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Address: 2164 Avenida de La Playa, Upstairs, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3214
Phone Number:
+1 858-454-0111
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Wed - Mon 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Enjoying San Diego's perfect climate means adopting a beach life-style and...

Enjoying San Diego's perfect climate means adopting a beach life-style and exploring the magnificent Pacific Ocean Coast. There's no better way to do it than in a kayak!

In a single tour you will experience southern California's surf culture, observe several species of marine animals, and visit 4 different marine environments: sandy beach, rocky coast, kelp forest, and open ocean - each with it's unique characteristics and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Come see the Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, Pelicans, Cormorants... and of course, the Caves! While our ultimate destination is the magnificent sea caves that the ocean has carved from ancient cliffs, the true beauty of the area is all around the caves. Please don't have your heart set on entering the caves as this is not always safe to do. Instead, open your eyes to the details around you and you will never be disappointed!

We use stable sit-on-top kayaks that are very user friendly and no previous experience is required.

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Great Staff, Fun Experience

My 16 year old son and I booked this tour during a recent visit to San Diego. The staff was kind and knowledgable. They patiently prepared our group of 14 to go out on a day... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Columbia, Tennessee

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lot of fun and a great workout. The guides were really nice and seeing the coast from the ocean was a different perspective. Everything is very well organized and all the staff are knowledgeable and experienced. Because of the weather and waves, we weren't able to go to the caves, saw them from afar but couldn't go... More 

Thank Diane H
Sea-Cave-Kayaks, Manager at La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Diane, Thank you for sharing your experience, and your disappointment too as it is important for all to understand that (as we clearly state on our website) the cave entry cannot be guaranteed. Safety comes always first, and obviously when the waves are braking close we must stay in a safe area. The conditions changes day by day, and... More 

Columbia, Tennessee
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 16 year old son and I booked this tour during a recent visit to San Diego. The staff was kind and knowledgable. They patiently prepared our group of 14 to go out on a day that happened to have higher waves than usual, and assisted with the launch through the surf. Several kayaks tipped and had to start over.... More 

Thank MuleTownies
Sea-Cave-Kayaks, Manager at La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear J. and L., Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review, and most of all for being game on that challenging day! It was quite rough and you both did very well. Sincerely, The SCK Team. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time kayaking in La Jolla. The instruction was great and we had the BEST guide (ask if Cyril is available)! Very enjoyable and just our pace. We highly recommend using these guys!

Thank Matt P
Sea-Cave-Kayaks, Manager at La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you Matt for taking the time to write a review following your tour with Cyril! We are glad to hear that you had a great time. More 

Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 October 2016

the best thing we did in our whole vacation. our tour guide was an actual marine biologist from the Scripts university in san diego. this excursion was very entertaining and informational, she was also very patient with us (we are from Texas and do NOT know how to drive a kayak). The kayaking was awesome, something I will never forget.... More 

1 Thank TravelingBarbie96
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

A friend of mine and I found a Groupon for sea cave kayaking and booked a trip on a Wednesday in late September. It was very easy to book. I believe it was the owner that scheduled us. He was extremely friendly and understanding, as we were driving down from LA to participate. I got a confirmation email right away... More 

4 Thank Anura86
Sea-Cave-Kayaks, Manager at La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear "Anura86", Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I am glad to see that you enjoyed your time with us. I appreciate a lot your input for a bigger map and will definitively add it on our list of improvements for the next season. Take care, Dominick. More 

San Diego
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76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We went as a group. Marley and Gabe were our tour guides. The were great! We had such a nice time I have been to the cove many times but had never kayaked it before. Enjoyed being out on the water. Was not as difficult as I anticipated. Highly recommend. Thank you!

Thank Kent R
Las Vegas, United States
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This tour was a great value and the tour guides were very nice. It was a good amount of adventure for a few hours. Seeing leopard sharks in the preserve was very cool. You also get up close and personal with the seals.

Thank Jeremy T
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78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Took my daughter here for her 12th birthday. Was expecting just a one-hour light touristy kind of experience --- and it turned in to a fun 2-hour activity. Staff was super mellow and friendly -- responded to my daughter's questions and bids for interaction with friendship and kindness. (best!) The tour was light and fun --- out thru the surf,... More 

Thank vogon_poet
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We just rented a tandem kayak - It was totally worth the 60$ to kayak around & to see the caves and sea lions. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Bring a towel as you'll get wet taking off and coming in (due to waves). Best to wear rash guard or quick drying clothes. Have a water proof case for... More 

Thank Ashley S
Colleyville, Texas
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Our guides, Devin and Marley, were outstanding. We had a marine biologist give us all kinds of interesting information about the ocean. They educated us on the homes along the shoreline, including the one bought by Dr. Seuss. They also kept us safe, making sure we didn't crash into the rocks or too hard into each other. We had an... More 

Thank Pam S

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