Welcome to SoCal Snorkeling Tours!
Orange County's #1 Rated Snorkeling Tour
Our trips will give you the opportunity to see a great variety of fish and marine life while we explore the beautiful reefs and astounding kelp forests! Schedule a trip today and experience it with friends and family!
All trips are private and up to 6 people
Enjoy a day of exploring the ocean and Catalina Island! Departing from Dana Point Harbor, it is a 32 mile boat ride to the island.
Booking Charge: $1,200
2 Day Overnight
(9:00am-5:00pm the following day)
Are you interested in extending your stay at the island?
Booking Charge: $2,000
Since 2015 we have been Southern California’s BEST snorkeling tour! We started out doing snorkeling trips from shore in Laguna Beach and we have now upgraded to doing private boat trips to snorkel and hang out at Catalina Island!
Dalton Best is the owner/operator of SoCal Snorkeling Tours. He was the main guide for the beach snorkeling in Laguna Beach and is now the captain that will be running these trips to Catalina. He is an avid free diver and spearfisherman. He is an Orange County local and has been training in the water since he was 8 years old. As a former Laguna Beach lifeguard, he has a safety-first mentality. With his background in customer service, he will always be striving to make sure you have the best experience possible.
When you're with Dalton, you can be sure that your safety will always be a priority and that you will create a memorable experience!
About Our Boat
Our 26’ Glacier Bay power catamaran offers the most comfortable ride of any boat in its size class. With a full wrap around windshield and hard top roof, you are protected from the wind, sun, and spray for a dry, warm ride.
The boat has a 3 seat bench with backrest, a cooler seat, and two oversize bean bags for getting real comfy. The boat also has a cabin below deck with a queen size bed if you want to take a nap.
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SoCal Snorkeling Reviews
4/14/17 + Verified Review
We had a fantastic time snorkeling with Waller as our guide and Dalton is an outstanding guy too. It was an absolute blast and while we were all good swimmers, you can be rest assured they make this a very safe and fun experience. Thanks so much guys!
3/3/17 + Verified Review
Let me start by saying that I have a fear of the ocean. If I can't feel the ground, I tend to panic. Ironically enough, I snorkeled for the first time two years ago and I really liked it, but was still very nervous about it. My boyfriend booked with Socal Snorkeling Tour for my birthday, and I was very scared. Dalton, our tour guide, was amazing! He made me feel very safe and comfortable with snorkeling. He stayed between the rocks and I so that if we got close to them I wouldn't hit them and hurt myself. He took us to three different points and taught us the names of the types of fishes. The locations were very beautiful and we saw plenty of fish. I would definitely recommend Socal Snorkeling Tour if you are looking to book with someone!
6/21/16 + Verified Review
I can't believe I have lived in Orange County for 10 years and never snorkeled here before. I had a friend visiting and wanted to try something different. SoCal Snorkeling Tours seemed to have great reviews so we gave them a shot. I can't say enough about the service we were provided or the unbelievable snorkeling around Laguna Beach. Dalton took excellent care of us and taught us some great techniques. As soon as we were comfortable in the water, I was actually diving about 15' down and checking out the rock reefs with Dalton. I will definitely be doing this again.
5/4/16 + Verified Review
We had a great time Saturday on our snorkel tour on Laguna Beach with Dalton. He was extremely informative and courteous. We felt safe and in good hands and Dalton supplied top quality equipment and a first rate snorkeling experience. We would highly recommend him to any one who is curious or inexperienced when it comes to the ocean. Thanks Dalton.
7/21/16 + Verified Review
The instructors are awesome, new equipment, and great safety guidance out in the water for beginners. It was awesome having locals show you around the waters, and they stay at your pace whether you're a beginner or advanced snorkeler. Would highly recommend checking them out, you will have a blast all the while getting the best snorkel experience in Laguna!
7/3/16 + Verified Review
We had an incredible experience with SoCal Snorkeling Tours. Our instructor Dalton was extremely easy to communicate with before the tour. We met him right on the beach so all of your 2 hour tour time is spent in the water. During the tour he was even better. He was very patient with the kids and helped them get extremely comfortable in the water. He was always making sure that everyone in the group was doing ok. The equipment was either new or extremely clean and in great shape. I would definitely recommend this snorkeling tour to anyone.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the trip?
If we want to stay at the island overnight, do you offer a 2 day trip?
What if I get sea sick?
➤ We recommend Bonine over Dramamine. It doesn’t cause drowsiness the way Dramamine does. The most effective use is to take it the night before so it is in your system, and take another the morning of.
Do we need to know how to swim?
Are children allowed?
Is there a minimum age?
➤ 4 years old
Is snorkeling gear and wetsuits provided?
Where do we meet?
➤ Dana Point Harbor.