TRAVEL: Inside the Semi-Submarine “The Nautilus” with Catalina Adventure Tours @CatalinaTours

Looking for an underwater adventure on Catalina Island? Check out Nautilus Semi-Submarine! Once we got to Catalina Island, we looked over and spotted a yellow submarine – The Nautilus. We couldn’t wait to explore what was in the beautiful clear waters of Avalon.

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TIP: If you have small children, you might want to talk it up beforehand as much as possible so they are mentally prepared, after all, it’s a 45 minute tour. Some examples,

  • Hey look over there – can you find the yellow submarine?
  • We’re going to see fish down there.
  • Do you think we’ll see Nemo?

(I think you get the point.)


We walked across this Green Pier. You can’t miss it, because it’s the only one there.

TIP: There are no restrooms on board and keep in mind it’s a 45 minute tour. Public restrooms can be found at the beginning of the pier on the right hand side.

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Here while we wait to board The Nautilus, we’re enjoying the gorgeous views on this beautiful day.

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Inside The Nautilus… people are anxiously awaiting to see what’s in the waters.

Once inside, my kids are completely fascinated. What fish will we see? Where are the orange fish we keep seeing?

Push that red button.

The captain explains that we will be able to send torpedoes of fish food to see fish swim up to our windows.

You can purchase them for $1.50 per shot or 16 shots for $20 (savings of $4). We had two windows so were able to split the shots up 8 and 8.

This was an added bonus for the kids that I didn’t expect – Fun!!

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Avalon, CA


Pre-boarding/Point of Sale
$34.00/$39.00 Adults
$30.00/$34.00 Seniors (55+)
$25.00/$29.25 Children (3-11)
Note: Infants (2 and under) are required to have a boarding pass to ride boat tours; ticket fee will apply.

* Does not include taxes and fees.

To learn more about The Nautilus Semi-Submarine Tour and all the other Land or Ocean Excursions offered by Catalina Adventure Tours, please call (877) 510-2888 or visit their website at On the island, ticket offices are located at the Cabrillo Boat Terminal and on the Green Pier.
If you would like to see a full list of activities and what Catalina offers, please visit Catalina Island Visitor Center located near the foot of the Green Pleasure Pier or their website at

I’ve also shared tips for:

(Bring your camera and capture beautiful views like this one).

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Disclosure: I received tickets for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Rates may change anytime without notice. Your experience may vary. All images (c) Let’s Play OC!

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