Original La Jolla Kayak Tour in La Jolla, CA

Everyday California2261 Avenida De La PlayaLa Jolla, CA 92037
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Embark on a 90-minute kayaking tour of the Seven Sea Caves. Watch as sea lions bask in the sun and swim throughout the sanctuary. Keep an eye out for dolphins, fish, and other sea creatures throughout your tour. Depending on weather and surf conditions, your tour will bring you into a natural wonder: Emerald Cave. Get ready for a memorable La Jolla kayaking adventure unlike any other.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our La Jolla Travel Experts
  • The kayaking tour is approximately 90-minutes long.
  • Participants must be ages 6 and up.
  • Tours meet at the Everyday California Shop.
  • Tours have a maximum of 20 people.
  • Previous kayaking experience is not required.
  • Everyday California donates to 1% For The Planet & Greenwave on all bookings.

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Megan Aguilar

It's a perfect way to see the La Jolla Cove and Sea Caves on a kayak for two. We visited in August when it was Leopard Shark season and rented snorkel gear after our kayak tour to take advantage of one of the top ten snorkeling spots in the world.

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from Original La Jolla Kayak Tour
Explore the Seven Sea Caves and kayak through three of the four microhabitats present in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. You’ll watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Bright orange garibaldi standout among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swim around delighting the eye. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore. Throughout the summer months, you’ll see the biggest Leopard Shark Aggregation in the world. In the winter, witness Gray Whales on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja California. Memorable experiences await you. Entry into Emerald Cave depends upon the safety of the conditions and is just one small part of this amazing tour. Regardless of entering or not, you'll have a great time!

Tour runs every day of the year (EXCEPT Christmas day and the 4th of July) as long as conditions permit/safety.

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San Diego, California
"Wonderful experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
Our family went kayaking on a beautiful, September Saturday. The guides were friendly and helpful, and explained a lot about the area and history while we were kayaking. We look forward to returning!
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San Diego, California
"Great tour, but plan ahead to avoid extra fees"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2019 NEW
Overall, had a great experience kayaking in La Jolla! In terms of booking it was easy to do online or over the phone. The day prior to our tour there were signs for poor weather and I received an email updating our tour time to ten minutes later than originally planned. The weather was overcast and we had slight rain but our group carried on without any difficulty. It was slightly annoying to have extra fees: $11 fee to rent a wetsuit (needed on a cold day), and $5 for a secure locker. Also they sell in their store dry bags for $35. It would be a nice convenience to offer a dry bag per kayak because we ended up not carrying our phones and so we didn’t have any pictures during our tour on the water. Our group had 22 in number. When we got they asked for 6 volunteers to join a separate tour guide. We volunteered to our advantage as our group went from 22 to 6. The smaller group allowed us to move quicker in the water, organize easier and allowed for more personal connection with our tour guide. Our tour guide, Corey, truly made an effort to make our experience a positive one. While kayaking out to the caves he shared his knowledge of San Diego and pointed out interesting facts and history that we could see on the coast including facts on Dr.Seuss’s mansion, the mayor of San Diego’s diving board, and geological features about the caves themselves. You could see his passion and care for the environment and San Diego history. He was helpful and even offered to take a picture for us upon our return. Overall we had a great morning!! Upon booking be sure to read the FAQ because that is where you can learn about the extra fees associated with rentals. I wish we were more prepared and brought our own dry bag, but it still made for a fun adventure!
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Temecula, California
"Fun day out!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2019 NEW
Took my 5 year old out to explore and our guides (I only remember Nate’s name, sorry!) was great. It was super casual and laid back and a great way to spend the afternoon. They were super patient with those who were getting tired and gave great insight of the ocean life. We did go in the caves for a bit, and even saw a few dolphins and sea lions playing!
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Jason L
Boise, Idaho
"Fun kayaking adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2019
We enjoyed our time on the water with our guides. The set up is smooth to get your gear. Our guides were knowledgeable and personable. Our tour had people or all ages 7 to 60s and everyone was successful. We didn’t see whales but plenty of dolphins and sea lions.
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"Great tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2019
Got a great deal on a kayak tour for 2 and it was much better than I expected! Not only was this the perfect date for my girl before she flew back to Europe, but it was a decent workout and highly informative trip! Maddie was an amazing guide and I'll be back for a whale watching tour asap!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Original La Jolla Kayak Tour

Is there an age requirement for this tour?
Yes. Tours are ideal for ages 6 and up.

Do I need to know how to kayak prior to the tour?
No. Previous kayaking experience is not required. Our professional guides will assist you.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 90-minutes long.

When should I arrive for my tour?
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Your tour time is the time the group MUST be on the water. Tours leave as a group from the shop 10-15 minutes prior to your tour time.

What will I see on the tour?
You will see everything from sea lions to magnificent sea caves, dolphins, fish, and more.

Where does the tour meet?
Tour groups should meet at the Everyday California shop.

How many people are on a tour at a time?
The tour caps out at 20 people.

When are tours available?
Tours run every day of the year with the exception of the Fourth of July and Christmas Day. In addition, if severe weather conditions occur, tours may be canceled.

Tours operate Monday through Friday at 11:20 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:20 pm, and Saturday through Sunday at 10:00 am, 11:20 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:20 pm.

Will we kayak if it is raining?
Yes. Tours are rain or shine.

Do we actually kayak inside of the caves?
Safety is the utmost priority while kayaking. The tour guides will determine whether or not it is safe to kayak inside Emerald Kayak and La Jolla Sea Caves during your tour.

What do I wear?
We recommend wearing a swimsuit/bathing suit. Depending on the temperature of the water and how much wind is present, we may highly recommend a wetsuit. Bring your own if you have one or you can rent one from us for $11.

Where do we keep our stuff?
Lockers are available for rent for $3.30 for a small locker or $5.50 for a large locker.

Will I use a single or double kayak?
All guests will be in a double kayak.

I do not know how to swim. Can I still participate?
Yes. Everyone is required to wear a lifejacket and helmet and are going out with an experienced guide who will ensure everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable experience.

Will I get wet?

What can I bring on the tour?
Bring as little as possible. Feel free to bring a water bottle or a waterproof camera. Do not bring anything that should not get wet.

Where should I park?
Park in the residential streets surrounding the shops. Do not park in the lot across the street from the Everyday California shop, as you will be towed. Do not park in a 90-minute zone, as the tours will last longer than this time period and you may be ticketed.

Is there a weight limit?
Yes. The weight limit for kayaks is 425 lbs / 193 kg per kayak.

Where is the Everyday California shop located?
2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, California 92037 at La Jolla Shores.