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The USC Wrigley Institute offers transportation, Monday through Friday, from the mainland to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. This service is available to those engaged in classes and research projects. Occasionally, due to repairs, maintenance and scheduled inspections, USC's boat is unavailable. Under such circumstances, passengers are asked to seek alternate arrangements through commercial carriers (see "Commercial Transportation to Catalina Island" below).
The boat to the USC campus on Catalina Island departs from the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI) on Terminal Island in San Pedro (south of Los Angeles, north of Long Beach). Download printable directions to SCMI here.
NOTE: Be sure to follow the driving directions from the SCMI website—please be aware that the connector ramp from the southbound I-710 freeway to westbound Ocean Boulevard will be closed permanently May 10, 2014 for approximately 30 months (view notice here). We have had reports that some GPS directions are not accurate. Download prinable directions HERE.
For information about the USC boat schedule, check the online calendar for the Wrigley Marine Science Center. For commercial transportation options, please see the listings below.
This boat transportation to the USC campus on Catalina Island is governed by USC policies and regulations of the U.S. Coast Guard. Please read the following list for important details.
Reservations must be made by 3:00 p.m. the day prior to travel. To arrange for transportation, please send a message by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other information regarding the USC boat service, call the main office at the Wrigley Marine Science Center at (310) 510-0811.
Commercial Transportation to Catalina Island
Three commercial ferry services and one helicopter service provide transportation between the California mainland and Catalina Island. All of them provide service to the tourist destination of Avalon. However, service is less regular to the mid-island community of Two Harbors, where the Wrigley Marine Science Center is located.
When you work with a ticket agent to arrange transportation from the mainland to the Wrigley Marine Science Center, be sure to confirm that your reservation is for travel to Two Harbors and not to Avalon. It is possible to reach Two Harbors from Avalon by land, but the two communities are about 25 miles apart and travel between them can be difficult.
Getting to Catalina Island by Ferry
Catalina Express offers service to Two Harbors from San Pedro. (It also offers service to Avalon from San Pedro and three other locations on the mainland.) Starting in October and continuing until April, the Catalina Express only offers service to Two Harbors from its landing in downtown Long Beach. For more information, call (800) 481-3470.
The Catalina Flyer serves Avalon from the Balboa Pavilion at 400 Main Street in Balboa (near Newport Beach). For more information, call (949) 673-5245.
Getting to Catalina Island by Helicopter
Island Express Helicopter Service serves Avalon from heliports at 1175 Queens Highway in Long Beach and at Berth 95 in San Pedro. The company serves Two Harbors with charter flights for up to five people. Charter flights to Two Harbors can be scheduled from either Long Beach or San Pedro between 8 a.m. and sunset. (The helicopter service does not fly after dark.) For more information, call (800) 228-2566.
Getting around Catalina Island by bus
The Santa Catalina Island Company operates the Safari Bus which links the City of Avalon with the village of Two Harbors. The Safari Bus runs daily throughout the summer months. For more information, call (310) 510-2800.