Things to Do on Catalina Island

For the adventurer, get your heart pumping with a visit to the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour, try diving or island boat tour. For a slower pace, visitors enjoy relaxing on our beaches or a trip to an island spa. Other Catalina Island things to do include renting a golf cartgolfinghikingbikingart & museums, and water activities on the island include fishingscuba diving thru fantastic kelp forests, jet ski rentals, getting a bird’s-eye view tethered to a parasailkayaking, paddleboarding, tour the awe-inspiring interior in an open-air Hummer or jeep tour and more.

For families visiting Catalina Island, there are many adventures to choose from whether you make your visit to the island a day trip or an overnight. Kids will enjoy our beautiful beaches, a visit to the ice cream or candy shop, a paddle on a kayak or a glass-bottom boat tour. Visit the Kidalina page for family-specific adventures and itineraries.

Beaches

South Beach, Middle Beach and Step Beach are public beaches and lie along Crescent Avenue, steps away from hotels, shops, restaurants, restrooms and…

Bikes & Golf Carts

Once you arrive in Avalon, you’ll quickly discover that it has a very pedestrian friendly downtown. Visitors enjoy exploring the hills surrounding Avalon…

Bison Tours

In the 1920's 14 bison came to Catalina Island for the filming of a feature film. They were allowed to stay and have become an integral part of Catalina…

Boat Tours

There are a variety of boating tours & charters available on Catalina Island. Everything from glass-bottom boats, semi-submersible submarines…

Camping

Did you know that camping is one of the best ways enjoy a natural, outdoor experience on the island? Catalina Island offers family camps, five campgrounds…

Diving & Scuba

You’ll find easy to advanced diving on Catalina Island. There are many locations around Catalina Island for diving. 

Entertainment

Entertainment options abound on Catalina Island. Take in a first run movie at the Catalina Casino Theatre, try your hand at escaping at one of Catalina’s…

Fishing

Hook a big one! Fishing around Catalina Island ranges from epic battles with massive game fish to hooking a calico bass with a drop line off the pier. Rent a…

Golf

Catalina Island offers a couple of options for those interested in golfing. The Catalina Island Mini Golf Gardens, located one block from Avalon’s front…

Helicopter Tour

Take in an aerial view of Catalina Island on a helicopter tour around the island. Half and full day island tours, heli hiking expeditions and private charters…

Hiking

For the hiker, Catalina Island activities include access to over 70 square miles of hiking terrain. It is required that hikers pick up a hiking permit from the…

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Catalina Island’s 52 miles of coastline invite exploration and kayaking is the ultimate way to do it. Beginners discover the ease of paddling along the…

Museums

Catalina Island’s history has shaped the island into a world class destination resort. Learn about Catalina’s storied past at the Catalina Island…

Parasailing

Soaring high above Avalon Harbor gives parasailers a birds’ eye view of Catalina Island. Catalina Island parasailing companies take adventurers up to 800…

Salons, Spas & Wellness

Relax and rejuvenate on Catalina Island at one of our day spas. Feel the stress melt away with a relaxing massage, facial or body scrub.

Shopping & Retail

Stroll along the palm tree-lined streets of Avalon and delight in unique discoveries like artisan jewelry, Catalina-inspired artwork and souvenirs or…

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a great way to see the undersea wildlife around Catalina Island. Guided and self-guided tours are available.

Two Harbors

Two Harbors on Catalina Island’s West End, is full of exciting activities and adventures ready to explore. Uniquely nestled between two ports that is its…

Watercraft Rentals

Be the captain of your own ship. Rent a boat, jetski or watercraft and explore the crystal clear waters around Catalina Island. 

Zipline

The first zipline in Los Angeles County is also the most scenic in California. The zipline on Catalina Island features five consecutive zips high above Descanso…

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