Catalina Island Journals

Catalina Island Getaway

A May 2000 trip to Catalina Island by JodiJill

Quote: Catalina Island is a great place to relax and enjoy the world. This small island can bring many smiles.

Catalina Island Getaway

Overview

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The undersea tour, walking the coast, the Inland Motor Tour and the Avalon Scenic Tour are delightful and exciting.

Quick Tips:

When you buy a ticket to get to the island, check out the deals that can be purchased - if you want to go on a tour it will be cheaper. If you want to shy away from the crowds there is plenty of room to stroll and admire.

Best Way To Get Around:

Once you are on the boat to the island, you are at the communities mercy. They have great prices for bikes, but the golf carts are on the high side. If you like to walk, you won't be disappointed.

Avalon Scenic Tour

Attraction

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Mostly the island has golf carts, but this tour is done with an open bus. You are taken around the island and shown the different areas of importance and shown the beauty only known by residents. This is a great place to start if you are interested about the island and want to learn more about the history.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Avalon Scenic Tour
P. O. Box 737
Catalina Island, California 90704
(800) 626-5440.

Undersea Tour

Attraction

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The undersea tour is directed by the Discovery Tours Company. I decided to take the tour as I don't dive but wanted to see the fish. I saw plenty as the schools follow the boats - actually a semi-submersible vessel - and enjoyed looking in through the windows at the people. It was nice to see the bottom of the ocean too. It was clear blue, with visible rocks, fish and plants. The only drawback is the tour costs $25.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Undersea Tour
At port
Catalina Island, California

Casino Theater

Attraction

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This tour is about the history of the Casino. It is a famous Theatre on the island that has art murals. There is a 1929 theater pipe organ you are able to see all of it in fifty minutes. I am not into the museum/culture aspect of traveling, but found this tour to be a nice overview of the history of Avalon and Catalina Island.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Casino Theater
North of Avalon
Catalina Island, California

The Island Buffalo

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Story/Tip

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If you want to see some Buffalo on your trip, ask about the Inland Motor Tour. You will be driven around the island and the chance you see the buffalo are pretty good.

The story behind the animal is quite interesting. They were filming a picture and when they finished, they left the animals. The buffalo liked the area and multiplied, requiring the humans to manage the beasts these days.

The funniest thing, almost as amazing as the flying fish is watching buffalo on a beach. It is such a shock to see because of the contrast. You assume these creatures to be hanging out in the forest or something.

Do try to see the amazing animals.

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By foot I walked all around Avalon to look in the crystal clear water and absorb as much clean air as I coule. After seeing the sites, I thought it would be nice to sit a bit on the beach.

The warm sun consumed my soul and I ended up falling asleep. I had this odd sunburn, but that is another story. My point is the beach and coastline are clean and worth the trip alone. They water is nothing like I have ever seen and the town of Avalon is strick about liter and dumping. They don't tolerate troublemakers and regulate the number of people who come in on the chartered cruises so most of the day can go as you please instead of fighting crowds and finding space.

Flying Fish Trip

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If you want to see nature just floor you, the Flying Fish Boat trip is where you need to be. Flying fish ridiculous is what I thought, but I paid the $15 and was scrapeing my mouth off the deck. The boat Blanche W. is just a regular craft with these heavy duty lights. They point them out into the ocean and you can watch these fish hop around or fly depending on how close you are. This is a famous tour and my understanding it is one of a kind. You can only go out at night so you need to take a late boat back to mainland or stay the night. It was really pretty floating out on the water at night. The moon shone and lite up the sky. The stars seened to be sparkling too and this ...Read More

About the Writer

JodiJill

JodiJill
Los Angeles, California