Catalina Island FAQs

Toyon Bay pinnacle.

Q: Are you allowed to camp on Catalina Island?

Yes, camping is allowed on Catalina Island. There are designated camping areas where visitors can enjoy the island’s natural beauty and spend the night under the stars.

Q: How big is Catalina Island?

Catalina Island is approximately 22 miles (35 kilometers) long and about 8 miles (13 kilometers) wide at its widest point. It spans around 74 square miles (191 square kilometers).

Q: How do you get to Catalina Island? (add link to transport page)

There are several ways to get to Catalina Island, including by ferry, private boat, or helicopter. For detailed information on transportation options, you can visit the transport page here.

Q: How long is the ferry ride to Catalina Island?

The ferry ride to Catalina Island typically takes around one hour, depending on the departure point and weather conditions.

Q: How many ferries a day are there to Catalina?

The number of ferries to Catalina Island can vary depending on the season and demand. On average, there are multiple ferry departures daily from various locations, such as Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point.

Q: What are the lodging options on Catalina Island?

Catalina Island offers various lodging options, including hotels, inns, vacation rentals, and campgrounds. Visitors can choose from a range of accommodations that suit their preferences and budget.

Q: What does “Catalina” mean?

The name “Catalina” is derived from the Spanish word “Santa Catalina,” named after Saint Catherine. The island was named by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno in 1602.

Q: What is the Catalina Island Marine Institute? (add link)

The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) is an educational organization located on Catalina Island. It offers marine science programs and activities for students to learn about the island’s marine environment and ecosystems. For more information, you can visit the CIMI website here.

Q: What is the population of Catalina Island?

As of my last update in September 2021, the population of Catalina Island was around 4,000 people. Please note that population figures can change over time, so it’s best to check current data for the latest numbers.

Q: What should I pack for Catalina Island?

When visiting Catalina Island, it’s advisable to pack comfortable clothing, sunscreen, swimwear, hiking shoes, and any necessary personal items. Don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

Q: Where does the ferry leave from to get to Catalina Island?

The ferry to Catalina Island departs from various locations, including Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point in Southern California. Please check the transport page here for specific departure points and schedules.

Q: Where is Catalina Island?

Catalina Island is located off the coast of Southern California, USA. It is part of the Channel Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and lies approximately 22 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of Los Angeles.

Q: Where is the best place for camping on Catalina Island?

Two Harbors and Avalon are popular camping areas on Catalina Island. Two Harbors, located on the west end of the island, offers a more rustic camping experience, while Avalon, on the east end, provides a wider range of amenities.

Q: Where is the best place for scuba diving off of Catalina Island?

Catalina Island offers excellent scuba diving opportunities, and some popular dive sites include Casino Point Dive Park in Avalon and the underwater kelp forests near the island’s various coves.

Q: Where to park on Catalina Island?

Catalina Island is primarily accessible by boat, so parking options are limited. If you’re traveling to the island via ferry, you will likely leave your vehicle parked in one of the mainland ferry terminals, such as Long Beach or San Pedro. Make sure to check with the ferry company for parking information and availability.