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Our most recommended California Canoe & kayak tours

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.

La Jolla: 2.5-Hour Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. La Jolla: 2.5-Hour Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Paddle to the sea caves of La Jolla and snorkel amidst the surrounding Ecological Reserve. Get up close and personal with the Garibaldi, Leopard sharks, rays, and other unique local creatures. Explore La Jolla's pristine underwater Ecological Reserve during the calm water months of summer. Snorkel in two unique habitats, the rocky reef between Goldfish Point and Emerald Cove, and the sandy flats outside of the Marine Room. Along the reef and caves, you'll likely see Garibaldi, sheepshead, blue moon, and other indigenous fish. Sea lions, Brandt's cormorants, and brown pelicans also frequent this habitat. Harmless leopard sharks, bat rays, and shovel-nosed guitar fish inhabit the sandy flats on the south end of La Jolla Shores. Snorkel in these shallow waters teeming with life throughout the warm water months. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuit (which can be kept for the remainder of the day after the tour) is included.

Echo Park Lake: Swan Pedal Boat Rental

3. Echo Park Lake: Swan Pedal Boat Rental

Don’t miss out on a unique way to explore Echo Park Lake by booking this swan pedal boat rental with added perks. Rated one of the best activities in Los Angeles, pedal boats are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have been voted one of the top 10 things to do in LA. Perfect for romantic dates or a family outing, you'll explore Los Angeles' renowned Echo Park Lake on an iconic swan pedal boat. The swan pedal boats are easy to maneuver and are great fun for families and friends. See the famous Echo Park fountain, learn about Echo Park Lake's rich history while playing the included find and seek trivia game on your phone, or just sit back and relax with views of the beautiful LA skyline.

La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

4. La Jolla: 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 paddle inside Emerald Cave in a double kayak. 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.

Santa Barbara: Sunset Kayak Tour

5. Santa Barbara: Sunset Kayak Tour

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Santa Barbara on a relaxing sunset kayak tour. You will watch a basic paddling demonstration and hear the safety talk before setting out on the water. Spend 2-hours on the water exploring the Santa Barbara harbor and the shoreline. Watch the sun as it settles over the sea, creating a gorgeous backdrop of the city and the Santa Ynez Mountain range. Enjoy paddling along the coastline and soak in the stunning surrounding views of the sea. Immerse yourself into a dream-like nature experience for all sea kayaking skill levels, including beginners to advanced.

Santa Barbara: Guided Sea Lion Kayaking Tour

6. Santa Barbara: Guided Sea Lion Kayaking Tour

Explore the Santa Barbara harbor on this guided kayaking bay. Follow your guide out to look for California Sea Lions who like to visit the green navigation buoys at the entrance of the harbor. Discover iconic Santa Barbara sights like Stearns Wharf along the way.  Meet your guide and get set up with a high-quality paddle, kayak, and life jacket. Set off into the harbor on this family-friendly adventure. Expereince the joy of spotting local wildlife like playful California Sea Lions, sea gulls, and sliver fish.  Keep your things stored in the included lockers and feel free to make use of the onsite changing rooms. After your tour is over, you can stay in the harbor complex area and get some quick food, or sit down for a fish dinner at the famous Brophy Brothers.

Oxnard: Anacapa Island Sea Cave Kayaking Day Tour

7. Oxnard: Anacapa Island Sea Cave Kayaking Day Tour

Kayak Sea Caves on the longest downwind kayak tour in California. Wildlife for the whole family – a SEAfari 🙂 Non-landing Anacapa Island Cruise. Whales and dolphins on the channel crossing. Get close to the Anacapa Arch and see the historic lighthouse. Great chance to see California Sea lions hauled out and sunbathing. View a wide variety of seabirds on one of the largest nesting colonies on the planet for pelicans and gulls. Anacapa has more sea caves per mile than any other island we can find… and we’ve looked everywhere! What’s a “Sea Cave River”? Around every bend and turn there is another cove or cave that we explore. With a little current at our backs, it’s just like paddling down the “Sea Cave River”. Kayak through the iconic Anacapa Arch, symbol of Channel Islands National Park. This 50′ tall arch is incredible and surrounded by beautiful kelp forests and sea lions. Experience one of the largest brown pelican breeding colonies in the world. During the summer the pelicans are busy feeding their young and teaching them to fly. It’s an incredible experience that doesn’t usually make the headlines, but it’s worth it! Short channel crossing to the islands, only 75 minutes to and 60 minutes from the island. We regularly see whales and dolphins on our your journey to and from the island. Check-In: 7:45am Departure: 8:00am Caves and Coves Kayak Expedition starts: 10:00 am SUNFISH departs Anacapa Island: 2:30 pm Whale Watching on return to Oxnard: By 4:00pm

San Diego: Night date on Glow pedal Boat with Downtown views

8. San Diego: Night date on Glow pedal Boat with Downtown views

One of the best Night Date idea in the area! The boat is illuminating 360 degrees inside and outside, and it’s a lot of fun riding it after dark. To complete your experience, it will be a speaker and a disco ball to make your boat rock’n’roll. After purchasing your Glow Boat Night date ride in San Diego, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details on your reservation, instructions on where to park and locate us on the first dock at H&M Landing, and recommendations on what to bring for your experience. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your reservation time to ensure you can find parking and locate our dock. Once you arrive at our dock, our crew will check you in, provide you life jackets, go through basic operation orientation and safety instructions, and then you’ll be ready to take off. Our team will guide you through night Bay to make sure you feel safe and know where to go. We will start at America’s Cup Harbor, and after short pedaling, you will find yourself in San Diego Bay with a beautiful Night view of Downtown. On a typical night is no traffic and very peaceful. We will spend time playing music, cruising around, and enjoying the skyline. We know how to treat you like family! Our staff will take care of you and make sure you enjoy your pedal boat ride with us from start to finish.

Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

9. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

La Jolla: Double Kayak Rental

10. La Jolla: Double Kayak Rental

Chart your own course through California's breathtaking La Jolla Ecological Reserve with this kayak rental service. Pick up your equipment at the beach, receive a quick safety briefing from your host, then set out to discover the impressive wildlife, including birds, fish, and dolphins. Begin your experience by checking in at the shop, then head to the beach for your safety briefing. Hop into your double kayak and get going. Get the chance to see a variety of marine life while kayaking around the ecological reserve. See different kinds of fish, birds, seals, sea lions, dolphins, and even whales, depending on the time of year. Take in impressive scenery as you go. Sail past the beautiful town of La Jolla from the water, and take in the amazing scenery.

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What people are saying about California

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Definitely fun and a great experience. One staff member was not at my pleasure meeting for his character and comments. Overall had a good time with my family.

Cali was the absolute best!!!! We had so much fun! We are going to come back in August and do another snorkeling trip!

Excellent trip, guides were informative and helpful. Highly recommend it!

Excellent ! Fun and got very wet ! Caves were amazing and sealife !

Had a blast with Isabella and Cali and the setting was beautiful!