Avalon, Catalina Island's largest settlement, offers a wide range of activities, making sure there is never a dull moment for our guests.
No vacation is complete without a day of relaxation and pampering. Santa Catalina Island's salons and spas are here to indulge you, whether you want a massage or a makeover. Take the time to let the island's beauty and tranquility soak in to your soul. Avalon has several special locations for you to indulge yourself with:
Snorkeling is an easy and fun way to experience the natural beauty of Santa Catalina Island. Voted "World's Healthiest Marine Environment" by Scuba Diving Magazine, the water is clear and clean with visibility ranging from 40-100 feet. Water temperatures vary from 55-77 degrees Fahrenheit. Lessons, rentals and guided dive trips are available as well as snorkel equipment at select coves.
Kayaking is a fun and easy way to experience the natural beauty of Santa Catalina Island. Enjoy the otherwise inaccessible coastline by kayaking from Avalon along the cliffs and into secluded coves. Another exciting way to experience the rugged coastline of Catalina Island is by Stand UP Paddle boarding, a new and fun way to experience Catalina's pristine waters.
Explore the wilder side of Santa Catalina Island or the streets of Avalon with a bicycle. Permits are required to bike in the Interior, visit the Catalina Island Conservancy for permitting information. Otherwise there are several operates in the city of Avalon and Two Harbors that will rent bikes:
Walk on the wild side of Catalina Island, a land made for exploration. From Avalon or Two Harbors there are miles of back roads and trails available for you to discover. There are trails for every ability level with each offering fabulous views of rolling hills and endless oceans. Mandatory hiking permits are free and available at the Catalina Island Conservancy.
Just like the island itself, the shopping opportunities in Avalon are extraordinary. As you stroll along Avalon's romantic pedestrian walkway and take in striking views of the harbor, quaint shops and boutiques are everywhere, ensuring you go home with a memory to last a lifetime or the perfect gift for a loved one.