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Exclusive Tours of Southern California & Catalina

Island Express scenic toursIsland Express has been delivering exclusive tours of Southern California and Catalina since 1982. Our fleet of four top-of-the-line turbine helicopters fly out of our oceanfront heliport located at the majestic Queen Mary in Long Beach. We have been at the Queen Mary property since 1998. Our highly experienced pilots offer a safe, fun, informative tour narrating highlights as you view the breathtaking vistas of Catalina Island and along the Southern California coastline. Along with our five Southern California and Catalina tours we offer:

  • Customized Helicopter Tours
  • Downtown Los Angeles Tours
  • Coastal Tours
  • Sunset Tours

Tours can be reserved daily. We can also customize the flight to suit your individual needs. Reservations are required and must be guaranteed with a valid credit card. A 48 hour cancellation notice is also required. Island Express tours include:

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Hollywood and Los Angeles City Tour

Island Express air toursIn less than an hour, you will see the highlights of a most fascinating West Coast city. You begin by flying in our helicopter from our exclusive heliport location at the Queen Mary and head West past the busiest ports in the nation: Long Beach and Los Angeles. Turning North you’ll continue along the coastline past LAX for thrilling glimpses of Redondo Beach, King Harbor, Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach. From the Santa Monica pier and amusement park you fly down Sunset Boulevard over the architectural marvel of the Getty Museum. Flying over Bel Air and Hollywood you get a bird’s eye view of the exclusive homes inhabited by famous movie stars. Enjoy the excitement getting close to the popular Hollywood sign, then flying through the skyscrapers of downtown past the L.A. Coliseum, Staples Center and USC campus. Finally you’re whisked back to our oceanfront heliport where you’ll conclude the tour.

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Natural Beauty Coastal Tour

Island Express air toursFor an unparalleled view of the Southern California coastline, you begin this tour at our heliport location in Long Beach and observe two of the busiest ports in the nation, Long Beach and Los Angeles. You continue flying along another port city, San Pedro, as you pass two historic monuments: the Korean bell of friendship and the Point Fermin lighthouse. One of the highlights of this breathtaking coastal tour is flying over the palatial homes of Palos Verdes Estates, Trump National Golf Course, and along the beautiful Palos Verdes peninsula. As you return to our heliport at the Queen Mary, you’ll be filled with inspiration and counting the days until you take your next tour.

Natural Beauty Coastal Tour features:


Huntington Beach Surf Tour

Island Express air toursFrom our Queen Mary heliport in Long Beach, you’ll fly South along the Southern California coastline past the magnificent oceanfront homes of Long Beach, Belmont Shores, the island residences of Naples, and the beach strand called the Peninsula. You’ll continue along to the city of Seal Beach and view more exquisite beachfront houses along the sand at the gated community of Surfside in addition to the city of Sunset Beach. Next you’ll be inspired to get your surfboards waxed up and ready to take off as you follow the coast along to the surfing areas of Bolsa Chica and the world famous surf city of Huntington Beach. You’ll finish your tour as you fly around the Huntington Beach pier and head back to the heliport at the Queen Mary.

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Long Beach To Laguna Beach Tour

Island Express air toursIf you’re a beach lover, you’ll love this beach to beach tour. Beginning at the heliport in Long Beach, you’ll fly South past the spectacular oceanfront homes in Long Beach, Belmont Shores, the island residences of Naples, and the beach strand called the Peninsula. Continuing down the shimmering Southern California coastline, you’ll pass the city of Seal Beach, the beachfront homes at the gated community of Surfside, and the city of Sunset Beach. As you take in the natural beauty from the air, you’ll go South past the lovely waterfront homes and popular surfing areas of Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Corona Del Mar. Next your pilot will fly you to your destination at the coves and beaches of Laguna Beach. Here you’ll view some of the most stunning beachfront homes built on the cliffs of Laguna Beach. One more glimpse of the coastline as you head back to Long Beach and the end of a breathtaking tour.

Long Beach to Laguna Beach Tour Features:


Catalina Island Tour

Island Express air toursIsland Express has exclusive service to Catalina Island. On this 30-minute tour, which departs from Avalon, you’ll experience the awesome beauty of Catalina's remote interior and rugged coast. Five to six passengers will enjoy excellent views from the helicopter's cabin, while our experienced pilots narrate and point out natural features.

For more details see our Catalina Air Tour page.

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Come fly with Island Express for your tour, charter, Catalina Island trip
or a Catalina Hotel Package or Day Tour Package.
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