Catalina Island Jet Ski Adventures and Rentals

Jet skiing in the crystal clear blue water off the coast of Catalina, and even puttering around Avalon Harbor is a great way to spend an hour or two on your visit to Catalina Island. Jet Skis offer the excitement and freedom that few other watercraft can. Capable of taking one or two passengers, and reaching speeds of up to 50mph, Jet Skis are perfect for exploring the open ocean and nearshore water around Catalina. Expect to see dolphins, sea birds, sea lions, and other marine mammals on your excursion.

There are just a couple places that offer Catalina jet ski rentals on the island, so you should plan accordingly and book in advance, especially if your visit spans peak times of year for holiday travel. Either way – we recommend you book at least 3 days in advance to ensure a Jet Ski will be available when you arrive.

There are few regulations enforced by the rentals companies that you should be aware of. First of all, you must be 18 years old or more to drive. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Expectant women should not ride. Your rental manager will show you on a map where you are permitted to ride, which is a roughly 10 ten square mile area just left and right of the mouth of Avalon harbor.

Catalina Island Jet Ski Rentals

Catalina Jet Ski and Waverunner Rentals

Check their 70′ sports float located about 100 yards from the boat terminal opposite the basketball and volleyball courts. Waverunners available for rent by the hour. Their fleet of 1998 WaveRunner Wave Ventures is kept in tip top shape and are ready to rock and roll! Call (310) 510 1922 for more information and reservations.

Joe’s Rent-A-Boat, Avalon Boat Stand

Located right on the Green Pleasure Pier, Joe’s Rent-A-Boat is one of the oldest businesses in the town of Avalon, in operation for over 80 years! Hourly waverunner rentals available, as well as motor boats, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, pedal boats, fishing tackle, gear, and bait. Visit or call (310) 510 0455.

Catalina Jet Ski and Electric Bike Rentals

Catalina Jet Ski and Electric Bike Rentals rent SEADOO Jet Skis exclusively, and are one of two options for hourly waverunner rentals. Located at 101 Pebbly Beach Road. Call (310) 510 2221.

Catalina Ocean Rafting

Catalina Ocean Rafting offers hourly waverunner rentals by the hour. Cost is $130/hour. Rental times are scheduled throughout the day at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM. The rental season for Jet Skis runs from April 1st to October 31st. Visit Catalina Tours and look for the #805 tour.

Catalina Ocean Rafting also offers waverunner rentals as part of a package deal. There are two package deals you can choose from that include an hour of Jet Ski time. 2 persons per jet ski. Packages #100 and #107 include ferry tickets to the island, ocean rafting tour, and one-hour jet skiing. To book your ocean rafting/jet ski tour, visit or call (310) 510 0211 or (800) 990 RAFT.

Jet Ski to Catalina Island

A lot of people have been asking us if it’s possible to Jet Ski to Catalina Island from Newport Beach, San Pedro, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Dana Point and other departure points along the coast. The short answer is – lots of people have done it – so yes.

We must warn you that this is a dangerous ride in the best conditions, and safety precautions need to be taken. Ocean conditions and visibility can change without notice, so be prepared for the worst. Bring a marine radio, GPS, extra fuel, wetsuit, compass, food, water, phone in waterproof case, etc. Use the buddy system!

The trip is about 22 miles from the mainland. Your average WaveRunner can tank up to about 17 gallons of fuel, which is enough for the trip, but we suggest extra fuel just to be safe. Also, fuel on the island is more expensive.

Here’s a video by a group that made the trip to Catalina Island by Jet Ski. Check our Catalina Island Explorer YouTube Channel for more Jet Ski to Catalina Island videos.

Once you get to Avalon, there are resources for mariners like gas readily available. Check out our Boat Map for services in Avalon harbor.