Ariel view of Santa Catalina Island taken looking North.

Explore Catalina Island With Us!

Welcome to the Catalina Island Explorer – the Ultimate Guide to Catalina Island! Before you plan your visit, we want to get you up to speed, introduce you to some of the local business owners, and share some of our favorite things to do on the island.

After years spent visiting Catalina Island ourselves, we’ve managed to find the best of everything, and now – we’re passing on our knowledge to you! Don’t expect some long-winded, boring, text-heavy online travel book… We give you the dirt! Fast, fun, and easy! Explore the best of Catalina Island with us and make the most of your Catalina Island Vacation. – Ed.

Catalina Island is truly Southern California’s hidden treasure. Located just 22 miles off the coast, easily accessible from LA, San Diego, and Ventura, it offers visitors a relaxing island atmosphere where you can play in the water, explore the pristine inland valleys, and enjoy food, music, and a rockin’ nightlife! Catalina Island is perfect for families, couples, and anyone who is looking for an easy-to-plan and affordable getaway.

If you’re already a seasoned visitor to Catalina, we’ve got up to date information on anchorage, events, and breaking Catalina Island news.

What I love about Catalina Island, is that you can visit year after year and never have the same trip twice. Why? There’s just so much to do and see in Avalon and Two Harbors, under the water, inland, and around the island in the less visited areas like any of the many secluded coves, bays, campsites and hiking trails. To make it easy for you to get started, check out our Quick Menu below – if you don’t see what you’re looking for – it’s in the main menu… Without further ado, let’s get your trip planning started!

Things To Do on Catalina Island:

Did we miss something you’re looking for? Email us and let us know what you’d like to know more about. While we continue to build out our site to become the most comprehensive online resource for Catalina Island, there will surely be some gaps to fill. So, drop us a line and tell us what you’d like to see, or if you’d like to become a contributor, even better! Email us and find out how you can write for Catalina Island Explorer.