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La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoying San Diego's perfect climate means adopting a beach life-style and exploring the magnificent Pacific Ocean Coast. There's no better way to do it than in a kayak! In a single tour you will experience southern California's surf culture, observe several species of marine animals, and visit 4 different marine environments: sandy beach, rocky coast, kelp forest, and open ocean - each with it's unique characteristics and wildlife viewing opportunities. Come see the Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, Pelicans, Cormorants... and of course, the Caves! While our ultimate destination is the magnificent sea caves that the ocean has carved from ancient cliffs, the true beauty of the area is all around the caves. Please don't have your heart set on entering the caves as this is not always safe to do. Instead, open your eyes to the details around you and you will never be disappointed! We use stable sit-on-top kayaks that are very user friendly and no previous experience is required.
Reviewed May 18, 2013

We're locals but decided to give this a try. It was really fun. Tour guides were helpful, knowledgable, and kept everyone together. Going thru the surf was a bit hairy but we all made it. Kayaks were very stable and in good condition. Paddling to the caves was a bit strenuous. Getting up close and personal with seals, dolphins, birds, etc was a lot of fun. Coming back thru the surf was fun, even though we took a spill. Great times!

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We kayaked to the sea caves last August. The outfitters were great. Very helpful, informative, and personable. We kayaked to the caves with a large group that day, but our guide handled the crowd very well. It was fun going in the cave and even more fun kayak-surfing back into the beach. We saw many sea lions swimming next to our kayak, sea birds on the cliffs and fish in the water. After kayaking, we hiked the cliffs over the caves from LaJolla Shores to LaJolla Cove. That was almost better than the kayaking. The whole LaJolla area is beautiful and fascinating. This summer I want to go back and snorkel to the caves.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I've been kayaking in several other areas of the world including Thailand, Indonesia and the Caribbean which are all warm water and weather locations. This was still a pretty cool thing to check out. I recommend doing this in the spring-fall because that's when the weather and surf is much calmer and so the water clearer. The Leopard Sharks are most numerous as well as the Stingrays, Shovelnose Guitarfish and Batrays. This company is better than all the others because they keep their groups small while the other companies take out much bigger groups, up to 20 people!! they have lockers to use and will give you all the information you need to have a good time when you book it.

Regarding the 7 Sea Caves, there is only one that you can actually go through and that is dependent on the tide and wave action and how many groups of kayakers are out there. It can get quite crowded. There are almost always Sea Lions or Harbor Seals plus pelicans, cormorants and if you're lucky dolphins! Definitely go with this company over the other 3 or 4 kayak companies. For crowds avoid the weekends and the middle of the day if you can help it. This is obviously a very weather dependent activity! La Jolla is an increasingly popular place so make sure you allow plenty of time for traffic, parking and read the parking signs, they will ticket!

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