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The Catalina glass bottom boat guide

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Catalina glass bottom boat, one of the many things to do on the island.

It’s one of the oldest attractions on Catalina Island. Fishermen began replacing the bottom of their skiffs with glass to take tourists to see the undersea world in the early 1900s. The popularity of glass bottom boats on Catalina has never ebbed.

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They are popular around the world. While glass bottom boats were invented on Catalina Island, they can be found around the world, in environments as diverse as a lake in Central Texas and coral reefs in the Caribbean.

The wonders continue to amaze: The glass bottom boat on Catalina still visits the pristine waters of Lovers Cove, where generations of fish have learned to anticipate the boats arrival and school by the hundreds for a free handout.

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You’ll see a kaleidoscope of marine species. Lovers Cove and its kelp forest is home to a fascinating array of marine life, including bright orange garibaldi, schooling calico bass, colorful sheepshead and darting senorita fish.

It’s become a cultural icon. Thanks to their enduring popularity, Catalina glass bottom boats have become inextricably linked to island memories for millions of people. And thanks to the 1966s classic movie, The Glass Bottom Boat, starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor, those boats are a cultural icon.

There are other ways to see beneath the sea. The latest iteration of more than a century of glass bottom boat innovation, semi-submersibles offer the chance to sit below the water line and look out, rather than look down through the bottom of the boat. Click here to check them out on the Undersea Expedition. Don’t worry, you can still book the classic Catalina glass bottom boat experience.

It’s something the whole family can enjoy. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re 19 months old or 99 years old, the glass bottom boat on Catalina offers an interesting experience that everyone will enjoy.If you are looking for a Catalina group activity, you can’t go wrong with the Glass Bottom Boat.

It’s easy to book: All you need to do is click here.

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