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  • Location:San Diego, California
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

This popular kayak tour will allow you to kayak the La Jolla sea caves and ecological reserve, which boasts an amazing array of scenery and wildlife you can't find anywhere else in San Diego. As you paddle alongside your expert naturalist/biologist guide, keep an eye out for sea lions, dolphins and even an orca!


  • La Jolla caves kayak tour
  • Paddle to the La Jolla sea caves
  • Watch for the abundant wildlife including numerous types of sea birds and usually sea lions, seals and sometimes dolphin
  • Kayak into the fascinating kelp beds of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve

What You Can Expect

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

No experience is needed! Your knowledgable guide will help you learn the basics and tour you around one of the premier eco-tourist destinations in San Diego.

After a brief paddle instruction and safety talk, you'll take your kayak down to the beach in La Jolla Shores and paddle to the La Jolla Sea Caves taking in the gorgeous views and watching for the abundant wildlife. You'll also go through the incredible rock formations and caves (if conditions permit), through the expansive kelp forests and wildlfie hot spots and cap it all off with a kayak surf ride back to the beach.

You can see numerous types of sea birds and usually sea lions, seals and sometimes dolphins or even orcas!

What to Expect: Be prepared to get wet! For safety reasons, the tour operator does not guarantee going into the caves on tours. Entrance to caves based on ocean conditions, safety and participants ability as determined by guide.

This tour is recommended for ages 6 and up. Participants must be able to swim.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience for anyone! It was our first time and everything was explained extremely well with our tour guides. They are very knowledgable and friendly, you can tell they love what they do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had an awesome time. Would love to do it again when we return to the area. Both Courtney and Nat were very knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful tour. My kids really into it. Rob was best guide ever. He shared interesting history of La Jolla beach and sharing his love of sea life ,just under our boat. Stories of kelp beds are great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a wonderful time and Graham the guide from Ireland couldn't have been more fun. Super easy tandem kayak, beautiful day and kits of critters to see. The inside of the cave was cool. Historically fascinating piece of LA Jolla.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a gorgeous adventure for this first time kayaker! Our guide Nick was wonderful. Hike Bike Kayak takes small groups out as compared to other companies that were in the water at the same time as us. Our tour was much more personal and always within earshot of the guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip, we especially enjoyed visiting the cave.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Robb the tour guide was great!! My fiancé and I had a great time. It wasn't only fun but educational. Highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

highly recommend this tour great fun, very informative and loads of wild life you can get up close to the Sea Lions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The tour was a lot of fun. Hike bike kayak was a definite winner!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our guide, Brian was excellent! My boyfriend and I are land-locked city kids and neither of us had any experience with kayaking. But, our guide was patient and informative, which made our excursion fantastic! I would recommend taking some Dramamine beforehand. I don't usually get sea sick, but I was not feeling well towards the end of the tour.

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