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Santa Catalina Island Safari

Join Captain Dave aboard our luxury power catamaran, Lily, for a special “mini cruise” to Catalina.

Locals know Catalina Island to be a little piece of paradise located only about 30 miles off our coast. Every year Captain Dave enjoys taking his family to visit the island. And now, he would like to take you and your family to visit, too!

Join Capt. Dave on our 62-foot power catamaran, Lily, for a 10-hour “mini cruise” to Catalina.

This intimate safari is limited to just 40 passengers.

Catalina Island Safari Details

Date: Next Catalina trip date to be determined

Time: 8:30 a.m. to (approximately) 6:30 p.m.

Adults – $125 each (a $260 value)
Children, ages 12 and under – $75 each (a $180 value)


We’ll depart Dana Point Harbor early in the morning to achieve the smoothest possible cruising conditions over to Catalina. Travel time is about 2.5 to 3 hours, giving you ample opportunty along the way to see and learn about whales, dolphins, and other marine life.

When we arrive in Avalon Harbor you’ll have around 4 hours to go ashore and eat, explore, and enjoy everything Catalina has to offer. Scroll down to see Mrs. Capt. Dave’s personal activity suggestions, plus special discount offers ONLY for our guests!

On the return trip to Dana Point you will again have the chance to view wildlife which may include humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sharks, pelagic birds, elephant seals, and more.

In the unlikely event of unfavorable weather conditions, your captain reserves the right to alter the trip itinerary.

About the Boat

You’ll enjoy a relaxing and pampered voyage to Catalina Island! Lily features a beautifully appointed cabin and pilothouse, both with comfortable seating and panoramic windows. The bow and shaded upper sundeck have cushioned seating and rails enclosed with Lexan glass for extra wind protection. The galley will be open with an assortment of snacks and beverages available to purchase. Learn more about Lily.

Mini Cruise to Catalina Island and Whale and Dolphin Watching Safari

We took the mini cruise to Catalina Island this past Sat (Oct 28) on the Manute’a and had an awesome time. Our boat was crewed by Capt Dave, Capt Marie and Capt Chuck, who were all extremely knowledgeable, friendly and fun on the trip to and from Avalon. We saw lots of dolphins on the way there and dolphins and 2 humpback whales on the way back. It was a great time and Capt Dave and his crew were awesome – from the reservation, check in process and actual trip! Highly recommend them and will definitely do more trips in the future! – Via TripAdvisor

Vivian G

Call 949.488.2828 or book online.

Exclusive Catalina Discount Offers

Golf Cart Rental

125 Pebbly Beach Road
Avalon, CA 90704


Present your Lily boarding pass and rent a golf cart for $35 per hour (a $10 savings).

* A $35 refundable deposit is required. Deposit amount can be applied to 2nd hour of rental.

* Rent a golf cart for 2 hours and receive the 3rd hour for free.

* No tentative holds. Cash only is accepted.

* You must be 21 or older with a valid driver’s license.

Catalina Island Museum

217 Metropole Ave
Avalon, CA 90704


Present your Lily boarding pass (or mention over the phone when booking in advance) to receive $2 off each ticket.

Mrs. Capt. Dave’s Suggested Catalina Activities

“We love Catalina and try to visit at least once every summer. It’s like visiting a quaint European coastal town. And it’s a taste of Heaven! Whether it’s the dolphins we see around the island, or a beautiful bald eagle, the wildlife is amazing. If I had just four hours to spend there, I would try to do some of the following.”

Undersea exploration

A one hour tour on a semi-sub to the Lover’s Cove sanctuary to see the amazing fish there. Thousands of blue rockfish, kelp bass, and orange Garibaldi surround the sub’s windows as they are fed from above.

Botanical Gardens

A two-hour golf cart rental that winds up to the Catalina Conservancy Botanical Gardens where you can enjoy a 30-minute stroll to the top of the Wrigley Memorial.

The drive can continue to the top of the zlp-line launch area and finish with a quick stop at the historic bell tower for that iconic photo of the harbor. We often see deer on the way, so keep your eyes open for them!

Grab a bite to eat

Have lunch at one of the island’s waterside restaurants. They are all lovely.

Don’t forget about dessert

Enjoy a delicious scoop of gelato or ice cream and take a selfie with the island’s bison sculpture.

Dive in and cool off

Rent fins and snorkel and dive in with the fish at Lover’s Cove.

Take in the scenery

Take a walk to the Wrigley Mansion where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Harbor.