La Jolla

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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From $34.50

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this kayaking trip in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. Also, kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide, and optional wetsuit rental.
  • La Jolla caves kayak tour
  • Paddle to the La Jolla sea caves
  • Watch for the abundant wildlife including numerous types of sea birds and usually sea lions, seals, and sometimes dolphin
  • Kayak into the fascinating kelp beds of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve

What's Included

  • Kayaks (single or tandems) and Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Professional guide
  • Wet suit rentals are offered during fall, winter and spring
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2222 Avenida De La Playa
    2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

    yellow awning outside our door

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Explore the sublime scenery and wealth of wildlife near La Jolla during this sea kayaking trip to explore the area’s beautiful coastline and sea caves. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking to add a little adventure to your trip in San Diego, this excursion is a great option for kayaking novices and experts alike.

Select from a morning or afternoon departure and leave from Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla. Meet your guide for the trip and start with a short introduction to proper paddling technique and safety instructions. Then bring your boat down to the beach at La Jolla Shores to begin your ride.

Paddle along the shores of the area’s beautiful rocky coastline, heading towards the La Jolla Sea Caves. As you proceed, keep your eyes peeled for any number of marine species that populate this stretch of coastline. Most trips spot a variety of sea birds along with sea lions and seals. If you’re particularly lucky, you may also see dolphins or even orcas splashing nearby.

During your kayaking experience, pass through some of the area’s unique rock formations, journey through the sprawling forests of kelp and get a chance to explore the area’s sea caves (pending current conditions and your guide’s decision). Finish your ride with an exhilarating kayak “surf ride,” following the waves as they push you back into shore.

Please note: participants should be prepared to get wet during the ride. Entrance into the caves is not guaranteed, as it depends on the ability level of group participants, current ocean conditions and the discretion of your guide. The operator recommends participants be at least six years or older and be able to swim.

Hike Bike Kayak Adventures

No experience is needed! Your knowledgable guide will help you learn the basics and tour you around one of the premier eco-tourist destinations in San Diego. After a brief paddle instruction and safety talk, you'll take your kayak down to the beach in La Jolla Shores and paddle to the La Jolla Sea Caves taking in the gorgeous views and watching for the abundant wildlife. You'll also go through the incredible rock formations and caves (if conditions permit), through the expansive kelp forests and wildlfie hot spots and cap it all off with a kayak surf ride back to the beach. You can see numerous types of sea birds and usually sea lions, seals and sometimes dolphins or even orcas! What to Expect: Be prepared to get wet! For safety reasons, the tour operator does not guarantee going into the caves on tours. Entrance to caves based on ocean conditions, safety and participants ability as determined by guide. This tour is recommended for ages 6 and up. Participants must be able to swim.

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

La Jolla Shores Park

La Jolla Shores Park

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Highly recommended for fit and agile people with good arm strength.
Word of advice: don’t do a double kayak, my boyfriend and i had a rough time.
I plan on going back to see the caves when the tide allows, the guides know when it's best and always keep our safety in mind.
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Great Fun!!
LeAndra_W, Mar 2023
Ian was a great tour guide! We got the full experience and then some. We saw all types of sea friends, from sea pups to tiger sharks. Loved every bit of the tour.
Amazing tour with a great guide!
Lea_J, Mar 2023
Such an amazing tour! Brody was the very best tour guide and even took pictures for us and texted them at the end. It was a beautiful afternoon and I would highly recommend!!
Worth every second
Allison_C, Mar 2023
Ian and Sabrina were amazing tour guides!! They made sure we got the full experience of going into the caves, which felt a bit dangerous and fun!
Great times on the water
EL_Z, Feb 2023
This kayak tour was def worth the price! Don't forget to tip the awesome goddess as well! Brody, Sabrina and Quincy did such a great job corralling and guiding all 20+ of us! Plenty of laughs with Brody's jokes. Sabrina pointed out and found plenty of wildlife for us to paddle up to and appreciate. Quincy also did an excellent job connecting with individuals like ourselves and providing fun and interesting facts about the area and wildlife as well. I would highly recommend this crew! A small piece of advise to the company however is that it did take time to find the actual shop as the address is actually for another shop that seemed to be parked by them as well just down the street. We accidently walked into the neighboring store, thinking it was our tour only to realize we needed to go to another store. Lastly, pro tip: pay the $8 for a locker and store all your belongings so they don't get wet... Because you 100% will get wet, at least your butt will.
Great Morning on the Cove
Creightom_H, Jan 2023
Very nice tour guide provided great detail into the surrounding landscape. Highlights included spotting several dolphins & sea lions while in the water around us, & seeing the caves from the water. We were unable to kayak into the cave due to rougher waters, but still got great pictures. Would definitely recommend for the price & the experience you receive! Does not include locker rental, wet suite, water shoes, or bathrooms on site.
Nice experience.
Paul_C, Dec 2022
Peter and Dillon were excellent guides. Fun kayaking experience and good exercise. Enjoyed seeing sea lions nearby.
Marlene_P, Nov 2022
Our tour guides were amazing Tyler and female partner were great. They kept all of us engaged and entertained. I will descome again. The first time I tried booking it got canceled due to weather, but I’m so glad that I booked this again. Also my boyfriend and I were barely just on time due to parking, and they still let us join the trip and called us just to make sure we were still going to make it to our tour. Thank you all so much!
The guides were great. We...
Michelle_C, Nov 2022
The guides were great. We did not get to go into the cave due to water conditions, but we still had fun. I would suggest calling ahead to check water conditions.
Excellent excursion. ...
tamela_k, Oct 2022
Excellent excursion. Peter was a great tour guide. Saw the caves and sea lions. Had a blast. Would definitely recommend.
Refunds within 48 hrs...
jessica_w, Oct 2022
Refunds within 48 hrs only. Boyfriend felt sick when we took off on the flight here. When we landed it was at 47 hrs. Hoped that he would feel better next day but he got worse. They got a free $120 from us. Bummer. Recommend booking day off to avoid this situation.
A real experience
David_G, Oct 2022
You will be ocean kayaking. Over waves. You will get wet! As long as you are prepared you will have a complete blast. This was beautiful and we got to kayak with the seals pelicans and dolphins around us.
Sea caves
elaine_c, Oct 2022
Our guide Jack was great, kayaking into the caves was memorable!! We had a great experience. Would definitely recommend!
Amy is Awesome!
Jessica_B, Sep 2022
Amy was an amazing tour guide! Glad we got to experience the caves with the sea lions! Would definitely recommend.
Fun with amazing views
derek_r, Sep 2022
A really fun experience to check out the caves. The waves were a bit rocky heading into the caves but our guide still managed to safely steer our kayaks in and out while being in the water between them
Great La Jolla sea cave adventure!
Debbie_D, Sep 2022
Great guides, Olivia snd Jack were very knowledgeable about the sea life and vegetation in the area. Goid stories and laughs. Snd made a 72 year old lady feel comfortable. I would highly recommend this tour!
Great tour for value
Janice_L, Sep 2022
Great experience for beginners with kids and have limited time. This was 1.5 hrs and left us time to do surfing for remainder of day. Our guides, Ian and Luke, were awesome. They provided history and background on the caves and landscape. When the tide was strong, they got out of their kayaks and manually towed us into the caves! Great tour for the value.
Close encounter with sea lions
LeiGuPhD, Sep 2022
Our tour guides Jewel and Peter were terrific, tentative, funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time, especially with close encounter with sea lions and Lo Jolla cove. You will get wet so dress accordingly.
Great experience! Being...
Natalia_W, Aug 2022
Great experience! Being able to kayak inside the caves and be inches away from sea lions was amazing. The tour guides had a great energy and made it a great experience!
Darby and JoJo were...
Rhonda_H, Aug 2022
Darby and JoJo were awesome guides Very funny and knowledgeable The weather was perfect. I would definitely recommend a morning tour. We got to see dolphins and sea lion while out.
A marvelous experience
Becca_S, Aug 2022
The tour guides were funny and knowledgeable. The views and wildlife were spectacular! The caves were fun to kayak into.