This Groupon gets you a roundtrip ticket from Marina Del Rey to one of two stops on Catalina Island: Two Harbors or Avalon. Just 10 minutes from LAX, Marina Del Rey Port is close enough for you to escape to Catalina for as little as a day or as long as you can stay. Today’s Groupon gets you there and back for $49—41% off the normal $83 price tag.
Hop aboard the Marina Flyer, a smooth, high-speed 149-passenger catamaran that will take you on a scenic journey across Pacific waters to Catalina. A direct trip to the island village of Two Harbors takes just 75 minutes, while the trip to Avalon’s bustling bay takes 90.
Aboard the ship, you can sit at the main cabin's tables in spacious reclining seats overlooking the water, or on the sun deck with the wind whipping through your hair. Topside is the perfect place to spot a whale or dolphin along the way. Grab a snack and a drink from the full bar, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer operates year-round. The schedules to Two Harbors and Avalon vary by day of the week and time of the year. Most days, one or two ferries depart Marina Del Rey and the same number return from Two Harbors or Avalon. Some runs stop at both island getaways, which can add up to half an hour to the ride.
The flexibility of this Groupon gives you a huge range of options for exploring Catalina. You can spend a day relaxing on the beach and browsing through the island's charming shops and galleries, or stay for a week and scope out every adventure, from scuba diving and parasailing to hiking and golfing. Check out this interactive island map to see where each adventure lies on the island. No matter how long your island escape lasts, the Marina Flyer will take you back to Marina Del Rey when you're ready to go.
Grab up to four Groupons and take the whole crew to Catalina. It's hard to resist a vacation so close and convenient with a deal this good.
Yelpers give Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer four stars. Here's what they say:
- They pretty much let you bring what ever you want on this boat... They help you on and off the boat, the crew is top notch. They care about their customer service unlike the other companies – J B.
- The trip back was smooth and again, we were right on time! Great job guys, I look forward to sailing with you again! – Robert H.
- They left on time, arrived on time and were very courteous. – Pamela R.
Catamarans and Lizard Men
When western sailors initially encountered catamarans, they were astonished, not because they had never seen a multi-hulled ship before, but because the catamarans were piloted by a group of lizard people who had rapidly evolved from salamanders after a nuclear test blast in international waters. Though the intelligent lizards' appearance frightened the sailors, the lizards quickly won them over with a series of phenomenal magic tricks. Today, catamarans are commonly used for high-speed water travel, and all of the most popular stage magicians are lizard-people.