From strolling through the streets of Avalon and visiting various shops that line the harbor, stopping for a relaxing lunch at an open air restaurant patio to water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Catalina offers something for everybody, even the person that wants to relax on the beach and do nothing. Below is a list of the best things to do in Catalina.
Sea Trek is a very unique experience and does not require any advanced swimming or diving skills. Fitted with a specially engineered helmet and wetsuit, you walk along the ocean's floor while a compressor floating above delivers oxygen via tubes that connect to the helmets.
With water visibility usually in the 50 to 150 foot range, you will get a stunning view of large kelp forests and ocean creatures, include the brightly colored garibaldi, California's offical state fish. The 90 minute guided tour departs from Avalon's Harbor, Descanso Beach.
Catalina has some of the clearest water in California and combined with the calm and protected waters of Avalon bay, the Casino Point Dive park is one of the best areas to snorkel in Southern California. The Casino Point Dive Park is a marine sanctuary protected by the State of California. Immediately upon entering the water you will see abundant and colorful sea life.
For guided tours of the Casino Point Dive park, visit the Catalina Dive Shop.
Descanso beach, located within easy walking distance from Avalon Bay, is a great place to kayak and paddle board. The beach offers reasonable rentals and easy beach access along with great facilities. This eastern facing bay provides crystal clear water that is protected from the waves and wind of the Pacific ocean.
Hint! - The exception is when the Los Angeles area is experiencing strong Santa Ana winds form the east. This can often cause high waves and wind that blows from east to west, directly into Avalon bay. Usually these winds occur in the spring months of February and March and in the fall during September and October so please check the Catalina weather forecast before your trip.
Descanso beach is also a great place to just relax on the sand and soak up the west coast sunshine.
Photo Above: Taking a break outside the buoy line about 200 yards off of Descanso beach on a beautiful Catalina September day.
If you like zip lines, this one is definitely one to experience. The trip starts out at an elevation of about 500 feet and takes you through Descanso canyon via five separate zip lines covering about three-quarters of a mile at up to 45 mph. The longest run being about 1100 feet.
At each zip line tower stop, you will get a presentation of local wildlife and history of Catalina island.
The trip takes about 2 hours and eventually ends up a Descanso Beach where you can get a soothing drink and splash in the crystal clear Catalina water.
For more information, visit Catalina Zip line.
Most people are surprised to find a golf coarse on Catalina Island. This fun course starts high above the valley and features five par 4 and four par 3 holes. The course is based on 9 holes with two sets of tees for 18 hole play and offers some challenging play even for the experienced golfer.
Located up the hill and within walking distance from Avalon bay, this is a great mid morning activity before hitting downtown Avalon for lunch.
For more information, visit Catalina Golf.