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If you’re looking for a romantic or weekend getaway, a two-week family vacation, or an escape from the traffic and stresses of everyday life, Catalina can be your home away from home. Coming to the island transports you to another world…your own personal paradise. Catalina Island is a unique travel destination that offers endless opportunities for escape and adventure. From relaxing on the beach with a book to hiking into the interior of the island or kayaking along the coastline, finding things to do in Catalina is easy and there’s something for everyone. Check out the list below!

  • Hike and Bike

    Ride around the village of Avalon or venture into the interior of the island. Bring your own bike, or rent a mountain bike, a beach cruiser, or a tandem bike once you get here. If you bring your own, make sure you notify the boat when you make your reservation. Mountain bikes, helmets, and bicycle permits are required for riding in the interior of the island and may be obtained at the Catalina Conservancy office.

    There are a number of hiking trails around the island, with varying levels of difficulty. A trail map can be obtained at the Catalina Conservancy office.

  • Fishing and Boating

    Rent a motorboat and drive yourself for sightseeing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or just relaxing. Of course, you can always bring your own boat across the channel and moor it in the harbor!

    Drop your line off one of the piers, rent a skiff, or enjoy a private charter and fish off shore to enjoy some of the best sport fishing around.

  • Sea and Land Tours

    From flying fish trips (yup, we really do have flying fish!) to glass-bottom boats, the opportunities for enjoying our Pacific paradise are endless.

    Several sightseeing tours around Avalon and into the interior of the island are available to you via trams, charters, and tour buses. You may even see some buffalo! You can also visit the legendary art deco Casino Building, the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden, and many other walk-to destinations and attractions.

  • Golf

    Play the oldest course in Southern California! Our nine-hole resort golf course with two sets of tees for 18-hole play is open for public play year round.

    See the sights of Avalon and its surrounding hills at your leisure. You’ll see more golf carts than any other type of vehicle on the streets of Avalon, as they are the primary means of transportation for local residents, too.

    Our popular miniature golf course is known as one of the most challenging and beautiful 18-hole courses around.

  • Get a Soothing Massage

    Pamper yourself at one of Catalina’s many spas. Enjoy a massage, facial, and more.

  • Get Married

    Many couples do get married here on the island of romance! And what a great place to return to for anniversary celebrations.

  • Go to a Movie

    Enjoy a current movie in the beautiful Avalon Theatre, located in the main level of the Casino Building. The movie is shown nightly, with two shows on Friday and Saturday evenings, and it changes every Friday. No matinees, as it’s part of the Casino tour during the day. By the way, the Avalon Theatre was the first theatre designed for sound movies and is home to one of only four Page organs.

  • Tennis

    Bring your racquet and court shoes, as the courts are open to the public at the Catalina Racquet Club located at the Catalina Country Club.

  • Whale Watching

    These trips are available January-March.

  • Jet Skiing / Para-Sailing / Kayaking

    What a unique way to enjoy the beauty of Avalon Bay!

    Pack a picnic lunch and kayak to one of the nearby coves. Kayaks may be rented at several locations.

  • Scuba Diving / Snorkeling

    Catalina Island is one of the top dive destinations in the world, with clean, clear waters, giant kelp forests, and abundant marine life. We even have a designated underwater dive park!

    You don’t have to travel to the South Pacific to enjoy great snorkeling; just come to the island and be amazed by our beautifully clear waters.

  • Romantic Dinners

    Set the scene at a cozy little restaurant with a view of the harbor, or choose from many other options, including sidewalk cafes, restaurants with waterfront patios, and casual eateries on the pier.

  • Explore Catalina’s History

    Visit Catalina Island Museum, located in the world-famous Casino Building, and learn about Catalina’s unique heritage before venturing out and exploring the historic landmarks on the island. Don’t forget to visit the museum’s gift shop!

  • Strolling Along the Oceanfront Promenade

    Sip a cappuccino while enjoying the ocean view, or explore our tiny boutiques, candy and gift shops. You’re sure to find that perfect gift or souvenir to commemorate your trip.

  • Swimming - Sand / Relaxing on the Beach


  • Take a Helicopter Tour

    Just like in Hawaii, you can take an aerial tour of the island.

    Find yourself on Catalina with a limitless list of things to do and see no matter what length of stay!

  • Volunteer Vacation

    If you’re looking for a really unique and rewarding vacation experience, several of these are scheduled throughout the year thanks to the Catalina Island Conservancy. Call or email Janet in our reservations office for more information about volunteer vacations on Catalina Island.