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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this kayaking trip in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. Also, kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide, and optional wetsuit rental.
  • La Jolla caves kayak tour
  • Paddle to the La Jolla sea caves
  • Watch for the abundant wildlife including numerous types of sea birds and usually sea lions, seals, and sometimes dolphin
  • Kayak into the fascinating kelp beds of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve
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Kayaks (single or tandems) and Paddle
Life jacket
Professional guide
Wet suit rentals are offered during fall, winter and spring
Gratuities
Food and drink

Departure Point

2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

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Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore the sublime scenery and wealth of wildlife near La Jolla during this sea kayaking trip to explore the area’s beautiful coastline and sea caves. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking to add a little adventure to your trip in San Diego, this excursion is a great option for kayaking novices and experts alike.

Select from a morning or afternoon departure and leave from Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla. Meet your guide for the trip and start with a short introduction to proper paddling technique and safety instructions. Then bring your boat down to the beach at La Jolla Shores to begin your ride.

Paddle along the shores of the area’s beautiful rocky coastline, heading towards the La Jolla Sea Caves. As you proceed, keep your eyes peeled for any number of marine species that populate this stretch of coastline. Most trips spot a variety of sea birds along with sea lions and seals. If you’re particularly lucky, you may also see dolphins or even orcas splashing nearby.

During your kayaking experience, pass through some of the area’s unique rock formations, journey through the sprawling forests of kelp and get a chance to explore the area’s sea caves (pending current conditions and your guide’s decision). Finish your ride with an exhilarating kayak “surf ride,” following the waves as they push you back into shore.

Please note: participants should be prepared to get wet during the ride. Entrance into the caves is not guaranteed, as it depends on the ability level of group participants, current ocean conditions and the discretion of your guide. The operator recommends participants be at least six years or older and be able to swim.
Itinerary
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Hike Bike Kayak Adventures
No experience is needed! Your knowledgable guide will help you learn the basics and tour you around one of the premier eco-tourist destinations in San Diego. After a brief paddle instruction and safety talk, you'll take your kayak down to the beach in La Jolla Shores and paddle to the La Jolla Sea Caves taking in the gorgeous views and watching for the abundant wildlife. You'll also go through the incredible rock formations and caves (if conditions permit), through the expansive kelp forests and wildlfie hot spots and cap it all off with a kayak surf ride back to the beach. You can see numerous types of sea birds and usually sea lions, seals and sometimes dolphins or even orcas! What to Expect: Be prepared to get wet! For safety reasons, the tour operator does not guarantee going into the caves on tours. Entrance to caves based on ocean conditions, safety and participants ability as determined by guide. This tour is recommended for ages 6 and up. Participants must be able to swim.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
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La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Shores Park
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La Jolla Caves
La Jolla Caves
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La Jolla Kayak
La Jolla Kayak
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hike Bike Kayak Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour.

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Kayak Cave
Joel_S
, Sep 2021
Seeing and learning about the ecological history of the caves and various sea life around was great! The guides were great and informative. The evening tides were a little challenging to navigate. It can give you a bit of a workout but enjoyable!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Do It!
LindseyPezzo
, Sep 2021
Rhett and Josh were amazing! This was so much fun. They took tried to make sure we saw all wildlife. It does get tiring however more than doable. Just make sure this is not the first time your exercising in a year. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great kayak tour experience
Kym_T
, Sep 2021
Both instructors were great. They were helpful, kind, informative, and the tour was very entertaining. Will do it again if I come back.
star-3
unpleasant
April_D
, Aug 2021
not for novice KAYAKERS. CAVES WERE TOO CONGESTED. DISAPPOINTING . the guide was interesting and gave Info
star-5
Fantastic experience!!
Ingrid
, Aug 2021
Our tour guides, Ella and Keenan, were amazing!! We saw a bunch of dolphins. It was magical!! Highly recommend!!
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Not What We Expected
Unhappy
, Aug 2021
We were NOT able to go into the caves as the waves were too big. The tour guide indicated this when we were out in the ocean. She said on the first tour in the morning they realized the waves were too high to go in. Then, why didn't they cancel our 10:20 am tour or at least give us an option to cancel? What we got was a bumpy ride on a kayak, saw pelicans and 1 duck...no other wildlife. I told them at the beginning that I was not a swimmer. They said, "no problem", you'll be fine. We flipped over twice. Not a good experience at all.
star-5
Fun guides
Angela_T
, Aug 2021
We weren’t able to go in the caves due to huge waves but it was still fun. The guides had a lot of stores about the area that were entertaining.
star-4
10 out of 10
Julie_H
, Aug 2021
Every part of the experience was great! I was a little nervous going into it as I have never kayaked before but the guides were great before and during the experience. Made it fun, lots of interesting facts about the area and the scenery was amazing. If you’re even half thinking of doing this, do it!!!
star-4
Good new experience! Great guides!
Jessica_S
, Aug 2021
Paddling out the moment I realized I was paddling on my own over the surf and Ryan, the guide had gotten me out in one piece in my boat! And there I was just going out to the ocean! Also seeing a sea lion up close. Ellie and Ryan were awesome kind and helpful patient guides!!!
star-5
A+
Explorer10
, Aug 2021
Great experience. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I can finally cross out the cave tour off of my list.

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