San Diego

La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour

San Diego, USA
La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Swim with sea lions, sea cucumbers, and more on a 2-hour snorkeling excursion in La Jolla. Perfect for all experience levels, the tour is an ideal option for kids and adults alike. Using complimentary snorkel gear, explore underwater rock formations and caves. A guide is nearby at all times to navigate to the top locations and point out sea life.
  • Get up close to California wildlife
  • Use provided snorkel equipment
  • Enjoy a fun activity with the whole family
  • Feel secure with a guide on hand

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • La Jolla Water Sports
    2710 Garnet Ave #110, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet for this fun La Jolla Cove cave snorkeling experience in the designated meeting location in San Diego at the time you’ve booked for to check in and get suited up with gear.

Your guide leads the way to some of the area’s best spots in the cove to see beautiful sea life, as well as underwater rock formations. Some of the sea life you can spot include sea cucumbers, starfish, and sea lions. Plus, your guide is close by to make sure you’re swimming safely around the sea life while in its natural habitat.

Once your La Jolla Cove snorkeling experience in done, enjoy the rest of your day or evening with plenty of time left to make other plans, making this experience ideal for travelers who are short on time.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • must know how to swim
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:Are wetsuits available/provided during the La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel tour?

A:Wetsuits are not included, however, they are available for an additional cost. Please contact the local operator directly using the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to your tour if you would like to rent a wetsuit.

May 2023

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Featured review
Absolutely loved this experience! Max was our guide & he made it light & fun but still insightful. Saw all sorts of cool fishies, & the best part - the wild sea lions swim with you! What an amazing time.


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Amazing people and great time !
Ashley_S, Mar 2024
Gavin was amazing! Treated us like friends. We couldn’t go in the caves because of the waves which was fine by me. Appreciate that Gavin recommended not going in there with our safety in interest. We saw Garibaldi, Spiney Lobster, Sea Lions and Calicos. Would recommend this place to anyone. Very down to earth friendly people. We will be back for the shark tour !
Amazing Experience! Ask for McKenna!
Nicole_W, Aug 2023
The experience was amazing and McKenna was so sweet and went above and beyond to make sure we had all we needed and had a good time!
Must do tour.
Andera_S, Jul 2023
Amazing tour!! The tour guide makena was so great at everything she did. She was extremely helpful and kind to all. The tour was beautiful, and there were seals swimming all around us.
McKenna is great!
Heather_B, Jul 2023
McKenna was amazing! The water was cold and the van needs to be replaced but we saw some pretty cool sea lion action!
Kelly_B, Jun 2023
Tour guides Jazmin and Tina were great and very helpful. The experience was memorable. The entire staff was friendly.
Amazing adventure
Jennifet_B, Apr 2023
Jack was a great guide. He dug down and picked up a tiger shark for us to pet. Jack guided us as we swam through the cave. It was also awesome that we swam with sea lions.
Do not book with this Company find someone else on Viator
Angela_R, Dec 2022
I called two hours before our scheduled time to verify meeting time and location. Was told they canceled our trip. I did not get an email or phone call, it was just luck that I called before we left. They could not rebook us for several days because they claimed they were understaffed due to the holidays. However, after this happened I went back and looked at the reviews and it seems this happens often to a lot of people. Viator should remove this company as an option. Never had trouble booking with Viator before this.
Swam with seals!
Brianna_T, Oct 2022
Such a great time! Casper was our guide and was super fun to chat with. Water visibility was low, but we still saw SO MUCH. Seals were very curious and swam right up next to us, and we were able to swim into some caves!! Casper helped us with some diving techniques and even dove down to grab a lobster to show us. 10/10 would do again!!
Ever Swim With Sea Lions?
Amelia_H, Oct 2022
Absolutely loved this experience! Max was our guide & he made it light & fun but still insightful. Saw all sorts of cool fishies, & the best part - the wild sea lions swim with you! What an amazing time.
Not the best
Nasharae_C, Oct 2022
It wasn't what I was expecting. It's like an hour's worth of swimming and it was hard trying to enjoy the actual snorkel part trying to keep up with the group who was swimming to the cave. I thought we were snorkeling, but it was swimming and trying to make sure you weren't left behind. My sister almost drowned and I was trying to wave down the tour guide for almost 5 minutes trying to hold her up and keep her calm, while he was off somewhere away from the tour group snorkeling on his own. A random surfer came over to help my sister out of the water. It just wasn't the best experience and it's not snorkeling, it's swimming, so if you aren't that great of a swimmer you'll be worried that you will be left behind the entire time instead of enjoying the experience. This is not "kid friendly" so please do not being your kids. I am just thankful that our kids went with their dads instead of with us.
Staff was knowledgeable...
Pauline_M, Oct 2022
Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Our guide was very understanding, and explained the snorkeling process thoroughly! I was nervous cause it was my first time going, so that helped a lot. My family and I had a blast!
Bad customer service
Denver_T, Sep 2022
Let me know an hour before (I was booking my taxi to go) that the tour had been cancelled. When I called and asked about a refund the guy didn’t have a clue what was going on.
End of summer last blast
Ginger_S, Aug 2022
Max was an incredible guide. He made sure our equipment fit correctly and we were comfortable in the water. Max was able to quickly identify when one of our 6 group members was struggling and got him back to shore and feeling better. We swam with seals who were adorable and curious enough to keep checking out our group. We saw many colorful fish and would love to return.
Snorkel La Jolla
kelly_b, Aug 2022
I’m glad I booked a tour to snorkel, I would have felt uncomfortable going alone, and would have missed things. We got to snorkel into a cave where sea lions were chilling out on the cliffs. The cave entrance was packed with kayakers so it was a rush in and out. The waves are a bit much if you are an inexperienced swimmer but they give you a wetsuit so that helps a lot with buoyancy. (For an extra $15). The tour itself isn’t fancy, they guy giving you the wet suit is clearly angry at life, you will ride in the jankiest van you’ve ever seen, and the snorkeling itself is NOT like the Caribbean so curb your expectations on what you’ll see. Lots of sea grass, and a ton of orange fish. Some other fish whose names I don’t recall. The tour guide was very nice and attentive to all 7 of us, making sure we were safe and away from dangerous rocks. For me it was a positive experience to see the sea lions while in the water. Bring a waterproof case for your iPhone! If you are an experienced diver or snorkeler, you could potentially rent gear and go on your own, If you research the area and the tides.
We saw a little shark and...
Vivien_W, Aug 2022
We saw a little shark and a lobster and the water was amazing. The guide was also very nice and knew a lot about the area.
Excellent adventure
Kristi_P, Aug 2022
This was our families first time snorkeling and it was a wonderful experience. We got to have deals and sea lions swimming with us. The company we used was very good. The only thing I would change is as first timers I wish we would have had more time to adjust to using the snorkel. Otherwise it was beautiful and exciting
Shady business
Miroslav_S, Aug 2022
I was have schedule tour for 10:30. They called me at 9:00 and they told me to come 1:30. When I show up there I assign paperwork for me and my daughter gentleman asked me if I have a wet suits I told him that I don't have any and my understanding is that they will provide All necessary gear and that's what's including in a price. He told me that vet suit. It's not including in the price and if I want some it's a $15 a rental for each which I declined because water was warm and I was surfing day before and I was not using vet suit. He told me that he will not allow me to go snorkeling without wet suit. So I asked him if I can get a refund. He told me no. So basically if I don't rent out vet t suit I be not able to go to snorkeling tour and I can lose my money. Maybe they'll be honest and say the price for a snorkeling tour is $80 instead of being a shady and advertise for a 65 but they don't want to tell you that they will force you to rent out vet suit. I must say that the tour guide was awesome. His name is Kellen everything else is really shady and all vet suit are completely ripped try to find someone else who is More honest or rent out gear and go by self. Anyone have any question ? You can send me email
Tracy_S, Aug 2022
The day was overcast and the visibility was minimal. The guide Max was the hero when my snorkel didn’t work properly… he lent me the one he was going to use. Even so it was nice bobbing the cove and the wet suit i wore was comfortable. There were sea lions all over and cormorants and pelicans.
Diane_A, Aug 2022
Changed time last minute and did not give me a refund. Horribel customer service.. these people are complete fraud
Worst experience place
Bilegjargal_S, Jul 2022
First thing when I went in was nice and new everything but…. The clothes that we need to wear was ripped off little bad shape. Our structure was nice, and then when we sit in the van all the chair was ripped off super ugly and disgusting. Finally we came at the beach there was too much wave cannot go in to the ocean it was freaked me out. And then they told all of us we need to go back saying sorry. But some of the Crewmembers are they don’t want to waste their money so they want to go in but three of us we sit in the beach until they come back. But for the safety they should have life jacket so there was no life jacket at all so I had to sit wait (there was 3 of us) until when they come back for 2 hours. Wasting my money wasting my time. So I would never Recommend this place at all.

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