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By far the Lover’s Cove is the most popular snorkel spots off Catalina. It is a protected area with kelp forest, rock reef, and a “zoo” of cool-water inhabitants. Guides can help you in by boat, or try heading out on your own from the Pebbly Beach access stairs; just don’t forget your flag marker. Snorkelers will see sea stars, eels, anemones, octopuses, and, most notably, the brilliant orange Garibaldi fish.