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La Jolla Underwater Park: Kayak and Snorkel Tour

1. 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.

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

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

3. 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.

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.

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 undisturbed wildlife in their natural habitat. The stand up paddle boards are inflatable, lightweight, and easy to transport from the shop to the beach and back.

San Diego: Private Group Surf Lesson

6. San Diego: Private Group Surf Lesson

Hit the waves in Southern California with some of the best instructors in the industry on a group surf lesson in San Diego just for you. Learn about ocean conditions, surf etiquette, and proper technique. Hone your skills or pick up a new hobby after this fun experience out in the ocean. Learn the proper way to put on a wetsuit, work on footwork on the beach, and the best way to paddle before heading out into the water. Make the most of learning from a dedicated instructor just for your group. Feel safe knowing your instructor is never far away and before you know it, you'll be shredding the waves and hanging ten like the locals.

La Jolla: Summit to Sea Bike Tour

7. La Jolla: Summit to Sea Bike Tour

Tour around La Jolla in a fun and adventurous way, on an e-bike. Ride around downtown and then begin the ride up to Mt. Soledad. Take in views of San Diego and the Mexico coastline at the top. Then, enjoy the descent and a visit to the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve. Begin the tour in La Jolla Village, also known as the city's main Downtown. Get comfortable on your e-bike, and then follow your guide up to the top of Mt. Soledad, the highest coastal mountain peak in all of San Diego. Once at the top, witness the panoramic views of the city and admire the coastline from Mexico to Carlsbad. Learn about the large cross and legendary war memorial there, before beginning the descent down the mountain. Allow yourself to have a relaxing and fun ride down and through La Jolla, following the coast. Wind through gorgeous, multi-million dollar homes that line the water's edge, all the way to the local hotspot, Wind 'n' Sea Beach. Take a quick moment to watch the surfers on this world-class break and chill out with mother nature. Next, up, arrive at the Children's Pool and watch in awe at the hundreds of seals laying around and sleeping on the sand. At the end of the tour, cruise to the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve.

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

8. 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, discover the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. This encompasses native coastal scrub, dramatic cliff formations, craggy caves, intertidal lagoons, and mesmerizing panoramic ocean views. Your tour continues on to Ocean Beach, with its laid-back rhythm. It has a vintage SoCal hippy vibe with surf shops, taco stands, microbreweries, and dog-friendly beaches. Here, you can enjoy a pit-stop at one of the many beachside eateries, or wait until you hit the crashing waves of the Pacific Beach. Serious surfers head to Pacific Beach - or “PB” as the locals call it - for an electric party atmosphere, glowing bonfires, and excellent swells. Your final stop is La Jolla, a scenic stretch dubbed ‘Paradise by the Sea’. Sheltered by a 300-ft rocky bluff, it's home to seals, sea lions, numerous seabirds, lush beach flora, and a wide sweep of soft honey-colored sand.

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What people are saying about La Jolla

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

It was a wonderful family and friends activity for beginners. Staff was friendly and helpful.Our instructor Jack was well knowledgeable and experienced in surfing and taught us the basics. Jack was the best. He coached us to get perfectly on the board and I caught the first wave. Definitely a memory that will be cherished for a long time. I’m definitely going back again 100%.

Kayak guides were knowledgeable about sea life and history of the area and gave a good tour. We couldn’t go in the caves because the ocean was too rough which was really disappointing. However that made getting through the surf going out and coming back in really exhilarating! That alone was an experience!

Super fun experience with very helpful staff. Olivia was a great lead guide and made it fun and informative. Would definitely do it again!

Danielle was a very informative tourist. Making sure we got the best experience.

First time kayaking! a little intimidating, but fun activity with my hunny!