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Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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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 safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“day trip” (20 reviews)
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

My husband & I took the ferry from Dana Point to Catalina Island & back in August 2016. All went smoothly, & the views were beautiful. Ferry time each way was ~1.5 hrs. We'd recommend purchasing your tickets & parking in advance because we were...More

Thank Taryn O
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We took the Catalina Express from Dana Point for a day trip to Catalina yesterday and it was lovely. Our family includes two people in wheelchairs and the crew could not have been more helpful or friendly, it make the trip a breeze for us....More

1  Thank elstravels
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I have done business with Catalina Express for many years, and I highly recommend their services if you are planning to visit Catalina Island, from Dana Point. This company does a fantastic job! The staff and crew are all friendly, helpful and professional. The boats...More

Thank Chuck M
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 nights on Catalina Island. Ferry is nice and smooth. We went from Long Beach to island and returned to Dana Point from Catalina Isle. We sat on top deck and enjoyed the sun. Do wear a light jacket/hoodie as it does get...More

Thank letsdive07
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We took the Catalina Express from Long Beach only because we didn't know we needed to make reservation to go from Dana Point weeks in advance. But the ride was great and makes it easy and inexpensive to go to Catalina.

Thank arizonaturtlegirl
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Enjoy the fresh sea air on this over-sized speed boat that takes you to enchanting Santa Catalina Island. After a short wait in a long line, we boarded the boat and chose our seats. After the boat turned around and headed for the island, passengers...More

Thank pjg612
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Super simple easy way to travel to Catalina. The only way we go is the Catalina Express. Park in the lot for the day (not sure about parking if you're going overnight.) Come a little early, and line up to get on the vessel. Fast,...More

Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Catalina is a great, quick get-a-way, whether for a long day or weekend. It offers multiple choices for dining, excursions, shopping and incredible sunsets and views. It is truly a hidden secret, close to Southern California cities with multiple Catalina Express options

Thank sheri2016
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Catalina is a great place to go for a one or two night getaway. The Catalina Flyer is quick and smoothe. Once on the island, rent a golf cart, take a boat tour, poke around the city. Rent a cabana at Desconso Beach. Pick a...More

Thank Tipton H
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Expensive but easy and comfortable. Lots of staff on board. Bathrooms available.Food and drinks available. No issues except price and wishing there were times offered.

Thank michee3333
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Sonia G
15 April 2017|
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Response from MusicMama | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking you are asking about Dana Point before embarkation. There are a few restaurants at the marina, and an excellent outdoor cafe for bagel/egg sandwiches or oatmeal and coffee/juice/smoothies. We enjoy breakfast at... More
3 September 2016|
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Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
Which Catalina Express are you taking? Parking is convenient from Dana Point but limited, San Pedro and Long Beach both have parking and probably about that price
16 August 2016|
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Response from sheri2016 | Reviewed this property |
I have had good success with Super Shuttle, although I have not used them to San Diego. They have ExecuCar that doesn't make additional stops to pick-up passengers. Try them