Trans Kayak Catalina Island Overview
A lot of backpackers hike the amazing Trans Catalina Trail every year, and experience the untouched wilderness of Catalina Island. My wife and I did what we ended up dubbing the Mini Trans Catalina Hike, because we couldn't get reservations for the last campsite in Parsons landing.
Since that hike we have been back to Catalina a number of times checking out the different boat in campsites that they have on the Island. The boat in Campsites along Catalina are amazing, and are a lot more remote and primitive when compared to the really well taken care of campsites along the Trans Catalina Trail.
Our First trip was a failed attempt to get to the Goat Harbor boat in Campsite from Avalon. Our second kayak camping trip to Catalina Island was from Two Harbors to Gibraltar Beach which was a much more successful trip.
On both previous Kayak camping trips to Catalina we rented ocean kayaks on the island. On this trip we brought our Pakayak Collapsible Kayaks! You can check out my Pakayak initial impressions or see other Pakayak adventures here.
After completing our Mini Trans Catalina hike and exploring the coast on a couple Kayak camping trips we got this fun idea to try a Trans Kayak Catalina from Avalon to Two Harbors and then back to Avalon!
Mileage can vary greatly when kayaking depending on sea conditions, as you will see in this article. Our trip was a total of 28.44 miles split into these legs:
- Avalon to Campsite: 6.32 miles
- Campsite to Two Harbors: 7.89 miles
- Two Harbors to Campsite: 7.55 miles
- Campsite to Descanso Beach (Quick Lunch Stop): 5.92 miles
- Descanso Beach to Avalon: 0.76 miles
Trans Kayak Catalina Map
Our Trans Kayak Catalina Map above can be viewed and downloaded on Caltopo here.
Trans Kayak Catalina Logistics
Just like hiking the trans Catalina Trail, there are some more complicated logistics involved when planning this trip compared to a normal backpacking trip. Not only do you have to book your boat in campsite, but you also have to book the ferry to and from Catalina Island. Additionally if you are not bringing your own Kayak, you will have to rent kayaks on the island as well. One thing to note, is kayaks are actually not allowed on the Catalina Express, unless they are collapsable like the Pakayak or folding kayak like the Oru Kayaks.
ℹ️ Gear Recommendations
If you would like expert gear recommendations for your next adventure check out the Ten Digit Grid Gear Locker. I detail why each item has a spot in my backpack!
All the boat in campsites on Catalina Island are very remote, you can't hike to them and they are literally only accessible by boat. In addition to your normal camping gear, you have to pack in all your own water. None of the boat in campsites have their own water source. I planned 1 gallon of water per person per day but plan accordingly based on seasonal weather.
Since we planned to stop at Two harbors for lunch we planned to fill up more water at the Two Harbors Campground and brought a little less. Planning on resupply at Two Harbors is a planning risk though, because if the sea state changes for the worse you may not be able to make it to Two Harbors for that resupply. Make sure you plan accordingly.
The last thing to be aware of before we get into the logistics of booking everything, is the bathroom situation. None of the boat in campsites have bathroom facilities and wag bags (Amazon Affiliate) are required. Both previous trips they had wag bags for sale on the island but I prefer to bring my own just in case they are sold out.
I broke down each item you need to book below with an explanation and some tips. The tricky part is this all needs to be done relatively at the same time, because you don't want to book the ferry and then not be able to book a campsite or vice versa. Click the blocks below to expand them and read all the logistics of booking each.
⛴️ How to book a ferry to Catalina Island?
Unless you have your own power boat, sailboat, plane or helicopter you will have to book a ticket on the Catalina Island Express. The Catalina Island Express leaves from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point:
Make sure you book your tickets early and make sure you are arriving in the right port on Catalina. Ferries can either arrive in Avalon or Two Harbors and usually do not make stops at both harbors.
When booking your tickets also be aware of different luggage restrictions as well. The luggage restrictions are detailed on the Catalina Island Express website. As mentioned earlier kayaks are not allowed luggage unless they collapse or fold up. Even though our Pakayak Kayaks collapsed they were still just over the minimum weight requirement. For large luggage like this you need to call ahead to make sure there is room on the boat and that they can accommodate it. We called/emailed and we were approved for special luggage allowing us to wheel our Pakayak Kayaks onto the Catalina Island Express. I was actually surprised, they did not charge us an extra fee for the oversized luggage with our Pakaya Kayaks.
⛺ How to Reserve a Boat In Campsite on Catalina Island
Reserving a boat in campsite on Catalina can be tricky, especially if it's your first time. At the time of writing this information that Visit Catalina Island Website provides is pretty poor. They give the distance each campsite is from Avalon or Two Harbors and that's about it. They don't provide any GPS coordinates or anything. The Visit Catalina Island website does provide a rough map, but it's not a very detailed or accurate map of where each beach is:
The Irony of the map they use for showing where the boat in campsites are, is that the boat in campsites are not even in the map key...
The boat in campsites are the ones on the north side of the Island with no icon; Rippers, Paradise Cove, Lava Wall, Gibraltar, Cabrillo, Goat Harbor, Italian Gardens, Long Point Beach and Willow Cove. But wait it gets better.... Once you click the button on the Visit Catalina Island website that says, "Reserve a Boat-In Camping Site on Catalina Island" it brings you to the booking website that has an even less detailed map to use to book your boat in campsite:
With this map, the icons that look like hand drawn circles that are in the water, are the Catalina Island Boat In Campsites... But wait it does get worse.... Since we stayed at Italian Gardens, lets click on the Italian Gardens Circle and walk through booking a site there. Once we click on its circle Icon we are brought to this page:
Lucky for me I have done this before so I kind of know what's going on here and will try and walk you through it (If you are booking your own trip, I pray they fix this after I publish this article...).
Each yellowblock here is an Italian Gardens boat in campsite that you can reserve. If any of the yellow blocks are grey then they are booked up for the dates you are looking at. The yellow blocks are not labeled, but I am pretty sure it goes, Italian Gardens 1 on the left ending with Italian Gardens 4 on the right. If you click on them they will show you the name but I will show you that in a minute. Let take a look at the super confusing legend they have here as well:
The only obvious thing in the legend to me is that grey means the campsite is unavailable. The other parts are actually telling you how many people you can fit max at each campsite.
Italian Gardens 4 can have 2 people max. This is where we stayed and do not try to squeeze more than two people on Italian Gardens unless someone wants to sleep in a floating kayak, but more on that below in the trip report. Next in the legend, Gibraltar, Italian Gardens 3, Lava and Paradice can all have max 6 people. Lastly, Italian Gardens 1/2 and Long Point 1/2 can all have max 5 people each.
Once you click on one of the yellow blocks a tiny slide out menu pops out to show you some more details of the site. So lets click on Italian gardens 4:
The one piece of added information here is the image of the beach. The image unfortunately is so small that it really does not help you identify the beach from the water, so it can be a little trial and error to find your beach if it is your first time going. Hopefully as I do more trips out there I will continue mapping these out. Clicking on my Caltopo map for this trip will give you the exact GPS coordinates for Italian Gardens 4...and Italian Gardens 3 because we accidently landed there first. Luckily there are signs on the beach that say what boat in campsite they are.
Despite this section sounding like a bit of a rant, because it kind of was, and I hope Catalina Island Company reads this and updates this process in the future. I hope it was helpful for you planning your own trip out to the island.
🛶 How to rent a Kayak On Catalina Island
Last thing you need for this trip is a kayak. If you do not own your own Pakayak, Oru Kayak or any other packable kayak then you will have to rent an ocean kayak on the island.
Depend on where you are starting from you can either rent Kayaks from the Two Harbors dive shop or the Descanso Beach Club in Avalon. Make sure you call ahead to book your kayaks so you don't arrive on the island and find out that they are all sold out. When you call make sure to tell them you are overnight kayaking because they rent different kayaks to overnight kayakers then they do to just day kayakers who are going out for an hour or two.
Getting to Catalina Island
Our Catalina Island Express Ferry was scheduled to leave at 7am from San Pedro. On the tickets it says all passengers should be ready to board at least 30 minutes prior. Since we had the extra large luggage with our two Pakayaks, we aimed to get there an hour early to fill out some extra paperwork to bring them on the ferry. With the drive being roughly a little over two hours from San Diego we had a very early morning...
We decided to leave just before 4am. So with a 3:30am wake up, some caffeine in our hands, a Jeep Wrangler packed with two 14 foot kayaks and all our camping gear.
The Google Earth Map above is made to orient yourself for when you arrive at the San Pedro Ferry Terminal. The red box I made in the parking lot is highlighting solar panels in the parking lot. If you get there early you can park under them, to keep your car covered and out of the heat!
The green balloon is where ticketing is, and there are also bathrooms and a little sandwich shop if you are hungry. The blue balloon is where the ferry is parked and where you will board.
When we arrived at the Ferry it was still dark but the parking lot was at least lit under the solar panels. We had all our gear packed into two large sea bags I had left over from when I was in the Marine Corps, and then we also had a few miscellaneous items packed in the Pakayak packs as well. My wife realized we could fit our large water bladders into the Pakayaks and roll them, which was one less thing we had to carry in our hands as we pulled the kayaks onto the boats.
If you read my Pakayak 142 First Impressions article you will know my biggest complaint was about the wheels on the Pakayak bag. Since we knew we would be rolling the Pakayaks a lot farther than just from the distance from the car to the beach, my wife created her own wheels that attach to the Pakayaks. These are version 1.0 but they worked great for making it a bit easier to roll our Pakayaks onto the Catalina Island Express and around the island itself.
With the extra large wheels on the Pakayak we easily rolled up to the ferry terminal where I went inside picked up our tickets and signed our extra luggage paperwork. As the line started to form to board our 7am ferry the sun was finally starting to rise.
Despite the sun finally coming up, I was not feeling very awake with all my gear on my back waiting in line. Despite looking super tired, I was actually super pumped! I was excited to get to Catalina Island and start paddling, but more immediately I was pumped to get onto the ferry so I could take an hour or so nap as we traveled to the island!
ℹ️ Pro Tip: Traveling with Kayak Paddles
Usually when we are just kayaking locally we just carry our kayak paddles out of the car down to the water, but on a longer trip like this I recommend a paddle bag to safely carry and protect your paddle while you are traveling.
For this trip we used the NRS Two Piece Kayak Paddle Bag (Amazon Affiliate) and it worked great. On the inside it has straps to strap down your paddles so they don't paddle around and a super soft interior to protect them from scratches. We easily fit two, two piece Greenland Paddles in the NRS paddle bag with some room to spare. I actually threw my kindle and jacket in the bag as well to limit the amount of items I was carrying onto the ferry.
Due to COVID-19 at this time we were still required to wear a mask at all times while on the Catalina Island Express Ferry. Make sure you check on current regulations if you are doing this trip at a future time.
Once we presented our ticket to board the ferry, they had us drop our luggage down next to the boat and it got sent down a ramp into the hull of the boat. When you arrive on Catalina they will unload it on the other end and you will retrieve your luggage from a big pile on the floating dock.
Keep this in mind when packing, because we definitely had one of our travel wine glasses break down there which was unfortunate. Some of the larger ferries we have been on have luggage storage in the rear, but with the smaller ferries your luggage essentially gets rolled down a chute.
Since our Pakayaks were heavy large items they let us roll them onto the back of the ferry itself so they did not get sent down the chute into the hull of the boat. It was a holiday and weekend and the ferry was pretty packed but we were lucky to get a nice seat towards the front with some good leg room. Once onboard I was excited for my nap before our big adventure!
Day 1: Avalon to Italian Gardens 4 Boat in campsite
When we arrived in Avalon we didn't try to rush off the ferry like everyone else on the boat. Since our Pakayaks are pretty large we decided to be the last ones off so we didn't delay or get in the way of anyone else. The one accidental advantage of being last off, was our sea bags were the last ones left on the dock so we didn't have to wait for all the luggage to be brought up from the bottom of the hull.
In the 3D Google Earth map above of Avalon, the blue balloon is roughly where you will depart the ferry. We then walked along the red line towards the pier in Avalon. We then set up our Kayaks near the red balloon on the map and that is also where we departed. This beach when we were there was a super rocky beach and there wasn't a whole lot of beach to set up on. When we ended up coming back on our last day we landed on the other side of the pier and it was all soft sand and a much better place. So if you arrive there and the location at the red balloon above is rocky, check the other side of the Avalon Pier and there may be a nice sandy beach to push off from!
If you need to use a bathroom one last time before you depart Avalon, there is a public restroom on the pier. If you do not own a Pakayak, Oru Kayak or other folding kayak and are renting in Avalon then you have a bit of a longer walk to Descanso Beach Club.
To get to the Descanso Beach Kayak Rentals, go past the Avalon Pier and follow the line I marked in blue on the above map. It's a decent walk with a lot of gear, but it's at least a really pretty walk.
Since the "beach" we chose to push off from next to the pier was super rocky and small, we decided to put our Pakayak Kayaks together on the sand above the small sea wall.
After unpacking our Pakayaks and putting them together we luckily had a small sliver of rocks to pack them on down by the water. Since we were going on a three day trip we didn't want to load our gear into the Pakayaks and then carry them down to the "beach" because they would have been pretty heavy at that point loaded up.
Since we had two large sea bags worth of gear, water for the two of us, and the homemade Pakayak Wheels for the kayaks I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about all our gear fitting into our Pakayaks...ideally you should do a dry run at home to see if all the gear should fit before you wake up super early and take a ferry to Catalina Island.
Luckily just about everything fit inside the Pakayaks. I lashed our double sleeping bag and tent to each of our kayaks in bomb proof, waterproof Sea to Summit Dry River Bags on the outside, but everything else fit!
🌊 Waterproof Bag Recommendations
I wrote a detailed article on my favorite Waterproof Camera Bag which has a few great waterproof bag options. If you don't have time to read the article here are my favorites:
-Sea to Summit Dry River Bag (Amazon Affiliate): Great roll top style bag that is strong and has lash points for tie downs
- Nite Ize RunOff Waterproof Packing Cubes (Amazon Affiliate): Awesome waterproof packing cube that uses a 100% waterproof zipper. The zipper entry is nice because it allows quicker access than a roll top bag in my opinion. The waterproof packing cube comes in multiple sizes.
After hours of travel it was finally time to push off from Catalina Island and officially start our adventure! Leaving from Avalon can be a little hectic, it is a very busy harbor so you need to keep your head on a swivel. One pro tip is to study up on your boat signals. A lot of the personal boats in the harbor won't use them, but the professional ferries will. Three short blasts of a horn roughly translates to "I am backing up". When all the Catalina Island Express Ferries leave the dock they are backing up, so if you are paying attention you will hear three short blasts on their horns.
Once you weave through the moored boats and carefully leave the harbor you will want to turn left towards Two Harbors! If you rented your own Kayak at Descanso Beach Club then you have a little bit less paddling to do today since you walked all the way over to Descanso Beach before launching. Launching from Descanso Beach also means you do not have to deal with the harbor traffic, so consider pushing off from there as well if you did bring your own kayak to the island.
The plan for Day 1 of paddling was to leave Avalon and head to Italian Gardens 4 campsite:
Our route from Avalon to Italian gardens 4 was roughly 6.5 miles of paddling, which we started around 9:46 am. The entire 6.5 miles of paddling took us about 2 hours and 25 minutes. Day one was the best day on the water with super calm water and very little wind for about 95% of the day.
Once we got to Long Point things changed, and started to get nice and choppy. Long Point is the last big point before you get to the Italian Gardens campsites. This was also the same place we had issues on our failed Goat Harbor trip a few years prior.
Essentially once we came around the point it was a blast of wind to the face. I would say it was medium choppy... it got a bit worse on day two. At this point it was more just a steady blast of wind we were paddling against toward the Italian Gardens. If I stopped paddling I would go backwards so it was just steady strong strokes from Long Point until we got to the campsite.
When we finally got to the cove for the Italian Gardens campsites it was a nice respite from the wind. Unfortunately like I said earlier when planning for a boat In campsite on Catalina Island there are no exact coordinates to the beach that you book. We took a guess and we guessed wrong, we landed at Italian Gardens 3 at first. Luckily they do have signs, so once I read the sign I knew we had to go one campsite over. So as tired as we were we jumped back into our Kayaks and paddled over one beach and found Italian Gardens 4!
Italian Gardens 4 Boat In Campsite
I knew when I booked the Italian Gardens 4 campsite that it would be pretty small. When I booked it, they clearly stated that there is only room for 2 people to spend the night there and that is not an exaggeration.
Like most of the beaches on Catalina Island it is pretty rocky and on this beach it would seem there was originally no natural flat place to pitch a tent. It looks like over the years they built a "platform" of rocks and covered it in dirt to make a flat rectangular area where you can pitch a two person tent.
Our Nemo two person tent pretty much took up most of that "tent platform" and luckily for us it was pretty warm out, because adding the rain fly would have been a little bit of a challenge because that increases the footprint of the tent a little bit. I am not saying it would have been impossible but the front vestibule would have been tricky because it slants down immediately into rocks.
Basically getting in and out of the tent on this "platform" meant walking up a rough stone "staircase: that lead right into the tent door:
This rocky "staircase" was particularly fun when having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night...
Depending on when you arrive at Italian Gardens 4, the rocky beach may actually look pretty wide, but don't let that fool you. When we were there the tide came up pretty high so make sure all your belongings are at tent level or behind.
You can see in the picture above that there was some room behind our tent where we could store our extra gear at night. We essentially had that entire small grassy spot covered in our gear so that none of it got washed away by the rising tide.
As for our two Pakayaks we had them arranged parallel to the shore as high up as we could get them on the rocky beach and tied to a tree as an extra safety measure. We had no issues with where we put them, and the water line never reached them.
If you look closely you can get a general idea of how high the water level came if you look at the discoloration in the rocks. It came within about 3 to 4 feet of the rock base our tent was on. While we were eating dinner
While setting up camp, the water was so clear in front of the campsite that we saw a nice sized Leopard shark just swimming right by. We have gone swimming with them in La Jolla California a number of times and it was cool to see one out here in Catalina. Don't worry though Leopard sharks are harmless.
After camp was set up we took a quick dip into the water to go snorkeling. The wind and the waves were picking up the longer we stayed in so it wasn't the clearest I have seen Catalina Island. I would not recommend snorkeling from your boat in campsite unless you are a very strong swimmer and have flippers on. We both had flippers on and I was a bit winded after we swam back to shore against the current for a little bit.
It was a good thing we didn't swim around in the water too long because Italian Gardens 4 this time of year is apparently the first Italian Gardens boat in campsite the shade hits. We came out of the water with enough time to get dry before the warmth of the day started to fade.
As the sun got lower and lower we relaxed on our REI camp chairs and just enjoyed being away on our own private beach enjoying the sounds of the waves and each other's conversation.
While relaxing and enjoying the view, we saw a few birds enjoying what looked like a dead fish pretty far out in the water. Two of the birds were Bald Eagles which was pretty exciting! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera near me or my zoom lens on it. I was seriously about to jump back into my kayak out on the water to try and get close for a picture, but as I stood up they flew away right over our heads.
Before it got dark we decided to start cooking dinner so we had a little bit of natural light out while eating. We weren't eating anything fancy, just another freeze dried meal you add boiling water too, but I have to give my wife some credit. She picked out a new brand we never tried before, and I gave her a hard time in REI when she picked it out. I didn't want to risk trying something new and wanted to get the same ones we always get.... Turns out the Chicken Coconut Curry she picked out was hands down the best freeze dried backpacking meal I ever had!
After dinner, we watched the final light disappear and enjoyed the night with some nice wine to end the day.
Day 2: Italian Gardens to Two Harbors and Back
In the morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the ocean! After waking up so early the day before, and kayaking from Avalon to the Italian Gardens 4 boat, we slept like rocks after filling our bellies with food and wine!
The beautiful sunrise was a nice calm way to start what would end up being a very eventful and challenging day out no the water.
Day two of our Trans Kayak Catalina trip would be our highest mileage day on the water. From our campsite to Two Harbors was about 7.89 miles of paddling. On the way back to our campsite after lunch and drinks in Two Harbors it was another 7.55 miles for a total of 15.44 miles of kayaking in one day!
The trip to Two Harbors was slightly longer because we hugged the coast trying to use terrain features to block the constant wind we were fighting. On the way back we were able to take a more direct route since we did not have the wind and waves in our face the entire time.
Using the coastline to our advantage was key in not exhausting ourselves on this part of the trip. Everyone knows the fastest route between two points is a straight line, but when you are battling a head wind and some choppy water in a kayak you can conserve energy by taking the longer route.
You can see and feel the difference if you pay attention. The general idea is easy, use the jagged coastline to block the wind. You can see us here, "resting" behind a nice rock:
Once we turned the corner around the rock blocking the wind, it got a little bit dicey and we had to battle the waves again until we could find some more terrain we could hide behind.
A little more than half way between our campsite at Italian Gardens and Two Harbors there is another cool little campsite called Paradise Cove which has a nice small sandy beach. We didn't see any campers here so we paddled in and took a much needed rest before making the final push to Two Harbors.
By the time we got to Two Harbors we were pretty exhausted and needed to refuel. If you have never been to Two Harbors before it's pretty much a campsite, a beach, a bar, and a general store. Basically it's one of my favorite places!
We had only really been away from civilization for about 24 hours at this point, but it seemed surreal and super busy here when compared to our private little campsite over at the Italian Gardens beach. There were a ton of boats moored up, and everyone was enjoying the great weather and crystal clear water at Two Harbors.
Once we beached our Pakayaks we went straight to the bar to get some lunch and a well deserved drink! The bar was pretty packed since it was a holiday weekend and we got lucky and were seated pretty fast. We ordered chips and guac to start and eventually scarfed down a burger, fries and some delicious beer as well.
After a fantastic lunch we also took advantage of having some real bathrooms as well before heading back to our kayaks and the open water!
We had planned to paddle over to the Two Harbors campground to refill our water, but since we drank a lot of water at lunch as well, we didn't really put a huge dent in our water supply. Since we had enough fresh water to last us one more night and our paddle back to Avalon we skipped the Two Harbors campground and headed back towards our campsite.
The paddle back was much nicer than the paddle to Two Harbors which was a good thing. If we had another almost 8 miles back with hard paddling the whole way back we would have had to make multiple beach landings to rest up and make it back safely. There were still a number of decent sized swells but at least the wind and currents were with us so it was not a battle to get back.
I even felt comfortable enough on the water to take my real camera out instead of my GoPro.
On the way back to our campsite the plan was to stop for a quick break at Paradise Cove again but we were cruising
When we got back to camp we were both exhausted. My wife took a nap and I enjoyed the view and the sounds of the water while reading a book. I was pretty wiped out as well after kayaking a total of 5 hours and 48 minutes in one day, but I knew if I took a nap I would never be able to fall asleep after the sun went down.
Lastly before dinner and bed time I took out my camera to see what kind of photography I could take on our tiny little beach.
Day 3: Campsite back to Avalon
With day 2 being a super long day, we went to bed pretty early and as a result woke up pretty early on day three. The best part about waking up early on day three was the tide was pretty low and the early morning light made for some fun photography on the rocky beach. What made it perfect though were a few clouds as well so I wasn't shooting directly into the sun which happened the previous morning. This one was my favorite landscape photo I took on the trip:
After shooting some photography and eating a quick breakfast of power bars and some dried blueberries it was time to clean up camp and pack up for the paddle back to Avalon.
We laid out all our gear on a large rock as we packed up the kayaks for our return trip. I always have mixed feelings packing up camp on the last day of the trip. It's always exciting to go home back to civilization, but the peace and tranquility of having your own private beach for a couple of nights is like nothing else.
For our paddle back to Avalon we decided not to head straight to the city but to make a quick stop at Descanso Beach to grab a beer and some lunch before completing the final stretch. We departed camp at around 9am and expected an easy paddle back, but the wind was completely reversed compared to yesterday...
After a couple days hiking on a trail backpackers will say they gain their "trail legs" and the miles just fade away. At this point on the trip we had gained our "paddles arms" and we just paddled away towards Descanso beach. It took us about 2 and a half hours to paddle 5.83 miles where we landed on the sandy beach and got a table with a beautiful view.
It's always a little culture shock when you arrive at a busy restaurant in a tourist town after leaving your nice remote campsite, but I was ready for my hard earned beer. Unfortunately when I asked what they had on tap, they were all out...must have been a crazy weekend in the town of Avalon for the holiday weekend. I passed on the light beer they had in cans, and we both got a mojito which I guess was a fine alternative.
While we ate our tacos the wind really picked up and we had some strong gusts as we made the super short jump over to Avalon harbor where we landed to the right of the pier this time on soft sand. We had finished our Trans Kayak Catalina adventure!
After packing up our Pakayaks we had a little bit of time to kill before we had to head over for the ferry ride home. Since I was still craving a good beer, we ended up at the Catalina Island Brew House. Not only was the beer good, but they gave out homemade pretzel rolls as a snack!
After we were properly rehydrated we headed over to the ferry early and waited to go home. The Trans Kayak Catalina was officially a successful trip!