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Catalina Island

COVID-19 UPDATE: Catalina Island businesses, parks, harbors and beaches are open, some with limited service. Los Angeles County health orders are in effect on the island including social distancing and face coverings. We will update this information as it is received.

4 Day / 3 Night Catalina Island Adventure Sailing

Southern California Coastal Waters, Pacific Ocean
Island Circumnavigation ports: Cat Harbor, Avalon, and Isthmus Cove
4 Days – 3 Nights 
Year round voyages
Call 310-823-5545 for dates and pricing

Your Catalina circumnavigation voyage includes up to four days of sailing, three different ports, and tons of fun! Sail the passage across the San Pedro Channel and be transported to a land far from the crowds. Santa Catalina is a must for cruisers in Southern California. Each of our three ports of call offers unique experiences, from Avalon’s great restaurants, shopping and site-seeing, to the serenity of Cat Harbor, to the island beach bar vibe of Isthmus Cove. You’ll feel you’ve truly gotten away from it all on this beautiful island amid the Pacific. Welcome aboard!

Or call +1 (310) 823-5545 for more information.

Catalina Island Details

Day 1 – Marina del Rey to Cat Harbor
The start of this adventure begins at Marina del Rey Harbor, just a short cab ride from LAX. Checkin is 7:00 AM at Bluewater Sailing, 13505 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-5545. You’ll be greeted at the Bluewater office by your voyage captain and the Bluewater staff where you’ll complete some quick paperwork and load your gear aboard the boat. Departure time is 9:00 AM. From there you’ll sail out of Santa Monica Bay, across the San Pedro Channel, past Catalina’s West End and around to your Cat Harbor mooring. Enjoy a tranquil dinner aboard the boat under the stars. 

Day 2 – Cat Harbor to Avalon
Another great day of sailing ahead! You’ll depart Cat Harbor after breakfast and head south along the west side of Catalina to take in a view of the island few see! Once around the southern tip of the island you’ll head north up to your mooring in Avalon. A quick shore boat ride and you’ll be perusing the island sites, gift shops, and pubs. Enjoy dinner ashore this evening at one of the many outdoor waterfront restautrants. 

Day 3 –  Shore Excursions / Scuba Diving at Avalon, or Avalon to Isthmus Cove
Depending upon the interests of the group, another day can be planned to stay and enjoy Avalon’s site-seeing, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, beaches, kayak rentals, golf cart rentals, and much more. Or if you’re ready for another port of call, you can depart Avalon after breakfast and head north for a day’s sail to Isthmus Cove. There you’ll pick up a mooring and head ashore for dinner at the famous Harbor Reef Restaurant.

Day 4 – Catalina to Marina del Rey
A final breakfast aboard and the time has come to return to base.  After breakfast, you’ll point north to Marina del Rey. A day’s sail will have you back at the dock in MDR around 5:00 PM. Though it’s time to say goodbye to good friends, it’s also time to start planning the next trip!

Our Adventure Sailing voyage pricing includes:

  • A well deserved sailing adventure!
  • Your berth and personal storage area. (As each group is different, the makeup of each group will determine stateroom vs. main saloon accommodations.) The boat has one head (toilet) shared by all. (For those that wish to shower, there are shower facilities on shore in Avalon and Isthmus.)
  • 24-hour use of the galley and all public spaces.
  • Shore boat transportation for planned voyage activities.
  • Professional Charter Captain – US Coast Guard credentialed and ASA Sailing Instructor. (Some captains are also PADI Scuba Diving Instructors.) Your captain will take care of the details for leading and managing the sailing, voyage planning, charter coordination, and vessel management for your voyage.
  • Opportunity to expand your on-the-water skills in a casual and fun atmosphere. Learn by doing and expand your knowledge on topics such as: sailing monohulls, voyage planning, navigation, marine weather, oceanography, snorkeling and scuba diving, and much more.
  • Taking part as crew in all the sailing activities!
  • Pre-departure chart briefing at Bluewater Sailing base.
  • All charter taxes, fees, mooring, and port expenses.

The following services are not included in the voyage price:

  • Air Travel to/from So Cal.
  • Land / sea taxi transfers.
  • Provisioning the vessel for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners aboard. (Provisioning is arranged by the charter group and can be shopped for in advance or ordered online and picked up the morning of departure.)
  • Dining and bar service ashore.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Land / sea shore excursions such as: scuba diving, jeep or boat tours, taxis, kayak rentals, deep sea fishing, or other activities or rentals such as: dive gear, snorkeling gear, and wetsuits. However, we can certainly assist you in arranging these services.
  • Internet access or use of your smartphone.
  • Medical services.
  • Laundry services.
  • ASA / PADI certification courses / fees.
  • Travel interruption / vacation protection insurance.
  • Service gratuities and tips.

The Catalina 36 – 2 Cabins, Sleeps 6

Our Catalina 36 is part of the highly popular Catalina family of sail boats designed and built for cruising. Bluewater has extended the rig to include new chart plotting, navigation instruments, new communications, new canvas dodger and bimini, a nifty single line reefing system, cabin lighting, and much more. 

Below decks there’s living and dining space for up to 6 guests plus the captain. The galley has a two burner propane stove, a large ice box, and plenty of storage. Both the galley and the head have pressurized hot and cold running water. And each stateroom has individual private lighting and portholes for ventilation.

You’ll find the Catalina 36 a pleasure to sail. The main is easy to raise and lower, and the jib is easily managed on a roller furler. All sheets lead aft to a spacious cockpit for easy trimming.

Number of Berths: 6
Number of Cabins: 2
Number of Heads: 1
Galley with ice box
Two-burner propane stove
Length Overall: 36.3 ft. 
Beam: 11.9 ft.
Draft: 5.4 ft.

  • Drinks at Descanso Beach
  • Dining at Bluewater Fish in Avalon
  • Ziplining
  • Island Buffalo Tour
  • Snorkeling
  • Exploring the mountain running trails at Isthmus
  • Renting golf carts
  • Scuba Diving off Casino Point
  • Renting a motorboat
  • Classic fish and chips on the pier
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Hike to Cat Harbor
  • Underwater submarine tour
  • Shopping, lounging, laughing
  • Playing pool and listening to your jukebox selections at Harbor Reef
  • Great for Individuals, Singles, Couples, Older Children & Groups
  • Add your activity to this list!

Santa Catalina Island is part of the Channel Islands eight-island archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The island is located across the San Pedro Channel 29 miles south-southwest of Long Beach, CA, approximately 38 miles south of Marina del Rey. It is 22 miles long and 8 miles wide at its widest point. The island has a hilly, rugged terrain with low vegetation and is rich in quartz. Since the island was never connected to the mainland, it was originally without any terrestrial life. Many plant and animal species there today arrived either by chance drifting on the wind or sea, or were later introduced by human visitors. Numerous kelp beds ring the island rich with underwater life including Garibaldi, California sea lions and giant sea bass drawing scuba divers year round. 

Catalina has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warmer, dry summers. Day time highs in January average around 60° F, evening lows around 49° F. In July the highs average near 75° F, with lows near 59° F.  Precipitation in the winter can be 2 to 3 inches per month with little to no rain in the summer – although coastal fog / marine layer is common in the summer months and can be thick in the morning dissipating by early afternoon. Tides range from 0 to 6 feet. A mile or two off the island, currents generally flow with the prevailing ocean swell coming in from the northwest. Water temperatures in the winter range from 54 to 62° F, and climb to highs in July through September of 68 to 75° F.

Catalina Island is within the waters of Los Angeles County, California – no passports are required for US citizens.

The US Dollar is the currency. Credit cards are widely accepted at establishments on Catalina.

The language is English.

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