Three-Hour Catalina Eco Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Catalina Island Trailhead

Three Hour Tour



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Explore the outback of the Island with a three-hour Catalina Eco Excursion!

  • This is the ultimate Catalina Island interior experience!
  • Go off-road to visit some of the island's most stunning vistas and scenic points.
  • Make memories as you scan the horizon for the National Mammal - the North American Plains Bison plus deer, fox, Bald Eagles & more!
  • Work with your guide to map out your personalized tour experience. Enjoy an invigorating exploration or a relaxing cruise through the hills.

A minimum of 2 guests are required to operate the tour.  No Animals allowed.

Kids under 6 years of age/60 pounds welcome - please bring a car seat if necessary per CA DMV laws.

Due to the intense nature of this experience, all participants must be ambulatory.

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

What to Expect

Whether you are seeking a unique educational experience in the great outdoors or simply a relaxing eco-tour, we are certain you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience and gain new appreciation of Catalina Island.

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

What’s included in the three-hour tour?  Join us for a three-hour open air four-wheel tour of Catalina Island’s rugged interior. Your guide is a Catalina Island Conservancy naturalist, so you’ll have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips! You may expect to encounter bald eagles, Santa Catalina Island fox, Catalina California ground squirrel and our US landmark mammal, the American bison, along with rare plants and historical sites. Venture to remote beaches or the backside of the island and spend some time getting to know what makes Catalina so magical.

Good to know:  You may want to bring spending money in the event that you stop at the Airport in the Sky (great gift shop & snack bar) or wish to tip your naturalist guide.  Gratuity for your guide is not included but is accepted and greatly appreciated! Weather on Catalina Island may impact this excursion. Please contact us in the event of inclement weather.

What to bring and wear:  Wear comfortable clothes.  Closed-toe shoes with low heels are recommended, but not required.  The Catalina Eco Tour is generally in an open-aired vehicle.  Hat, sunglasses & sunscreen are recommended throughout the year.  A light sweater or jacket may be necessary on cooler days.

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. Those with neck or back concerns/injuries are discouraged from taking this tour.  The Catalina Island Eco Tour travels on steep, narrow, winding, bumpy, dusty, scenic mountain roads.  These roads may be paved or dirt – please plan accordingly. Children that require a car seat in a traditional car will require one in this vehicle as well. Please bring your car seat with you if your child is required to use one due to their age/size.


Where to Meet

Catalina Eco Tour
The Trailhead
708 Cresent Avenue, Avalon, Calif. 90704

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Yes.  Because of the intimate nature of the Eco Tour (5-6 guests per vehicle; 1-3 jeeps per departure time), reservations are highly recommended.

There are restrooms located at the Green Pleasure Pier and the boat landing – both are just a short walk from the Catalina Island Conservancy House.  There are a couple areas on tour where we may stop for restrooms.   The main location is the Airport in the Sky – they have full restrooms plus a gift shop & snack bar.

Private tours are available upon request (up to 6 passengers per Jeep).  Half Day (4-hour) and Full Day charters are also available and may offer a discount for groups of 5 or more per vehicle.  Please inquire by calling us at (310) 469-9079.  Rates may vary.  Subject to availability and final count of guests per vehicle.

Walking time to common locations:

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

Food is not provided for the public tours (2- and 3-hour tours).  While food is prohibited on the vehicles, bottled water is welcomed. You will stop at the Airport in the Sky, which has a gift shop and snack bar. There are some quick grab items to purchase, including their world famous killer cookies.

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"We thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour tour put on by Beth. We were able to ride off-road, visit beautiful coves, observe several Bison, deer, & a bald eagle in flight. The island is so much more than Avalon. I appreciated that the money we paid for the tour goes back into the preservation efforts."

- Dawn R. from San Diego, CA - TripAdvisor
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