Avalon

Island Cross Channel Transportation

A fun, 15-minute flight is all that stands between you and paradise,  escape to an island far removed from your hectic world. Whether you’re up for a quick break for a day, a romantic getaway for the weekend or a relaxing week’s vacation, IEX Helicopters is your ticket to Catalina Island.

We depart from our 4 mainland heliports in Long Beach, San Pedro, Santa Ana ( John Wayne Airport) and Burbank ( Bob Hope Airport).  You also can Charter a flight from any other major airport location, we will customize your flight needs to your desired getaway itinerary.

From Long Beach Location

  • Approximate flying time: 
    15 minutes
  • Cost:
    $125.00 One-Way or $250.00 Round-Trip per Person (includes all taxes)
  • Reservation guaranteed:
    credit card to hold seats

From San Pedro Location

Friday, Saturday and Sunday only

  • Approximate flying time:
    15 minutes
  • Cost:
    $150.00 One-Way or $300.00 Round-Trip per Person (includes all taxes)
  • 2 passenger minimum
  • Reservation guaranteed:
    credit card to hold seats

From Santa Ana Location

  • Approximate flying time:
    18 minutes
  • Cost:
    $195.00 One-Way or $390.00 Round-Trip per Person (includes all taxes)
  • 3 passenger minimum
  • Reservation guaranteed:
    credit card to hold seats

From Burbank
Location

  • Approximate flying time:
    28 minutes
  • Cost:
    $375.00 One-Way or $750.00 Round-Trip per Person (includes all taxes)
  • 2 passenger minimum
  • Reservation guaranteed:
    credit card to hold seats

Island Adventure Packages

Experience the true meaning of being on “Island Time” and let us take care of the travel details with our exclusive IEX Helicopters Island Packages.

All packages include:

Round trip Helicopter transportation from one of our 3 package departure heliport locations

Round trip ground transportation to your island package activity location

Admission to your island package activity

The rest of the fun and adventure is up to YOU…

Island Packages

Hop Zip Hop Package

Attention All Thrill Seekers!
Zip across new heights on Catalina Island!

Looking for the perfect adrenaline rush? Experience the ULTIMATE in outdoor excursions with IEX Helicopters most popular adventure package: Hop-Zip-Hop. Get your adrenaline pumping with a breathtaking helicopter flight followed by five consecutive zip lines exceeding heights of 300 feet above the canyon floor and pushing speeds of 45 mph.

Package Includes:
  • Round trip flights to the island from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Santa Ana heliport
  • Round trip transportation to the Zipline
  • Zipline Eco Tour
Rates from:
  • $380.00 per person from Long Beach (2 person min.)
  • $430.00 per person from San Pedro (Friday through Sunday Only, 2 person min.)
  • $520.00 per person from Santa Ana (3 person min.)

A Blissful day at The Spa Package

Reflecting Catalina Island’s rich history and relaxed seaside vibe, Island Spa Catalina offers a variety of thoughtfully selected treatments and rejuvenating therapies reflecting intrinsic island botanicals. Located inside the historical El Encanto building, the Spa features 15,000 square feet of indoor bliss and includes a variety of outdoor experiential spaces including lounges, soaking pool and vista deck. The Spa features nine treatment rooms, dry sauna, wet steam room, a nail studio, the Spa Shoppe, Spa Café and quiet spaces thoughtfully designed to be suitable for all seasons.

Package Includes:
  • Roundtrip flight from our Long Beach, San Pedro, or Santa Ana Heliport
  • Roundtrip transportation from our Avalon Heliport to Spa Location
  • Spa Voucher for a Catalina Classic Massage OR Sea of Life Facial
Rates from:
  • $380.00 per person from Long Beach (2 person min.)
  • $420.00 per person from San Pedro (Friday through Sunday Only, 2 person min.)
  • $505.00 per person from Santa Ana (3 person min.)

A Tasty Flight Adventure Package

Taste of Catalina will provide you a sneak peek into 6 different restaurants and specialty food shops as you stroll through Avalon for less than 1 mile of walking. All of these locations feature various critically acclaimed entrees, desserts or beverages for you to indulge. As you are enjoying these unique tastes our informed, spirited guides will provide insights into the food being served, the history behind the people who prepared it and the location you are visiting. You will encounter the sights, sounds and stories behind our well known historical landmarks, in addition to discovering hidden gems of our enchanted isle’s continuing saga. This pleasurable foodie experience will be the highlight of your time spent on Catalina Island!

Package Includes:
  • Roundtrip flight from our Long Beach, San Pedro, or Santa Ana Heliport
  • Roundtrip transportation from our Avalon Heliport to Main Street Tour Meeting Place
  • Admission to the Taste of Catalina Food Tours
Rates from:
  • $335 per person from Long Beach (2 person min.)
  • $380 per person from San Pedro (Friday through Sunday Only 2 person min.)
  • $460 per person from Santa Ana (3 person min.)

A Day in Paradise

The perfect combination of fun and discovery! After your exciting helicopter flight whisks you to the island take a trip down memory lane with a walking tour of the historical art deco landmark the Casino Building OR enjoy the crystal clear waters that Catalina is famous for and let the glass bottom boat bring the colorful undersea life right to you. Depending on what time you choose to return you can enjoy some relaxing beach time, browse the local shops and boutiques, or grab some tasty food at one of the many island restaurants. This package is ideal for daytripping or for your first time visit to the island!

Package Includes:
  • Roundtrip flight from our Long Beach, San Pedro, or Santa Ana Heliport
  • Roundtrip transportation from our Avalon Heliport to Tour Meeting Location
  • Two Santa Catalina Island Company Discovery Tours:
    – Casino Tour: a narrated walking tour through Catalina’s famous art deco landmark (40 minutes)
    – Glass Bottom Boat Trip: windows to the undersea world alive with colorful, unusual marine plants and animals (40 minutes)
Rates from:
  • $280 per person from Long Beach (2 person min.)
  • $330 per person from San Pedro (Friday through Sunday Only 2 person min.)
  • $420 per person from Santa Ana (3 person min.)

Island Accommodation Packages

Staying for the weekend or even longer?

Our hotel partners will provide you the luxury of booking an all-inclusive Helicopter/ Hotel Package, each providing their unique property amenities and individual personal charm.

Click on your choice hotel to get more information or book your next island getaway…

Island Destination Charters

Two Harbors

Two Harbors is a small village located on the west end of Catalina Island. The town offers the historic 12 room Banning House Lodge, two rental homes, camping at a variety of campgrounds including Two Harbors Campground, Little Harbor & Parsons Landing, and dining at the Harbor Reef Restaurant and West End Galley. Stock up on supplies at the Two Harbors General Store or stop by Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Shop for all of your recreation needs, including SCUBA rentals and instructions, kayak & SUP rentals and more. Two Harbors is the the perfect place for corporate events or small intimate weddings. Two Harbors plays host to a variety of special events throughout the year including Shipwreck Weekend, Buccaneer Days, Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival, Brew Fest, 4th of July Fireworks and more.

Camp Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay, located on the undeveloped West End of Catalina Island, enjoys unparalleled access to the natural gems of Catalina’s singular ecosystem. The secluded beaches and coves that surround us boast world-renowned snorkeling and diving, frequently counted among the top ten destinations in the world.  Emerald Bay serves large and small organized groups including: schools, religious institutions, business and other retreats and events.

Island Destination FAQs

Do you fly over the channel at night?

We do not fly over the channel 30min. prior to sunset due to safety reasons.

How do I get to the main part of town after my flight?

As a courtesy to our guests, our pilots will ask you if you need a taxi to the Main Street of Avalon (we are not responsible for payment of ground transportation).  You may also walk to Main Street; it takes 20-30 est. minutes.  Keep in mind when walking, the majority of the road is dirt and may be rocky and uneven.

How long does it take to get to Avalon?

Times vary pending on departing Heliport locations.  Long Beach to Avalon is a 15min. flight, for other location times please call Guest Relations.

Can I bring my coolers for camping on our flight?

We cannot guarantee accommodating coolers, keeping in mind the 25lb baggage policy.  No ice or liquids are allowed while transporting a cooler.

Can I book a private flight to Avalon?

Private Charters are available for flights to Avalon, Two Harbors and Emerald Bay.  Please contact Guest Relations for more information, pricing and to book your flight.