Explore the outback of the Island on a Catalina Eco excursion that takes you to remote parts of the island you might not otherwise get to see.
- Adult Ages 12-54
- Child Ages 2-11
- Senior Ages 55+
- Active Military Must Present Valid ID
- Infants under 2 do not require a ticket to ride.
Avalon Scenic Drive Tour
- Journey through the heart of Avalon and up along the foothills above town.
- Discover great ideas for places you want to visit after the Avalon tour has completed.
- Experience some of the best coastal views and scenic vistas on Catalina Island.
- Learn about classic Santa Catalina landmarks along with fascinating Catalina Island history.
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Discover the enchantment of Avalon on this delightful journey along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of this friendly and historic town. This tour always receives the highest ratings for customer satisfaction and is one of the most popular things to do on Catalina Island. You’ll see picture-perfect views and colorful local attractions from the comfort of our passenger vehicle as your driver & guide shares interesting Catalina Island history and folklore. This seven-and-a-half-mile journey provides a comprehensive history of Santa Catalina Island’s only city, Avalon.
For your safety, you should be in good health & free from back problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by a bus tour. Guests who are pregnant are welcome on this tour. Participants must be able to transfer to and from the vehicle (several steps up to and down from the seating area).
Wear comfortable clothes based on the season. Sunscreen & sunglasses are recommended for the warmer summer months. While a gratuity is not expected, it is always appreciated.
Avalon Scenic Tour
Island Tour Plaza
Avalon, CA 90704
What kind of bus is used on the tour?
This tour takes place either in an open-air tram or a new touring e-bus with a built-in sound system, which makes it great for seeing the views from the island valley of Avalon.
Can I take pictures on tour?
Absolutely! Don’t forget your camera or phone. Just be cautious if you are holding your phone or camera out the open sides or windows of the bus.
Can infants & children enjoy the Discover Avalon tour?
Yes – this is a great Catalina Island tour for infants and children. It’s just under an hour in duration, it travels by scenic areas and is narrated so that everyone on the bus can hear the information. Due to the nature and speed of this bus, boosters or car seats are not required.
Do I need a reservation for the Discover Avalon tour?
Yes. While reservations are not required, they are recommended. There are a limited number spots on each tour.
Are there restrooms available on the Discover Avalon tour?
While there are no restrooms on the bus, they are available in the Island Tour Plaza. Please make sure to use them before you go on tour or plan to use them upon your return to the Plaza.
How far is the Discover Avalon tour starting point from certain areas?
Walking time to common locations:
- Cabrillo Mole Area: 7-10 minutes
- Basketball/Volleyball/Old Ben Park Area: 5-7 minutes
- Green Pleasure Pier/Island Tour Plaza: 2-3 minutes
- Casino Building: 10-15 minutes
- Descanso Beach: 15-20 minutes
Is there food provided on the Discover Avalon tour? Can I eat and drink while on tour?
Due to the brevity of this tour (50 minutes), this tour does not have any food or beverage included. To keep the bus clean, food and beverage, with the exception of bottled water, are prohibited on the tour.
How is the Discover Avalon tour different from the local city bus (Garibaldi)? Am I able to hop on and off the tour?
The Discover Avalon tour is a guided narrated tour, while the tour bus does stop at several scenic locations, guests will not be permitted to leave the vehicle.
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