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What could be finer than exploring Catalina Island by kayak? Beginners will learn quickly, experienced paddlers will love our gear!

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DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS & CATALINA ISLAND KAYAK EXPEDITIONS
What could be finer than exploring Catalina Island by kayak?
Beginners will learn quickly, experienced paddlers will love our gear!

GUIDED KAYAK TOURS
Most of our guided kayak tours are suitable for first-time kayakers – come kayak Catalina Island with us!

If you’ve never paddled before, your guide will teach you – it’s easy. Experienced paddlers will also enjoy the trips using more advanced gear. Children 11 yrs. and younger receive a 25% discount, while the youngest (our staff & friends take their babies) are not charged. All taxes are included. Two persons are all we need to book one of our daily kayak tours.

All trips highlight the island’s natural history.
Plants, animals, birds, fish, sea mammals- never expecting to see, but always surprised by whatever flies or swims by while we are on the water. History of the island: past inhabitants & their culture; modern activity including the Catalina Island Conservancy and it’s restoration and education projects are presented by your guide.

groupAll necessary equipment is provided for kayaking on Catalina Island.
If you don’t have your own water sandals, we do. Windbreaker jackets are sent on every trip. Dry bags are provided for your own towels. Some trips include Catalina Island snorkeling, and we provide shorty wetsuits in summer and full length suits when the water is cooler, with beanie hoods to keep your head & ears warm. For cooler paddling weather, we provide paddle pants, which pull on over your clothes. Otherwise, summer paddlers should paddle in bathing suits or shorts that can get wet.

Safety considerations / our staff.
Guides are CPR/First-aid current. We take along both VHF marine radios and cell phones on all our trips. All of our staff are kayak-trained by industry professionals, many are also SCUBA Instructors or DiveMasters. We are proud of our friendly and skilled crew, and know that you will be treated as one of the family when you arrive for your kayak tour in California.

Our location is Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California.
We’re located on the premises of the Descanso Beach Club, just a 3 minute walk past the famous Casino Building- keep the ocean on your right and you’ll walk right to us! The Beach Club is open to the public and features a seasonal outdoor restaurant & full bar, outdoor beach rinse-off showers, changing rooms & lockers. Your Catalina Island vacation starts here!

Call for reservations.
Daily guided tours can be booked ahead or while you are on the island- Call 310-510-1226. Custom guided tours require a few days to a week advance reservation and can be arranged by calling 310-510-1588.

froghand72DAILY GUIDED KAYAK TOURS
JOURNEY TO FROG ROCK
Imagine exploring the inaccessible coastline of the the Catalina Island of five hundred years ago in a modern, easy to maneuver & stable sit-on-top kayak for two! Your instructor/guide will teach the basics of paddling and you’ll find how simple and fun kayaking on Catalina’s clear ocean waters can be. Once on the water, your guide will point out landmarks, birds & plants, discuss the island’s ancient to modern history, geology and ecology as you glide over nearshore kelp forests above colorful fishes. At Frog Rock, you’ll land to stretch your legs, have a yummy snack and bottle of water, take a quick dip in the sea if you desire. Suitable for all ages, non-strenuous for beginners. Advanced gear available for experienced paddlers.

Duration:  Two hour excursion.  (Up to 30 min. paddling each way – at your pace)
Departures:  Daily at 10 am, 1 pm, also 3 pm in summer. Call to reserve 310-510-1226.
Cost: $48 per person (min. 2).   Kids under 11 – 25% off.  Children under 18 need parents’ signatures on waiver.

What to wear/bring:
Paddle in bathing suit or shorts. Wear surf shoes or water sandals, hat
& sunscreen. Bring a towel.
Provided: Instruction, dry bag for your own towels, homemade snack (baked daily at Catalina’s Airport-in-the-Sky) and bottled water. Protective paddle pants & windbreakers provided for winter tours.

willowHoriFOX CANYON
Discover the wild side of Catalina Island.  The perfect combination tour for natural history-minded explorers. Your instructor/guide will show you how easy it is to paddle a streamlined sit-on-top kayak (your choice of double or single) and you’ll be on your way in minutes along the inaccessible lee coastline of Catalina Island. There are no roads to this stretch of the shore where coastal bluff plant communities abound. At Fox Canyon, an easy 30-40 minute paddle, you’ll land to rest a bit, enjoy an energy snack and bottle of water before accessing the interior of the island along a dry streambed- up into the native grove of Catalina Cherry, Elderberry, Currant and fragrant Black Sage. You never know what will fly by or trot away as you make the leisurely walk into the canyon and back. Enjoyable for first-time kayakers, advanced gear available to experienced paddlers.

Duration:  Three hour excursion. (Up to 45 min. paddling each way – at your pace)
Departures:  9 am daily, year ‘round. Enjoy the calm and quiet of the morning.
Cost: $60 per person (min. 2). Kids under 11 – 25% off. Kids under 18 yrs. need parents’ signatures on waiver.

What to wear/bring:
Paddle in bathing suit or shorts. Wear surf shoes or water sandals, hat & sunscreen. Bring a towel.

Provided: Instruction, dry bag for your own towels, homemade snack (baked daily at Catalina’s Airport-in-the-Sky) and bottled water. Protective paddle pants & windbreakers provided for winter tours.

KayaksSealPupBGWILLOW COVE
Half-day Guided Paddle Expedition
Naturalist / guide will give kayak instruction & safety orientation before leading the 2.75 mile paddle along Catalina’s scenic coastline to Willow cove, where you’ll enjoy a picnic on the beach and the fine snorkeling at ‘Mike Nelson Rock’ , or hiking, or just sunbathe – it’s up to you. Suitable for all ages, non-strenuous for beginners. Advanced gear available for experienced paddlers.

Duration:  Four hour excursion. (Up to 1 hr. paddling each way – at your pace)
Departures:  11:30 am daily, year ‘round. Snorkeling at the warmest time of day.
Cost: $96 per person (min. 2). Kids under 11 – 25% off.
Kids under 18 yrs. need parents’ signatures on waiver.

What to wear/bring:
Paddle in bathing suit or shorts. Wear surf shoes or water sandals, hat
& sunscreen. Bring a towel, hiking shoes if desired, a book . . .prepare to relax.

Provided: Double or single kayaks, instruction, lunch, snacks & bottled water, snorkel gear including wetsuits. Dry bags to store your towels, sweatshirts, shoes, etc…

DAILY GUIDED KAYAK TOURS: Frog Rock; Fox Canyon;
and Willow Cove may be reserved by calling:
310-510-1226
(Daily Guided Tours Only)

CUSTOM GUIDED KAYAK TOURS
KAYAK KIDS
Fun and Fundamentals for Ocean Kayaking Adventure
Minimum class size 4.  Mom & Dad can be kids too!

Class includes: Warm-up exercises; Safety instruction; Dry-land paddling practice; Water techniques; Self-rescue practice; Environmental awareness; Games; and a short, guided natural history paddle tour.

What to wear and bring:
Bathing suit or shorts (you will get wet in the seat); surf shoes or sandals, old tennis shoes or wetsuit booties (your feet will be wet and our beach is smooth, cobble rocks with little sand at the waterline – we have sandals for you if you don’t). Wear sunscreen and a hat. We will be practicing the self-rescue, kids will get all wet, so bring a towel and change of clothes (if desired). Lockers available at Descanso Beach Club. Bring signed parent permission waiver, or sign at time of class.

What we provide:
Single kayaks and instruction. Souvenir certificate and sticker awarded.
Sign up the day before, then mom & dad can take the morning off!

Prices and scheduling:
$18 per kid, based on minimum class size of four (private and semi-private rates available). Available daily, at 9 am and 3:30 pm. except for Tuesday & Wednesday mornings.
Allow one and 1/2 hours total time for activity +sign-up time beforehand.

twopaddlersMEET THE MORNING
Experience the island coming alive…the colors of dawn, the birds & sealife
Your guide will show you the quiet side of Catalina as you greet the new day from your kayak. Nesting ravens, fishing cormorants, herons and bald eagles are likely to be seen depending on the season. Fish and sea mammals such as dolphins & yellowtail are more active in the early morning as well!

What to wear and bring:
Summer: Bathing suit or shorts. Winter: Shorts or pants that you are able to roll up above your ankles. Wear beach shoes or watersports-type sandals if you have them. (Provided if you do not).

What we provide:
Double or single kayaks and instruction. Paddle pants and windbreakers to wear over your shorts or bathing suits. Dry bags for your own towels, binoculars, etc

Prices and scheduling:
MEET the MORNING PADDLE is available year ‘round, weather permitting. Leaves from Descanso Beach, by reservation only, at 6:30 or 7 am. Duration of tour is one and one-half hours.
COST – $54 each (two persons minimum).

EVENING PADDLE
The Quietude of the ocean from dusk to dark
ONE & ONE-HALF HOURS OF SERENITY
The sound of your paddles dipping, and flying fish zipping…

What to wear and bring:
Shorts or pants that you are able to roll up above your ankles.
Wear beach shoes or watersports-type sandals if you have them. (Provided if you do not). Bring a towel & change of clothes plus a warm jacket or sweatshirt to change into after you return.

What we provide:
Double kayaks and instruction. Paddle pants and windbreakers to wear over your clothes or bathing suits. Storage for your bags during your paddle trip.

Prices and scheduling:
EVENING PADDLE is available year ‘round, weather permitting. Leaves from Descanso Beach, by reservation only, at dusk (time varies per the season). Duration of tour is one and one-half hours.
COST – $54 each (two persons minimum).

ASTRONOMY PADDLE
Stars, Constellations, Mythology, Planets…
Watch out for Flying Fish!

Your Guide:
An avid kayaker and passionate amateur astronomer, Kathleen Hill Zeller will direct you down the coast away from the lights of the “big city” of Avalon so you can really experience the night sky. Back on shore, enjoy a hot beverage while Kathleen sets up her 8″ reflector telescope to get a closer look at the moon and/or planets.

What to wear and bring:
Shorts or pants that you are able to roll up above your ankles. Wear beach shoes or watersports-type sandals if you have them (provided if you do not). Bring a towel and change of clothes and warm jacket or sweatshirt for the telescope session.

What we provide:
Double kayaks and instruction. Sandals if you don’t have your own. Paddle pants and windbreakers to wear over your clothes. Hot beverage back on the beach.

Prices and scheduling:
ASTRONOMY PADDLE is available year ‘round, weather permitting. Leaves from Descanso Beach, by reservation only, at a time determined by the setting sun. Duration of tour is two hours or a bit longer. Cloudy skies may force cancelling of trip at last minute.
COST – $72 each (two persons minimum) and is designed for adults.

EXPERIENCE CATALINA
Guided, Natural History Excursion of Wild Catalina
Coastal Cruise / Hike / Picnic / Snorkel / Kayak
If you only have one day to spend, and want to see and experience our pristine coastline, this is the tour for you!
NARRATED boat ride past Little Gibraltar Pt. to volcanic cave area (approx. 9 miles from Avalon) on our vessel “Ama”.
PADDLE into cave (tides/weather permitting) & continue along the coastline to picnic spot.
ENJOY lunch on a secluded beach OR hike inland – your guide knows the way.
COOL off with a swim, relax on the beach, or snorkel – wetsuits & hoods included.
PADDLE back to Descanso Beach the easy direction with the wind at your back. (usual weather pattern)

Your Guide:
Your trip begins on the “Ama” with Captain Randy, who’s knowledge of Catalina’s coastline and marine life is unparalleled. Your personal guide for the remainder of the trip, an expert kayaker and experienced Catalina Island hiking guide with current First Aid & CPR certification is equally at home on the sea or shore and will introduce you to the island’s stories – from sea, land, and sky. You’ll be learning, working-out and having fun.

What to wear and bring:
For paddling – bathing suit or shorts (because your seat will be wet), wear beach shoes or watersports sandals. For hiking – bring clothing suitable for the season, versatile layers are best. Bring your hiking shoes. Wear sun protection including sunscreen, hat sunglasses with retainers. Bring a towel, wear swimsuit under your shorts.

What we provide:
Transportation along the coastline aboard the 25′ twin engine vessel “Ama”. Gourmet picnic lunch (your choice) and plenty of snacks and bottled water. Complete snorkel gear including wetsuits. Windbreakers and paddle pants as the weather dictates. Open-deck (or sit-on-top) single or double kayaks depending on your experience level. Dry bags for your towels and change of clothes/shoes.

Prices and scheduling:
EXPERIENCE CATALINA DAY TRIP leaves from Descanso Beach at 9 am by advance reservation only. Plan for a seven hour day, but allow an extra hour just in case. You should be paddling back to Descanso Beach by 4 pm but may take a little longer. We paddle at a comfortable pace, with stops along the way. Cost for single to four people for the entire day is only $640, all taxes are included.

CUSTOM GUIDED KAYAK TOURS:
Kayak Kids; Meet the Morning; Evening; Astronomy;
and Experience Catalina may be reserved by calling:
310-510-1588
(groups and custom tours phone – Leave message after hours)

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All Kayak Rentals also include supportive backrests & comfortable paddling pfd’s designed by kayakers.
All applicable taxes are included in rentals.
Descanso Beach Ocean Sports is open every day of the year at 9 am (weather permitting)
No reservations are needed for parties of less than 10 persons.
However, we do appreciate any advance notice you can give us if you have a larger group coming out.
Prices are subject to change without notice.  Please call the company directly to verify current prices.
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Rental Prices
Kayak Rentals
Single Kayak  Double Kayak
1 hour 1/2 Day All Day 1 hour 1/2 Day All Day
$22.00 $40.00 $52.00 $30.00 $58.00 $72.00
Snorkeling and Beach Fun
Mask and Snorkel Swim Fins Wetsuits short/long PDF Boogie Board View Board
1 hour $5.00 $5.00 $9.00/$12.00 $2.00 $5.00 $6.00
2 hour $6.00 $6.00 $10.00/$13.00 $3.00 $7.00 $8.00
Add Day or 24 hours $9.00 $9.00 $13.00/$16.00 $10.00 $10.00 $11.00
Prices are subject to change without notice.  Please call the company directly to verify current prices.
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Descanso Beach Ocean Sports provides a 2nd hour of kayaking free with the purchase of 1 hour OR buy 1 Guided Tour and get 10% off the second.  Visit us for Catalina Island Vacation, Catalina Island Snorkeling, Kayaking on Catalina Island, Kayak Catalina Island, Kayak Tours California.

  • Avalon, CA 90704, USA
  • Rentals & Guided Tours: (310) 510-1226
  • Group Sales and Kayak Camping: (310) 510-1588

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