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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.

La Jolla: Guided Snorkeling Tour

3. La Jolla: Guided Snorkeling Tour

Interact with marine animals at a safe distance and spend the day on this beautiful reserve with experienced snorkel experts to guide you. You will see marine life such as sharks, exotic fish, dolphins, seals, turtles and a multitude of sea life swimming amongst them. With four microhabitats to swim through, you will find a wide variety of underwater flora and fauna. With a small group, you’ll get a much more intimate experience of life underneath the water, with one of our guides and local lifeguards accompanying you while you swim. Guests must have a basic level of swimming to participate in this activity. As this is an introductory tour, families with younger children (age 5+) are also welcome, as well as people who feel more comfortable being guided in their snorkeling.

San Diego: La Jolla City and Coast Guided Sightseeing Tour

4. San Diego: La Jolla City and Coast Guided Sightseeing Tour

Explore the charming La Jolla region of San Diego with a local guide and curated walking tour. Learn about the area's rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, visit Sunny Jim's Seaside Cave, and marvel at the extraordinary views of Scripps Ecological Reserve while hiking the Coast Walk Trail. Begin your tour with an overview of San Diego's history, including fascinating details about pioneers like William Heath Davis and Alonzo Horton. Understand how La Jolla became part of San Diego in 1850 and why it became a prime beach destination after area railroads were constructed in the 1890s.  Continue to Sunny Jim's Sea Cave, the original residence of Gustav Schultz who hired two Chinese laborers to dig a 144-stair tunnel from inside of his house to the cave below. Browse the gift shop and take photos with the group – or explore the tunnel on your own. Then it's time to walk along the rugged Coast Walk Trail, taking in the stunning panoramic views, including the Scripps Ecological Reserve. Further north, you'll spot University of California - San Diego and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.  Continue along the coast and pass through Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Listen closely as your guide details how Ellen's contributions left an everlasting impression on La Jolla. See La Jolla's amazing wildlife on full display including seals, sea lions, squirrels, pelicans, and cormorants. Embark on the next part of the tour to Children's Pool, a small beach partially protected by a seawall. This is a popular viewing area for harbor seals and a picturesque beach with a panoramic view. Conclude your tour with a stroll up Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla, passing several landmark buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage Museum, Grande Colonial Hotel, and La Valencia Hotel.

The La Jolla Tour

5. The La Jolla Tour

La Jolla is arguably the finest part of this city, it is to San Diego what Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles. Many of San Diego’s wealthy and fabulous come here to live, and although that in and of itself would mean little, the reasons behind it are the foundation of why this area of the city would draw anyone in. La Jolla Cove, speaks of yesteryear with all of the little-known beaches . See its mysterious cave and secret tunnel entrance, its gentle but rugged cliffs and abundant marine life, its posh shopping and dining district, the stunningly quaint and sequestered shores nestled and hidden in the sylvan tumbles of verdant cliffs. This three hour, fully escorted, semi-private driving tour will introduce you to marvelous physical beauty, and a sense of soaring human presence with the most subtle human footprint. This three hour sightseeing tour is available daily at 1:00 PM.

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

6. 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.

The San Diego Highlights Tour

7. The San Diego Highlights Tour

This tour is a combination of the very popular San Diego and La Jolla Sightseeing Tours. On this tour you will experience the most comprehensive and entertaining tour throughout America’s Finest City! Your tour begins daily at the supplier's convenient downtown location and from here you will be transported throughout the loveliest and most renowned parts of the city. The first areas you will visit include sparkling Coronado, The Hotel Del Coronado, The Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Embarcadero and the resplendent and beautiful Balboa Park. Then make a 1-hour stop for lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter. After the lunch break, continue by driving north to explore the stunning coastline of La Jolla at 1:00 PM. La Jolla is arguably the most beautiful part of the city. Many of San Diego’s most famous and wealthiest residents live here. There are many dramatic ocean views from the coastline to the mountains and the city in-between. La Jolla is a stunning place with a natural cove, mysterious caves, rugged cliffs, abundant marine life, posh shopping, and a fine dining district too. The stunning shoreline cliffs and the view from Mt. Soledad are also why this area is known as “The Jewel” of San Diego. This 3-hour afternoon portion of the tour is stunning and filled with great back stories too. See why the spectacular city beckons Californians and travelers from far abroad. Please note that the guide will not be in the vehicle the entire time and there are many stops where you will get out, walk around, and explore the sights that we are visiting. This sightseeing tour is available every day of the year, including weekends and holidays, and departs at 9:00AM from our office at 300 G Street. All details of your tour will be sent to you immediately after booking.

La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

8. La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on a combo self-guided tour that takes you on a walking tour of the coast and a driving tour of the neighborhood. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Start your walking tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk. Continue to the coast and get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Walk along the waterfront and learn how La Jolla got its name. Spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood. Take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Along the way, be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions and learn how to tell the two apart. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot an orca whale off the shore. Next, see Seal Rock. If you haven’t spotted a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Nearing the end of the walking portion of your tour, visit the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see. Next, start the driving portion of the tour. Cruise along the coast and hear about the brothers who bought all this land for less than $2 per acre and the woman responsible for the town’s longstanding cultural institutions. Visit the historic La Jolla Woman’s Club and hear about Ellen Browning Scripps, La Jolla’s most important figure. Next, see the beautiful Wisteria Cottage and take in beautiful views. Then it’s on to the Athenaeum, a library for music and the arts. Round off your tour by visiting the Valencia Hotel, the city’s go-to hotel for Hollywood’s rich and famous for a hundred years.

La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

9. La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Enjoy the open air and San Diego sun. Take this eye-popping journey through the enchanting coastal community of La Jolla. Meet us in La Jolla and tour this beautiful California beach community in style and ease from the comfort of a Segway Personal Transporter. We’ll teach you how to ride your Segway then head off to show you Sonny Jim's Cave, the La Jolla Cove, and many other fantastic attractions on your guided 2-hour tour. Your helpful guide will tell you about the natural wonders of this area and show you its highlights. You'll glide by famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, past beaches lined with seals, sea lions and pelicans, all while enjoying stories about famous residents, multi-million-dollar mansions and the area's natural history and architecture. Of course, a tour of La Jolla is not complete without a visit to the surfer's hot spot of Windansea Beach. This guided tour allows you to explore beyond San Diego to see some of the most beautiful locations in Southern California.

San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Started by not expecting much because after I booked the tour thought I could probably just discover the cove area by myself—but our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable and knew tips and tricks to make traveling easier. He knew the area inside and out and gave us factoids that made it well worth the minimal price per person. He knew where there were elevators so we didn’t have to navigate stairs. He knew about the local vendors and animals. He knew about a hotel we could just hang out on the lobby if we needed a break and it was a great spot to cool off rest and have an afternoon drink. He knew about famous people who once resides there and based books off of the natural environment. We were super happy.

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.