Travel & Recreation

Catalina Express Transports You to Catalina Island and Back in a Breeze

When visitors want to see Catalina Island, the best way to travel is aboard the Catalina Express. Since 1991, the company has provided fast, comfortable transportation to and from the island. Every day the company’s fleet of high-speed watercraft handles up to 30 departures, bringing passengers from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point to Avalon and Two Harbors on Catalina Island.

Catalina Express began as a commuter service with a single 60-foot passenger boat. It was only available to residents of the island. Today the company serves the needs of both natives and visitors with a fleet of eight vessels. Over one million people rely on Catalina Express for transportation from the coast of Southern California to Catalina Island.

Catalina Express Transports You to Catalina Island and Back

The Catalina Jet ( 450 pax, 144-foot), the Cat Express (300 pax, 97-foot), Jet Cat Express ( 381 pax, 145-foot ) and The Starship Express (300 pax, 134-foot high) are high-speed catamarans designed to offer a smooth, comfortable ride. These catamarans can reach speeds of 37 knots (43 mph hour) which means you can reach the island in an hour or less. On the generous main deck, passengers enjoy luxurious seating complete with overhead storage. The large windows afford an unparalleled view of the channel. Every boat is wheelchair accessible.

Four mono-hull vessels make up the rest of the fleet:

Islander Express – 149 pax, 97-foot
Catalina Express – 149 pax, 97-foot
Avalon Express – 149 pax, 95-foot
Super Express – 149 pax, 95-foot

The Captain’s Lounge can accommodate up to eight passengers and includes priority boarding, assistance with luggage and seating, and complimentary beverage. It can also serve as a hostess center for larger parties. The Captain’s Lounge is available for an extra  $60.00 per person to or from San Pedro and Long Beach or $80.00 each way from Dana Point.

Catalina Express offers special fares for larger groups of 20 or more passengers. With special Boat and Hotel Packages, you receive 1-2 night hotel stays, round-trip transportation and tours of Catalina Island.

To make your reservations call:  800.995.4386, Ext. 4

Catalina Express Transports You to Catalina Island and Back

Tyler Emery recently too the Catalina Express to Avalon for a 2 night stay.

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