalon, Catalina Island's only city and just under 2 square miles in size, is nestled in a natural bowl and opens onto the perfect crescent of Avalon Bay on the lee side of Catalina Island. Catalina Island hosts just under 1 million visitors a year, and is one of California's major vacation destinations.

Passenger Amenities and Accommodations

  • 800 hotel rooms
  • 200 condominiums or cottage rentals
  • 3 ferry services providing boat transportation between Catalina Island and 4 Southern California mainland ports
  • 1 Taxi Cab company

Nearby Tourist Destinations

  • ALL within walking distance of the dock:
  • Sightseeing tours:
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Glass Bottom Boats
  • Semi-submersible Submarines
  • Avalon Scenic Tours
  • Inland Motor Tours (into Catalina Island's rugged interior)
  • Casino Building Tour
  • Ocean Rafting trips
  • Parasailing
  • Ocean Kayaking Tours
  • Snorkeling Tours
  • Catalina Island Museum
  • Botanical Garden Tours
  • Marine Wildlife Tours
  • Jeep Eco-Tours (NEW)
  • Segway Tours (NEW)
  • Activities:
  • Swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving
  • Golf, tennis, horseback riding
  • Kayaks, peddle boats, paddle boards
  • Small boat rentals
  • Hiking, walking
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Shopping, Dinning, & Services:
  • Taxi Stand
  • 31 bars/restaurants/fast food establishments
  • 33 retail shops & boutiques
  • 1 bank, 2 laundromats
  • 1 Medical Clinic & Hospital (24 hour emergency care)

Terminal/Port Specifications

  • Anchorage area: 38-45 fathoms, immediately adjacent to Avalon Bay
  • Prevailing Seas: Northwesterly, with one to two foot swells.
  • Taxes & Fees: $2.00 per passenger charged to 80% of manifest passengers. Crew Exempt. No other taxes or fees.
  • Disembarkation: By tender, about 5 minutes from ship to dock.
  • Tendering Services:
    Island Navigation: 310-510-0409 (David Howell)
    Santa Catalina Island Company: 310-510-2000 (Joe Caliva)
  • City of Avalon Harbor Master:
    Brian Bray
    Tel 310-510-0535
    Fax 310-510-2640
    P.O. Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704


Contact Information:

Buddy Wilson

Tel: (310) 510-2550



Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 217
Avalon, CA 90704

Tel: (310) 510-2550

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