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La Jolla Caves

La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Ranked #15 of 28 Attractions in La Jolla
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling
Description: Seven elongated fissures in the cliff walls that can be entered during low tide.
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Rocklin, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

So glad we made this a part of our family vacation. This was such a great experience. Inside the caves, there were seals that came right up to the kayak to check us out. Our day was a bit windy, so it was a little hard to hear the guides as they relayed a bit of history, some factoids and... More

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Geelong, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

this is an exhibit that should be free.A hundred steps down stairs and you are there at the water.Best done via kayak in my opinion.

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New England
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My wife and I participated in a kayak tour of the caves with a group that ran out of one of the local kayak companies. The leaders were nice kids and very knowledgeable of local marine life and the history of the caves. It is a picture perfect spot with sea lions, Leopard Sharks, and a variety of brightly colored... More

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Los Alamitos, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

perfect date spot. It's only a few bucks per person to take the stairs down. Nice restaurant across the way, pretty view. Also a good family area, if you don't wanna do date night.

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was amazing fun. To be honest, we all a bit sea sick so best be prepared with some medications. The 'lesson' was short and to the point. We found the large groups of kayakers and snorklers somewhat chaotic but it was part of the fun trying to avoid people both in and on the water. Guides were able to... More

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It was pretty exciting. There was a rush of water to get in and then you had to turn around and push to paddle out. There were baby seals. What made it difficult was that there were also people snorkeling in the same place so we had to be very careful. They were not careful, they swam wherever they wanted.

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Seal Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My husband and I spent the better part of the day on Sunday, August 24, 2014 just exploring this beautiful part of Southern California that we just ignored for whatever silly reason. We strolled along the walk overlooking the caves and made it all the way to children's beach. We were pretty hungry by then and found a local deli/bakery,... More

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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

All of the caves have an interesting back-story, but only one can be entered. This takes a little nerve, as the waves crash into the cliffs and you need to time the entry and exit. We did this with help from our tour guides, which is highly advised, especially if you are a novice kayaker. I would like to do... More

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Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The caves are beautiful. We went on a kayak/snorkel tour with La Jolla Kayak, we were able to swim into one of the caves. There were 2 sea lions perched on a shelf in the cave. Awesome experience.

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Levittown
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

To get down to the caves by foot you must pay $5 per person. The steps are slick and you must hold on to the railing to avoid slipping. 144 steps so think twice about making the journey. It opens up to a cavern and you see the ocean. Takes about 5 minutes for the entire experience.

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