Catalina Island by Helicopter
Flight to Catalina Is a Great Way to Begin a Private Catalina Tour
Avalon Bay is like a welcoming jewel as our twin-jet helicopter streaks across the 23-mile wide channel separating Santa Catalina Island from Los Angeles. The tiny bay is nestled in the arms of steep hillsides, some rising to almost 2,100 feet, mountains really, but Avalon faces the mainland so the waters are generally calm. The island feels almost like a protective barrier keeping the wild Pacific Ocean from harming the great metropolis to the east. We have many ways to enjoy a visit to this, the largest of the eight Channel Islands which rise from the sea from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Besides the beautiful flight and arrival at our helipad near the water, we can board a golf cart and sightsee throughout the town. A special place to visit is the old Avalon Casino, the largest structure on the island. Now a museum and community auditorium there are often special programs and films available for our private Los Angeles tour guests. Art and film festivals are organized throughout the year. The city offers quaint lodging, fine restaurants and shopping. Our favorite island artist, Porschia Rene Denning, has recently opened a new art gallery, Rain Dance Art. We enjoy showing off Porschia’s murals as we amble around town. For our more adventurous guests wishing some physical outlet during this custom luxury tour of Catalina, there is hiking, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Oh, and for those who really want to get their adrenaline pumping there is a five level zipline with an ecology theme and incredible views of the island and sea. Herd of buffalo? Why yes, in fact, we can visit the island buffalo, too.