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Catalina Island in Recent Years

If you haven’t been to Catalina Island recently, then you just haven’t been to Catalina. The Island has undergone an extreme makeover in the past few years adding attractions that rival the world’s best destinations. Descanso Beach Club is a well-noted area of interest that has become one of California’s premier beach hangouts. In September of each year the Descanso Beach Club hosts the World Famous, “Catalina Wine Mixer,” providing live entertainment and activities. The Event has been sold out every year since opening with Hollywood Elites and average beach goers in attendance.

 

Last year saw the launch of Catalina Island Flyboarding! The newest activity to Avalon reopens soon providing visitors the opportunity to put on a snowboard-like mechanism that is powered by JetSki water propulsion. The result: An awesome adventure that allows guests to hover above the water and fly around like something out of the future!

Catalina Island Tours & Activities

There is a huge list of MUST-DO Tours & Activities on Catalina Island including the fairly new: Catalina Island Zip Line. This attraction constantly receives raving reviews as the Santa Catalina Island Co has transformed it into an Eco-Tour providing guests with knowledge of the local conservancy, indigenous plants and animals.

         

The Ghost Tours of Catalina is also back in headlines again having won 3 Top 10 Nation-Wide Awards for amusement in the past 3 years alone. This tour provides historical accounts of the dark side of Catalina Island with missing persons, accidents, and ghost hauntings. Famous Catalina Historian Chuck Liddell works with local native-American historian Mason Sanchez to make this a popular attraction for families visiting Catalina.

         

We’ve Ranked The Top 10 BEST Tours &Activities

  1. Catalina Island Zipline
  2. East End Adventure
  3. Catalina Electric Bikes
  4. Undersea Submarine Tour
  5. Parasailing
  6. Little Harbor Adventure
  7. Mountain Bike w/ Buffalo
  8. Power Snorkeling
  9. Ghost Tours of Catalina
  10. Behind the Scenes Casino Tour

Tours Sell Out ALL THE TIME! BOOK ONLINE!

One thing we constantly stress to Catalina Island Visitors is Book Your Tours & Activities Online preferably the Night before your desired Tour or Activity! Why? Catalina Island is a huge tourist destination logging close to 1 Million Visitors each year; however, the town of Avalon is only 1 square mile big. Once everyone is on Catalina Island, long lines form very quickly and tours often sell out due to the large demand. Book Your Tours online the Night Before to guarantee your spot.

Reservations for Catalina Island Tours & Activities

Reservations (310) 510-0036

Book Online: TourCatalina.com

Catalina Outdoor Adventures Launches Trips to Little Harbor


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The beautiful, reclusive cove of Little Harbor is one of Catalina Island’s best kept secrets. It’s located on the backside of Catalina Island accessible only by vehicle. It is a well-known area for Catalina locals to go hang out at the beach or camp at the beachfront campground sites. The beach is gorgeous and can be described simply as paradise with awesome activities such as: snorkeling, surfing, lounging, swimming, or beach play.

 

The Hidden Beach is Now Available as a Tour for Catalina Visitors

Little Harbor Adventures

Catalina Outdoor Adventures has launched a Half or Full Day Adventure out to Little Harbor. The tour is conducted in a private air-conditioned vehicle out to Little Harbor passing historic points of interest along the way varying from: the Airport in the Sky, the Conservancy Nursery, Middle Ranch, Eagle’s Nest, Shark Harbor, Little Harbor, and Two Harbors.

The Tour currently has a 5 Star Rating on Social Media review sights and is a much talked about new offering. Be sure to plan at least 4-6 Hours for this activity depending on whether you select a Half or Full Day Adventure. The Full Day Adventure not only allows you to have a fun, adventurous day at Little Harbor, but the guide will also drive you to Two Harbors on the Western most side of the Island.

The Little Harbor Adventure is an all-inclusive, family friend trip. Once you get to Little Harbor Beach you’ll have a list of activities from which to choose.

  • SNORKELING
  • SUP’s
  • SURFING
  • MOUNTAIN BIKING
  • HIKING TRAILS
  • SWIMMING
  • BEACH PLAY
  • LOUNGING

Pricing & Departure Information:

The Tour departs from the Catalina Island Plaza every morning and afternoon. Advanced Reservations are Mandatory.

Half Day Adventure: $89

Full Day Adventure: $120

Reservations

Call (310) 510-0036

Reservations can be made online at TourCatalina.com under Land Tours: Little Harbor or by filling out the form Below

LITTLE HARBOR ADVENTURE BOOKING FORM:


A Catalina Package Deal Like No Other:  

The Island of Romance is offering overnight package deals from now until March 3, 2017! Whether you’re celebrating an Anniversary, enjoying your Birthday, or just need to get away, The Santa Catalina Island Company is offering overnight package deals starting at $106.

So What’s Included?

  • Round Trip Ferry Service from Dana Point, San Pedro, or Long Beach
  • Overnight Stay at the Hotel Atwater, Mt Ada, or the Pavilion Hotel
  • $25 in credit for 5 Star Quality Food at the Avalon Grille

And if it couldn’t get any better, Complimentary Breakfast and an Evening Wine Tasting is available! Thanks to Blue Line Baggage Service, there’s no need to carry your bags once you disembark the ferry! Start having fun with some Catalina Tours and Activities. The Island has become famous for the breath taking Catalina Zip Line that offers unparalleled views of the beach Pacific Ocean just steps from Descanso Beach Club.

 

Ghost Tours of Catalina wins Top 10 Best in USA!

The Original Ghost Tours of Catalina wins Top 10 Best in USA award following several weeks of nation-wide polls. Tour owners Ian & Patrick Alexander are excited about the win!  Read what they have to say here on the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce website’s release, “Local Ghost Tour Best in US.”  The win places the company at #10 on the list of “Best Ghost Tours” in the country.  The Ghost Tours of Catalina is proud to be the only company not just in California but on the entire West Coast to make the list.  The win comes following years of operating on Catalina Island as the best night time attraction.

The Ghost Tours of Catalina entertains guests with stories of ghostly haunting’s, unexplained mysteries, and occasionally encounters paranormal activity.  It is an awesome way for families visiting the Island to share an evening together full of fun and scary times.  The tour operates year round nightly at 8:00 PM lasting just over 1 Hour.  The stories told by the Original Ghost Tours is very much based on local history!

Ghost Tours of Catalina Based on local stories!

The Ghost Tours of Catalina has always had a goal to make local Catalina Island history entertaining and relevant to vacationers by using captivating stories.  It is an awesome demonstration of “Vernacular History;” meaning we our a public, local entity focusing on the retelling of local stories.  It’s History, but not a standardized History that you might expect from a Wikipedia explanation of Catalina Island.  Remaining true to this concept allows us to produce an attraction that is extremely unique.

Friendly Local Tour Guides

The fearless leader of the Original Ghost Tours of Catalina has primarily been Constance Garcia.  She has been with the Ghost Tours almost since its beginnings over 5 years ago.  An awesome story teller and vast holder of local knowledge, she has transformed a 1 Hour Walking Tour into a nation-wide sensation!  She is assisted by tour guides Mason Sanchez and Cory Cowper along with Booking & Sales Manager Jessica Herzog.  The team has created a local team of friendly hosts that produce an awesome experience for visitors to Catalina Island.  Feel free to stop by our website here, and book a tour for yourself to see what all the rave is about!

Catalina Island is Calling!  Join us for Halloween 2015 right here on Catalina Island… A Top 10 in the USA location for Halloween.

Catalina Islands 29th Annual JazzTrax…

Catalina Islands 29th Annual JazzTrax has opened this weekend allowing for a population increase of Jazz lovers from all over the world!  The 2015 lineup includes the best Jazz musicians the US has to offer including our personal favorites Brian Culbertson & the Anderson Twins!  Catalina Island’s 29th Annual JazzTrax is just 2 weeks this year running October 8-11 and October 15-18.  Tickets are available for purchase at JazzTrax.Tix.com and range from $129.50-$345.00.  This is an exciting event and one that really helps out the Avalon community as the summer season abruptly dies off.

Catalina Islands Winter Attractions

There are a few other attractions available on Catalina Island during the winter season including the hunt for local Spiny Lobster!  An Island delicacy you can often find this entree available at The Lobster Trap located at 128 Catalina Ave Avalon, CA 90704 for a market price tag of $44 for a 1.25 lb Catalina local lobster.  An awesome place to eat following Catalina Islands 29th Annual JazzTrax.

The USA Today Nominated Tour: “The Original Ghost Tours of Catalina”

Also during the month of October we are proud to be the Tour Operator behind the world famous “Original Ghost Tours of Catalina” which offers nightly tours starting at 8:00PM for $20 per adult and $15 per child.  Tickets available at GhostToursofCatalina.com or TourCatalina.com.  We have been ranked by Trip Advisor as a Top 10 Best Ghost Tour in the United States & have been nominated for this years USA Today Top 10 Best Ghost Tour in the United States.  The best Halloween attraction in southern California by far is a night trip to Catalina Island for a haunted ghost tour!  Take the boat, stay the night, enjoy the tour, finish off the night with a late meal at Lobster Trap, and enjoy Catalina’s night life!

Catalina Island is Calling!  Join us for Catalina Islands 29th Annual JazzTrax.

Catalina Island Oar Fish Found Pebbly Beach

During an expedition out to Pebbly Beach on Catalina Island this morning, I was able to discover the presence of a 15 foot Catalina Island Oar Fish watched ashore.  It appears its tail had been severed, possibly by a passing boat’s propeller, which may have led to its untimely death.  It’s very rare to find a Catalina Island Oar Fish washed ashore; however, it seems now to be a common occurrence on Catalina Island these days.  If you recall, there was a famous photo taken out at Toyon Bay featuring an 18-Foot Oar Fish discovered in October of 2013 by Marine Science Instructor Jasmine Santana.  Toyon Bay is just a few miles down the coast from where this particular Catalina Island Oar Fish was discovered.

Catalina Island Black Sea Bass Also Found!

While standing there admiring the sheer size of the Catalina Island Oar Fish, I noticed a Harbor Patrol boat towing something in the water that appeared to be a sea lion; however, as it go closer to shore I noticed it was, in fact, a gigantic Black Sea Bass.  What are the odds of not only one but two rare fish showing up dead on a small beach on Catalina Island?  We are still unsure of the actual cause of death in both situations, but it appears that the Black Sea Bass may have been a failed catch-and-release.  Be sure to read Captain John King’s article on the proper release of a Black Sea Bass.  Many times visitors to Catalina Island can very rarely catch a Black Sea Bass and are unfamiliar with the proper way to resuscitate the species; however, following the advice of legendary sea Captain John King you’ll do just fine.

An interesting day on Catalina Island for marine biologists!  This is the third time that an Oar Fish has washed ashore on Catalina Island in recent years at is beginning to puzzle locals and scientists alike.  No one has yet to provide a definitive explanation as to what is causing the high number of beachings.

Descanso Beach BBQ featuring Chef Kapo

Tonight is Descanso Beach BBQ featuring Chef Kapo Kealoha of the Santa Catalina Island Company!  We are excited to see the return of the Descanso Beach BBQ featuring Chef Kapo @ Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island and give a special shout out to Ben Villalobos (the Beach Club’s Manager) for his willingness to bring back not only the BBQ but also to offer new events such as the summer Castaway Series.  Tonight is going to be a Hawaiian themed event and Tour Catalina is excited to take part since our owners are not only cousins of Chef Kapo but are natives of the Islands of Hawaii.  We love Hawaiian food and hope to see some of our traditional items from our upbringing on the menu.  Obviously it’s going to be hard for something like Poi to show up all the way from Hawaii considering there are no farmers in California who produce it, but if it happens I’ll be happy.  I can’t wait to see what Chef Kapo comes up with.  The night is going to have live music by a local talented graduate of Avalon high.  If you don’t know Christian then come down to listen to  his awesome music.  It’s going to be a night for the books.  Be sure to check below to find out more information on what’s going on and how to take part.

Descanso Beach BBQ featuring Chef Kapo Event Details

The event is taking place tonight from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM; no reservations are required but available if you wish; the cost is $28-$34 per plate; there will be a full-bar open for drink purchases; it is a Hawaiian themed menu (and Chef Kapo didn’t even let us know everything that’s on it).  Hope to see every one there!  It is Tour Catalina’s Thursday August 13th, 2015 “PLACE TO BE ON CATALINA ISLAND!”  #tourcatalina, #catalinaisland, #descansobeachclub, #chefkapo

Tour Catalina Announces TCN

Tour Catalina Announces Tour Catalina Network TCN!  The Tour Catalina Network is a virtual community of local business owners offering Catalina Island tours, activities, rentals, hotels, and services.  By connecting as many businesses together as possible we can increase everyone’s revenue by connecting customers with the exact products for which they are searching.  Take a commission from your retail or hotel location by offering products & services for sale rather than just recommending what to do.  Have you ever given a recommendation to a Catalina Island visitor?  If so, then start getting paid when you do it!  We can setup a booking channel that will allow you access to tour operators availability and thus you’ll always know if something is sold out or not.  Give your customers access to what they want.  Tour Catalina Announces Tour Catalina Network TCN!

 

Do you know why Customers are staying at your Hotel?

Do you know the #1 reason why travelers are staying at your Hotel?  The Answer:  Tours & Activities.  They are staying at your hotel because they are trying to do something nearby… give them opportunities and they’ll not only stay again but they’ll recommend you to others.  Increase your online reviews with positive comments and make sure your business gets nothing but the best in online publicity.

Patrick Alexander Interview President Tour Catalina

Patrick Alexander Interview President Tour Catalina excerpt: The Company emerged this year as an offspring of the world famous Original Ghost Tours of Catalina as a parent organization focused on providing destination travel services.  The stated goal of is to contribute to the growing Catalina tourism industry by providing small, local tour operators the ability to market and, more importantly, sell their products online.  The “Patrick Alexander Interview President Tour Catalina” goes a bit more in depth on the subject in the follow Q and A session.

Follow the Tour Catalina Island Questions Below

Question:  “What is the goal of Tour Catalina?”
Alexander states, “Many of the smaller tour operators on the island, ourselves included, have had a difficult time paying for online marketing efforts.  By aggregating these operators together we can aggressively target the Los Angeles tourism market with the ultimate goal of selling packages to Catalina Island that include these smaller companies.”
Question:  “What do you see for the future?”
Alexander states, “Tour Catalina’s hope for the future is to expose Catalina Island as a hot spot destination that is accessible not only to the Los Angeles market but markets beyond.  For years Catalina Island has received great media attention yet there has been many first time visitors to the island who live in nearby cities such as Long Beach and Anaheim.  The retention of these clients that live within a 100 mile radius will be the key to ensuring continued growth in the upcoming years; however, utilizing access to the main global distribution systems will allow TourCatalina.com to create packages for customers all over the United States and even the world.  By connecting air, helicopter, boat, rentals, tours, activities etc together, we can engage a much larger audience.”
Question:  “How does your company stand apart?”
He continues, “We are focused on organic growth; meaning we want to be able to control, modify, update, and adjust our operations internally.  By creating a strong team that has the ability to compliment one another in the pursuit of our overall objectives, we will be able to execute upon our business goals and expand customer accessibility.  We look forward to each new day and opportunities.”
It looks like there are a few hurdles ahead, but nonetheless it appears to be full steam for Tour Catalina.  Be sure to check out the new offerings the company has to offer.

Tour Catalina Launches New Website!

Tour Catalina just wants to express how happy we are to be up and running on our new system!  Tour Catalina has spent months coding, partnering, experimenting, and we now feel confident that our booking system is ready to go at a superior level.  Every day that goes by we seem to have something new to add or to work on.  Tour Catalina is happy to have acquired a new office on Catalina Island and hope that we can get started on our electric bike business soon… hopefully.  In the meantime, Tour Catalina will continue to work on our online marketing, reservation, and booking system to insure that we do, in fact, have something worth wild.  Tour Catalina would love to see you all soon on Catalina Island and wish you well!

Follow Us On Social Media

If you are interested in following our future posts and blogs feel free to follow us on are man social media outlets.  You can find us on Facebook at Tour Catalina (facebook.com/TourCatalina) where we often post funny video blogs about Catalina Island and show different photos of everything Catalina.  You can also check us out on Twitter @CatalinaTour where we often post short captions and photos of a specific location on Catalina Island that is of great interest to visitors.  You can also find us on Google+ at TourCatalinaIsland where we often post reviews of other businesses we appreciate and commonly share a tidbit of Catalina Island life.  We also have this blog here at TourCatalina.com that we just recently started but to which we have already created a great liking.

We love Catalina Island, and we know you do too!  Every time you visit the Island you can learn something new or try a different activity.  Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and evolve.  Make memories!

-Staff of Tour Catalina