• Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Go whale-watching by kayak from La Jolla Shores on a 3-hour active tour with an experienced naturalist guide. From December to March, gray whales migrate past San Diego while making their way between Alaska and Mexico. Hope to see the magnificent wild mammals on this kayak tour led by an expert guide, who also points out other marine life such as dolphins, sea lions, seals, pelicans, leopard sharks and more. This fun and active tour does not require previous experience, and all kayak gear and instruction is included.


  • Kayak with the whales in their natural environment
  • See other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins
  • The Pacific coast of California is one of the best places to view whales on their yearly migration.

What You Can Expect

La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

Meet your guide at the designated starting point in La Jolla and receive a safety briefing and trip orientation. Then get outfitted in your kayaking gear and boat, and learn the basics of paddling and steering your kayak.

When you’re ready, follow your guide to the ocean and set out in your single or double kayak. Paddle out from La Jolla Shores, passing the La Jolla sea caves, huge kelp forests and underwater canyons while learning from your naturalist guide about the marine life around you. Your guide might show you leopard sharks, sea lions, seals, fish, pelicans and other seabirds, in addition to the Pacific white-sided dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins that are commonly seen in the area.

Gray whales migrate offshore from San Diego from December to March, although sightings are not predictable in the wild. However, a kayak tour on the Pacific Ocean is a memorable experience and gray whales are frequently spotted in these waters.

Expect to paddle for almost the entire time that you are out on the water, about six miles round-trip. Although this is an active tour, prior experience is not required; simply bring your sense of adventure and be prepared to get wet. All kayaking gear and instruction is provided, along with warm beverages upon your return.

Customer Reviews

Mariana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

great experience, did not get to see many whales but it was fun

Judy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

This was a great morning out on the water; La Jolla has a lot to offer! March was a bit late for whale-watching however there is plenty of marine life (seals, sea lions, birds) and there is also the caves and coastline to explore. An intimate group of 3, we got full attention by our wonderful guide.

Jefferey H

4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

There were 5 of us. We had a really good time. Saw dolphins, seals, But no whales. We were lucky it was a beautiful day, no waves, very calm. Guides were very good and attentive. We never felt rushed. Everything at all times asunder control. A great day on the water.

Terry J USA

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

We saw bottle nose dolphins, white sided dolphins, baby Humboldt squids, sea lions, Garabaldi fish, and juvenile leopard sharks up close. Saw a mother gray whale and her 2 year old calf from afar.

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