Explore the Ocean with Catalina Island’s Glass-Bottom Boat Tours
Glass-bottom boats are unique creations that allow you to see the water you are floating over. A trivia fact is that Catalina Island was the very first location that used a glass-bottom boat. The first prototype was invented and used in 1896. For many years, the MV Phoenix was the only glass-bottom boat in Avalon, operated by the SCI. However, it was retired in 1994.
Now there are many high-tech glass-bottom boats, many of which are now semi-submersible for even closer oceanic experience. These newer vessels not only have glass floors but also seats that sink down under the water surface. While floating on the water, guests are treated to views of fish and other marine life. Indeed, you are able to see not just schools of fish but a fish’s perspective. Semi-submersible floats are common around Lovers Cove.
Adventure awaits you under the sea on Catalina Island
Marine life that is frequently seen on these tours includes jellyfish, golden garibaldi, perch and sheepshead. A notable semi-submersible vessel is the Moostone in taking your Glass Bottom Boat Voyage. The Green Pleasure Pier is where you embark on your adventure as you cruise through Avalon Harbor and out to Lover’s Cove, a local marine preserve. The friendly and knowledgeable guides will help you identify fish, plants and other of the many ocean inhabitants and underwater features on your 45 minute cruise. With the waters surrounding Catalina Island being famous for being crystal clear, your glass bottom boat experience is sure to be filled with great memories, photographs and videos.
The Catalina Adventure Tours company sells tickets in Avalon for the glass-bottom boat tour that lasts approximately 45 minutes. They have Catalina Island’s newest glass-bottom boat called the Sea View. Your adventure tour will highlight and showcase the many wondrous creatures under the sea. A glass-bottom boat ride is more than just an aquatic tour. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and gives you a brand new perspective of underwater ocean life. If you have never experienced a glass boat ride then make plans this vacation season! Walk, don’t run—enjoy the beauty!