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Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

1. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole.

Santa Catalina Island: 2.5-Hour Safari Island Adventure

2. Santa Catalina Island: 2.5-Hour Safari Island Adventure

Climb into an open-air safari vehicle for a 2.5-hour guided eco-expedition around Santa Catalina Island. Journey up the tree-lined old stagecoach road from sea level to an elevation of 1604 feet (489 meters) and admire the picturesque scenery. Visit outback areas and coastal canyons of the Catalina Island Conservancy, home to wild animals like bison, Channel Island foxes, and bald eagles. Pass through rugged terrain, and venture through Gallagher's Cove and Toyon Bay, as well as coastline areas such as Goat Harbor, White's Landing, and Rippers Cove. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as they roam free in the area, making every sighting extra special, and enjoy 360 degree panoramic views on clear days. Make sure to take your camera with you and have it ready at hand.


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What people are saying about Santa Catalina Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

A very personable and competent guide and driver. I belong to the All-American chickens' club, and cannot imagine driving that route myself. But it was a great trip and we saw four bison -- very exciting! Hope to try other activities with your organization next time we come.

Overall we had fun, but there wasn't much to see except for when we stopped to feed the fish. The fish were exciting for my young daughters. The boat was cool and themed in a fun fashion.

Mike, the driver and guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and a great driver!

Excellent and knowledgable guide made trip a great experience