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Avalon-The Port of Catalina Island-CA

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A July 2000 trip to Avalon by Taylor252

SEAmagine Mini Submarine Dive Photo, Avalon, California More Photos
Quote: There are a tremendous amount of interesting things to do on Catalina Island--swimming, sailing, a boat cruise to see the seals or watch for whales( season dependant), submarine rides, and you can finsh any event with a meal in a great restaurant.

SEAmagine Mini Submarine Dive

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SEAmagine Mini Submarine Dive Photo, Avalon, California
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SEAmagine is a very interesting company that manufacturers and sell underwater mini submarines. They also take tourists down to the kelp beds around Catalina Island and that's where we found them. Our dive was going down about 40 feet, but we were in a capsule designed for up to 150 feet depth. That gave us quite a sense of security. This little mini sub is a big clear bubble that will accommodate 2 people in the front, with electric engines and a second set of dive controls on the outside in the rear. (The first set is inside the bubble area.) You have a virtual 360 degree sight radius! The cabin is pressurized and pretty comfortable. Actually the only extra piece of equipment is a small fan th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2003

SEAmagine Mini Submarine Dive
South end of port
Avalon, California

Discovery Undersea Tour

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Discovery Undersea Tour Photo, Avalon, California
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If you’d like to see underwater oceanscapes, kelp forests, fish, ancient wrecks etc., but you’re not really up to speed as a scuba diver, a semi-submersible submarine may be the answer. These specially designed boats float with the passenger deck 5-6 feet under the water level and the main deck of the craft 1-2 feet above water level, thus the term semi-submersible. The submarine does not dive. It simply floats in this configuration all the time. Passengers climb down a staircase or ladder to the main compartment where there will be two rows of seats each with its own port hole for watching whatever comes along. This was our third experience with a semi-submersible and we love them. We have see...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2003

Discovery Undersea Tour
Big Green Pier
Avalon, California

Avalon Theater and Casino Ballroom

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Attraction | "The Avalon Theater and Casino Ballrom"

Avalon Theater and Casino Ballroom Photo, Avalon, California
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On the other arm that forms the secluded bay of Avalon’s harbor sits a prominent building called the Casino. Now, you may be thinking, "Oh boy, Catalina has a casino!" The more correct way to say that is Catalina HAD a Casino some 60 to 80 years ago, but now it has a beautiful art deco casino building and ballroom. There is no gambling done here at all. This structure was in its hey day when motion pictures were just beginning to include sound and big bands were the most popular form of music. The inside of this building now houses the Avalon Theater as well as the huge Casino Ballroom. The Ballroom has a lighted archway surrounding the outside edge of the huge room with more lightin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 10, 2003

Avalon Theater and Casino Ballroom
The harbor of Avalon
Avalon, California

Catalina Express

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Attraction | "Catalina Express-Transportation to Catalina Island"

Catalina Express Photo, Avalon, California
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The trip between the mainland and the island can be done two ways that I'm familiar with. You can rent a helicopter for approximately $140 round trip, or you can take a boat and spend somewhat less. (I'll lay out the fee structure below.) We chose a boat. Several companies depart from Long Beach and have a good reputation including Catalina Cruises (1-800-CATALINA; www.catalinacruises.com) and Catalina Express (1-800-618-5533; www.catalinaexpress.com.) From San Diego, look for Catalina Passenger Service (949-673-5245; www.catalinainfo.com.) From Dana Point you can look up the Catalina Explorer, (949-492-5308.) All these companies boast that they are the fastest ride from the mainland to Avalon. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2003

Catalina Express
Berth 95
Avalon, California

What to Expect at the City of Avalon

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Mosaic Map... Photo, Avalon, California
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I knew we’d have a few days in the LA area after our Tahiti cruise and at least one day was allocated to meeting my husband’s cousins that he had never met before. However, what else should we do? That’s when we found Catalina Island and its port city of Avalon. We arranged boat transportation over to the island and also several interesting tours which I’ve explored in other entries--but I’d like to talk briefly about the village itself. When you get off the boat there won’t be any noisy taxis all around. Instead transportation in Avalon is either by foot or golf cart! You can rent the carts or some of the upscale hotels include them as part of your overnight fee. There are vehicles in Cata...Read More