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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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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 a Grey Whale!
Highlights
  • Kayak along the rocky coastline and sea caves of La Jolla
  • Explore one of San Diego's most scenic shorelines
  • Kayak lesson and all equipment provided and no experience needed
  • Good chance of sighting California marine life in the wild
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central La Jolla before your scheduled departure. Begin with a lesson on paddling techniques and safety. Tandem or single kayaks can be selected at checkout. Push off from the beach at La Jolla Shores and paddle along the rocky coastline, considered one of the most beautiful in Southern California. Follow your guide to the La Jolla Sea Caves, where you get up-close views of interesting rock formations and even paddle inside the caves (if conditions allow). As you navigate above giant sea kelp forests, keep an eye out for local marine life including seabirds, seals, sea lions, and even dolphins and orca whales. Prepare to get wet during an exciting “surf ride” on the waves to get back to shore at the end of the tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Kayaks (single or tandems) and Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Professional guide
  • Wet suit rentals are offered during fall, winter and spring
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • PLEASE BE IN THE KAYAK SHOP 1 HOUR BEFORE TOUR START TIME, Allow time for parking and gear set up
  • Expect to get wet, please wear appropriate clothes such as a bathing suit and shoes that can get wet (tennis shoes, 'river shoes' or flip flops)
  • Hats, sun screen and towels are strongly advised
  • Please do not bring valuables and things that cannot get wet
  • There is a weight limit of 250 pounds per single kayak and 450 pounds per double kayak
  • For safety reasons, the tour operator does not guarantee going into the caves on tours. Entrance to caves is based on ocean conditions, safety, and participants ability as determined by guide.
  • Minimum age is 6 years for a double kayak and 16 years for a single kayak
  • All participants must be able to swim
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This was very nice. We got the go into the caves briefly. Saw nice locals..like Giribaldi fish and seas lions. Everyone had a great time.... Even when I fell our of the kayak riding in that final wave:)
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Presented on their website as an amazing excursion with the highlight kayaking through the sea caves at the base of one of the cliffs. In reality if there is any slight chance of wind/waves that could be dangerous for the group they will simply stare at the caves from afar and
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Response from SharonL3963, Manager at La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
Responded 4 days ago
We regret that you did not have the experience you expected. It is our policy to communicate before a tour begins if the conditions do not support the tour booked. We take your feedback seriously and will use it to make sure this doesn't happen going forward.
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We signed up with Hike, Bike, Kayak because of the good reviews that they had. We showed up at the shop and a sign told us to go to a kayak shop down the street (I think it was La Jolla Sea Caves Kayaks - 2164 Avenida De La Playa). In hindsight it appears that since there were
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Response from SharonL3963, Manager at La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
Responded 4 days ago
We appreciate your feedback. We take pride in operating a professional, organized business that provides the best experience for our customers, and are continually striving to keep systems in place to ensure this. Please contact s.luscomb@sbcglobal.net for a refund.
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Disappointed that we couldn’t go into the caves let alone get near them due to wind, surf and tide. Turns out it is very rare to have the right conditions to tour the caves. They don’t explain the very unlikely event of seeing the caves. This was Just a kayak Paddling adventure.
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Response from SharonL3963, Manager at La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
Responded 1 week ago
We regret that you did not have the experience you expected. We do our best to communicate the current ocean and tour conditions so that customers can decide if they still would like to move forward with the tour based on this information. We appreciate your feedback and will incorporate it into our policy to communicate ocean conditions more clearly before the tours begin.
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Both of us had some trepidation after falling in the kayak a few times, but they were very professional and got us out to calmer water on the third try. Everybody was very nice and our guide, Alex, had lots of knowledge on the marine ecosystems we were in. Very fun!!😜
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By: Hike Bike Kayak San Diego
431 reviews
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Robert S
Midland, Michigan
60
Nice guides and a pleasant morning on the water!
This was very nice. We got the go into the caves briefly. Saw nice locals..like Giribaldi fish and seas lions.
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Paul M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
242
Kayak Tour a water bust
Presented on their website as an amazing excursion with the highlight kayaking through the sea caves at the base
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Hippienerdbabe
308
Very Disappointing
We signed up with Hike, Bike, Kayak because of the good reviews that they had. We showed up at the shop and a
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Classic321
10
Hu was
Disappointed that we couldn’t go into the caves let alone get near them due to wind, surf and tide. Turns out it
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charlessC195UX
21
Super fun!!!
Both of us had some trepidation after falling in the kayak a few times, but they were very professional and got us
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Granny349
Huntersville, North Carolina
43
Awesome!!
We had a fabulous time!! Taylor and Ellie were our tour guides and were very kind (and patient, lol). They were
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K8833GEdaveb
Dalkeith, United Kingdom
490236
Not good
Stayed 3 hours. We left the base store at 10:05am and were back by 11:40am. I’d say a max of 1hr 15min on the
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alexraegre
Florence, Toscana, Italy
20
Great Experience!
We had a blast! The tour guides were awesome and the scenery was beautiful. We loved seeing and learning more
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Dgeagle
Brewster, New York
40
Awesome tour
My family of 5 had a great time on this bike tour. It was fun and we got to see some awesome sights. Our tour
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Leroy_MEL
Melbourne, Australia
157
Good way to spend your time - an easy ride covering a very nice part of San Diego
We love bike tours and this one didn’t let us down. Bikes were good and the ride was easy. The tour operator was
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idzilla
Frankenmuth, Michigan
26460
Surf, swells and sightseeing
Great family adventure! The team does an excellent job prepping participants and provide ecological and historical
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Bitsycorona
Tucson, Arizona
10541
Great kayaking experience!
This was a great experience for a very reasonable price. Our tour guide was friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
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kerinp2015
London, United Kingdom
134
Kayaking - La Jolla
I was with, my son and his wife. We all had some prior experience and chose single kayaks. The group we were in (7
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Curiosity769416
10
Kayaking Fun
Had a great time kayaking even though the weather did not permit us to go inside of the cave. I will absolutely do
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hammyhybrid
Ireland
4221
Fun afternoon
Great afternoon with sea kayaks. The guides were great, showed us the area and gave us some interesting
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