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

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This activity will end right where it started.
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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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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
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
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
  • "Word of advice: don’t do a double kayak, my boyfriend and i had a rough time." See review
  • "I plan on going back to see the caves when the tide allows, the guides know when it's best and always keep our safety in mind." See review

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star-5
A marvelous experience
Becca_S
, Aug 2022
The tour guides were funny and knowledgeable. The views and wildlife were spectacular! The caves were fun to kayak into.
star-1
Cancelation with little to no notice
h5smpgkc6s
, Aug 2022
This “adventure” didn’t happen. It was CANCELLED! I found out less than 12 hrs that this activity was cancelled with little to no time to find another activity for my 2 day trip. On top of that the refund will take 3-5 days.
star-5
Great Kayak tour
Christina_C
, Aug 2022
Great tour and experience. Our guides were informative and were a lot of fun. My friend and I had a blast, such a beautiful kayak.
star-4
Wonderful views
Amy_D
, Aug 2022
Emma and Rhett were wonderful guides. We got to kayak through two caves and saw sea life. We saw some sharks and sea lions, plus California's native fish. I wish we could have seen a sea turtle. They were beautiful. The guides told some corny jokes, which I thought were funny and we kayak surfed on the way into shore. They guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this experience to everyone.
star-5
We had an amazing time! ...
Karin_F
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing time! Beautiful adventure and our guides Tyler and Nick made the trip! They had a wealth of information and were hilarious as well!
star-5
Great outdoor experience!
Dana_C
, Aug 2022
Great outdoor experience with my 11 yr old- authentically NOT Sea World which is what I was hoping for- just challenging enough kayaking but not too much for kids and being out on the water was great- guides Dax & Amy were wonderful
star-5
Seals playing together in...
Nicole_C
, Aug 2022
Seals playing together in the caves yelling at one another. The time we were able to spend out on the water. The guides were awesome!!
star-5
Rad
Scott_E
, Aug 2022
Our instructor Peter was the best We learned so much about La Jolla He was amazing, kind and genuine
star-5
Thrill and Fun Under the Sun
Erika_S
, Aug 2022
It was our first time Kayaking on open waters so it was scary at first but our young male guides were pretty cool and did a great job guiding us. The waves were a bit choppy but it actually made the experience better. It provided a thrill aspect. The cave was simply amazing and spectacular. The seals were so adorable and added to the charm. The staff at LJ Sea Caves were friendly and helped me with a last minute change to our reservation.
star-5
John the great
Itzia_M
, Aug 2022
John was great. Super knowledgeable about everything around us, lots a fun facts. He gave lots of recommendation for great food. My family and I would highly recommend him and the company! Thank you John.
star-5
Best experience!
Cindy_F
, Aug 2022
We had the best experience! Our tour guides Sabrina and Chase were amazing. They were entertaining and interactive, making sure we were safe and having the best time. We saw tiger sharks, fish, and got to go into the cave where the sea lions and baby seals were. Truly an unforgettable experience and highly recommend when in San Diego!
star-5
A day to remember!
Deborah_L
, Aug 2022
Getting in and out of the kayak! Paddling was harder than I expected . The guides were knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting.
star-5
Completely recommend!
lynn_t
, Aug 2022
Loved it!!!! (?)Will and (?)Shawn were phenomenal guides! Unfortunately but understandably we could not go in the caves due to the waves. Both guides were knowledgeable and engaging about the area, the wildlife, and provided clear instructions for kayaking. Great time!
star-5
Kayaking Trip
Sheila_O
, Aug 2022
Johnny & Joshua were lovely guides! Really enjoyed the trip but was a bit disappointed not being able to see the caves, however sea conditions didn’t allow for it.
star-5
Our guides were awesome! ...
Nathan_K
, Jul 2022
Our guides were awesome! They were fun to talk to, answered all of our questions, and were very knowledgeable about the area.
star-5
La Jolla kayaking
Altaf_H
, Jul 2022
The guides were excellent, on time and very helpful. Enjoyed kayaking in the ocean and saw sea lions near the caves. Good workout. Only drawback is that the lockers are not free - $8 per locker.
star-3
So-so
Teresa_T
, Jul 2022
No working restroom at the shop. No place to rinse off at the shop. Equipment was wet and not cleaned in between customers.
star-5
Awesome, even for the inexperienced
Claudia_H
, Jul 2022
We got lucky and the waves were very calm. It was our first time kayaking and we had a child in our group. Great experience, the guides were awesome. True professionals!!
star-5
We had a great time and...
Jennifer_R
, Jul 2022
We had a great time and the staff was awesome! Very helpful and fun! Thanks for this memorable day :)
star-2
Correct
Benoit_C
, Jul 2022
we thought we would spend more time in the caves and see more than one. The guide was very cool and they were well informed.

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