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Underwater Kelp Forest

Kelp forests are a type of marine ecosystem established around colonies of kelp. Kelp beds contain a rich biodiversity. Kelp can stretch up to 90 feet or more from their anchors on the ocean floor to the surface, providing a vertical infrastructure that is home to many fish and invertebrate species. Kelp forests also often attract mammals including whales, sea lions, seals, and of course scuba diving humans and kayakers, since these kelp beds are visible at the surface from atop the kayaks!

Kelp forests are found in temperate ocean waters around the globe. Kelp favors water under 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Various species of kelp favor different ranges of temperatures under this limit, but none grow in waters where the temperature is consistently warmer.

Relatively clear water is also necessary, as kelp depends on photosynthesis. The kelp leaves are corrugated, so they can absorb more sunlight for photosynthesis. Our kelp forest is estimated to grow between one and three feet each day!

The kelp beds are massive and extend the length of the coast between La Jolla and Point Loma! The kelp forest in La Jolla loops around just to the northwest of La Jolla Cove and is approximately one quarter mile wide. The kelp beds are attached to the ocean floor within the Ecological Reserve at approximately 80 feet.

In the kelp beds, you will enjoy the stillness and serenity of the water. On our kayak tours, we paddle through the kelp beds to seek out harbor seals, dolphins and schools of rockfish and sardines. Reserve your La Jolla kayak tour to explore the kelp beds of La Jolla, and witness the most spectacular scenery around! Our La Jolla kayaking tours are an extraordinary experience that the whole family will love.

No previous kayaking experience is necessary!

Call (858) 454-1010 or save money by booking online. Special pricing for advance reservations.