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Catalina Express

34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
+1 800-481-3470
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US$75.50*
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“long beach” (21 reviews)
“day trip” (22 reviews)
LOCATION
34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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+1 800-481-3470
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"long beach"
in 21 reviews
"day trip"
in 22 reviews
"long term parking"
in 7 reviews
"captain's lounge"
in 4 reviews
"smooth ride"
in 9 reviews
"great ride"
in 8 reviews
"always on time"
in 3 reviews
"san pedro"
in 5 reviews
"before departure"
in 4 reviews
"ferry ride"
in 3 reviews
"ticket window"
in 3 reviews
"free trip"
in 4 reviews
"wonderful trip"
in 3 reviews
"nice boat"
in 4 reviews
"saw dolphins"
in 5 reviews
"dana point harbor"
in 6 reviews
"southern california"
in 3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you've never seen Catalina Island, "26 miles across the sea" (as the song says) from Dana Point Harbor, you're in for a treat, and Catalina Express will get you there in comfort in 90 minutes. Catalina Express is well worth the $75 pp round...More

1  Thank HappyKatya
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a good way to get to Catalina Island for a day visit. The departure location is easy to get too. Parking is a bit of a pain as it is $14 per day and a ways away from the dock. Park in the...More

Thank b2buck
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thought we could just walk on and it was a Thursday and we had to be on the waiting list. Just happened we were 1st on the waiting list and got on. The next day they were sold out so that would not have...More

1  Thank BunnieinOregon
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Parking for overnight stays was far away (with luggage) and $14 a day. I can see why day trips would be more desirable.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

I have taken the Catalina Express out of San Pedro and Long Beach, and the Catalina Flyer out of Newport Beach, many times, but my favorite way to Catalina is out of Dana Point. It comes down to scenery. Dana Point, from the clear water...More

3  Thank William M
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Everything from reservations to the timeliness of the departure and arrival ran very smoothly. Crew was friendly. Boat ride was comfortable. Only negative was the parking information booth lady who was really obnoxious, and I saw her argue with more than one passenger. She was...More

3  Thank plz2meatu
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

The Catalina Express is a smooth ride over to Catalina island. We did it for my birthday and they treat you very well.

Thank Rhondajoj
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The smoothest ride is from Long Beach. I live in Dana Point and although it takes an hour to drive to LB you get a bigger boat and one hour on the water vs 2 hrs from Dana Point. The DP boat is smaller and...More

4  Thank capowilson
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We had a great trip back and forth to Catalina Island from Dana Point. The crew was great. Our journey was pleasant and cozy. Always on time and smooth. We loved it !!!

Thank Cecilia L
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We stayed in Dana Point overnight after a visit to Disney in order to position ourselves for the morning ferry for a two-day visit to Santa Catalina Island. Our travel was mid-week on the first week of December, so the ship was far from full...More

Thank Dmarkwind
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Tamara H
22 June 2018|
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Response from b2buck | Reviewed this property |
I know they have a senior discount for over 60. The website has them listed on the buy tickets page.
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cbartizek
22 January 2018|
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Response from KatrinaNeylon | Reviewed this property |
The distance is about 41 miles, and takes an hour on the Catalina Express at Dana Point. There are a couple of other places where the Express leaves from, but that would add to the timing and distance of the trip. Still... More
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Sonia G
15 April 2017|
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Response from MusicMama | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking you are asking about Dana Point before embarkation. There are a few restaurants at the marina, and an excellent outdoor cafe for bagel/egg sandwiches or oatmeal and coffee/juice/smoothies. We enjoy breakfast at... More
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