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La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

1. La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and paddle inside Emerald Cave in a double kayak. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

La Jolla Underwater Park: Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. La Jolla Underwater Park: Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Kayak out into the reserve with your guides, who will lead the group to the best snorkeling spot on that day. One of your guides will drop anchor, secure your kayaks, and lead you snorkeling in the reserve, pointing out the marine life as you go.  Explore the area around the Seven Caves, set within a sea cliff, six of them only being accessible by kayak. Here, have the chance to swim with La Jolla’s best such as sea lions, garibaldi, bat rays, shovel nose guitar fish, and even dolphins and sea turtles, if you’re lucky.

San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour to Mount Soledad

3. San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour to Mount Soledad

Embark on a guided e-bike tour from La Jolla to Mount Soledad to admire fantastic views of the Californian coast. Take in the panoramic views of San Diego and the coastline from Mexico right up to the city of Carlsbad. Begin your tour in the neighborhood of La Jolla and set off your adventure to Mount Soledad. Along the route, take in views of luxury homes and charming streets as you ascend to the highest peak in the area. Once at the summit, pause for a while and admire the views of the sparkling blue coastline, the city of Tijuana across the border in Mexico, and the city of Carlsbad to the north. Stand at the war memorial marked by a giant cross atop the mountain, which the guide will explain more about. Then, begin a relaxing and fun descent down the mountain and along the coastline. Pass by the multimillion-dollar homes right on the water’s edge all the way to the local beach known as Wind ‘n Sea. Stop for a quick moment to relax and to watch the surfers at this world class break. Continue along the coastline to the Children’s Pool where about 100 seals can be found lazing on the shore. Finally, ride to La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve to check out one of the most amazing viewpoints along the coast before heading back to the starting point.

La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

4. La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the water. The sport began as an ancient Hawaiian tradition that was reintroduced to the world in the mid-60s.  SUP boarding is one of the best ways to explore the Seven Sea Caves of La Jolla, a remarkable creation full of marine wildlife. These 7 unique sea caves are filled with local history and natural beauty. The La Jolla Ecological Reserve starts at the Seven Sea Caves and extends north to Scripps Pier. This remarkable stretch of water is home to an underwater park, part of La Jolla's submarine canyon, giant kelp forests and a rocky reef.  The preserve shelters numerous species, including leopard sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins and migrating whales. Only 2% of the world's ocean water is protected by state and federal law, which also makes La Jolla's ecological reserve a rare place to see undisturbed wildlife in their natural habitat. The stand up paddle boards are inflatable, lightweight, and easy to transport from the shop to the beach and back.

San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

5. San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

Discover the picturesque coast of the La Jolla neighborhood on a scenic tour by e-bike. Along the route admire the panorama of La Jolla Cove and the coastline from downtown all the way to Pacific Beach. Start the tour in the heart of La Jolla and begin your adventure along the California Coast. Ride to La Jolla Cove and the Ecological Preserve to check out one of the most stunning viewpoints in the area. From the cove, continue along the coastline to the Children’s Pool where about 100 seals can often be seen lazing about in the sun. Take a brief break here to chill out and enjoy mother nature. Pass gorgeous multimillion-dollar homes right on the water’s edge all the way to the local beach known as Wind ‘n Sea. Stop here for a quick moment to relax and to watch the surfers at this world-class break. From Wind ‘n Sea ride through a beautiful neighborhood known as Bird Rock. From Bird Rock, ride onto Pacific Beach for a stop at The Crystal Pier, before heading back to La Jolla.

San Diego: La Jolla Summit to Sea Bike Tour

6. San Diego: La Jolla Summit to Sea Bike Tour

Tour around La Jolla in a fun and adventurous way, on an e-bike. Ride around downtown and then begin the ride up to Mt. Soledad. Take in views of San Diego and the Mexico coastline at the top. Then, enjoy the descent and a visit to the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve. Begin the tour in La Jolla Village, also known as the city's main Downtown. Get comfortable on your e-bike, and then follow your guide up to the top of Mt. Soledad, the highest coastal mountain peak in all of San Diego. Once at the top, witness the panoramic views of the city and admire the coastline from Mexico to Carlsbad. Learn about the large cross and legendary war memorial there, before beginning the descent down the mountain. Allow yourself to have a relaxing and fun ride down and through La Jolla, following the coast. Wind through gorgeous, multi-million dollar homes that line the water's edge, all the way to the local hotspot, Wind 'n' Sea Beach. Take a quick moment to watch the surfers on this world-class break and chill out with mother nature. Next, up, arrive at the Children's Pool and watch in awe at the hundreds of seals laying around and sleeping on the sand. At the end of the tour, cruise to the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve.

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What people are saying about La Jolla Cove

This was such a fun adventure! April and Cali were amazing guides! They shared their extensive knowledge with us and provided a fun and safe environment for us to explore our new experience.

Great staff both in the store and on the water. T was very knowledgeable about the sea life. I think the second was Makala she was great and told us history of the area!

We have been coming once or twice a year to San Diego for many years and this is the first time we have done this experience and it is our favorite.

Well trained guides with a deep understanding of the cove habitat.

Knowledgeable and friendly guides. We enjoyed our kayak, thanks!