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Come explore the La Jolla Caves with us

kayakers paddling in side the entrance of the clam cave

La Jolla Kayak Tour

Kayak the 7 Caves

Check-in Location: - La Jolla Store

Fun for ages 5 & up! No Experience Necessary!

Available year-round (weather permitting) at:

Every hour starting at 9:00 a.m. until sunset

Tour Duration - 2 Hours

The La Jolla kayak tour is a favorite of both locals and San Diego visitors alike.  Explore beautiful sea cliffs and caves as you glide through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve filled with marine life. Paddle to all seven caves including Sunny Jim’s Cave, the Arch Cave, the Clams’ Cave and other sea caves for amazing close-ups of sandstone formations. Witness sea lions, garibaldi, leopard sharks, shovelnose guitarfish (rock on, man) and even the occasional dolphin on this sought-after La Jolla kayak tour.

To book your kayak tour, call (858) 454-1010 or Book Online!

Special pricing for advance tour reservations!

Do I need to know how to kayak?

First of all there is no experience necessary!

Our experienced tour guides will begin the tour with safety orientation and paddle instruction.  Our beach staff will assist in the safely launching and retrieval of the kayaks at both the beginning and conclusion of the La Jolla kayak tour.

It doesn’t matter your age or experience level.  As long as you can swim and are at least 5 years old*, we urge you to come be a part of the fun because we’ll take you on a kayaking adventure you’ll never forget.  The La Jolla sea caves are only accessible when permitted from a certified tour guide on one of our La Jolla kayak tours.

Even if you can’t tell a kayak from a Kindle, you’re welcome on our kayak tours. Our stable “sit-on-top” ocean kayaks are fun and easy to use.  Each of our tour guides are expert watermen and women with experience specific to our tour destinations!  They will guide you all along the La Jolla Ecological Reserve and La Jolla Sea Caves while also giving fun facts and information on the area. Guides undergo extensive safety training and our certified. Meet our tour guides?

What to expect on the La Jolla kayak tour?

The Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves takes place in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve where we will visit the three unique marine habitats.  We will paddle over to the La Jolla sea caves for fun facts and information on the La Jolla seven caves.  We will certianly keep a look out for the local marine life including sea lions, harbor seals, the California Garibaldi, leopard sharks and even the occasional dolphin.

The best time to spot the Leopard Sharks are in the warmer water months of May-October.  These harmless sharks can be seen from atop the kayaks. The ocean temperature in San Diego drops a bit toward late Fall.  The sharks do not return the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores until Spring to spawn. Kayaking in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve is truly the best way to explore the underwater world full of marine life.

Want to get a little closer to the Garibaldi ? Our La Jolla kayak tour will do just that.  You can hop right off the side of your kayak with a mask and snorkel rental. Our ocean kayak sit-on-tops make it easy to jump in and out of the water to check out the local fish!  You can also see rays, harmless leopard sharks and the occasional sea turtle or dolphin while snorkeling in La Jolla!  Snorkeling is made easy and fun by kayaking and snorkeling in one fun filled day.  We offer single, double and triple kayaks. The 3 seater kayaks are intended for two adults and a small child.

Good to know!

Both kayak rentals and kayak tours include a backrest, life vest, paddle and a helmet.  Life vests are equipped with an emergency whistle as well as a waterproof map.  Furthermore, the map identifies the La Jolla ecological reserve and local municipality zones and safety rules.  All participants are required to respect the local marine life and stay 50 feet away from any marine mammal.  Individual kayak rentals are require to stay a safe distance away from the entrance of the La Jolla sea caves.  Only certified tour guides are allowed to enter the caves.

Want to become a rockstar?  Join us for an unforgettable experience on our La Jolla kayak tour. To book your kayak tour, call (858) 454-1010 or Book Online!

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My five year old and 26 year old had a great time! Thank you for making our trip SO memorable! Andrea of Dallas

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