Commercial Transportation to Catalina Island
Two commercial ferry services and one helicopter service provide transportation between the California coastline 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.
If you are working 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 time consuming.
Getting to Catalina Island by ferry
Catalina Express serves both Avalon and Two Harbors from the following ports:
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.
For researchers and USC faculty, students and staff
USC provides regular boat transportation on weekdays to the Wrigley Marine Science Center for people who are using the center for research or education or other mission-related projects. For complete details, see this transportation link.
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.
For more information about schedules, check the transportation section of the online calendar for the Wrigley Marine Science Center.