There’s so much to see and do on Catalina Island that it takes more than a day to do it all!

Most people only think of Avalon when they think of Catalina – but there’s a whole 76-square mile island to discover and plenty of activities to keep you busy as you explore.  Here are some ideas . . .

AVALON – Day 1

  • Take a scenic city tour to get the lay of the land
  • Discover Catalina’s abundant marine life in a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible tour
  • Stroll along Avalon’s palm-lined streets and shop for unique island gifts & souvenirs
  • Play a round of miniature golf
  • Follow your taste buds with a Food Tour or Happy Hour Tour
  • Be pampered with a luxurious massage
  • Rent a boat, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or pedal boat
  • Wet a line and get hooked on fishing
  • Take a smartphone tour
  • Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many seaside restaurants
  • Hit the arcade games or try mini bowling
  • Rent a golf cart and tour Avalon on your own
  • Search for dolphin, sea lions and harbor seals on an ocean tour
  • Go snorkeling at Lover’s Cove
  • Go parasailing
  • Pedal around Avalon on a bicycle or rent an electric bike
  • Experience open ocean riding on a jet ski (seasonal)
  • Take in a historical walking tour and learn about Catalina’s tile or architecture or even ghosts or UFOs!
  • Discover the history of Catalina at the Catalina Island Museum
  • Set sail and explore the Island coastline


  • Tour the iconic Casino Ballroom and the Avalon Theatre
  • Check out the Avalon Diving History Exhibit on the ground floor of the Casino building
  • Dive in at the Casino Dive Park
  • Try snorkeling or scuba
  • Climb to the top of the Rock Climbing Wall
  • Zip through the high canyons to the beach on the Zip Line Eco Tour
  • Rent a kayak and paddle along the rugged coastline
  • Go for a dip in the ocean at Descanso Beach
  • Rent a beach cabana or lounge chairs for a luxurious day at the beach
  • Sip a cocktail in the sun or enjoy lunch at Descanso Beach Club


  • Play a round of golf at the Catalina Country Club
  • Partner up for a tennis match
  • Discover the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon
  • Go camping at the Hermit Gulch Campground
  • Hike up the Hermit Gulch Trail and connect to the Trans-Catalina Trail
  • Take a custom naturalist-led hike overlooking Avalon Bay
  • Stroll thru the stately Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden
  • Maintain your workout routine with the new Avalon Canyon Fit Trail


  • Hire a friendly taxi to take you into the interior of the Island
  • Have lunch at the scenic Airport-in-the-Sky
  • Take in the natural and cultural history of the Island at the Airport-in-the-Sky Nature Center
  • Go mountain biking
  • Try your skill on an off-shore fishing expedition
  • Traverse the island on the Trans-Catalina Trail, 37.2 miles from end to end
  • Camp at one of the five interior campgrounds or at one of the many primitive boat-in campgrounds. Or go “glamping” (comfort camping) and be treated like royalty!
  • Hop on a jeep, van, bus or Hummer tour into the interior
  • Take an aerial tour of Catalina by helicopter


  • Take the Cyclone from Avalon to Two Harbors, or arrive in Two Harbors by boat from San Pedro
  • Go snorkeling or diving
  • Hike to the overlook at Ballast Point
  • Walk from one side of the island to the other the easy way~across the Isthmus, 1/2 mile wide
  • Take a jeep tour to the west end of the island
  • Enjoy lunch or dinner on the patio of the Harbor Reef
  • See the historic Civil War barracks
  • Overnight at the Banning House Lodge or camp out at the Two Harbors campground
  • Rent a kayak and explore the nearby coves and underwater caves
  • Work on your serve and spike with a game of beach volleyball
  • Play a game of disc golf
  • Try the signature Buffalo Milk cocktail

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