Catalina Island harkens to the famous song, Bali Ha’i https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81NROmUb7o0 , which beckons you to a mystical yet unattainable island. This rocky island is a mere 47 miles from Los Angeles, and 32 miles from Newport Beach, yet seems like worlds away. Previously, the only way to get here was by crowded ferry boats. With OnBoat, your own special island is now a short trip away by private charter boat, sailing out of New Port Beach, and the Los Angeles area ports of Marina Del Rey and San Pedro. Many of these luxury boats also offer overnight accommodations, with amenities such as barbecues, ovens, and staterooms.
Upon arrival, the first thing you may be greeted by, swimming around the dock, are the spectacular, bright orange Garibaldi fish. Nearby, the quaint village of Avalon makes for a relaxing stroll with its interesting shops, fine restaurants, and historic architecture. The more adventurous can explore miles of back country hiking trails, replete with wildflowers, and home to wild bison. For a shorter walk, you also can’t beat the Wrigley botanic garden, featuring the island’s endemic flora, found nowhere else in the world. OnBoat offers two parts of call: Avalon or, the less known yet spectacular isthmus of 2 harbors. Discover the unexpected beauty of a pristine and unique Island, right at Los Angeles’ doorstep.