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The best things to do on Catalina in the summer

a person swimming in the water

As the last days of summer spill out across the calendar, back-to-school sales and dreams of pumpkin spice lattes are taking center stage, but there’s still time for fun in the sun! Read on for the best things to do on Catalina in the summer.

Getting in the water is one of the best things to do on Catalina in the summer

Summer is one of the best times to explore Catalina Island’s pristine waters and unique undersea environment. If you are comfortable in the ocean there are several options for plunging beneath the surface.

a person swimming in the water

Snorkeling: With two protected reserves on either side of Avalon, the seaside resort is a perfect destination for snorkeling. Bright orange garibaldi, dramatic sheepshead and curious calico bass will all be seen on any snorkel adventure. To get a more in-depth look at the local marine life, book a guided snorkel tour with a knowledgeable local who can share the best spots to discover fascinating sea creatures.

Discover Scuba Dive: Want to take your underwater exploring to the next level? A Discover Scuba Dive adventure lets you experience the excitement of scuba diving with no certification class – or experience necessary.

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Go for a swim: You are never far from the shore on an island. Cool off with a swim from one of the island’s many beaches. In the summer the water temperature approaches 70 degrees – perfect for a refreshing swim.

Cool off on the water

Even if you don’t want to get in the water, there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the water. Some of the best things to do on Catalina in the summer involve a boat of some kind.

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Ocean kayaking: The leeward side of Catalina is ideal for kayaking and the summer is the perfect time of year for it. The Frog Rock Kayak Tour will take you along the coast from Descanso Beach. Expect to see a variety of marine life and spectacular scenery while you paddle along the shore.

Take a trip on the Cyclone: This high-speed vessel whisks you to Two Harbors on the island’s West End for a day of exploring and adventures – or just a nap on the beach and a cocktail at the outdoor bar.

a small boat in a body of water

Stand-up paddling: Explore Avalon Harbor – and your own sense of balance — by renting a stand-up paddleboard. This popular pastime is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the island’s crystal clear waters.