Original La Jolla Kayak Tour in La Jolla, CA

2261 Avenida De La PlayaLa Jolla, CA 92037
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Embark on a 90-minute kayaking tour of the Seven Sea Caves. Watch as sea lions bask in the sun and swim throughout the sanctuary. Keep an eye out for dolphins, fish, and other sea creatures throughout your tour. Depending on weather and surf conditions, your tour will bring you into a natural wonder: Emerald Cave. Get ready for a memorable La Jolla kayaking adventure unlike any other.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our La Jolla Travel Experts
  • The kayaking tour is approximately 90-minutes long.
  • Participants must be ages 6 and up.
  • Tours meet at the Everyday California Shop.
  • Tours have a maximum of 20 people.
  • Previous kayaking experience is not required.
  • Everyday California donates to 1% For The Planet & Greenwave on all bookings.

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Insights from Tripster's own team members

Megan Aguilar

It's a perfect way to see the La Jolla Cove and Sea Caves on a kayak for two. We visited in August when it was Leopard Shark season and rented snorkel gear after our kayak tour to take advantage of one of the top ten snorkeling spots in the world.

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from Original La Jolla Kayak Tour
Explore the Seven Sea Caves and kayak through three of the four microhabitats present in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. You’ll watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Bright orange garibaldi standout among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swim around delighting the eye. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore. Throughout the summer months, you’ll see the biggest Leopard Shark Aggregation in the world. In the winter, witness Gray Whales on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja California. Memorable experiences await you. Entry into Emerald Cave depends upon the safety of the conditions and is just one small part of this amazing tour. Regardless of entering or not, you'll have a great time!

Tour runs every day of the year (EXCEPT Christmas day and the 4th of July) as long as conditions permit/safety.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Heather M.
Franklin Furnace , OH
1 Review
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June 2019
Absolutely gorgeous kayaking in the pacific to La Jolla caves! Our guide, Abby, was fun and very informative. We were able to go into one of the caves, see plenty of fish, kayak up close to seals and learn a lot of interesting information about that area of La Jolla. One of my favorite parts of our week long vacation in Southern California.
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Tip: Parking is very limited so get there early! Worth the money to rent the wetsuits!

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Connie C
Fort Wayne
"Sea kayaking - mind blown!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2020 NEW
We are experienced kayakers but were unprepared for how amazing this experience would be! Our guides Josh and Pete were professional, informative and loads of fun. They clearly love their jobs and were passionate about sharing their love of the water with us, pointing out a sea turtle, sand dollars on the seabed and even a harbour seal and her pup. We had the amazing fun of kayaking into the sea caves - simply incredible!!! This was really a magical experience for us - can’t say enough good about it!!
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Antigone L
"We had a fun and amazing experience!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 02, 2020 NEW
First off...as soon as you walk in you're greeted by one of the workers! They are super helpful and help you from the time you walk in to the time you're done with the tour! Our guide was a really fun and full of positive energy girl.. I think her name was maddy. Anyhow we loved her! Shes cute and funny! We didnt get to go into the caves which was a little bummer but that's nature what could ya do?... I'm definitely going to book another tour. This was such an amazing experience and I reccomend this to anyone who wants to just get out there and enjoy life! Thank you for my wonderful experience!
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Martini D
Baltimore, Maryland
"Whales! Fun day on the water"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2020
I booked a kayak with whales tour for 1 thru Airbnb. We saw a whale literally within 5 minutes of being in the water. Saw tons of playful sea lions too and it was great being out on the water. Danielle was our guide (I kayaked with her because I was slightly nervous) and she was great. She’s very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm and excitement was contagious! Highly recommend this company
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Selden, New York
"Kayak Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2019
My fiancé and I went on the kayak Tour with our friends on Saturday, 11/23. We had an amazing time. Our guide Geraldo was awesome. He explained so many things abut the area and the diverse marine life . He was very pleasant and attentive and made the entire experience awesome
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Great Last Minute Activity!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019
In town for business travel and decided to book this tour for business travel after searching for outdoor activities in San Diego. Had a terrific tour led by Tiffany at Everyday California. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the ocean, marine life, and surrounding sea cliffs and saves. While on the tour (late afternoon/low tide), we saw tiger sharks, colorful fish, seals, and a variety of sea birds, as well as being able to enter the sea caves. Everything was well-organized with quality gear and available lockers (for rent) to store valuables. Three items that guests should be aware of when planning for this tour: (1) you will likely be soaked from the waist-down, but dry from the waist-up; (2) if you opt to wear your shoes down to the beach, there is no place to secure them and you will have to leave them out in public for about 1.5 hours (though it was notable (and a relief) that all of ours were still there when we came back); and (3) there is no foot wash available at the store when you return, so bring a towel to wipe your sandy feet off.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Original La Jolla Kayak Tour

Is there an age requirement for this tour?
Yes. Tours are ideal for ages 6 and up.

Do I need to know how to kayak prior to the tour?
No. Previous kayaking experience is not required. Our professional guides will assist you.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 90-minutes long.

When should I arrive for my tour?
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Your tour time is the time the group MUST be on the water. Tours leave as a group from the shop 10-15 minutes prior to your tour time.

What will I see on the tour?
You will see everything from sea lions to magnificent sea caves, dolphins, fish, and more.

Where does the tour meet?
Tour groups should meet at the Everyday California shop.

How many people are on a tour at a time?
The tour caps out at 20 people.

When are tours available?
Tours run every day of the year with the exception of the Fourth of July and Christmas Day. In addition, if severe weather conditions occur, tours may be canceled.

Tours operate Monday through Friday at 11:20 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:20 pm, and Saturday through Sunday at 10:00 am, 11:20 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:20 pm.

Will we kayak if it is raining?
Yes. Tours are rain or shine.

Do we actually kayak inside of the caves?
Safety is the utmost priority while kayaking. The tour guides will determine whether or not it is safe to kayak inside Emerald Kayak and La Jolla Sea Caves during your tour.

What do I wear?
We recommend wearing a swimsuit/bathing suit. Depending on the temperature of the water and how much wind is present, we may highly recommend a wetsuit. Bring your own if you have one or you can rent one from us for $11.

Where do we keep our stuff?
Lockers are available for rent for $3.30 for a small locker or $5.50 for a large locker.

Will I use a single or double kayak?
All guests will be in a double kayak.

I do not know how to swim. Can I still participate?
Yes. Everyone is required to wear a lifejacket and helmet and are going out with an experienced guide who will ensure everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable experience.

Will I get wet?

What can I bring on the tour?
Bring as little as possible. Feel free to bring a water bottle or a waterproof camera. Do not bring anything that should not get wet.

Where should I park?
Park in the residential streets surrounding the shops. Do not park in the lot across the street from the Everyday California shop, as you will be towed. Do not park in a 90-minute zone, as the tours will last longer than this time period and you may be ticketed.

Is there a weight limit?
Yes. The weight limit for kayaks is 425 lbs / 193 kg per kayak.

Where is the Everyday California shop located?
2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, California 92037 at La Jolla Shores.