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To Catalina by air and sea ... $24 to $110.

To Catalina by air and sea . . . $24 to $110 California's only offshore resort--Santa Catalina Island--once took hours to reach by steamship. Faster boats replaced this romantic old craft in 1972; later, planes and helicopters started island service. New this season, catamarans and hydrofoils reduce water travel across the 26-mile-wide channel to 90 minutes.

Reservations are essential: most craft fill to capacity through September and on warm fall weekends. When you call, ask for directions to the departure point. We give summer round-trip fares in effect at our press time; both fares and schedules will change in the fall.

By plane or helicopter--in

less than a half-hour

Airplane flights from Los Angeles and Orange counties take about 15 minutes, from San Diego 30 minutes. Unless otherwise noted, all service the island's mountaintop Airport in the Sky. Flights are limited to daylight hours.

Most require a minimum passenger load; some comanies add flights if needed. Charter services listed here specialize in Catalina service; for others, see the yellow pages under Aircraft Charter.

Allied Air Charter, (213) 510-1163; daily flights from Santa Monica Municipal ($80), Long Beach Municipal ($60), and Orange County's John Wayne Memorial airports ($70). Charter flights from Los Angles International ($225 for up to six) and San Diego's Montgomery and Lindbergh fields ($350 for up to six).

Catalina Flying Boats, (213) 595-5080 or 510-2530; seaplanes leave from Martin Aviation at Long Beach Airport for Avalon's Pebbly Beach terminal; call for a schedule. Cost: $75.

Catalina Vegas Airlines, (619) 292-7311; flights leave San Diego's Montgomery Field about 10 A.M., 1:30, and 3:30, return about 11:15 A.M., 2:45, and 4:45. Cost: $110. Additional departures are available at slightly greater cost.

Eagle Aviation, (213) 426-2118; charter flights from Long Beach available any time. Cost: $250 for the plane; three-person maximum.

Holiday Airways, (714) 261-6616; charters from Orange County available any time. Cost: $98; six-person minimum.

Helicopter flights between San Pedro or Long Beach and Avalon's Pebbly Beach terminal take 15 to 18 minutes. Each craft can carry up to six passengers. Most flights require a minimum passenger load.

Helitrans, (213) 548-1314 or (800) 262-1472; daily flights leave San Pedro's Catalina Terminal on the hour between dawn and dusk; return to the half-hour. Cost: $108.

Island Express, (800) 228-2566; daily flights leave from San Pedro and from the heliport adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach on the hour, 8 A.M. to 7 P.M.; return on the half-hour. Cost: $106.

By sea--1 to 3 hours

Ferries to and from Catalina take about 2 hours from San Pedro or Long Beach, 1-1/2 from Orange County, and 3 from San Diego. Express boats, catamarans, and hydrofoil make the trip quicker.

California Cruisin's., (619) 235-8600; catamaran (can carry up to 200 passengers) leaves San Diego's B Street Cruise Ship Terminal at 8 A.M., returns at 6 P.M. daily. Cost is $39.

Catalina Channel Express, (213) 519-1212; daily express boats (up to 149 passengers) leave San Pedro almost hourly for Two Harbors on Catalina's west end as well as for Avalon; the boats make constant round trips. Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for ages 2 through 11.

Catalina Cruises, (213) 775-6111; ferries (up to 700 passengers) leave Long Beach eight times weekdays, more on weekends (up to eight returns daily); also leave San Pedro five times daily. There is limited service to Two Harbors on the island. Cost: $24 for adults, $12.70 for ages 2 to 11.

Catalina Passenger Service, (714) 673-5245; catamaran (up to 500 passengers) leaves the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach daily at 9 A.M., returns at 4:30 P.M. Cost: $28 adults, $15 ages 3 to 12.
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Date:Jul 1, 1988
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