Within Walking Distance
From your Carnival cruise to Catalina Island it’s an easy stroll to the iconic Catalina Casino, perched at Avalon Bay’s northern point. On the Casino’s ground floor, the Catalina Island Museum displays artifacts from the island’s history—from prehistoric fossils to photos of sold-out concerts in the Casino. Upstairs is the glamorous circular ballroom where the brightest stars of American music performed in the 1930s. Explore both the casino and museum while on the Seaview & Seeland Combo Tour excursion.
Crescent Avenue traces the Avalon harbor around the sweeping bay, past seafood restaurants and gift stores selling pottery and paintings by Catalina-based artists. For lunch or an early dinner, fish-n-chips stands dish up heaps of crispy golden fish, and sophisticated restaurants serve surf and turf with ocean views.
Beyond the Port Area
Just a mile and a half up Avalon Canyon Road, the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens commemorates William Wrigley, Jr., chewing-gum businessman and former owner of Catalina Island. While on the Avalon Views, Botanical Garden, & Glass Bottom Boat excursion, you’ll visit the memorial site which affords panoramic views of Avalon’s aquamarine harbor dotted with bobbing sailboats. Paths from here meander through botanical gardens blooming with wildflowers and bristling with Catalina cacti.
North of Avalon is sleepy Two Harbors village, named for the twin harbors on either side of a very narrow neck of land. Gleaming-white yachts anchor off both shores and laid-back restaurants serve fat buffalo burgers. Hike the trails into the surrounding mountains for views over tiny Two Harbors, with the sparkling Pacific Ocean on both sides.
The amazing Buffalo Eco & Yellow Sub Combo Tour excursion combines an eco-bus ride to the “Airport in the Sky” with a semi submarine tour. Sit back and relax on your two-hour journey to the “sky” viewing amazing canyons, scenic coastlines, native plants and wildlife. Keep your eyes open for bison, island fox, black crows and bald eagles. Return to town and board the SSN Nautilus yellow semi-submarine. Enjoy beautiful views as you explore the underwater sea gardens at Lover’s Cove. Have the opportunity to feed the fish from your seat through the high tech torpedo fish feeding system.
Watersports in Catalina Island
Take a Carnival cruise to Catalina Island to snorkel, dive and kayak through kelp forests—home to octopi, sea stars, and hundreds of species of glittering fish.
Just a few minutes’ walk from town, on Avalon Bay’s southern end, is Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve. Swim through the clear waters alongside barracuda and orange Garibaldi fish. Catalina Casino sits above one of the island’s best snorkel spots, Casino Point Marine Park. Scuba divers can explore sunken ships and reefs teeming with neon fish and crustaceans. Paddle out from either marine park by kayak to find secluded coves and empty beaches tucked into Catalina’s rocky coast and accessible only by sea when on the Catalina Kayak Expedition excursion.
Outdoor Activities in Catalina Island
Nearly 90% of Catalina Island is a natural wildlife preserve. Dozens of trails pass through the island’s oak forests and skirt dramatic sea bluffs. On a bus tour, stop for photo ops of the island’s white sea cliffs and mountains.