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Best way to get a boat ride and get to Catalina

Look I've lived here for years and seen almost every type of service to catalina, both slow and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kelly C
San Clemente, California, United States
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Day Trip to Catalina

We took the 7:45 a.m. boat out of Dana Point to Catalina, returning on the 2:00 p.m. boat. It was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melissa P
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to...more
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Look I've lived here for years and seen almost every type of service to catalina, both slow and fast . This can be great fun but it can also be very rough depending on your comfort level .Don't eat a big greasy meal before you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the 7:45 a.m. boat out of Dana Point to Catalina, returning on the 2:00 p.m. boat. It was great. No negatives for us. Will ride with them again next time.

2  Thank Melissa P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed our sailing trip to Catalina. It was a bit chilly, but we really enjoyed our walk and lunch on Catalina. Highly recommend this trip! A thrill to be aboard.

1  Thank Evelyn T
Reviewed 3 September 2018

A great way to spend a day on Catalina Island. Great for walking or taking a golf cart on a guided tour.

1  Thank Elaine C
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Great seating, never overcrowded, awesome bar and service from the crew...sets the good mood for the island trip..love it

1  Thank ClaudeN175
Reviewed 19 August 2018

It's really your only option to get to Catalina Island unless you have a friend with a big boat. You have to make reservations in advance or wait to see if there are extra seats available. Check in line is very long, so get there...More

2  Thank FLJackfruit
Reviewed 13 August 2018

If you don't own your own boat and want to get to Catalina Island, then try the Catalina Express. Reservations are suggested, especially during high season. The ride was smooth. There is no AC so either go outside and have a nice windy ride or...More

1  Thank DAndestravleler
Reviewed 6 August 2018

I love the fact they were very prompt and organized for boarding and off loading. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. A nice ride to a beautiful ISLAND!

2  Thank kimbonde7
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Traveled on morning of 8/2/18. Boat crew was helpful and courteous. Ticketing personnel were not forthcoming with information and displayed a poor attitude while dealing with customers. I might try a different boarding location than Dana Point, if I use this service again.

2  Thank wo43
Reviewed 25 July 2018

I've been taking the Catalina Express to Catalina for many, many years. The trips have always been pleasant the the crew fantastically polite and helpful. One of them carried our Bloody Marys down the aisle so we didn't spill!

2  Thank Lynne H
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6 August 2018|
Response from wo43 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a lady come off the boat with a dog. However, you might want to call the company to find out rules and restrictions.
Tamara H
22 June 2018|
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Response from b2buck | Reviewed this property |
I know they have a senior discount for over 60. The website has them listed on the buy tickets page.
22 January 2018|
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Response from KatrinaNeylon | Reviewed this property |
The distance is about 41 miles, and takes an hour on the Catalina Express at Dana Point. There are a couple of other places where the Express leaves from, but that would add to the timing and distance of the trip. Still... More