Want to feel the warm ocean breeze rushing past as you glide 600 feet in the air over one of California's most picturesque Channel Islands? If so, the Catalina zip line tour is a must-do for you. First established a few decades ago, zip lines are becoming more and more popular in modern times, with thousands of lines opening up all over the world. The best places to go for zip line fun are areas of outstanding natural beauty, and Catalina Island definitely fits that bill.

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With five zip lines set across Catalina's breathtaking Descanso Canyon, visitors can feel as free as a bird as they fly from one platform to the next, taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area. At a peak height of 600 feet above sea level, these lines allow visitors to enjoy the sort of views they could normally only dream of, and they provide fantastic value for money too, with one line measuring up at a whopping 1,100 feet in length, giving you all the time you need to gaze around in wonder at the canyon floor and ocean horizon.

Why Catalina?

Santa Catalina Island is located just over 20 miles away from LA, out in the Pacific Ocean. With just one city on the island, much of its surface is covered with beautiful indigenous plantlife, with over 400 native species in total. Several animals can also be spotted around the island during your zip line tour, including bison, island foxes, sea lions, and more than three dozen species of bird.

No visit to California is complete without a trip to Catalina, and the Catalina zip line tour is the most popular activity on the island, allowing you to see and experience its entire beauty in a memorable experience lasting a little over two hours. Awarded a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence, the zip line tour transports guests around 3/4 of a mile in total, with some lines reaching exhilarating speeds over 30mph.

While some zip line tours simply send guests on their way, the Catalina zip line stands out for its educative value, helping to make it very popular with families and visitors from all over the world. Between each zip line, guests will stop off at eco-station platforms, where knowledgeable, friendly guests will share fascinating facts and information about the island and its wildlife. So not only is the Catalina zip tour a surefire hit with thrill-seekers, it’s also a great option for people who like to learn a little something too.

Important Information

Tours run all year long, running from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon, with special Twilight and Night Zip options available at certain times of the year. The tours last around 2 and a quarter hours in total, taking guests along a total of five zip lines. Visitors will begin their journey in the hills just outside Avalon before flying through the Descanso Canyon, stopping off at eco-stations along the way for entertaining and informative talks about the island. The adventure culminates with ocean views at the beautiful Descanso Beach.

Requirements and Recommendations

All riders must be over the age of 5, and any children aged between 5 and 9 will have to ride tandem with a parent or guardian. Those over 10 are able to ride solo, as long as they weigh at least 80lbs. Regarding weight limitations, the zip lines themselves are able to support extreme weights and pressures, but due to the size and capacities of the harnesses used, guests must weigh less than 240lbs. Every visitor gets weighed in upon arrival to ensure total safety, and the tour does involve some hiking, so participants with mobility or heart issues may wish to contact the tour staff in advance before booking.

Whether or not this is your first zip line, there are always some key recommendations to bear in mind. For example, don't forget to take sun screen and bug spray to stay safe during your trip, and be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Hats might fly away on the zip line, as will loose shoes, so visitors are encouraged to consider their outfits carefully. Rentable shoes will be offered to guests who forget this recommendation, and visitors are recommended to wear long shorts or pants for maximum comfort and security. Cameras and phones are, of course, permitted to snap some photos or videos of your trip, but be sure to hold onto your belongings tightly to avoid any unwanted losses or accidents.