La Jolla
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Our most recommended La Jolla Day Trips

  • La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

    1. La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

    Take a lesson before the tour begins and grab all the necessary kayak equipment. The tour takes place in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. There are 3 different habitats in the reserve, and on your tour you will have the chance paddle to all three - the rocky reefs, sandy flats, and kelp beds. Paddle to the seven caves of La Jolla and go into the Clam’s cave, which is the largest cave on the tour. See the local marine life on the tour including sea lions, harbor seals, Garibaldi, leopard sharks, and the occasional dolphin.

    George & Randy were the coolest & most knowledgeable guides! They made our experience enjoyably memorable!

  • La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

    2. La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

    Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

    All the staff was so friendly and professional. The guides were very knowledgeable. We had a great time.

  • La Jolla Underwater Park: Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    3. La Jolla Underwater Park: Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    Kayak out into the reserve with your guides, who will lead the group to the best snorkeling spot on that day. One of your guides will drop anchor, secure your kayaks, and lead you snorkeling in the reserve, pointing out the marine life as you go.  Explore the area around the Seven Caves, set within a sea cliff, six of them only being accessible by kayak. Here, have the chance to swim with La Jolla’s best such as sea lions, garibaldi, bat rays, shovel nose guitar fish, and even dolphins and sea turtles, if you’re lucky.

    This was a great adventure we booked while on vacation!! Mark and Nora were our guides, they kept it fun and entertaining the whole time. They informed us about the marine life and history behind the rock caves. Loved this experience and would book it again in a heart beat.

  • La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

    4. La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

    Has learning to surf been your dream? Your dream can become a reality on the calm waters of La Jolla Shores, the best spot to learn. Your experienced instructors are eager to share their passion for surfing with beginners and intermediates alike: no experience necessary, all equipment provided. Your instructors respect each student’s choice regarding his or her level of participation in the lesson, and comfort in the water. You’ll have fun learning how to surf in a safe environment. Your experienced instructor will teach you the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety on land, before heading into the water to catch some waves with your group. Continually voted one of the best spots for beginner and intermediate surfers in San Diego, the calm waters of La Jolla Shores are an ideal place to learn how to surf in a fun, yet safe environment. Public and private options are available.

    It was the best experience I’ve ever had. I had a great instructor that new what he was doing & gave me the one on on time I needed. It was unforgettable.

  • La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

    5. La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

    Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the water. The sport began as an ancient Hawaiian tradition that was reintroduced to the world in the mid-60s.  SUP boarding is one of the best ways to explore the Seven Sea Caves of La Jolla, a remarkable creation full of marine wildlife. These 7 unique sea caves are filled with local history and natural beauty. The La Jolla Ecological Reserve starts at the Seven Sea Caves and extends north to Scripps Pier. This remarkable stretch of water is home to an underwater park, part of La Jolla's submarine canyon, giant kelp forests and a rocky reef.  The preserve shelters numerous species, including leopard sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins and migrating whales. Only 2% of the world's ocean water is protected by state and federal law, which also makes La Jolla's ecological reserve a rare place to see undistur...

  • La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

    6. La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

    Want to learn how to stand up paddle board? Join a 1.5 hour public or private lesson on the La Jollas Shores. Surfing's more laid back friend, paddle boarding is perfect for all skill levels and offers a unique point of view for exploring and watching the local marine life (like pods of dolphins, bright orange garibaldi fish, and sunbathing sea lions) since you’re standing. Your experienced instructors will teach your group the basics of paddle boarding and ocean safety on land before heading into the water to paddle around and catch some waves. Throughout the lesson, your instructor will make sure you’re having fun and learning how to stand up paddle board at your own pace, while also teaching you about the unique Marine Protected Area that of the La Jolla Shores. No experience necessary, all equipment provided. Public or private lessons are available depending on option booked.

    Great staff, very helpful and energetic! Ended up getting a private paddle board lesson from an excellent and supportive coach! Had an awesome morning. Can’t wait to try out another activity during my next visit to La Jolla. Thanks again for a fun experience!!!

  • San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

    7. San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

    Discover the bright skies and gentle ocean breezes along San Diego's coast on this private tour. Stop at many different beaches and bays along the Pacific Ocean. Each beach has its own distinct Southern California beach culture, from skaters on boardwalks to secluded beaches and laid-back hang-outs where surfers rule the waves. Your private tour of the San Diego Coast visits the finest coastal stretches to discover the heart and soul of this coastal city. First stop will be the white sands of Coronado Island, home to the haunted Hotel Del Coronado, and boasting quintessential San Diego seaside allure. Next, Ocean Boulevard evokes the era of Marilyn Monroe, who famously filmed "Some Like It Hot" here in 1958. Next, on to Seaport Village, where a picturesque century-old harbor boasts numerous seafood bistros and waterfront cafes. Then, along the Point Loma Peninsula’s western shoreline, ...

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What people are saying about La Jolla

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

The whole experience was very well organized and overall a great time. I recommend the snorkel and kayaking tour to anyone who is wanting a more personal and hands on view of the caves and a look at what is under the water surface. Mark and Nora our guides were very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged the entire trip.

This was a great adventure we booked while on vacation!! Mark and Nora were our guides, they kept it fun and entertaining the whole time. They informed us about the marine life and history behind the rock caves. Loved this experience and would book it again in a heart beat.

George & Randy were the coolest & most knowledgeable guides! They made our experience enjoyably memorable!

All the staff was so friendly and professional. The guides were very knowledgeable. We had a great time.

This was so much fun and informative. The guides discussed the history and geology of the coves.