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.

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

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San Diego, California
"Good Kayaking prices"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2018 NEW
A friend of mine came to visit me in San Diego, we had just walked out of another kayak store because it seemed overpriced and we're complaining about it among ourself. A stranger heard us and refereed us to Everyday California. We compared the prices here to the other in the area and it is by far the best. The staff were very hospitable and wanted us to really enjoy San Diego and the adventure. I really enjoyed my time renting from these guys. (They also have really cool merchandise! It is a little overpriced like all stories but I would say worth it)
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"Kayak tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2018 NEW
We are East Coasters who had never been kayaking. Aiden and Greg were awesome! We have an 8 and 11 year old who were wicked excited for this experience. As a road schooler I was even more excited at how knowledgeable the guys were about the habitats and surrounding area. This was a great science lesson for the kids! Talk about hands on! I would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone! You guys rocked!
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Amanda D
New York City, New York
"Great time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2018 NEW
We went on a 90 minute kayak tour with Al and Nico. The tour guides were great and had fun facts about the area. Awesome way to see La Jolla and the caves. A sea lion even popped up next to our kayak.
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Dawn M
"Kayak Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 03, 2018 NEW
The Kayak tour on the Pacific ocean was an amazing experience! Jacob and Cody provided a very safe and exhilarating adventure. We saw caves and dolphins jumping out of the water sounding our group. Our guides provided great insight on the history of San Diego and La Jolla. Beginners or an expert...it is worth the money!
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Ed H
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
"Nailed the Weather!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2018
We had an unbelievable two person morning Kayak trip in La Jolla Cove. Water was almost flat. Didn’t know that was possible! Phil and Gabby were great tour guides. We went to into one of the caves, saw sea lions, and many many birds. It was an easy paddle. Though we were out for 90 minutes, it was not tiring. We rented wet suits but would not have needed them. We wish we would have been able to stay out a little longer but overall it was a great trip. The team back in the store were really great to work with. I would definitely go with them again! Hope you try them out!!
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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.