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Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island

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Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

1. Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass by Go City gets you into over 40 top attractions in the city for one low price. Save up to 50%* on admission compared to buying individual tickets and pay nothing at the gate. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and many more of the best things to do in L.A., Hollywood, and beyond. In addition, when you buy a 3-, 5- or 7-day pass, you also get a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. You can take up to 2 weeks from when you first use the pass to use the remaining calendar days on your pass. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, how to get there and how to make reservations in advance when required. Simply show your pass straight from your phone (or printed) at the gate or ticket office to get in. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass: Theme Parks • Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket (3+ day passes only) • Knott's Berry Farm • LEGOLAND California (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) • Knott's Soak City Water Park Outdoor Activities • Hollywood Sign Tour • Celebrity Bike Tour by Bikes & Hikes LA (choice between self-guided or guided tour) • Whale Watch & Dolphin Tour - Beautiful Newport Beach • Huntington Beach: 2-hr SUP board or kayak rental • Huntington Beach: Yoga on the beach • Long Beach Waterfront and Downtown Walking Tour • Santa Monica 3-Hours Bike Rental • Los Angeles 2-Hour Fishing Tour • 2-Hour Beach Bike & Skate Rentals • Highlights of Santa Monica and Venice Beach Bike Tour Tours • Big Bus Discover Hop-on Hop-off Tour • Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Dolby Theater Guided Tour • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour • Glass Bottom Boat Eco Tour • SoFi Stadium Tour • Getty to Griffith Bus Tour • Long Beach Waterfront and Downtown Walking Tour Family-Friendly • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Aquarium of the Pacific • TCL Chinese Theater - Tour or Movie and a drink (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium • Los Angeles Zoo • California Science Center IMAX Movie • San Diego Zoo (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) Museums and Entertainment • Hollywood Museum (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • GRAMMY Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • Natural History Museum • Autry Museum of the American West • Museum of Latin American Art • Cabrillo Maritime Museum • Richard Nixon Library • South Coast Shop & Dine Package • Holocaust Museum LA *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

Newport Beach: Ferry Ticket to/from Catalina Island

2. Newport Beach: Ferry Ticket to/from Catalina Island

Book a one-way or roundtrip ferry service from Newport Beach to Catalina Island's Avalon. The ferry ride from one place to the other takes about an hour and fifteen minutes one way. For a round-trip service, simply book 2 separate one-way trips. All of the vessels have multiple decks. Snacks and beverages, alcoholic and nonalcoholic, are available for purchase onboard, we accept cash/credit and contactless payments. We travel in the open ocean and can experience rough waters at any time. Catalina and Newport Beach both have many activities - great dining, water excursions, golf cart tours, and much more.

Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

3. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole. Tour is located on Catalina Island- transportation by ferry to island not included.

Catalina Island: Private Guided Golf Cart Tour of Avalon

4. Catalina Island: Private Guided Golf Cart Tour of Avalon

Discover the culture, history, and lifestyle of Catalina Island on a guided tour of Avalon with a local guide. Make your way around the city in the classic vehicle of this small sea side town = a golf cart! Come see Avalon's most iconic sights and feel free to bring your children or pet along for the ride on this private and customized guided tour. Meet your guide at the arranged pickup location and hop into the golf cart to begin exploring. Stop at points of interest along the way, we tailor this private experience to suit your preferences. Decide on which sights you most want to explore, from the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden to Casino Point Dive Park. Wander around the Avalon Diving History Exhibit, or stop at different viewpoints along the way to take in the sweeping vistas and capture fantastic photos. As you make your way around Avalon, learn about the island and its landmarks from your local guide, who'll share the history and back stories of each location visited. At the end of your tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel, or another location of your choosing in the city.

Avalon, Catalina Island: Island Adventure Tour

5. Avalon, Catalina Island: Island Adventure Tour

Have the chance to encounter wildlife such as bison, deer, bald eagles, ravens, or even the Catalina Island fox. There is a photo opportunity around every turn on our two hour guided eco-land excursion. As we climb to the Airport-in-the-Sky admire the spectacular views. At this stop, visit the Nature Center and peer down at one of Catalina’s original Native American gathering sites. The fee to the Catalina Island Conservancy directly supports the preservation of the animals, endangered species, and endemic plants on Catalina Island. Tours leave from The Cabrillo Mole.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

6. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

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7. USA: eSIM data plans from 1GB to 20GB

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Avalon City: Sightseeing and History Tour with Audio App

8. Avalon City: Sightseeing and History Tour with Audio App

Take a self-guided GPS audio tour through the streets of Avalon. Discover more about the city and learn about its history and landmarks, with input provided from expert locals. Listen to historians, authors, and other passionate locals talk about their town as you walk the streets of Avalon. Learn the stories behind our town and its famous landmarks from the people who live here. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.

All-Inclusive Guided Tour of Catalina Island from Orange Co

9. All-Inclusive Guided Tour of Catalina Island from Orange Co

Dubbed as one of Southern California's "best kept secrets", discover enchanting Santa Catalina Island with a privately guided sightseeing and historical day trip. Feast your eyes on sights like the Catalina Casino, Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden, Pebbly Beach, downtown Catalina, and more. Begin your tour with private transportation from your hotel to the ferry docks. Feast your eyes on the rippling Pacific Ocean during the ferry ride, listening carefully as your guide details historical facts about Catalina Island, its early development, and some of its famous past residents. Get your camera ready while taking a golf cart tour around downtown Catalina. Learn about the origin of the island's hand painted tiles and the history behind the Catalina Casino. Make a stop at Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden, an art deco installation folded into the cacti and canyon trails. Then it's time to return to downtown Catalina for a lunch break. Stop by a local restaurant or bakery, visit the shops and art galleries, or sit outside to soak in the sunny California weather. Before heading back on the ferry, stop by Pebbly Beach to sink your toes in the cold waters of Avalon Bay.

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What people are saying about Santa Catalina Island

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 321 reviews

Dudley was very informative and very nice! We enjoyed the history of Catalina and clarification about the island. The golf cart has a low tire, that was taken care of quickly but the fumes were bad. It rained the majority of the time but Dudley was a trooper! Thank you!

I plan the trip for my partner’s birthday and we had a very good time. From the boat ride to the food to the bus guided tour ride was awesome. I would definitely recommend the boat ride to Catalina!!!

Excellent. Easy to find, on time, saw tons of fish and kelp, and feed fish! Good for adults and kids!!

I enjoyed the experience of being out on the ocean. Everyone was courteous and friendly.

Excellent, Great customer service and kindness extraordinary