Catalina Island Tours, Packages, and Adventure Tours

There are a few good reasons why you might want to explore Catalina Island as part of a guided tour. First – no planning, That’s a no-brainer. Second – benefit of access. The tour operators can go where you can’t on your own. Third – local knowledge and expertise. As a rule, tour operators on Catalina know and love what they are doing.

A visit to Catalina Island just isn’t complete without seeing at least one of the sights, spectacles, landmarks, learning some of the island’s unique history, or getting your adrenalin fix. Luckily, Catalina is totally set up to accommodate tourism, and the tour operators here can survive only if they are really good at what they do. When you book a tour, you can feel pretty confident that you’ll be in good hands, with a tour guide who knows and loves the island, and is eager to share its beauty.

Of course, we will get down to the nitty gritty about which tours we think are the best bang for your buck, after we touch on each type of tour package available. It’s something of a monumental task, considering all there is to do on the island. On this page you will find all the different types of tours with links to our tour detail pages, but this is a great place to get the lay of the land and see what’s available. Results are organized by tour type, not by tour operator. Sea tours are first, then land tours.

Note: Some tours are offered seasonally, so bear in mind that outside of the peak summer months, some tours are not running.

Catalina Island Tours (Water)

Semi-Submersible Tour: See the underwater world from your seat in a semi-submersible 6 feet under the surface. Daytime and night-time tours. More about Semi-Submersible Tours →

Glass Bottom Boat Tour: Feed the fish and watch right from your seat as a feeding frenzy ensues right under you feet! More about Glass Bottom Boat Tours →

Tour to Seal Rock: Visit the sea lions and harbor seals where they haul up out of the water at Catalina’s east end. More about Seal Rock Tours →

Snorkeling Tour: Explore Catalina’s snorkeling paradise – Lover’s Cove – and feed the fish right from your hand. More about Snorkeling Tours →

Wild Dolphin Tour: Get eye-to-eye with wild dolphins on a high speed catamaran or inflatable boat – close enough to touch! More about Wild Dolphin Tours →

Scuba Diving Tour: Explore the famous Avalon Underwater Dive Park (in front of the Casino building) with your dive guide. More about Scuba Diving Tours →

Kayak Tours & Excursions: Paddle the coastline and see bald eagles, sea lions, seals, dolphins, sea caves, and more… Day trips, 2 hours trips, and overnights. More about Kayak Tours & Excursions →

Whale Watching Tours: See dolphins, humpbacks, grays, minke, fin backs, and blue whales. More about Whale Watching Tours →

Catalina Island Tours (Land)

Inland Tour: See Catalina’s interior and visit the famous wild bison herds. More about Inland Tours →

Avalon City Tour: Learn about Avalon’s history, and visit historic landmarks and points of interest. Walking tours, electric bike tours, segway tours, more… More about Avalon City Tours →

Wrigley Botanical Gardens Tour: See the famous collection of desert and native plants at the Wrigley Botanical Gardens. Wrigley Botanical Gardens Tours →

Mountain Bike Tour: See Catalina interior on a guided bike tour of the Trans Catalina Trail’s east end. Panoramic views, watch for bison herds, mule deer, island foxes. Mountain Bike Tours →

Catalina Island Tour Coupons & Discounts

It’s possible to save money a number of ways when booking tours. Here are some tips:

  1. AAA Membership. Some of the tour operators accept AAA for a discount – like Catalina Adventure Tours.
  2. Bundle tours. If you purchase two tours from the same company, you’ll save about 10-20%.
  3. Tour package deals to Catalina. Bundle your ferry tickets, accommodations, and tours. See our links in the right sidebar.