Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour
The Catalina Island Zip Line opened in April of 2010, and ever since it has been a huge island attraction. I have to tell you that this is probably the most fun you’re going to have on the island if you’re into adrenalin! The zip line tour is comprised of 3,761 lineal feet of cable, split into five consecutive zip lines that traverse Descanso Canyon, just above Avalon. The first platform is about 500 ft above sea level, and the final platform just 60 feet above sea level. At times you are suspended over 300 feet above the valley floor, reaching speeds of up to 45mph. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Wondering about the “Eco” component of your tour? On each of the platform, guides trained by the Catalina Island Conservancy supply interpretation and explain about the island’s history, wildlife, ecology, and unique culture. It’s an interesting mix, but the history and fun facts component actually goes nicely with the adrenalin rush. Of course the sheer natural beauty of the island can’t be missed from any of the many vantage point you will experience as you descend the lines.
The Catalina Zip Line Tour Tickets and Prices
Catalina Zip Line Tour tickets costs $109 per person*. The prices do vary depending on time of year as follows: May through October, weekends $109.00, May 27th thru Sept. 5th every day $109.00 and May 1st thru May 26th and Sept. 6th thru Oct. weekdays $99.00. For more information and reservations call (800) 626 1496.
*Note that the prices do not include applicable taxes and fees.
Zip Line Catalina Tour Schedule
The tour takes approximately 2 hours. Only those who purchase tickets and participate are allowed on the platforms. The Zip Line Catalina Tour operates year round, departing from Descanso Beach (walk past the Casino 5 mins) and ending there as well. Tour times are as follows: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM, Saturday through Sunday, 7:00AM – 6:00PM.
Catalina Island Zip Lining Safety
As with any extreme sport or activity, you have to know your limits and there are some regulation in place for your safety. First of all, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back, or neck problems. If you are an expectant mother, you should pass on this one. IF you have a fear of heights, probably not a great idea. Bring a pair of closed toe shoes, sandals and flip flops are not allowed. Shorts/pants and a shirt are required, and all riders will be provided with a helmet for the duration of the tour. For riders with longer hair, a ponytail secured with an elastic or clip is recommended to keep hair secure and free from the equipment.
Catalina Zip Line Video
Check out Bradd Morse, president of Canopy Tours, testing the ride back in April of 2010 just before the Catalina zip line opened for business. Great helmet cam footage!