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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour provided by Hike Bike Kayak San Diego

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
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Tour snapshot
Kayak along the rocky coastline and sea caves of La Jolla
Duration:
1h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    20
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Get a new perspective on the gorgeous La Jolla coastline on a sea caves kayak tour. No gear or experience is needed to paddle along the coast with a guide, exploring sea caves and rock formations while looking for marine life such as sea lions, dolphins, and even orcas.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3654CAVES
Important information
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
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • 2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA yellow awning outside our door
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
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
Departure details
  • 2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA yellow awning outside our door
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2222 Avenida De La Playa
    2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    yellow awning outside our door
    See address & details
  • 1
    Hike Bike Kayak Adventures
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    La Jolla Shores Park
    See details
  • 3
    La Jolla Caves
    See details
  • 4
    La Jolla Kayak
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
365 reviews
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Rsvkav
West Lafayette27 contributions
Aug 2021
So fun! It was a beautiful day, not choppy, only small swells. 2 guides (ours were Rory and Collin, very funny and nice) take you out and talk about interesting bits of info about the coast, wildlife and just kayak along. We saw leopard sharks, stingrays, and sea lions. One sea lion swam right past my kayak, about 2 ft away, very cool. We went into a cave, it was too low to go through the whole thing so we had to turn around and go back out the same way, a little hectic as there are lots of people out there at one time (we went at 9 am).

If you are prone to to seasickness, it may be wise to take some Bonine or Dramamine before venturing out. Today was very mild, but I read in other reviews it can be quite choppy and cause some tummy upset at times. Today I was fine without.

We were out for 2 hours then returned back to shore. Warning! Do not wear expensive sunglasses or take anything that you do not want wet. My husband and son managed to stay upright when getting back to shore but my kayak went sideways when getting back and I tipped out, losing my expensive sunglasses in the process. 😖. You can get a locker and leave your shoes and belongings at the kayak shop before you go out. We got there about 45 min early so we could find a parking spot, we lucked out and got one close. I have heard this is not usual. You can drive around for 30 min or more looking for a spot at times.

I would do this again! It was really fun for my family and myself! I recommend the single kayaks as well if the person is able to handle one alone. It is easier.
Written 2 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Denise
Salt Lake City, UT18 contributions
May 2021
The beginning of the tour was a bit rocky. I made a reservation for 2:30pm and we arrived at about 2:15. At the very last minute they decided to combine the 2pm group with the 2:30pm group. This was fine however; the 2pm group was already ready to go since they've been waiting there for at least 15-20 minutes. We kind of felt rushed the whole time even though we did arrive 15 minutes early. By the time we had changed and were ready to go the entire group and tour guides went ahead of us without letting us know. I had to go back to the front desk and get direction on where to go since no one waited for us.

We finally got to the beach and it was all fine after that. I was really scared to do this tour since I cannot swim but they provide life jackets and help you get over the waves safely and without flipping the kayak! Unfortunately, it was a windy day and we were not able to go into the caves due to increased danger. It was honestly still a lot of fun and the tour guides were pretty knowledgable. Would definitely recommend if your in the SD area!

something i wish i knew before going was to bring a water protectant case/container/bag for your phone. you do get SOAKING WET. even if your phone is waterproof be sure to bring something to put your phone in if you want to bring it along and take pictures! Unfortunately, we didn't know this beforehand so we didn't take our phones or get any pictures.

Overall fun experience for the price!
Written 19 May 2021
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Ivy U
2 contributions
May 2021
Our tour guides Ryan and Calvin were wonderfully humorous, engaging, and well-informed guides. We were unable to go into the caves because of the weather conditions, which was disappointing, but these two put in extraordinary effort to make sure the experience was still enjoyable by showing us the sights of the area from the vantage point of the water and informing us on the fun facts. They really cared about making the experience as fun as it could be for us.
Written 10 June 2021
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Robert P
1 contribution
May 2022
This tour was mostly disappointing for our group. We were surrounded by other cave kayaking groups that seemed to have more professional tour guides. Ours were very young and they seemed more interested in showing off than creating a memorable experience for the kayakers.

Kayaking through the ocean was nice. It was longer than I expected based on reviews from other kayakers. We did see some sea lions and other interesting birds.

We started about 15 minutes late waiting for a wedding party that showed up well beyond the required arrival date. The group held us up before leaving, and again at the ocean when most of the party needed to use the rest room. By the time we got to the caves, the tour guides seemed rushed to get back and said we could not go in the caves because the conditions were not safe. I couldn't make this up, but as they gave that speech, we saw a child coming out of the caves with another tour group. In fact, there were about two other tour groups all going into the caves so it really felt like they were more in a rush to get back than actually concerned about the conditions.

Overall, the experience of kayaking the ocean is great, but I recommend you find another tour group, unless you just want a very casual, informal, light experience. My group was looking forward to something better managed and more exciting.
Written 28 May 2022
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BJAllstate
Georgetown TX19 contributions
Jun 2022
I arrived around 8am per their website instructions, which was pointless. I was left standing around for 40 minutes until they finally directed me to the back to be handed a helmet and life jacket, which took about 2 minutes. Then, we were left standing around as a group for another 20 minutes while the employee guides finished getting themselves ready (instead of being ready in advance).

I had to rent a locker for $7 to put my phone and wallet in, which is somewhere between absurd and ridiculous since their customers are tourists who are all going to need a safe, dry place to put their belongings.

I asked to use a restroom and was told they did not have one and that I would need to walk around to find one.

The instructors were nice, fun, and had a lot of good energy about them and made the rest of the trip fun.

We kayaked out into the ocean and over to the caves. It was a decent distance over there, which was the vast majority of the kayak time in the water. When we got to the caves, or cave I should say, since we were only able to kayak into one of them, and the guide said that the water was low and that we may or may not go in, and that the previous week no one was able to go in. Apparently getting to go into the cave is more rare than advertised. The cave was briefly neat, as they take 1 kayak in at a time, you are in there for a minute, maybe two minutes at the most, and then they swim you back out of the cave.

After this, you kayak back towards the beach and kayak surf to shore (most people get dumped into the water on this part, unless they are really good or really lucky).

I did not feel this trip was worth the time or cost. I felt I would have been better off renting a kayak and paddling around in the ocean for a while. However, they guides were handy to explain now to paddle out from the shore and make it back in with the waves when done. Also, our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, the history, the wildlife, and our surroundings, and that made the trip interesting and worthwhile to some extent.

Knowing what I know now, and I am kind of glad I went once, I don't know that I would do it again if I had it to do over, and I would not do it a second time.
Written 17 June 2022
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Nicole M
Spring Valley Village, TX14 contributions
Not what I hoped for.

Our Tour guide was more interested in impressing the young ladies in our tour more than anything else. There are about 50+ other kayakers all going the same way, doing the same thing from various other companies offering a caves tour.
As soon as we got to the caves the waves suddenly got too big? This was so confusing. others in groups immediately before us went in. I understand safety and all, but such a let down. And I guess we couldn’t wait for 5 min longer to let waves settle bc they are on a schedule.
Got a few La Jolla stories when we stopped but nothing earth shattering. Maybe we just didn’t have the best guide.
Be sure to use restroom beforehand as they don’t have bathrooms at the shop.
Be prepared to walk from shop to ocean barefoot.
Make sure you ask your guide to take a pic or two bc they said no cameras. We got no pics bc our guide didn’t even think to ask or offer - which is sad!
Although we love being in the ocean and kayaking, I’d save your money or do a private tour.
Also did not like that teens had to be 16 to have a kayak of their own. Tandem is hard with a 14 yr old boy!
Written 6 June 2022
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Andrea M
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Guide seamed not to cared about the group she was way ahead of us all the time . We had to always rushed to catch up, she never looked back to check on us . We did another tour like this one at Lake Tahoe and it was great , our guides were amazing ( we had 2 guides one in the front and another behind us ) I would recommend the 2 guides for tours like this one. Specifically because most of the people that book are not so experienced on kayak .Also when we checked in they didn’t see we paid for the profesional guide and once we were at the beach they wanted to send us alone wit no helmets,very inconvenient. At the end we were giving the proper equipment. But over all it was not great tour in my opinion.
Written 7 June 2022
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amaitoza
6 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Disclaimer: you don’t see the caves. I’ll start by saying our tour guides were awesome, super friendly, informative and great energy. However, this experience should not be marketed as a “cave tour” bc we didn’t even get close to the caves. Now of course, with anything outdoors you’re subject to weather/conditions etc but apparently it’s near impossible to actually go into the caves during the winter months (Nov-May?) but no one told us this until we were out in the ocean. Also we got soaked going out over the huge waves and tipped over coming in which seemed pretty common for most people that day bc everyone was getting soaked/flipping and a few folks ended up just going back to shore. Wish we would’ve been more prepared for getting fully soaked. I also got super sea sick... which is not super common for me so if you feel like you may be sensitive to this, take the necessary precautions.

We still had a good time but it was nothing near what we expected unfortunately.
Written 1 March 2021
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Elsey425
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Couples
They stated the tour about 40 minutes late because they did not have enough life vests. Their tour guides, though friendly, did not show much interest in social distancing procedures and did not wear masks or encourage anyone on the tour to do so either. The beach was flooded with soooo many tour groups that it felt very chaotic and unorganized. The constant flow of tourists made it feel more like bumper boats that a relaxing kayaking tour. The sites were definitely beautiful but the overcrowded waters gave me too much anxiety to truly enjoy the view. The tour guides also told a story about how people would jump off the cliffs and break their legs which was a bit unsettling. We didn’t see too many sea lions... Maybe 4 and some fish. We did see some leopard sharks. That was definitely the highlight of the tour. I would not recommend this tour over just renting a kayak on the water and paddling around at your own pace. I’d also recommend going as early as possible to avoid crowds.
Written 16 August 2020
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Lisa
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Solo
Good tour. tour guides were nice but it would have been nicer if there was a smaller group to be honest. It would have felt more intimate and i would have been able to hear the tour guide a little better. Because I ended up misshearing information and there were quite a few groups i ended up getting lost with another group but i caught up with everyone and made it to shore. Definitely hydrate and bring water because if you do this tour at 2pm like i did you may very well end up having that scorching sun on you! If you don't like getting wet this tour is NOT for you. I wore thermal wear and was good when i fell in. Be preapred Pacific water gets WICKED COLD. If it was a little more intimate i would have given 5 stars but it doesn't take away from the experience! I had a great time and the caves and tiger sharks we saw were so beautiful!
Written 30 April 2021
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HonestyCRSE101
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Don’t pay for the “whale watching” tour!
While we enjoy kayaking in general, and have always found the La Jolla views to be stunning, the “whale tour” was e
kaylasR560EO
kaylasR560EO
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Amazing trip
Though we didn’t see any whales, the guides kept us entertained and we did see some other sea life, such as seals a
williamcQ2740VG
williamcQ2740VG
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Great kayak tour!
Had a great time in the kayaks with my family. We were able to see a small pos of dolphins as well as sea lions and
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alejandracM2172CW
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Honeymoon Experience
Everyone on the tour was great! We had Frank and Megan as our guides and they really wanted to make our experience
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fun day on the water
fun day out on the water. Mat and Max were great guides. booking was easy and everything worked out. Water was incr
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kristinU7642HF
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Trip had its fun moments but had opportunities for improvement
The guides were engaging and energetic. They did a great job of getting each person their gear and prepared to go.
alohafaith97
alohafaith97
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Awesome outdoor excursion and tour guides!
Went out on a day with great underwater visibility, and swimming around the caves are beautiful. Josh and Nico were
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Awesome!!
It was so beautiful and a great trip best of my trip out there. I would recommended this to anyone looking for a gr
averysly
averysly
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Awesome Kayak Tour with Great Guides!
We went on the sea caves tour and had an amazing time! Our tour guides Carston and Josh were energetic and friendly
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X1213ZFdaniela
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10/10 recommend
I just wanted to say thank you to Jacob, Josh and Justin for giving us a wonderful kayak and snorkeling tour! We wi
MichiTravel
MichiTravel
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Must go with this group!
Jack was a fantastic guide. We had so much fun. The scenery was beautiful. It is a must! You visit different areas
862libertyt
862libertyt
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Super fun activity to tour La Jolla
If your looking for something active & fun to do while in La Jolla look no further! Omar our guide was very friendl
K8833GEdaveb
K8833GEdaveb
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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 water
Dgeagle
Dgeagle
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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 guide
Leroy_MEL
Leroy_MEL
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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 ve
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