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Catalina Island & COVID-19

Our team is standing by to help make your Catalina Island experience easy. Whether that means answering questions for a trip or helping you plan your future visit with one of our custom itineraries, we want you to know we are here for you. Please be aware that at this time we occasionally have a limited staff and it may take a bit longer to respond to your request. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Like you, we are looking forward to the days when life returns to normal. In the meanwhile, here’s everything we know about COVID-19 and Catalina Island. We are continually updating this page as new information becomes available, but we encourage you to verify all information in these rapidly changing times.

Catalina Island is open & is under the same set of guidelines as LA County. To understand what that means and review current requirements & restrictions, we ask that you visit the Catalina Tourism Authority’s regularly updated COVID-19 page.

Catalina Express: Now offering daily travel to the island from Long Beach, Dana Point, and San Pedro. Please note that all passengers must wear a mask in the terminals, in line, and while onboard the boat. Food and drink may not be purchased while onboard and while guests can now eat or drink onboard (masks on in between bites & sips please) guests cannot bring or consume their own alcohol onboard.

Catalina Passenger Services: The Catalina Flyer is currently offering service from Newport Beach daily. Masks are required at all times in the boarding areas and onboard.

IEX Helicopter Service: Helicopter service is available, passengers must wear masks at all times in the terminal, while boarding their flight, and while onboard.

Catalina Island events: We recommend that you double-check event dates and times if you plan to attend an event on the island. While most events are happening, there may be modifications to ensure your safety including the option to attend an event virtually. This makes it fun to enjoy Catalina events safely from your home.

Restaurants and bars: Most restaurants offer delivery or to-go, as well as outdoor dining and beachside dining in conjunction with regular capacity indoor dining. Current LA County requirements mandate masks in all indoor settings except for while actively consuming food & beverage.  Thank you for being courteous and keeping or residents safe with your actions while indoors.

Avalon Transit: Garibaldi City Bus & Dial-A-Ride service are in regular operation.

Catalina Taxi and Tours: The island’s taxi service is available. Please call to verify service hours. Masks are required for all riders/drivers.

Cruise ships: At this time, cruise ships are not visiting Catalina. Visits may resume in late-2021 or 2022.

Catalina Island Museum: The Catalina Island Museum’s galleries are all open and the Museum gift store is open with an array of fascinating items. Please make sure to wear your mask while indoors and around others and check out their Catalina Tile-inspired masks – super cute and comfortable!

Catalina Island Conservancy: Catalina Island hiking trails are open. The Trailhead Center is open for hiking and biking permits, retail, and restrooms. Campgrounds are open. Eco-tours have resumed regular operations.

The Airport in the Sky: The airport is open and the tower is staffed. Restrooms are available at the airport. The DC-3 Cafe is open and serving food on the patio – masks are required indoors at the restaurant and shop.

Catalina Island Medical Center is open and serving patients. Their website also features regularly updated information about the virus and its potential impact. Vaccines are being administered to eligible island residents.

Updated August 27, 2021

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