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Address: 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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+1 858-459-1114
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

La Jolla Kayak is a family run business celebrating more than 18 years as...

La Jolla Kayak is a family run business celebrating more than 18 years as the premier ocean exploration outfit in San Diego. Offering fantastic opportunities for adventure on the open sea, La Jolla Kayak caters to tourists and locals alike. Discover by paddle or snorkel the spectacular sea cliffs, Seven Caves and underwater park, renowned to the area. La Jolla Kayak offers guided paddle and snorkel tours with specialized instructors and single or double kayak rentals to discover the sea on your own. Our Mt. Soledad Slide Bike Tour takes you through La Jolla’s most spectacular scenery. And during the warmer months you can swim with the sharks on our guided Leopard Shark Snorkel Adventures. Experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Southern California’s coastline and come away with a new appreciation for ocean kayaking, marine life, and the natural beauty of our underwater world.La Jolla Kayak is located in the heart of the seaside community of La Jolla, California, just 15 minutes north of Downtown San Diego and the SD International Airport. For over a century, La Jolla has been a favorite vacation destination of travelers from all over the world. Boasting Southern California's most beautiful and majestic coastline and the finest weather in the world, La Jolla offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

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We did the kayak and snorkeling tour with La Jolla Kayak while visiting the San Diego area this summer. The tour was great. The staff was very friendly, and our tour guide was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super friendly staff, seemed to really care that we had a great experience. Had wetsuits ready to go, and they helped us pick the right time to get the most out of the tour.

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Falun, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

I signed up for a whale watching trip, but when I arrived they informed me that it will be a combo of a kayak cave trip and a whale watching trip. When I asked the other guests I realized that the other participants had signed up for a cave trip. Then I had to wait for almost an hour for... More 

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We regret that you did not have the experience you expected and appreciate your feedback. We take pride in operating a professional, organized business that provides the best experiences for our customers, and are continually striving to keep systems in place to ensure this. We will respond to your email to address further concerns in hopes that we can move... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

I felt the need to give a review of the over and above service provided by the guides. One of the people in our group dropped their expensive gopro cameras into the ocean near a buoy. One guide paddled back to shore, got his goggles, paddled back and dove into the water to recover the camera, amazing! He wasn't done.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful tour of the cove and our tour guides were great. The guides were entertaining and informative. We saw leopard sharks, garibaldi,sea lions and a dolphin surfaced right next to us!The info give about the coastline,architecture, Dr Seuss and marine life was all very interesting. We were even given the opportunity to jump out of our kayaks... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We did the kayak and snorkeling tour with La Jolla Kayak while visiting the San Diego area this summer. The tour was great. The staff was very friendly, and our tour guide was great. I was hoping we would kayak in the caves, but we anchored the kayaks and swam into one of the caves, which was also cool. We... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The trip to the sea caves is just under a mile each way from the beach. It's not a recreational activity if you have no experience. The guide was entertaining. The water by the caves was really cold, even with a spring suit. I was disappointed by the snorkeling - there were orange fish and that's all I saw, besides... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We went on the standard cave tour from La Jolla Kayaks. We couldn't get to the caves because there was abnormally high surf (remnants of a storm) but the trip was a lot of fun. Wet Suits made the trip more enjoyable as the water here is relatively cold especially since its October. (~ 65 degrees F) . Wet Suits... More 

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Southern NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

We have done a lot of kayaking, but never in the ocean before, and we had quite an adventure. They have lockers. I had left my small purse back at the hotel, but there would have been room for it, no problem. Also, there is only one changing room. We were there on a Thursday morning at 10, so it... More 

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Bartlett, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Our experience at La Jolla Kayak was awesome! We were a group of 6 women with a range of kayaking experience, beginner to experienced. The guides "Alex" and "Andrew" were great! They provided a narrative during part of the tour explaining the reserve, wildlife etc. It was so much fun! We would definitely rent from them again. I want to... More 

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Glasgow, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Weather was perfect but the water was cold. However, after just a few seconds you didnt notice the water temperature. Very interesting and not too strenuous. The tour guides were very friendly and engaging. Glad I took this tour.

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