Home > Multi-day Trip > Catalina Island Camp Paradise 08/31/2013

 THE TRIP IS SOLD OUT!  JOIN US NEXT YEAR. 

As of 8/16/2013:

The two chartered boats for our trip are sold out (298 people); but we have just procured 40 seats on the public ferry (Catalina Express) departing out of San Pedro (different location from the other boats).  The approximate times are: departure on August 31 at 8 am. and returns Monday September 2 at 5 pm.  The boat will take us near the camp and we will arrange for a water taxi to camp.  To cover our extra costs for the tickets: all trip prices have increased by $20 (Sorry) – effective immediately.  These seats will go fast - no additonal seats will be added.


Join us on a trip to beautiful Catalina Island for your own private paradise vacation. This year we will celebrate our summertime getaway with a Hawaiian /Polynesian theme. Think surfboards, flowers, tropical fruit, palm trees, umbrellas in your drinks, surfers, warm weather, hula dancers, and nothing but fun fun fun!!!  Get out your Hawaiian shirts and skirts and bring them along because we want to see them this year --loud and proud.

A fantastic 3-day Catalina Island Hawaiian Theme vacation awaits you twenty-six miles across the ocean at Camp Emerald Bay (this year also known as Camp Waimea Bay). If you like to mix endless fun activities, Hawaiian style, and great people with a beautiful coastline along with crystal blue water, then look no further! This trip has been occurring annually for over 15 years now and it gets better every year.

Activities: Your weekend boasts a full schedule of both day and nighttime organized activities. Daytime fun includes: leader led hikes, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, volleyball, sunbathing, scavenger hunt, fun competitions, optional non-Sierra Club sponsored Scuba diving* and plenty more. Nighttime activities include: happy hour, karaoke, optional singles’ mixers, dance lessons with expert teachers, dancing to hip tunes played by a DJ, games, campfire hosted by a professional musician, or simply relaxing and stargazing. You might even find yourself at a Luau. 

Boat Transportation: We will be chartering two boats that will depart from and return to Long Beach. The boats will depart on Saturday morning (1st) and return Monday (3rd) afternoon. We are still in the process of determining exact departure/return times.

Accommodations: Choose between pre-assembled platform tents (wood floor, canvas walls/roof, cots with mattress --typically hold up to two persons with no setup required) or share rustic cabins (single beds for up to 8 persons) with friends. Cabins are same sex. Couples can push together two cots in the platform tents. There are plenty of hot showers and restrooms, as well as other creature comforts. Plug in for electrical items available in cabins.

Arrangements can be made to share a cabin with groups of friends. If you don’t have a roommate in mind, no worries! You will easily meet people on the boat ride over or just pick a place on your own.

Food: Great food is prepared daily by experienced camp staff. Breakfast typically includes eggs, pancakes, cereal, and much more. Lunches are simple, usually either a sandwich bar or hot food. Dinners may include chicken one night and steak the other with veggie options; and of course we always have dessert. You will not be disappointed.

Who should come: This trip is open to everyone over the age of 21; singles and couples are welcome. The group size is typically around 300 people and the age range varies from 20s to 50s on this well attended trip. We set-up many activities to help people make new friends. Many of our participants are first timers who often come on their own, but leave with many new friends.Team Events: Typically we have some organized competitions for those of you who wish to partake as well as some other surprises.

Trip fee includes: Round trip boat transportation, camp & landing fees, platform tent w/bed and mattress or cabins, catered food (Saturday lunch through Monday lunch), activities including: kayaks, snorkeling equipment rental, hiking, dance lessons, and much more.

Trip Prices:

 Trip Fee for Sierra Club Member

• Price with platform tent accommodation - $297

• Price with cabin upgrade - $317 

Trip Fee for Non-Sierra Club Member

• Price with platform tent accommodation - $318 

• Price with cabin upgrade - $338

For first time new member applicants, a one-year Sierra Club membership can be purchased for $25 prior to the trip allowing you to benefit from the Member price and a free gift. Just click on the "Join Sierra Club Now!!" link at the bottom of the20s and 30s website.

Payment Options

As of 8/8/2013 - we are no longer accepting checks; Paypal only.

• Paypal: Please use the Paypal button in your Reservation Status area to submit your payment. Your reservation will be finalized when your payment is received.

For reservation questions email Annette Tamraz at ANNETTETAM@aol.com and general inquiries to Ron Domash at rdomash@yahoo.com. All trip information will be transmitted to participants via email about 30 days from the trip date.

Check out our Catalina-Island-Camp-Paradise Facebook page [click here to join the FB page: http://on.fb.me/2011Catalina] and post your favorite Catalina picture.

This trip is a fundraiser; proceeds will go to the Inner City Outings, Angeles Chapter and 20s and 30s Section.

* Scuba Diving is provided by a Third Party vendor and is not part of your Sierra Club trip and the Sierra Club assumes no liability related to this activity. 

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Reservations and Payment:

How do I make a reservation for this trip?  You need to log on to www.sc2030.org.  If you have not registered for this website before, you will need to do that first before signing up for this trip.  Once you have registered, to make your reservation first click on the Calendar tab, then click on multi-day trips and select the Catalina Trip. Scroll down the page until you see the "Make Reservation" icon; click on that to make your reservation.  Once you do this, you will then get an email that you are awaiting approval – we will approve you shortly. Once approved then you can make your payment. Please note that you cannot make a payment until you have been approved. 

How do I make payment for the trip? You can make your payment by check (until 3 weeks prior to the trip), or by Paypal. We prefer checks so we don’t have to pay the extra Paypal charge. To pay by check: make your check out to Sierra Club (there are several price options with other payment details listed on trip description page at sc2030.org). To pay by Paypal (after approval): log on to our website, go to the My Membership tab on the top of the page and select Event participation. Click on Reservation Status, click on Awaiting Payment, and then you will see the Paypal button next to the Catalina Trip.

How do I join the Sierra Club? Do I get a discount for the trip if I join? To join the Sierra Club: Go to sc2030.org, click on the tab at the very bottom of the main page titled Join Sierra Club Now!!!  Right now there is a special $15 membership offer with which you get a free daypack.  For first time new member applicants, a one-year Sierra Club membership can be purchased for $15 prior to the trip allowing you to benefit from the Member price and a free gift. 

Do I need to join the Sierra Club to attend this trip?  No. Everyone is very welcome.

Can I pay at the discounted rate for a family member or friend if I am a member and they are not? No, each person must be a member to receive the discount.

Can I sign up my friend or family under my reservation (+1)? No. Each person must sign up individually. This is the only way we can keep track of everyone. Both the boat company and the camp need a list of everyone in attendance. 

When does the early bird discount end? How much will the price go up?  The early bird price ends on July 1.

What is the cancellation policy? You may cancel 60 or more days prior to start date and receive a full refund. Cancellation 14-59 days prior to trip start date, you will receive 50% refund. 0-13 days or missed boat, no refund will be given. All exceptions to this policy shall be reviewed by Trip Organizer/Leader Ron Domash after the completion of the trip.

How do I cancel my reservation? Log on to sc2030.org, go to My Membership tab, then click on the Event Participation tab, and select the Reservation Status tab. At this point click on Delete Reservation to change your reservation status. 

Transportation and Parking

How do I sign up for the boat?  You must make full payment before you will be able to sign up for a boat. Once you have made payment, you will receive an email with a link. Simply click on the link to sign up for your boat. Please note that there are two departure times on Saturday and two return times on Sunday, both of which are listed on the boat sign-up page.  If you don’t click on the link in the email, the next time you log into sc2030.org you will be directed to the boat sign-up page.  You can also use this link: http://www.sc2030.org/my_membership/reserve_boat.php?url_event=JI10PLOQWT

Can I switch boats once I have signed up? Yes, but once a boat is full you will have to sign up for the other boat by just going back to the link above. There will also be an opportunity to switch boats for the return trip home. We will post a sign-up board and waiting list to switch boats outside the mess hall.

What times do the boats depart and return?

Boat 1: 

Departure from Long Beach to Emerald Bay/Catalina Island - Saturday, August 31

Registration: by 6:30 am; Boards 7:00 am; Departs 7:30 am.

Return from Emerald Bay to Long Beach - Monday, Sept 2

Boards 11:45 am; Departs 12:00 pm (estimate time back to Long Beach 2:00 pm)

Boat 2:

Departure from Long Beach to Emerald Bay/Catalina Island - Saturday, August 31

Registration: 7:15 am; Boards 8:00 am; Departs 8:30 am.

Return from Emerald Bay to Long Beach - Monday, Sept 2

Boards; 4:15 pm; Departs 4:45 pm (estimated time back to Long Beach 6:45 pm)

Where do I catch my boat? Details about where to check-in and boat loading will be provided in the trip information package; in general, the boat departure is very close to the Long Beach Aquarium. 

Do I have to carry my luggage a long way?  No. Just a little way.  You can drop off your luggage at the check-in location prior to parking your car.

 I get seasick, what should I do?  You might want to bring seasickness pill with you. We suggest using the non-drowsy type so that once we get to the island you can partake in all the fun activities without being sleepy. 

How much does parking cost for the weekend? The parking costs $10 per day with validation. Although sometimes they only charge $7. If you don’t want to pay the full price, consider finding someone to carpool with.

How do I arrange for a Carpool?  There is a carpool tab in the trip information page.  You can enter your information and people can email you directly. Additionally, you can also use the comments section of the Catalina Island’s meetup page  to arrange for carpool. Please be aware that the Sierra Club is not responsible and assumes no liability for your carpool arrangements.

Accommodations and food: 

Is this camping? No, we are staying in a summer camp – you will not need a tent for this trip. You will be staying in either a cabin or a platform tent. 

What is the difference between a Cabin and a Tent Cabin?  The rustic cabins are single rooms that sleep up to 8 people. Typically there are no more than 6 people per cabin.  We have male only and female only cabins. We do not have coed cabins. Platform tents have a wood base, green canvas sides, and two cots with a mattress each inside (think the TV show Mash). The platform tents typically hold 2 persons, but you can have one to yourself if you choose to. The cabins are located in the front area of the camp, while the tent cabins are in the rear. Both cabin and platform tents have one mattress per bed. However, you will need to bring your own sheet(s), pillow, and sleeping bag.  If privacy is an issue for you and you do not want share a cabin or a tent, you have the option to stay in a platform tent by yourself.

Does the camp have showers? Yes, there are free hot showers at camp. But you must bring your own soap and shampoo.

Can I upgrade to a cabin after I have signed up? Yes, the cost is $20.  You can go directly to Paypal.com or send us a check to the address on the Trip Description. For Paypal:  Log on to Paypal.com and enter in the following address: payment@sc2030.org and pay the $20. Or send a check for $20. Refunds for switching from a cabin to a tent after payment is made are not available.

Do I have to make advanced arrangements for a roommate? No. We will make the arrangements when we arrive. If you have 6 or more people in your group of friends, you can get your own cabin. Otherwise, you will likely have to share.  You don’t need to tell us in advance who you are rooming with as we handle this when we get to the island. Our leaders will handle cabin check-in once we get to camp.

How do I get a roommate? If you are staying in a cabin, we can assign you to a cabin with others. If you are staying in a tent, you can either find a partner or have a tent to yourself. Should you wish, we help you find a tent-mate.  Also, many people end up meeting people on the boat ride over that they want to room with. This always seems to work itself out, so no need to worry.

Are the cabins coed?  NO, the male cabins are on one side, the female cabins are on the other side.  The platform tents can be coed.

Is all my food included in the price? Yes, all meals starting with Saturday lunch through Monday lunch are included. You do not need to bring food, although you can bring some snacks if you like. 

Can I buy snacks/drinks/supplies at the camp?  There is a small camp store that sells cold drinks, ice cream, snacks and other miscellaneous items. The camp does not sell medications. 

Can I drink the water at the camp?  The camp has filtered drinking water at the mess hall; you can fill water bottles there if you go hiking.  The camp store also sells bottled water.

Are there vegetarian options for food? Yes, there will always be a vegetarian option. If you are a vegan, you will have to pick and choose but you should also be OK. 

What is the food like?  The camp staff prepares all of our meals and they are quite good. Dinner is usually chicken, steak, and/or pasta. Lunch is ususlly sandwiches. Breakfast is usually eggs, pancakes, cereals etc. 

Should I eat breakfast before the trip?  The boats will sell snack type foods, but if you want a full breakfast you might want to eat before you get to the dock in the morning.  There is no food for sale in the dock area before our departure. 

Other Information:

How many people attend this event? Typically our group is between 275 and 300 people.

What ages attend this trip?  The minimum age for this trip is 21; we typically have people of all ages attend. Both singles and couples attend this trip.

Is this a Singles Trip?  Some years ago it was, we have both singles and couples who now attend. We try to throw in some singles activities for those interested. 

Is this a meet-up trip? The Sierra Club sponsors the event, but many participants come from various meet-up groups.. 

How long has the trip been in existence?  Over 15 years.  Ron has been now organizing the event for about 10 years. 

What if I don’t know anyone – will I feel comfortable attending?  The trip is organized so it is easy to meet other people. The participants are very friendly. By the end of the weekend, you will have many new friends.

When will I receive all the trip information? About 30 days or a bit sooner before the trip.

Can I bring my dog, cat, turtle or pet dinosaur? Sorry, no pets. But stuffed animals are OK.

Will I have fun? Yes.

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