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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
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

Reviews

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star-3
Fun trip…. No caves and no sea life
Tracy_S
, Nov 2021
Booked with one company. Arrived to read note on door to go to a different kayak company which was weird. Trip was fun. Not over the top exciting. Young guides were good. No caves bc water rough. Not sure anyone actually goes into the caves. Too dangerous. And no sea animals either.
star-5
Highly recommend
Kasey_K
, Nov 2021
The tour guides were great! So much fun for family, couples or friends. Best to go on a day when the waves are not huge so you can go into the caves - but either way it’s a blast
star-4
We had a great time...
Laura_K
, Oct 2021
We had a great time kayaking. The guides were helpful, gave good information, and told some fun stories. Unfortunately it was too windy to go into the caves which is why u couldn't give it 5 stars.
star-5
Just Do It
Michael_D
, Oct 2021
Just a good time. Thanks for the experience. The guides were funny as hell and informative. I just wanted to keep paddling away. Everyone should grab the experience!
star-5
Amazing tour ! Both...
kennedy_B
, Oct 2021
Amazing tour ! Both instructors were great. Sky and his partner did an amazing job giving history and background of the environment and the sea life. Loved every minute of it.
star-5
Highly recommend
Michael_P
, Oct 2021
Guides were great. Very knowledgeable and went at a pace everyone could keep up with. Highly recommend. Saw dolphins on the way back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun fabulous and fantastic
Serena_R
, Oct 2021
Us 3 ladies were BFF from grade school and high school. We all have birthdays in the same week so this was our first annual vacation of many more to come. Kayaking was a blast and Carrie n River were amazing tour guys. Funny, informational, and cute as a bugs ear…
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
They didn’t plan on us. Forgot to check Viator schedule. So it was rushed and we didn’t even get to go in the cave.
David_M
, Oct 2021
They didn’t plan on us forgot to check Viator schedule so it was rushed and we didn’t even get to go in the caves
star-5
Viator got us in!
Marilynn_I
, Oct 2021
Viator was able to find us two kayaks when all of the tour companies direct had no reservations available. Thank you! Great trip!!
star-5
Best part of our vacation
Shawna_M
, Sep 2021
This kayaking tour was the highlight of our vacation. Our guide was Austin and he was fantastic. Very funny, friendly and extremely informative. He impressed my husband, which can be hard to do, and answered a million questions that my husband always has. We highly recommend this kayaking tour and we will definitely do again.

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