One of the best ways to see the beautiful La Jolla sea caves is by kayak –in fact, of the seven caves, that is the only way to access six of them. So on our final day of our road trip to San Diego, we decided to end it on an exhilarating note with a HikeBikeKayak tour.
Based on reviews, we chose this tour company because of their small group policy and because their guides are known for being well educated about the local wildlife and habitat. Here is a play-by-play of how our tour went.
In front of the HikeBikeKayak store, where we checked in and geared up. We highly recommend not wearing jeans on this tour. That might be a big duh for most people but our excuse is that we are from a land-locked state and forgot what the ocean was like.
From the store, we walked the very short distance, where the kayaks were waiting. We were given a quick run through on how to not kayak in circles (which we failed miserably at that, by the way).
Our newly engaged brother and his fiancé seemed to know what they were doing.
The champion kayaker! ..who did all the work while I basically just splashed water on him.
Let’s kayak in circles!
Our excellent tour guide Kevin pointing out faults in the coast line, the cost of housing, gribald fishies, sea lions, kelp forests, the success with pelicans, etc.
It’s difficult to tell with my disposable, water-proof camera, but those are pelicans, seals, and sea lions on the rocks.
The head bobbing out of the water to the left is our tour guide Kevin, keeping an eye on an inquisitive sea lion.
This is where he (our guide, not the sea lion) went above and beyond his guiding duties. Initially we weren’t going to go into the caves but as the waves settled down, he guided each of us in and out of the cave one at a time. And by guiding, I mean that he put on his flippers, got in the cold water, and pushed and swam behind each kayak into the cave. I can’t say our kayak was light after all the eating we’ve been doing either.
And that concludes our mini road trip to San Diego!
HikeBikeKayak La Jolla Sea Caves Overview
- Address: 2216 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, CA
- Fees: Weekend Rate $79/person tandem; $49 single
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Usage: Heavy
- Length: 2 hours
- Things to note:
- Cave entrance is not guaranteed. Kayaking INTO the caves depends on the weather. HikeBikeKayak does not control the weather. Your safety is their priority & that may mean forgoing entrance into the caves.
- During the weekend, opt for an early morning tour as parking can be difficult to find.
- Bring a water-proof camera as there is a 101% chance it will get wet. Disposable cameras can be purchased at the HikeBikeKayak store.
- Wear swimming bottoms. There is no way to avoid a wet butt on this one.
- Pets allowed: No.
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