Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Catalina Island Day Trip submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
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I thought I had responded to this in early August, but I don't mind submitting again. We were a group of four traveling from Anaheim to Catalina Island. Overall it was a beautiful day, and definitely worth having made the reservation. At the ferry terminal we purchased one of the bus tours to the interior of the island. It was a very good decision! Once on the island we boarded the bus and for the next two hours we bumped and bounced until we arrived at the Airport in the Sky. We even got to see some bison who didn't seem at all impressed that we were there to see them!
The only "down" part of the day was that even though I had called twice, the two days before, to reconfirm our reservation and 8:30 pick up time, we received a call at 8:10 wanting to know why were we late? We were already on our way down from our room, but it still made us feel uncomfortable to have the implication that we were late! All it would have taken was a phone call to let us know to be ready earlier, and I left my number the two times I called. But I definitely would do it again if given the opportunity to return to that part of California!Reviewed by: Irene B, September 2013
This tour was nothing short of amazing. There is so much to do on Catalina Island. The only problem is, the day trip does not give you enough time to do more than one or two short tours before you have to be back to catch the ferry. You really need to stay the night or the tour needs to extend the hours of departure, other than that, the tour was excellent and the Avalon scenic drive was terrific and our tour guide was very entertainingReviewed by: Carolyn C, May 2013
Was disappointed in the beach and shops. I would not visit tbe island again. The tour operator was great.Reviewed by: Adriana S, September 2013
Catalina is a beautiful island and the 4-5 hours we spent there were wonderful. It was a long day and we expected to get back to the hotel shortly after dinner. In the morning our new, clean coach picked us up at our hotel and then picked up others at their hotel. We were dropped off at the marina and were picked up there in the late afternoon. We just assumed we would be taken back to Anaheim to our hotel but instead we were driven out to "Surf City??" which was 55 minutes in the opposite direction to pick up another party. When we got there, there was no one to be picked up (they had gone back by taxi, we guessed) so my friend and I were the only two people on the coach for almost three hours night driving in LA traffic. The bus driver was a dear and was just as annoyed as we were. Back at the hotel at 9:15 we had not eaten dinner yet, and did not get to eat, because the ONLY restaurant within walking distance had closed at 9:00. OK though, as the hotel sold nuts, chocolate bars and ice cream bars!! What I learned about booking tours is get all the information about travel times to and from the venues you choose to see. I try to remember the good about that day!!Reviewed by: Bernard K, November 2013
Bus driver was wonderful. The ticket agent in Long Beach was rude, the actually time at Catalina was too short. We thought it was 10 hours, however, it was only 4 hours on the island.Reviewed by: Patricia S, August 2013