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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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This popular kayak tour will allow you to kayak the La Jolla sea caves and ecological reserve, which boasts an amazing array of scenery and wildlife you can't find anywhere else in San Diego. As you paddle alongside your expert naturalist/biologist guide, keep an eye out for sea lions, dolphins and even a Grey Whale!
  • Kayak along the rocky coastline and sea caves of La Jolla
  • Explore one of San Diego's most scenic shorelines
  • Kayak lesson and all equipment provided and no experience needed
  • Good chance of sighting California marine life in the wild
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central La Jolla before your scheduled departure. Begin with a lesson on paddling techniques and safety. Tandem or single kayaks can be selected at checkout. Push off from the beach at La Jolla Shores and paddle along the rocky coastline, considered one of the most beautiful in Southern California. Follow your guide to the La Jolla Sea Caves, where you get up-close views of interesting rock formations and even paddle inside the caves (if conditions allow). As you navigate above giant sea kelp forests, keep an eye out for local marine life including seabirds, seals, sea lions, and even dolphins and orca whales. Prepare to get wet during an exciting “surf ride” on the waves to get back to shore at the end of the tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Kayaks (single or tandems) and Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Professional guide
  • Wet suit rentals are offered during fall, winter and spring
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • PLEASE BE IN THE KAYAK SHOP 1 HOUR BEFORE TOUR START TIME, Allow time for parking and gear set up
  • Expect to get wet, please wear appropriate clothes such as a bathing suit and shoes that can get wet (tennis shoes, 'river shoes' or flip flops)
  • Hats, sun screen and towels are strongly advised
  • Please do not bring valuables and things that cannot get wet
  • There is a weight limit of 250 pounds per single kayak and 450 pounds per double kayak
  • For safety reasons, the tour operator does not guarantee going into the caves on tours. Entrance to caves is based on ocean conditions, safety, and participants ability as determined by guide.
  • Minimum age is 6 years for a double kayak and 16 years for a single kayak
  • All participants must be able to swim
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews leopard sharks great experience always felt safe great stories marine life saw dolphins points of interest lots of fun highly recommend this tour san diego waves ocean paddling lion activity tandem blast
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic but small caves. Leaders were informative Beautiful weather of course it’s San Diego Would like more locations to visit

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank melody205
Reviewed yesterday

This was a great short ocean kayak trip. It is somewhat protected cove so waves are not bad. Seals and sea lions on the bluffs along the shore. Fault lines on the shoreline are dramatic - a sandstone plate subducting under a limestone one. We...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jschmitz47
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were here on vacation and heard great things about kayaking out to the cave and seeing the sea lions. Didn't disappoint! We had a great 2 hour kayaking tour with lots of information on the area, wildlife and the cave. It is a lot...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 473nancyz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guides, Savannah and Alex, were so knowledgeable and helpful! We were able to see so many marine life (dolphins! Sea lions! Kelp!) It was very neat to experience nature in a calm, stress free environment!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MelissaRaylorTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guides were both knowledgeable and fun. Too bad we couldn't get in the caves but still enjoyed the experience. We had a great time and would do it again!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Don L
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17 September 2019|
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Response from Kathi G | Reviewed this property |
Hello- the tour is about 2 hours. And it is alot of fun. It is easy to learn to maneuver the kayak so no worries there. I had a great time on the tour, so would recommend. Parking in LA Jolla can be a challenge so leave... More
10 August 2019|
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Response from mondani78 | Reviewed this property |
It’s so amazing experience, you will not be scared at all as the other friend explained plus their staff is so friendly
31 July 2019|
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Response from christinelong101 | Reviewed this property |
No showers, but they have changing rooms.
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