5 Unexpected Things To Do On Catalina Island

Catalina Island has something for everyone. Whether you want a relaxing get-a-way or a new and exciting experience, this one of a kind escape is packed with all sorts of surprises. Some of the best experiences I have had on Catalina have been the days where all I do is turn off my phone, lay on the beach and relax, but here are a few of the more unexpected adventures you may want to try out.


Catalina Aerial Adventure

If you have ever wanted to traverse the trees of a wooded gorge, you have found your spot. The Catalina Island Company hosts this aerial adventure just a stroll away from the Descanso Beach Club. There are five different rope and ladder courses strewn throughout the tall eucalyptus trees that offer multiple skill levels for most ages and abilities. (2 beginner, 2 intermediate, and 1 advanced course) Open year round from 9am to 3pm, this is an excellent option for those who are not the biggest fans of sand between their toes.

To make reservations please call 877-778-8322 or visit https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/


Zip Line Eco Tour

Maybe, climbing isn’t quite your style, the Zip Line Eco Tour gives you the option to not only learn about the native plants and animals but also fly through the air! This excursion is roughly two hours long and takes you from 600 feet of elevation back down to the Descanso Beach Club. As you descend from the top of the ridgeline, you experience ocean views and up close contact with the native species of Catalina Island. Nothing like flying through the air at 35 mph to really get your hear racing.

To make reservations please call 800-626-1496 or visit https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/


Bison Expedition

In the Long Beach Catalina Island Express terminal, there is a plaster statue of a bison. At first this really does not make any sense. Why would bison be on an island? Well, it has a lot to do with the relationship of Catalina Island and Hollywood. Since wrapping for a 1920’s film production, the bison have been allowed to roam the island and have been maintained by the Catalina Island Conservancy. This expedition is done from an open air, bioful hummer that allows for full view of any and all wildlife found during the tour. Lasting about two hours and open year round, this thrill is one that can only be experienced on Catalina Island, which helps explain the popularity of Buffalo Milk as the islands signature drink.

To make reservations please call 800-626-1496 or visit https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/


Falconry Experience

Birds of prey are some of the most beautiful, terrifying, and underappreciated animals on our planet. In the Descanso Canyon not only can you meet, interact, and learn about several different raptor species, you can also hold and cast them off your arm. This informative experience is a great way to learn more about the animals around us and the important roll they play in keeping balance in the wild. However, if you would rather stand back and watch the beautiful birds soar and dive, almost every seat at the Descanso Beach Club offers a view. This experience lasts around 75 minutes and is only available on the weekends during the spring and summer so make sure to plan accordingly if this is something you would like to try or see.

To make reservations please call 800-626-1496 or visit https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/


Flying Fish Voyage

Catalina Island is home to some of the healthiest marine environments in the world, as a result there are some pretty interesting local species. The Flying Fish is one such species that not everyone gets to glimpse. Only done at night, the Cyclone cruises, shining bright lights on the incredible fish as they leap and fly through the water and air. This memorable experience is only offered during the summer season so please make sure to plan accordingly.

To make reservations please call 800-626-1496 or visit https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/