Cruising the Catalina Island

Written By:  cws-admin September 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

TWO HARBORS VISITOR SERVICES

Catalina Express boat tickets
Camping check-ins and information
Sign ups for special events and activities
Safari Bus reservations and tickets
Bicycle and hiking permits
General information and email access
Camping Gear Rentals
Located at the foot of Isthmus Pier in Two Harbors.
(310) 520-4205. Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday through Thursday; 8:15 am to 6 pm on Friday.

SAFARI BUS

The Safari Bus links the City of Avalon with the village of Two Harbors, including stops at Little Harbor, Airport in the Sky, and the trailhead for Black Jack Junction. The Safari Bus is a quick and easy way to navigate Santa Catalina Island and runs daily throughout the summer months. Purchase and pick up pre-paid tickets at the Visitor Services office at the foot of the Isthmus Pier.

For more information: http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/activities-adventures/two-harbors/safari-bus

SHORE BOAT

Isthmus Cove: $3.00 • Fourth of July, Cherry Cove and the anchorage: $6.00 • Fourth of July and Cherry Cove dock: $12.00 • Big Fisherman’s Cove: $10.00 • Big Fisherman’s Cove dock: $20.00

Emerald Bay (charter only): Call the office for pricing.

-See more at: http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/activities-adventures/two-harbors/shore-boat#sthash.bGPxd73T.dpuf

EQUIPMENT RENTALS AND TRAINING

Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center rents snorkel, westsuits and SCUBA gear, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, beach umbrellas, tennis rackets, mountain bikes. THDRC also offers SCUBA certification along with guided SCUBA dives and guided snorkel tours. 9 am to 4:30 pm daily. KAYAKS or MOUNTAIN BIKES or PADDLEBOARDS $22/hour, $46 half day. Located at 1 Banning House Road, Two Harbors, CA 90704.

For more information, please call 310-510-4272 or visit Two Harbor Scuba Diving

GENERAL STORE

General Store at Two Harbors offers grocery items, specialty cheeses, breads, domestic and microbrew beers, wine and spirits. In addition, there’s beach, camping and fishing gear, souvenirs, unique gifts and casual apparel. Open 7 days, 365 days a year

FISHING LICENSE

Please remember to bring your fishing license with you. Fishing licenses are not sold in Two Harbors. To purchase fishing licenses online, go to: www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols.

DIVING

Voted “World’s Healthiest Marine Environment” by Scuba Diving Magazine, Two Harbors offers easy access to some of the world’s best scuba diving. The water is clear and clean, with visibility ranging from 40-100 feet. Water temperatures vary from 55-72 degrees. Lessons, rentals and dive trips are available. Enter the water right off Two Harbors’ calm, sandy beaches, or paddle a specially designed diving kayak to a secluded cove. Lessons, equipment rentals, guided dives , PADI intro and certification programs are available from the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center.

For more information, please call 310-510-4272.

KAYAKING

The Two Harbors area includes many secluded coves and caves, reachable by Ocean Kayak.

HIKING

Day hikes range from easy to difficult, allowing both the casual hiker and serious trekker to venture into the interior of the island. Permits required, available free at the Two Harbors Visitor Services office.

Catalina Island Hiking Map from the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Catalina Island Maps

– See more at: http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/activities-adventures/two-harbors/hiking-backpacking#sthash.yUNY3E52.dpuf

BICYCLING in Two Harbors Village

Non-permitted biking is allowed within the City of Avalon and the village of Two Harbors. Bike rentals are available at the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center.

BICYCLING the island interior

From Two Harbors, several trails provide direct access to the island’s rugged interior and beautiful shoreline. Most of the trails are judged moderate to advanced, with each providing fantastic views. Due to the Island’s rugged interior, mountain bikes with all terrain knobby tires are required and riders must wear helmets that meet the safety standards set by either the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation. Bike permits are required to ride into the interior of the island and are a benefit of membership with the Catalina Island Conservancy. Memberships start at $35 per year and may be obtained at the Conservancy’s Office in Avalon, located at 125 Clarissa Avenue from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily (may close for lunch). Permits are also available at Catalina’s Airport-in-the-Sky (310-510-0143) and Two Harbors Visitors Services (310-510-4205) during regular hours of operation.

Most of the cross-channel passenger boats transport bicycles for a fee with advance reservations. In case you did not bring your own bike, rentals are available at the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center. Every rental includes a helmet, map and a permit. Bikes are allowed on the Safari Bus for a fee of $5.00 per bike. Mountain Bike rentals are available at the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center. All rental bikes include a permit, map and helmet. For more information, please call Two Harbors Visitor Services at 800-626-1496.