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Enjoy some of San Diego's best waters for kayaking and snorkeling during a 2.5-hour tour at La Jolla Cove. Your experienced guide teaches the basics of kayaking and snorkeling in the calm waters of a protected cove. Then paddle in a single or double kayak through La Jolla Caves and look for colorful fish and other marine life as you snorkel in La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Numbers are limited to ten participants on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Kayak and snorkel tour of La Jolla Ecological Reserve in San Diego
  • Learn paddling and snorkeling tips from an expert naturalist guide
  • Snorkel into the La Jolla Caves (if conditions permit)
  • Swim alongside marine life such as leopard sharks, bat rays, garibaldi fish and green sea turtles
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour with a single or tandem kayak
  • Small-group tour limited to ten people ensures customized attention from the guide

What You Can Expect

La Jolla Kayak and Snorkel Tour

La Jolla Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour and make your own way to the designated meeting spot in La Jolla. There, your guide fits your with the equipment you'll use during your time on the water.

When ready, an easy stroll of three blocks brings you to the beach at La Jolla Cove. While still on the sand, your experienced guide teaches you the the basics of paddling a kayak and snorkeling. Receive a safety briefing, then it's time to hit the water in your single or tandem kayak. Keep your eyes open for harbor seals, dolphins and sea lions frolicking in the waves of the protected La Jolla Ecological Reserve.

Practice your paddling and steering technique in the calm waters of the cove before following your guide through some of the seven sea caves that make up La Jolla Caves. The caves are situated in the sandstone cliffs of the San Diego coast, and six of the seven caves are accessible only by water. Hear the fascinating history of these caves, which have been used for smuggling people into the United States and bringing in alcohol during Prohibition.

Then get your snorkel gear on and hop into the warm clear waters for a closer look at the marine critters. If conditions permit, you may be able to swim into the caves themselves. Leopard sharks, bat rays, garibaldi fish, guitar fish, sheephead fish, rock lobster, pelicans and cormorants are some of the commonly seen animals in this area.

Your guide will swim with your group and ensure that you stay safe. Feel free to bring a waterproof camera to capture photos of the amazing array of sea creatures.

End your 2.5-hour kayak and snorkel tour back at La Jolla Cove Beach.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and operates from May to October.

Customer Reviews

Nicholas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome experience!

Stephanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing, long tour make sure you get a good boat with a seat that sits up I received one and could not sit up straight made it very difficult to kayak. Guides were tremendous.

Bonnie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

So much fun!

Alexis R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Awesome!

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