Dolphin & Sea Lion Excursion

Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Downtown on Pebbly Beach Road





Child (4-12)


Enjoy a fast-paced boat ride along the rugged coastline of Catalina Island.

  • Experience an exhilarating boat ride along the rugged coast of Catalina Island.
  • Journey with an experienced, knowledgeable crew to see a variety of sea life including dolphins & sea lions.
  • Keep an eye out for animals on land and in the air, including bald eagles.
  • Savor a beautiful boat trip on the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Minimum age to ride is 4 years of age.

Minimum 2 passengers, max 6 passengers.

Guests must be ambulatory and be able to transfer on their own accord.

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

What to Expect

Our six-passenger boat will take you from Avalon out into the Pacific Ocean in search of our favorite species, the common dolphin. During whale migration season we will also travel out to search for the whales as they migrate through the nutrient-rich waters of Catalina Island. Seeing marine mammals is one of the more popular things to do on Catalina Island.

What wildlife will we see?  Frequent visitors to our coast include common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, gray whales, blue whales, fin whales, harbor seals, sea lions, resident bald eagles, and sometimes even an American bison along the coastline. Although we cannot guarantee we will see dolphins on each trip, we can guarantee the captain will work his or her hardest to locate them and use all of our local connections to find their whereabouts!

What type of boat is used for this tour?  C-STAR is a 24-foot, Coast Guard-inspected, center console boat that has been specially modified to comfortably accommodate up to six passengers on coastline tours. She has ample seating at the front and rear as well as numerous hand rails to hold onto while you are gazing over the side at the dolphins playing in the bow wake. She has a brand new Yamaha outboard motor that boasts  EPA “Ultra Low Emissions” as well as the utmost reliability and quietness. She also has all new seat cushions for comfort and a 9-speaker sound system.

Where does the Dolphin & Sea Lion Excursion travel?  This 1-hour Santa Catalina adventure takes full advantage of the island’s abundant wildlife and scenic coastline. Our six-passenger boat will take you from Avalon into the Pacific Ocean along the coastline of Santa Catalina Island. Your trusty captain will travel east and/or west depending on where the wildlife is, so get ready to explore!

What to bring and wear:  The Dolphin & Sea Lion Excursion is on an open-air boat. A jacket and/or a windbreaker is a must. Hats or beanies are good for extra warmth and sunglasses are helpful with glare on the water. Expect sun exposure, bring sunscreen. You can bring your own camera with you. If you just want to enjoy the ride, there is a photo package available for purchase when you check-in. The $20 high-quality Catalina Island photo package allows you to fully experience the excursion and still take home memories of your time cruising around the island.

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. This activity is generally not wheelchair accessible. Due to the nature of this Catalina Island activity, guests who are pregnant cannot attend. Weather may impact this excursion. Please contact us in the event of inclement weather.


Where to Meet

Dolphin & Sea Lion Excursion
Catalina Coastal Tours, Catalina Avenue, Avalon, CA, United States

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While a reservation is not required, it is recommended.  There are a limited number of seats – 6 to be specific and they do sell out. Minimum 2 passengers, Max 6 passengers.  This is especially true on days when cruise ships are in town.

Walking time to common locations:

  • Cabrillo Mole Area: 3-4 minutes
  • Basketball/Volleyball/Old Ben Park Area: 1-2 minutes
  • Green Pleasure Pier/Island Tour Plaza: 5-6 minutes
  • Casino Building: 10-15 minutes
  • Descanso Beach: 15-20 minutes

While food is not provided, you are welcome to bring bottles of water. Please do not bring food with you on tour.

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"Our captain Scott was genuinely interested in our sea lion and dolphin viewing experience. He not only knew the island, but knew and understood the wildlife. This is by far one of the most enjoyable vacation activities I have ever experienced. "

- Phil P. from El Paso, TX - TripAdvisor
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