Catalina Island’s famous flying fish are coming back, and in celebration, Catalina is holding the 5th Annual Flying Fish Festival, May 31 – June 3 a four day festival of family fun. Visitors will find it easy to get to the Island aboard Catalina Express (800-429-4601) on any of its regularly scheduled boats, and for overnight accommodations, Hotel Villa Portofino – Hotel Villa Portofino (888) 510-0555 – is close to all of the Flying Fish Festival events.
May to September, Catalina Island welcomes the famed flying fish. This
spectacular fish soars out of the water at heights of up to 30 feet and
glides for distances as long as 14 mile. The flying fish visits the
Island for only a few months a year and is in its best form at night
when lured with lights. It is only fitting that Catalina celebrates
their arrival by honoring them as special guests with a four-day weekend
Flying Fish Festival kicks off Thursday, May 31st, with the Avalon
Taste Around. It’s a chance to explore some of Avalon’s finest eateries
and taste their most delectable menu items – all in one night!
Activities are plentiful throughout the rest of the weekend as the
events and entertainment roll out to celebrate the fantastic flying
Flying Fish Festival highlights include evening Flying Fish Boat Tours aboard the Blanche W,
a 98-passenger solid wood vessel built in 1924, originally made for the
flying fish tours. Other weekend events include a professional sand
sculpture creation, free musical and theatrical entertainment, a boat
building competition on the beach, live touch tanks, kids Fishing Derby,
various flying fish and ocean craft activities for kids, nature talks, a
beer garden, Gil, the Flying Fish and Much More! For a schedule of activities, please go to www.flyingfishfestival.com.