Original La Jolla Kayak Tour in La Jolla, CA

Everyday California2261 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
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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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Carmel, Indiana
"Kayak and Snorkel Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
We had an amazing time with Danielle on the kayak and snorkel tour. It gave us the best of both adventures and packed so much into a 2hr tour. It was just enough time to see what we wanted and not completely exhaust ourselves. The shop is great and allows you to rent s wetsuit and store your items there in their lockers for a small fee. All of the staff were super friendly and helpful. They made sure we felt safe and had fun the whole time! I would highly recommend this company for anyone wanting to explore the La Jolla caves area via water.
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Chris D
Long Beach, California
"First Kayaking experience."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2019 NEW
This was a great adventure! The four of us have never been kayaking, it was easier than I expected, and really fun. Our guides Tony and Mike were very helpful and knowledgeable, and made it a great trip! We learned about the history of the area, saw the sea caves and sea lions and had great views! Kudos! We'll do this again. PS - You will get wet!!
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"Great experience, above expectations!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2019 NEW
Great experience being on the water! Mike, our guide, was amazing and provided useful informations about the sea, the wildlife and the coves. Really interesting and we felt safe. I strongly recommend this activity, you won’t regret it! Everyday California is also really organized, you can put your stuff in lockers before the activity and everything is well planned and structured, Thank again!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
"Great hosts!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
We took a kayak tour of the cove and Emerald Cave with Everyday California. They were very organized at the location and gave good directions. It would be helpful if they had a locker room with a shower where you could clean up and change. The guide and others did a great job of explaining and helping us with our equipment!! We had a first-time kayaker that did quite well with the provided instruction before leaving the beach. We had only been kayaking a couple of times in a lake, and had no trouble at all. Everyone had a great time and I wouldn't not hesitate to do it again!!!
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Culver City, California
"Yew yew!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2019 NEW
Kayak tour was so fun Mike was a great guide with great info about la holla and the wildlife in the area.
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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.