Second time we've rented kayaks and visited the LJ caves using SD Bike and Kayak and enjoyed it very much. There are significantly more sea lions (they are not seals) around the caves/cove area than there were just a few years ago and you can kayak right up to them. We saw a very young newborn sea lion on our 90 minute rental trip.
There are at least 5 companies that rent kayaks and operate tours on LJ shores -- I haven't seen much difference (either in price or service) between them. A couple of pieces of advice:
Consider just renting kayaks (vs taking a tour). You get to go at your own pace, pause where you want and aren't grouped with 10 or 15 other folks (You don't need any experience to go by yourselves). On the other hand, the tour does provide good narration of what your seeing.
If you're a snorkeler, take your mask and snorkel for a few minutes out by the caves. Helps if you're on a tandem or have someone to hold your kayak while you snorkel.
You do experience ocean swells on this trip. If you'r prone to sea sickness, take something ahead of time. First time, my son got a little queazy. This time, he took some dramamine and had no problems.
Where a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
Although you can just walk up and rent a kayak, it's easier if you make a prior reservation.
Go early in the morning (particularly on weekends) if you want to avoid the crowds.
You don't have to wear the helmet offered (to be honest, I can't see any reason to wear one). Your choice on the life-vest.
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