Catalina Island, located just 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, is a boating paradise. Divers, sailors and all types of other visitors love it for its close proximity to the mainland, yet with the feel as if you’re worlds away from the chaos of the city. The clear waters off the island are filled with an abundance of marine life as well as sunken ships and even a plane wreck. For those that prefer to stay atop the water, or explore both options, you’ll find many different ways to do just that, including everything from glass-bottom boats and charter yachts to open ocean rafting, sailboats and more. You’ll also discover a big boating scene at Two Harbors, a small village home to lots of coves that provide moorings and anchorages.