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Catalina Glass Bottom Boat

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Avalon, United States
Catalina Glass Bottom Boat

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icon40 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Discover life under the surface of the Pacific Ocean on a glass-bottom boat tour from Catalina Island. Board your vessel in Avalon and enjoy views of colorful fish, coral, and other sea life while you sail. Listen to commentary from your captain about the local ecology and enjoy a relaxing time on this boating adventure.
  • Ideal for those who don’t want to snorkel or scuba dive
  • A small group means more attention from your captain
  • Explore Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve by boat
  • See several aquatic species in their natural habitat
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22 Green Pleasure Pier , 22 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA

Located on the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Santa Catalina Island Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Catalina Glass Bottom Boat?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Catalina Glass Bottom Boat?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Catalina Glass Bottom Boat?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Catalina Glass Bottom Boat?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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37 Reviews
2 stars

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, Jun 2022
I thought the tour was boring. Threw Gish food of the side of the boat and watched fish fight for it.
Exceeded expectations!
, Jun 2022
Gabriel was terrific! Knowledgeable and friendly and gave us tons of information. We saw oodles of fish through the glass bottom as well as over the sides of the boat. The weather happened to be just perfect as well.
Great experience
, May 2022
I was not expecting to see so many fish! Very relaxing, 10/10 recommend! Captain was very knowledgeable and was open to questions after the ride.
Not our fault.
, Mar 2022
The shuttle didn’t get us back in time for the departure at 12:30pm. How are we suppose to know island time meant? It’s a small Avalon island, I’m not understanding why it takes 40mins to return back and fourth when it was less then 8min drive down to the main station? As the shuttle suppose to get us there by 12:15p by the pier. We would’ve made this tour! We got there 12:25 after running from drop off point where we didn’t know driver would drop us off further from the pier. Because we were told the shuttle will drop us off where we want to, which was another lie. They told us the boat docked at 12:30, which is a lie, because we got there in line 12:25pm the boat was at no site! Secondly, Standing in activity line for 10 to 15 min… we got stamped on our ticket to be stand by, afterwards at 1:15pm stood in line to try again, but no room was available, the driver said. So I can’t rate the ride!! Then gave the tickets up and lost my money. First time on the island and after a long time taking a small vacation. Was super exited getting there and now I and the teens really upset and wanted to go home. No, I can’t rate this tour.
Good times...
, Mar 2022
It was a great experience for the whole family!! Highly recommended for kids and family. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
Fun fun fun
, Mar 2022
We had a great trip. Eric was an excellent tour guide. Did not feel sea sick. I don’t want to write anymore feel free to delete.
Not 50 mins long
, Feb 2022
The Driver was great but the tour barely lasted 30 minutes not the 50 mins as advertised. All the reviews say the same thing. So a change needs to happen
Great excursion!
, Feb 2022
The captain was very informative, the water was very clear and we saw hundreds of fish! We had a great time!!
It was a nice experience....
, Nov 2021
It was a nice experience. Really enjoyed great view. Give a nice perspective of ocean with equivalent to snorkeling experience.
Great Experience
, Oct 2021
We had a great time and hope to come back to the island for another tour. Was very enjoyable!! Boat was comfortable
Great tour will do it again
, Sep 2021
Great guide, smooth sailing, nice experience perfect activity on the island highly recommend for a piece of nautical history
, Sep 2021
The leader, blond female around 50 or so, was excellent. Very informative, in an engaging way, and the way she parallel parked that boat blew me away!!!
, Sep 2021
It was a bit rocky, but the captain of the boat was friendly, informative, and extremely funny. There was plenty of space to keep safe.
Took my mom,and niece had...
, Aug 2021
Took my mom,and niece had a great day!My niece had a great bday doing the glass bottomless boat ride.
Pre engagement
, Aug 2021
The lady giving the tour was great, knowledgeable and really made the experience! Later that evening sat Dusk my bf proposed and she said yes!!
Fun but not really worth the money.
, Aug 2021
The guide was extremely friendly, funny, and informative. But we expected to see more of a variety of fish and the guide had to drop food into the water in order to see the groups of fish.
Relaxing, fun outing
, Aug 2021
Appreciated the tour and captain. Kids enjoyed being on the water. Affordable and good for younger children. Thank you!
With grandkids
, Jul 2021
Watching my grandkids seeing all the fish and they got to go to window to window because there was only 2 other people on the boat
, Jul 2021
It was nice the kids loved it. But for the teens wasn't so excited....we would just stick to snorkeling next time. But for people that dont go in the water is a very good experience
Fun and family friendly
, Jul 2021
Fun and family friendly! I highly recommend for folks who don’t want to snorkel. We saw all the same fish as snorkelers do but without having to get in the water.

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