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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: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

3. La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

Has learning to surf been your dream? Your dream can become a reality on the calm waters of La Jolla Shores, the best spot to learn. Your experienced instructors are eager to share their passion for surfing with beginners and intermediates alike: no experience necessary, all equipment provided. Your instructors respect each student’s choice regarding his or her level of participation in the lesson, and comfort in the water. You’ll have fun learning how to surf in a safe environment. Your experienced instructor will teach you the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety on land, before heading into the water to catch some waves with your group. Continually voted one of the best spots for beginner and intermediate surfers in San Diego, the calm waters of La Jolla Shores are an ideal place to learn how to surf in a fun, yet safe environment. Public and private options are available.

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 Summit to Sea Bike Tour

5. 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

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

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.

Professional crew who did a great job letting us explore. Bonus to see leopard sharks in the bay which one of the crew pointed out to us.

Excellent experience. Guides were great and caves were well worth the cost of the trip. Highly recommend.

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

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