La Jolla

Original La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two

Badge of ExcellenceSan Diego, United States

From $99.00

per group (up to 2)

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


Explore La Jolla Ecological Reserve's sea caves during a 90-minute kayaking tour. Follow your experienced guide through several diverse ecological habitats, home to one of the highest concentrations of sea life in California. Paddle toward the Seven Sea Caves, where you can get stunning views from inside Emerald Cave, the only north-facing cave in the state (conditions permitting). Explore a giant kelp forest inhabited by wildlife like otters, harbor seals and sea lions. Use of all kayaking equipment is included; no kayaking experience is necessary.
  • Explore La Jolla Ecological Reserve's sea caves during a kayaking tour
  • Follow your experienced guide through several diverse ecological habitats, home to one of the highest concentrations of sea life in California
  • Paddle toward the Seven Sea Caves and enjoy stunning views from inside Emerald Cave
  • Explore a giant kelp forest inhabited by wildlife like otters, harbor seals and sea lions
  • Use of all kayaking equipment is included; no kayaking experience is necessary

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • 2 person kayak with all required equipment
  • Gratuities
  • City tax (12%)
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Wetsuits are available for rental for $12.00 per wetsuit per person for the day.
  • Lockers are available to store belongs (small items) for $6.00 per locker for the day.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2261 Avenida De La Playa
    2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

    Please, ensure that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation time for Check-in at: 2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA, 92037 We have changing rooms, lockers available for rent, and anything else anyone would need to have an amazing experience available at our shop.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of guests
  • Dress code is swim wear or beach attire (anything that can get wet)
  • Kayak weight limit is 425 lbs
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please contact suppliers booking office directly at the number on your voucher to confirm the reservation. Failure to do so may result in not being able to participate in activity
  • Reservations, recommended two weeks in advanced, subject to availability
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to schedule tour time for check in
  • A maximum of 6 people
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Please if you get seasick do not eat or drink anything heavy before you go kayaking!!
Difficult to hear information once out at sea, maybe an idea to group together and hold kayak as a group when talking.
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Almost perfect
Maryanne_W, Mar 2023
It was a sunny March day in LaJolla, which we were thankful for, but didn’t realize that the ocean conditions would be less than optimal for actually kayaking to the sea caves. We did enjoy the thrill of kayaking in some fairly significant swells and surfing in on the return but it wasn’t safe to see the caves. Our guides were great, learned a number of land and sea bits about the area. Guess we’ll have to consult the tides next time.
LeAndra_K, Mar 2023
We were under the impression all tours went into the caves, which we did not. The website said it was weather dependent and the weather was great. Additionally, our guide stated it was his first tour and he wasn’t certified to enter the caves. We paid for a cave tour.
Kayaking and caves
Amanda_H, Feb 2023
Amazing time kayaking. Our guide Cali was knowledgeable and charismatic. The ocean was favourable and we were able to enter one of the caves. We saw wildlife such as common dolphins and pelicans.
Great experience!
Emily_K, Feb 2023
This was the first time my husband and I had ever been kayaking, and it was such a great experience! Our guide, Phil, was knowledgeable and had a dry sense of humor, which we loved! We were able to see both dolphins and sea lions on our tour, and kayaking into Emerald Cave was just the cherry on top!
Had a great time!
Anannya_N, Nov 2022
This was our first kayaking experince and we enjoyed a lot. Jack was our guide and he was great. We felt safe. The view was wonderful. We spotted few tiger sharks, bat rays, the kelp forest was great, the sea lions near the cove area were fun to watch and listen to from a distance. Loved this tour and I'd recommend it to others too.
Awesome experience! Highly recommend
Francis_S, Nov 2022
We had the tour with Roy and Jack. We felt very safe even though it was our first time on a kayak, we got to see the coves plus some Leopard Sharks and dolphins. Highly recommend!
Deb & Cindy’s excellent kayaking adventure!
Cynthia_G, Oct 2022
Ian and Liam were our guides. They were great! They helped us feel at ease with kayaking on the ocean and had alot of good history, stories to share about the wildlife, the sea lions in the caves, the scenery, and surrounding area. Thanks for a great kayaking experience! We loved it!
Amazing and unique experience
Rachel_P, Sep 2022
We saw so much wildlife! We saw a pod of dolphins for about 15 minutes swim near us. The sea lions were really showing off on and outside of the caves! There was a whale in the distance also! Our guide-Tucker was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable of the area and really made sure we have the most thrilling experience- he was very aware of his surroundings and kept us super interested and safe :)
Jo_G, Sep 2022
Matthew and Violet were AMAZING ! Shared the basics in safety out in the water and were very friendly! Only reason I gave 4 out of 5 stars is cause the other tour company delayed our cave experience. I expected a better cave tour rather than a swim in and out in a matter of 3 mins. BUT WOULD STILL RECOMMEND FOR THE EXPERIENCE !!
Bad experience
Briana_A, Sep 2022
My husband got Covid and we were unable to go and the company would not reimburse me. Not a good experience.
Jesse was an amazing...
Quentin_F, Sep 2022
Jesse was an amazing guide and the owner of Everyday California went above and beyond to make sure our family had a great experience kayaking.
Anniversary Kayak trip La Jolla
Bruce_P, Aug 2022
We arrived early due to challenging parking availability but it was worth getting there early. Phil M. was our guide and we highly recommend him. He made the experience awesome with his rich history and knowledge of the La Jolla Caves, the cliffs, the Bay, and ecosystem! If it wasn’t for Phil M. , we would only gave it a three star because the previous guide was late and we had to wait around 30 minutes , but Phil M saved the time problem with his awesome energy and experience and our group was super cool!
A must do activity in San Diego
Sean_L, Aug 2022
Fantastic time with California Everyday and their sea cave kayak tour. The guides were fantastic - friendly and informative. They made it a real pleasure.
Time with the wife
Robert_R, Aug 2022
The guide was outstanding, was patient and made sure we remained at a good pace for all. The second yes we’re also amazing.
Best Kayak experience
Leah_C, Aug 2022
Our guide was the best. They did such a great job. Wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this kayak tour.
Worth it! Fun and beautiful!
Bret_E, Aug 2022
kJ and Chloe were great guides! Beautiful views and a bit of a workout but so much fun! A highlight for all of us adults from Dallas and Austin, Texas!
Water conditions were...
Melanie_R, Aug 2022
Water conditions were perfect. Guides were fun and informative. So cool going inside one of the caves. Overall, a great day on the water.
Cave Kayaking
Kelsey_C, Aug 2022
Great experience with very kind kayak guides. We recommend this adventure and would do it again. Our guides were Matt and Andrew.
We booked 1:30 excursion....
JAMES_G, Aug 2022
We booked 1:30 excursion. When we got to the kayaks we were told Viator changed the time to 1:00pm. We arrived 1:10 and were told they left and it was too bad. They were booked. Waiting on a refund.
Disappointed kids.
Rory_B, Aug 2022
First there were way too many kayaks out in the cave area (so many tour companies in the area and they all have about 15 kayaks out there at once). There was a lot of time spent sitting waiting for others to catch up. Meanwhile the guides tell lots of stories about the mayor, sandstone, etc and you are drifting into areas where you aren’t supposed to be. They keep telling you where to go but then you get there and drift again while waiting 10 minutes for others in your group. We only went in one cave and we were in it for literally 1 minute.