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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

San Diego, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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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
Food and drink
2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

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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.
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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
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  • 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.

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

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour.
What is the maximum group size during La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour?
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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  • "Highly recommended for fit and agile people with good arm strength." See review


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Amazing !!
, Apr 2021
The instructors are so nice and extremely patient. You can tell they love what they do and make the tour something you will remember !
I loved hearing the...
, Apr 2021
I loved hearing the science and stories from the tour guides! The caves in the sea lion was beautiful
, Apr 2021
Although we flipped over trying to get out the crew was amazing! It was so beautiful. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and so much fun!
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The tour guides were...
, Apr 2021
The tour guides were amazing! Very informative and made sure everyone was safe the whole time! We had so much fun learning about everything!
Fun adventure!
, Apr 2021
We had a great experience! Dolphins, seals, bait boils, garibaldi fish. Sam and Ryan were fantastic guides!
Poorly organized, immature staff
, Apr 2021
Our tour was very disorganized, there were so many kayaking groups out in the water that it was difficult to stick together. We also lost our tour guide multiple times, she took off her staff shirt so it was hard to pick her out in a crowd, and she seemed more interested in talking and gossiping about “not getting tips” with her coworkers than she did about telling us where to go. The water was very rough that day and it was obvious there were people in the group who were inexperienced kayakers, and the tour guides offered no tips on how to maneuver in the water. Two kayaks wound up flipping. We also didn’t get to go in the caves. Just save your money, you have a better chance of seeing the caves just by walking around the Cove
Lost at sea- paddle 350 feet and hope you find your group!!
, Apr 2021
No tour guide- I should have just rented the kayak. I purchased a tour guide because I had my daughter with me, we rented the wet suits, bought the water proof bags, locker/ another 76 dollars. We were told to paddle out about 350 feet and that was all we were told other than how to paddle. We got a push out and off we went- after getting turned around by a wave, we straightened out and paddles forward but did not see our group- another guide told us to head to the green boats we did and they were going into shore. We paddle past the break only to turn back into shore. Our guide was long gone. Our kayak flipped on us and my daughter was hit in the head. There was no one there to help. No one even contact us at any point to see what happened to us. We could have drown in the ocean and no one would have known or cared. We were scheduled 1240-240, we were back on land by 1pm. I’m not sure what kind of tour this was- little explaination and zero accountability. Do not go here if you cannot kayak on your own already. If you get lost- and it’s easy to do- you are on your own! I did not get refunded, i spent in total $160 dollars to paddle out past the waves and back and rescue my daughter. No one knew we were ever missing!!
Thumbs down
, Apr 2021
Tour did not leave on time. Basically we kayaked to the outside of the caves and back to the beach. In the water for a little over an hour. Got near the caves. Did not go in them. It was a very calm day on the water not sure why. Time constraint maybe for next tour. Does anyone ever go into the caves? That is why I booked this tour.
, Jan 2021
It was a fun experience a lot of fun . I was scared ( because I don’t know how to swim ) everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming.
A must-go experience of San Diego
, Dec 2020
Our guide Shawn is awesome! Overall the tour is fun and interesting! A very good experience to enjoy the beach and ocean of San Diego

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