“Not much for caves, but dolphins, sharks, and sea lions for a consolation isn't bad.”
We went kayaking here this past week and had a great time. La Jolla Shores is a good size cove/beach and the 2 hour tour will wear you out. We arrived a couple minutes past our booked time, but they were still able to fit us in the next one. The tour guides we had were really nice, and the male one seemed to really make an extra effort to make sure we at least got a taste of the caves as the waves seemed like it was hitting that area pretty hard and other kayak groups were skipping it altogether. It was low tide for us. We picked this tour because we thought there were peaceful caves to explore like the pictures seem to suggest, but really the only cave kayaks seem to go in was more like a narrow tunnel type place and we were in and out in less than a minute with a threat of being hit hard by waves. We saw snorkeler groups in there much longer, I think it's safer in the water than in the kayaks.
The tour was good though, we saw a good size group of dolphins, sea lions swimming by us, and got a nice look at the cliff-sides. All of the kayak groups seem to go to the same areas so it may not really matter which group you pick, but we only had a positive experience as far as La Jolla Kayak went.
I think this is a good tour to take if you are new to kayaking as you'll get good practice paddling and you have experienced people to watch you. If you are already experienced, I'd suggest just renting a kayak yourself from them, you won't be able to go in the cave, but you aren't missing too much. I'd also recommend just wearing a swimsuit vs wearing shorts in the kayak as we ended up getting pretty wet. The water was warm and very pleasant.
I couldn't find any discounts the night before, but I think there might be some out there (groupon maybe), if you book in advance.
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