Things To Do On Catalina Island

There’s a bounty of Catalina Island things to do. Whether you want to get out on the ocean to discover Catalina’s wild sea creatures, or stay on land and get a taste of that island life, the perfect adventure awaits on this magical island escape.

Water Activities

Take the plunge with a Catalina water adventure. Book a glass bottom boat tour, check out Catalina Dive Supply for scuba and snorkeling gear, head out on a fishing excursion or try parasailing, kayaking or paddleboarding. If you prefer to explore the shore, you can always hit the beach and soak up some rays. For those looking to sip cocktails by the sea, The Descanso Beach Club offers private cabanas and chaise lounges for rent.

Catalina Tours

At Catalina Tours we do all the work and you have all the fun. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff loves Catalina Island and are eager to share it with you. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to the best places to relax, we can help you plan the ideal Catalina Island experience. Whether you are traveling with a special someone, a small group or your entire team, we can make your Catalina Island vacation planning a breeze.

Ron Moore's Snorkeling & Diving

Snorkeling Catalina offers both day and night tours, as well as equipment rentals. The owners are friendly and knowledgeable, with many years of diving and snorkeling experience.

Adventure Tours

Island Enterprises, Inc. - Your best Island Adventures! Island Enterprises, Inc. has been catering to tourists from around the world for over 20 years, with the best tours, buses, vessels and staff. We are proud to have you with us to share this experience. For photo enthusiasts, our tours provides opportunity to capture those moments with seals, buffalo, and other animal life. We bring together the best of Catalina for you and your family to enjoy together. Thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoy your adventures.

Catalina Undersea Expedition

Come face-to-face with Catalina’s abundant marine life by cruising five feet under water in a spacious, climate-controlled cabin. Every passenger has their own seat and port hole plus you’re free to roam about the cabin seeking other viewpoints. You’ll see an incredible array of undersea dwellers: bright orange garibaldi, spotted calico bass, urchins, rockfish and bat rays, just to name a few. This is more than a tour; it’s an undersea adventure.

Flying Fish Tour

The night tour to see Catalina’s famous flying fish is an unforgettable experience. The fish don’t really fly, of course, but watching them leap out of the sea illuminated by a powerful spotlight will take your breath away.

Catalina Jetski

Catalina Jet Ski offers both guided jet ski rentals, as well as electric bike rentals. The jet ski rentals are limited to peak summer months, so reservations are highly recommended.

Dolphin & Sea Lion Tours

Catalina Coastal Tour offers delightful close up experiences with dolphins and sea lions. They also rent out private fishing charters and jet skis.

Wet Spot Rentals

Kayaking, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding are the things to do on Catalina Island. The pristine waters surrounding Catalina Island are teaming with marine life and amazing kelp forests. As you paddle or snorkel Catalina Island’s crystal clear waters, you will be in awe at the natural beauty and wildlife that surrounds you. Stand up paddle, snorkel or kayak Catalina Island with Wet Spot Rentals and take home an Island memory to last a lifetime.

Joe's Rent a Boat

Go snorkeling, fish the kelp beds, or travel the shoreline enjoying the ocean air and the freedom if the open sea. For nearly 100 years Joe's Rent-A-Boat has offered strong, safe, coast guard approved boars to visitors from around the world. Pack a picnic, bring some drinks and come down to rent a boat at Joe's. Experience your own special fun filled adventurous day on the water.

Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

Several vendors rent out kayak and paddleboard equipment. Here is an overview, so you can find one that meets your destination goals and fitness level.

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports specializes in guided natural history kayak tours. They also offer kayak rentals to take you to some of the more secluded campgrounds.

Joe’s Rent-A-Boat

Joe’s Rent-A-Boat offers both kayak and paddle boarding equipment for those hoping to just explore the shore. They also rent out pedal boats and snorkeling equipment!

Two Harbors Activities & Adventures

If you’re on the Two Harbors side of the island, Two Harbors Activities & Adventures rent out everything you need to explore Catalina in the water or on the land, including snorkel and dive equipment, fishing gear, kayaks and mountain bikes.

Outdoor Adventures

Go slow and steady with a hike or bike ride, or try your hand at a round of miniature golf. If you feel the need for speed, you can zip through the sky on a zipline or aerial tour, or try renting a golf cart. The Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Gardens are a picture perfect location for a Catalina wedding, or just for a lazy stroll.

Bison Expedition

Take a thrilling expedition into the interior of the island to meet Catalina’s famous bison. The two-hour journey in a bio-fuel hummer will take you all the way to the scenic overlook on Black Jack Mountain.

Buena Vista Point Overlook

Don’t miss one of the prettiest views on the island, the stunning Buena Vista Point Overlook.

Catalina Island Casino

Take a guided walking tour of one of Catalina’s most iconic destinations, the Catalina Island Casino. The Casino ballroom is also available to rent out for the wedding or social event of your Art Deco dreams.

Catalina Aerial Adventure

Experience the height of Catalina entertainment on the heart-pounding Catalina Aerial Adventure. Try your hand at a variety of courses designed for all fitness and thrill-seeking levels.

Catalina Escape Room

Arrrre you ready to take on one of Catalina’s epic pirate-themed escapes? Gather ye crew and discover what treasures and traps lie ahead.

Ridgetop Eco Adventure

Explore some of the island’s most remote locations and breathtaking views from the safety of an open air biofuel hummer.

Golf Cart Rentals

If you’re looking to take the road less traveled on your visit to Catalina, consider cruising the island in style in your own golf cart. Grab your complimentary map and see what wonders await.

Catalina Island Golf Course

Nine hole public golf course. Rental clubs/golf carts available. Group & tournament play welcome. Fully stocked Pro shop. Originally designed as a three-hole course, the Catalina Golf Course was expanded to 9 holes in the early 1900’s and in 1929 to a 18 hole tournament-worthy course. During World War two the course was not cared for and by 1945 the course was brought back to 9 holes. The current course features five Par 4 and four Par 3 holes.

Nature Center at Avalon Canyon

Get in touch with your wild side at the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon. Conveniently located close to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden and the Hermit Gulch Trail Head, the Nature Center features self-guided tours, as well as hands-on activities for kids.

Silver Canyon Pottery

The historic Catalina House Tiles are an unforgettable part of Catalina’s charm. Silver Canyon Pottery offers tours and tile making classes, or you can purchase a set of house tiles to bring some Catalina warmth to your home.

Catalina Miniature Golf

We are located one block up from the Green Pier across from the Discovery Tours parking lot next to Scuba Luv. Walk-ins are always welcome or you call (310) 510-8585 to make a reservation.

Mountain Biking

Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center rents out mountain bikes and gear. Remember that a mountain biking permit is required for mountain biking around the interior of the island. Permits can be acquired at the Airport-in-the-Sky, or the Two Harbors’ Visitors Services.

Backpacking and Hiking

Whether you’re looking to do a longer day hike to eat a picnic lunch up on of the islands’ scenic vistas, or you would rather take on the 38.5 mile Trans Catalina Trail, the island has options to please every backpacker.


There are five distinct campgrounds accessible from the Trans Catalina Trail, or the truly adventurous can kayak to one of the island’s remote coves. Whichever path you choose, Catalina is truly a camper’s paradise.

Discovery Tours
Info 800-446-0249

From breathtaking vistas to incredible wildlife, there is so much to explore in and around Santa Catalina Island. Our land adventures offer you a way to take in the beauty and rugged landscape of our incredible island oasis. Most land tours originate in Avalon from the Tour Plaza, located between Sumner and Catalina Avenues.

Taste of Catalina Food Tours

Stroll through downtown Avalon like a local and savor the flavors that Catalina Island offers. Encounter cultural, architectural and historical insights while tasting a variety of flavors from our favorite restaurants & bars by the bay. We offer two one-of-kind tours, both of which are ideal for individuals, couples, small groups or corporate getaways. The Avalon Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour offers a unique insight into Avalon by combining its best culinary tastes with its most fascinating culture. The Catalina Happy Hour Tour showcases the island’s best specialty cocktails and shots all while giving you an evening of unforgettable fun and frolic. Call today and book your tickets now.

Summit Night Adventure Tour

Explore Catalina at night in our biofuel Hummer. View the night lights of Avalon on this delightful evening drive. Breathtaking views with stops overlooking beautiful Avalon Bay. Your driver provides interesting Catalina Island highlights as your hummer winds it’s way through the heart of Avalon, down the coastline, and into the hills above this romantic and historic town. At Wishbone Loop, you’ll experience the canopy of stars and enjoy a little refreshment. This tour will last approximately 70 minutes. Departure times will vary seasonally as this adventure will begin 30 minutes after sunset. Blankets will be provided if necessary. No children under five please. 10% of the proceeds go to support the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Catalina Island Inland Expedition

This comprehensive tour takes you 31 miles through the heart of Catalina’s rugged interior. You’ll travel in a comfortable, ’50’s Flxible Bus™, restored to its original streamlined beauty. This memorable journey follows the 1800’s stagecoach route that takes you through Middle Ranch where you will enjoy the Native Plant Nursery and the Bald Eagle habitat. Your journey continues onto the beautiful windward side of the Island for a view of Catalina’s rugged, unspoiled Pacific shoreline for stunning photo opportunities. Journey to the Airport in the Sky and Conservancy Nature Center. You will have the opportunity to look for bald eagles, bison, and mule deer on your scenic drive back into the heart of Avalon.

Zip Line Eco Tour

Trip Advisor’s top-rated Catalina attraction begins 600 feet in the air! Take in gorgeous ocean views and fascinating island facts on this guided two-hour tour that ranges across five separate zip lines.

Pint-Sized Adventures

Catalina Island brings out the kid in all of us. If you happen to be traveling with the younger set, there are several playgrounds and toy stores on Catalina, as well as the Three Palms Arcade featuring the famous Fun Zone. You can also grab some Catalina Island souvenirs at the Catalina Island Museum for Art and History

Catalina Museum for Art and History

The Catalina Museum for Art and History showcases everything from contemporary art from the Tongva community to outdoor movie screenings! They also offer several art programs - both virtual and in-person.

Three Palms Arcade

Island Style Bowling, arcade games, prizes, big screen TVs, great food, ice cold beer, wine, and cocktails, all with a relaxed island vibe... Three Palms has it all!


There are three playgrounds in Avalon and one in Two Harbors. Knabe Park is a pirate ship themed playground. City Park has a webbed climbing structure, interactive musical toys and picnic tables. Avalon's Kid Park offers climbing structures, slides, picnic tables and work out equipment.

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