Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Helicopters Make Catalina Island Sightseeing Easy

Catalina IslandThe Santa Catalina Island Company is launching Catalina Heli Expeditions, which pairs aerial sightseeing of the island’s natural environment and dramatic coastlines with opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation.

These customizable tours, which include any combination of heli-hiking, heli-biking and heli-picnics, are exclusive to guests of the Pavilion Hotel in Avalon.

Guests going on a guided heli-hiking excursion are taken to their choice of two exclusive locations, Empire Landing or Ballast Point, where they may choose between two challenging hiking routes.

 The Empire Landing route involves trails and dirt roads, with intermediate ascents and descents before joining an unpaved road leading to Two Harbors.

 The Ballast Point hike involves more vertical gain, taking hikers from sea level to the ridge line bordering the town of Two Harbors. Both hikes are fairly strenuous, approximately two hours in duration and are recommended for advanced hikers.

Heli-bike tours begin and end in Two Harbors and include bike rentals. Guests are greeted at the Two Harbors Heliport and taken to the Dive and Recreation Center, where they are fitted with bikes and helmets for their excursion.

They then set off to bike along the unpaved dirt roads that wind along the coastline of Catalina’s West End’s pristine coastline and through the island’s rugged interior.

More about visiting Catalina Island.