Experience rugged wilderness and striking beauty on the clear waters with Catalina Island boat rentals.
Catalina Island boat rentals are the best way to see the stunning stretch of land located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. As the southernmost point of the Channel Islands of California, Catalina promises a slower pace and welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The tiny island is just 22 miles long and 8 miles wide and has two main towns—the incorporated town of Avalon to the east and the western unincorporated town of Two Harbors.
Santa Catalina Island’s Towns
- Two Harbors
The rustic seaside village of Two Harbors is aptly named for the two harbors located in town. Separated by the island’s narrowest strip of land, Isthmus Cove and Catalina Harbor are both central to the island community.
Once inhabited by Native American Indians, the island has a storied history of hosting explorers, fur traders, and even pirates, and has served as a backdrop to many Hollywood movies. Managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy, a herd of approximately 150 American Bison roam freely on the island and thrive in the natural environment.
The village of Two Harbors offers a wide array of amenities including plenty of opportunity for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, and of course, pleasure boating. Two Harbors offers extensive harbor and mooring services including harbor patrol and shoreboat service, as well as fuel dock services for boaters.
As the only incorporated town on Santa Catalina Island, the town of Avalon boasts numerous hotels, beaches, and restaurants, and is home to many points of interest including the Catalina Island Museum, Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens, Casino Point Dive Park and the Catalina Casino.
Over the years, the charming town of Avalon has attracted many film stars and even a few presidents. Crescent Avenue, the main street surrounding Avalon Bay, features a pedestrian mall and numerous restaurants. A variety of boating and ocean expeditions including underwater tours, glass bottom boat tours, sunset cruises and fly fishing voyages depart regularly from the green Pleasure Pier. Check the Catalina Chamber calendar of events for a full listing of upcoming family-friendly fishing tournaments and beach concerts.
Catalina Island boat rentals allow you to enjoy true seclusion along the stunning Pacific coast at Santa Catalina Island’s Boat-In Campsites. A total of 17 sites at nine locations around the leeside shore provide absolute privacy. Campsites are primitive, with no running water or moorings and are only accessible by boat or kayak.
Main Mooring Sites
Located at the Isthmus of Catalina Island, the idyllic atmosphere at Two Harbors, with its secluded coves and convenient mooring and anchorage options, makes for a popular site among boaters. The stunning vistas and crystal clear waters will delight you as you explore all that Santa Catalina Island has to offer.
Catalina Harbor is Santa Catalina Island’s most protected harbor. Located on the windward side of the island, Catalina Harbor is the only natural all weather harbor between San Diego and San Francisco. The harbor is protected by the Headlands of Catalina, a unique rock formation that extents out into the Pacific Ocean and shelters the harbor from storms and strong winds. The harbor is one of only two U.S. Coast Guard-designated “Year-round Safe Harbor” sites in Southern California. Amenities include a public dinghy dock and on-shore picnic facilities.
Other popular harbors include Isthmus Cove, which provides ferries from the mainland that dock at the pier, and year-round shoreboat rides. Both 4th of July Cove and Cherry Cove offer deep water (100 feet) anchorages. Howland’s Landing encompasses Howland’s Landing watershed, which is the largest on Catalina Island’s West End, while the beautiful cove of Emerald Bay offers a long strip of sandy beach that is accessible only by boat. Hen Rock Cove offers magnificent reefs and abundant sea life that are ripe for exploration, and features some of the best snorkeling and dive sites on Catalina Island. Last but certainly not least is White’s Landing, which is located just east of Two Harbors and offers one of the most magnificent beaches on the island.
Catalina Island boat rentals
Santa Catalina Island is only accessible by ferry, helicopter, private plane, or boat. Boating is arguably the best way to experience the island’s picturesque vistas and commune with nature. In fact, Catalina Island boat rentals offer access many exclusive areas that are best seen by boat, including the popular “Boat-in Campsites.” With warm temperatures and a mild sub-tropical climate, Catalina Island is an ideal boating destination year-round.
Reserve your Catalina Island boating adventure today!
Boatsetter has fleets of boats available to help you embark on Catalina Island boat rentals. Explore Catalina Island’s stunning coastlines as you cruise along the waterways aboard your own private boat, or sleep under the stars in one of Catalina Island’s Boat-In Campsites. With a variety of boating and sailing options, Boatsetter has everything you need to set sail in Catalina Island. Reserve today, then pack your swimsuit and get ready to experience the splendor of Catalina Island!