La Jolla

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour For Two (Tandem Kayak)

Badge of ExcellenceLa Jolla, USA
La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 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 (Tandem(two travellers in one kayak)) and Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Professional guide
  • Wet suit rentals are offered during fall, winter and spring
  • One Traveler is 1 Tandem Kayak
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

La Jolla Shores Park

Admission Ticket Free

La Jolla Caves

Admission Ticket Free

La Jolla Kayak

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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 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 1 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.

Traveler Photos

See more
Featured review
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guides (Chance & Dax) were great. They were informative and had a great sense of humor. They made sure everyone was safe and had fun. I absolutely recommend taking this tour. My only advice is for the company. There is a parking lot only a five min walk away that would be good to add to the website for parking as street parking is extremely difficult to find.


916 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 916 reviews
Perfect morning!
Alison_J, Apr 2024
My son and I were looking to do a guided kayak tour and this was perfect. We were not concerned about high adventure or others who needed more instruction. Our guides were amazing. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. We had a fantastic experience!!
Positive vibes all around.
Sarah_B, Apr 2024
Really positive guide. Loved the whole experience. Saw a sea lion swimming by us. If you get motion sick though you will with this activity.
A great experience
Carissa_R, Apr 2024
I really enjoyed the guides talking about the ecosystem and the surrounding areas. I was very saddened that the tide was too low to go in the caves.
Had a blast
Toby_M, Mar 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guides (Chance & Dax) were great. They were informative and had a great sense of humor. They made sure everyone was safe and had fun. I absolutely recommend taking this tour. My only advice is for the company. There is a parking lot only a five min walk away that would be good to add to the website for parking as street parking is extremely difficult to find.
Awesome tour guides and super cool tour
Ben_W, Mar 2024
Such a fun experience. It was super easy to get checked in, rent a wetsuit, and get kayaking. Our tour guides were excellent and super friendly. Definitely one of my better experiences kayaking.
Fun experience
Matthew_H, Feb 2024
Ian and Dawson are cool guys. They took us into the caves and we learned about some LA Jolla history.
Very Disappointing
Lynn_K, Feb 2024
This trip was supposed to include kayaking through caves and a kelp forest. When we arrived we were told the surf was too high for the caves but we would still go to the kelp forest so we decided to keep our booking. When we got to the kayaks we were told we wouldn’t be going there either. Essentially we saw nothing. In addition, we had one guide for 7 people of varying ages. the guide didn't pay any attention to the fact that some people fell far beyond the group and missed most of the information being shared and also felt unsafe. They should have canceled this trip and reimbursed us. Very disappointing.
Amazing Tour
Crystal_F, Dec 2023
110% recommend. Put guides Bryan and Jonas were awesome. Super friendly and knowledgable. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
Great experience and tour guide
Howie_H, Dec 2023
Really enjoyed it. The price was reasonable, saw some cool things and Jonah was a great guide. Very informative !
Highly recommend
Amanda, Dec 2023
Our guide was Jonas. He was awesome and full of fun facts! We saw lots of wildlife- guitar fish, leopard shark, Garibaldi fish, sea lions, seaweed fish, and perch fish! What a fun day! Highly recommend.
Everyone should do it!
Karlie_K, Dec 2023
Dylan was WONDERFUL. Very insightful and friendly. I learned a lot about the La Jolla area and enjoyed my time on the water. We kayaked for about 2 hours with a few breaks in there which was the perfect amount of time out there
I felt 1.5 hr was too...
Ra_K, Dec 2023
I felt 1.5 hr was too short! Had so much fun. The guides were very fun and explained interesting stuffs. I definatly recommend :)
Check the water advisory
SARAH_J, Dec 2023
Water advisory did not allow us to tour the caves. Leave flexibility in your schedule if the caves are a must see. Excellent tour guides. I would definitely go again.
Great way to spend a Saturday morning in San Diego!
Varun_H, Dec 2023
Getting to see the see caves in La Jolla were an awesome experience! Really cool to learn so much about the awesome La Jolla cove and all that it has to offer. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone! Brody and Emily were amazing tourguides and I couldn't recommend them enough!
Sea Kayaking
Michael_H, Dec 2023
We loved just being on the ocean. The leopard sharks were fun. So were the sea lions and harbor seals. We didn’t get to go into the sea caves due to the swells. The guide’s G string bikini made us a little uncomfortable (a lot of skin showing).
Worth it!
Andrew_B, Nov 2023
Dak and the crew were funny and informative. We felt safe. And they worked well as a team. Fun trip!
Probably better in warmer weather and if you can go into the caves.
Reshma_S, Nov 2023
Guide was very knowledgeable and overall company was great & professional. Didn't get to go into caves so wouldn't recommend doing in the afternoon. It's really cold in November, would consider not doing this in colder temps. Need to give people better instruction on how to maneuver with the strong waves. Another kayak came straight into ours and we suffered a minor injury, probably should let one kayak go at a time when returning back to the beach
Best birthday ever!!
Dawnette_W, Nov 2023
I’m originally from San Diego, but moved away years ago. I knew I was coming home for thanksgiving and my birthday was two days before the holiday, so I wanted to plan something fun and adventurous. I found this kayak tour and the reviews sold me. Our tour guides, Dylan, Sabrina and Brody were awesome and educated us all on the animals in the sea and land and the various formations of caves and cliffs. My brother and SnL joined me and we had a blast. The weather was beautiful, water was sparkling and there were a few stingrays, tiger sharks, seals and sea lions. The group even sang happy birthday to Dylan and I which was really thoughtful. Overall it was a great experience and I hope to do it again during my next visit.
Great experience at the La Jolla Caves!
Grace_L, Nov 2023
Our guides were excellent! The information about the area thar they provided was very interesting. We loved seeing the seals and sea lions!
Great kayaking but disappointing re: caves
TASHAVL777, Oct 2023
After reading many reviews I chose this company as it billed the trip as Caves (plural). I have given it 3 star as this is fair rating based on the following. 5 star for the guides who were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, informative and made sure everyone was safe throughout. 1 star for the cave experience. The itinerary clearly states Caves (plural).this is the part I had been most excited about doing so it was extremely disappointing to only enter 1 cave for about 30 seconds.

From $84.00

per group (up to 1)

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

Compare Similar Experiences

1 / 3
No Photo
La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour For Two (Tandem Kayak)


1 hour 30 minutes
Free Cancellation
No Photo
Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves


2 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour (Single Kayak)


2 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
Original La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two


1 hour 30 minutes
Free Cancellation

Explore Similar Things to Do