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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Tour was great...friendly staff, well organized, easygoing, and fun! Saw lots of wildlife. Comfortable pace of tour, we did a fair amount of paddling but it was split up nicely not to feel too difficult. Recommend going in singles unless you and your paddle partner are super in sync!

Phillip G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a great time! The guides were knowledgable about not only the fish in the ocean, the mountains landscape, and the caves.

Shimul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent tour very friendly guide

Monique A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a great experience going into the caves and seeing the sea lions so close! We are a family of four with two teens and they loved!

Katherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very good tour! The waves were a little big the day we went so some kayaking experience is needed

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great trip. Loved our guide Kayley

Cheri P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Myself and my two teenage girls went out with two guides and two couples. We really enjoyed it. The guides were very friendly, funny and informative. While it does take some strength to row, it's not an extreme effort. The girls did fine in the kayak together, and I did fine by myself. We got to see some wild life and go inside the cave. We'd certainly do it again, and recommend the tour. The only problem we encountered was parking. Be very prepared to walk 2-3 blocks to get to the place, so arrive early. Other than that, you'll have to walk a little ways to the beach, so if your feet are sensitive, bring water shoes. Ultimately, it's worth the trip and time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great guides, great views. So much fun to be out on the water and get some background on the houses, the environment, and efforts to keep the ocean there pristine. The cave was interesting thought not really a focus. If the water is rough don't expect to go in since the guides have to guide you in by swimming in-between two boats. We went in and were greeted by two seals about 10 feet away on a ledge. Worth the time and would do it again.

Tanya C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had an amazing time kayaking on the sea caves adventures. The guides were knowledgeable of the area and professional. We would do this again just wish we brought the go pro to take pictures!!

Oiwai L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great activity if you are in La Jolla!

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