Tours include a guided tour of the Casino, glass-bottomed boat trip from the pier to some kelp fields to see fish being fed from the boats and various bus tours into the interior of the island.
Tours can be purchased from the tourist office located by the pier. The problem is trying to fit everything in before your return ferry!
The Casino is a must visit. Not actually ever a gambling casino, the three-storey Art Deco style building is home to a movie theatre and the world’s largest circular ballroom. At its heyday up to 6000 dancers enjoyed the Big Bands in the 1920s to 1950s.
Guided tours are available and well worth going on to see the place and learn something of its wonderful history.
Aside from the usual tee-shirt shops selling souvenirs the island is known for its coloured ceramic tiles. These can make good mementos of your visit.
There are several boat services linking Catalina to the mainland, all take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and cost about $42 per adult or – for $132 round trip you can arrive in style by a 15 minute helicopter flight from San Pedro.