Catalina Island Inland Expedition

Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes









Ticket price includes City of Avalon admission tax


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Watch for wildlife, see sweeping vistas & explore the island on this classic tour that takes you deep into the heart of Catalina.

  • Travel 31 miles along an 1800's stagecoach route into the island's rugged interior.
  • Visit Middle Ranch, where you'll get to see local wildlife and visit the native plant nursery.
  • Bring your camera for spectacular photos of Catalina and the Pacific.
  • Visit the Airport in the Sky for shopping, snacks and exploring.
  • Your tour will take you to the wild, windward side of the island where you'll see dramatic cliffs, isolated beaches and crashing surf.

This is a family-friendly excursion! All ages can participate.

Expect to see wildlife & dramatic views on the Catalina Island Inland Expedition. Bring your camera!

This tour is available for most guests. Please see restrictions below.

Participants must be able to transfer to & from the vehicle (several steps up to & down)

What to Expect

This memorable journey takes you 31 miles through the heart of Catalina’s rugged interior. The Catalina Island Inland Expedition follows the 1800’s stagecoach route up to the summit and then through Middle Ranch, where you will stop to enjoy the native plant nursery. Your journey continues onto the beautiful windward side of the Island for a view of Catalina’s rugged, unspoiled Pacific shoreline for stunning photo opportunities. Journey to the Airport in the Sky and Conservancy Nature Center. You will have the opportunity to look for bald eagles, bison, and mule deer on your scenic drive back into the heart of Avalon.

What you should know about this experience and COVID-19:

  • Masks are mandatory for all guests
  • Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing
  • Additional sanitizing is happening regularly

Be on the lookout for our National Mammal and the Catalina Island Fox:  You have a great chance of seeing bison and fox on the Catalina Island Inland Expedition. Often it’s not if you will see them, but how close they will be.  Keep a sharp eye out.

Enjoy an experience with your friends & family:  Large family and friend groups love the Inland Expedition because they can all travel together on the same tour bus.  Both infants & children can go on this Catalina Island tour.  Due to the size and speed of the bus, booster & child seats are not required.

What to bring and wear:  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes based on the season. Layers may be appropriate based on the season as temperatures can vary by as much as 10 degrees from that of Avalon.  You may want to bring some spending money for the snack bar & gift shop at the Airport In the Sky.  Gratuity for your guide is not included but is accepted and greatly appreciated!

Restrictions:  For your safety, you should be in good health & free from high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this tour. The Inland Expedition travels on steep, narrow, winding, bumpy, dusty, scenic mountain roads.


Where to Meet

Catalina Island Inland Expedition
Island Tour Plaza
Avalon, CA 90704

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Yes, this Catalina tour operates year round.

This tour visits places that the bison frequent, but they are free ranging, so there is no guarantee that bison will be spotted.

Yes, this tour is available for all ages.

While there are not restrooms on the bus itself, there are restrooms at the Airport in the Sky, a stop about halfway through the tour.

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"Our tour guide, Tony, was so informative, friendly and considerate. We saw areas of the island many don't have an opportunity to see. Bison galore, up close visit with the Catalina Island Fox, remote beaches and beautiful scenery. Highly recommend."

David A. - Mission Viejo, CA - TripAdvisor

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