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Tour code: 3654CAVES
Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this 2-hour trip kayaking in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. You’ll also kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide and optional wetsuit rental.


  • 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

Explore the sublime scenery and wealth of wildlife near La Jolla during this 2-hour sea kayaking trip to explore the area’s beautiful coastline and sea caves. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking to add a little adventure to your trip in San Diego, this excursion is a great option for kayaking novices and experts alike.

Start your day at either 10:30am or 2:30pm (depending on the option selected), leaving from Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla. Meet your guide for the trip and start with a short introduction to proper paddling technique and safety instructions. Then bring your boat down to the beach at La Jolla Shores to begin your ride.

Paddle along the shores of the area’s beautiful rocky coastline, heading towards the La Jolla Sea Caves. As you proceed, keep your eyes peeled for any number of marine species that populate this stretch of coastline. Most trips will spot a variety of sea birds along with sea lions and seals. If you’re particularly lucky, you may also see dolphins or even orcas splashing nearby.

During your kayaking experience you’ll also pass through some of the area’s unique rock formations, journey through the sprawling forests of kelp and get a chance to explore the area’s sea caves (pending current conditions and your guide’s decision). Finish your ride with an exhilarating kayak “surf ride,” following the waves as they push you back into shore.

Please note: participants should be prepared to get wet during the ride. Entrance into the caves is not guaranteed, as it will depend on the ability level of group participants, current ocean conditions and the discretion of your guide. The operator recommends participants be at least 6 years or older and be able to swim.

Customer Reviews

Phillip E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great, friendly staff who all love the beauty of the area and want to share it with you. Great tour for everyone, including people with no kayaking experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Yes!!!! This was my first time kayaking and it was amazing!!! La Jolla is beautiful and to see it from that view is pretty special. The guides were both awesome!
Unfortunatly we did not get to go into the caves due to HUGE waves. But we did see a sea lion UP CLOSE and personal. So fun!

Emilio B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Knowledgable guides and amazing tour. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who loves the ocean and marine ecosystem. Great value for the money spent and doable even for those who've never kayaked before.

Renegine A

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!

Jennifer M

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!

Jo Ann H

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.

Katherine M

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.

Mary Lou L

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

Marilyn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip, we especially enjoyed visiting the cave.

Gary G

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.

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