Then again, that statement mostly applies to going IN the water instead of ON the water.
Because going on the water, well, that’s just a whole new kind of adventure that can take you into incredible and hidden locations you never knew existed….while staying (mostly) dry.
And this is exactly what our family experienced when we hit the waves with Everyday California in La Jolla one fine fall afternoon to explore the La Jolla Sea Caves.
La Jolla Cove Kayaking Is a Must-Do in San Diego
Visiting San Diego can be a bit overwhelming. The good kind of overwhelming, because there is so much to see and so many fantastic activities you can choose to partake in that choosing the “right” ones for you can feel a bit daunting.
FOMO (fear of missing out) can kick in and leave you a bit paralyzed. So, let me help:
Put La Jolla Cove Kayaking at the top of your must-do list! You will have no regrets.
Side note: We enjoyed this activity so much, it made it on our West Coast Trip Bucket List Post.
Choosing a La Jolla kayak tour is just a no-brainer, as long as you are not terrified of the ocean. Let me tell you a bit about our little adventure.
Arrive Early and Be Prepared for a Few Choices Up Front
If you are not the punctual type, this may be the toughest part of all for you:
You need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tour (yes, you must schedule the tour ahead of time…don’t just show up) to allow time for all of the details and preparation.
As you are checking in, they will need to know two things: (1) whether you want to rent a locker for your valuables, and (2) whether you want to rent a full wet suit, a wet suit top, or nothing.
If I remember correctly, the wet suit tops that we chose were about $8 each, but I am honestly unsure about lockers or full wet suit costs. (Sorry.)
Don’t Wear Your Most Expensive Shoes
After you get all suited up and ready to go, you will walk with the group down to the launch point at the coast. This is several blocks of walking and takes 5-8 minutes or so. It’s a relatively flat and easy route, so no worries there.
But be aware when you arrive at the beach, you will have to remove your shoes and leave them there on the beach along with everyone else. They are not secured or protected in any way, so just be aware that they could disappear. Best bet would just be to bring your nice cheap flip flops with you and call it good. Leave your Jimmy Choos in the car.
The Experience Will Live In Your Memories, Probably Not in Your Facebook Feed
It would be ideal if we had some awesome photos of our La Jolla kayak tour, but that simply was not an option for us.
It didn’t occur to us until just before leaving for the tour that we wouldn’t be able to take our phones out on the water with us to document the experience. But wait! We have a GoPro with a waterproof case! Um, nope…it had not been charged and we didn’t have the time to get it ready.
So yes, if you have a waterproof (and floating) device that you can capture the memories with, you are free to bring it with you and share you adventure with the world. Otherwise, no one may ever believe you. In fact, I could be lying about this entire experience right now. (But I’m not.)
You can check out Everyday California’s Instagram feed to get a feel for what you might encounter.
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A Few Serene Moments Inside the La Jolla Sea Caves Are Magical
After making your way over to the caves (about a 20-30 minute trip), and getting a very interesting history lesson from your guides along the way about the homes along the shore and about La Jolla in general, your guides will then begin taking you into one of the sea caves in groups of two.
They actually get out of their kayaks and swim you into the sea caves to be able to maintain control and avoid any injuries from a wave tossing you around and into a cave wall.
Once inside, you can fully experience the beauty of this natural wonder as you look down through the crystal clear water and watch the assortment of fish swimming under you. In that enclosed space, surrounded by the sounds of the sea, it will be like nothing you have ever experienced before. Trust me on that.
If You’re Visiting At the Right Time, You Might Get Some Extra Excitement
Planning a La Jolla sea cave kayak tour in the summer? You just might get the thrill of a lifetime since one of the largest gatherings of Leopard Sharks is present in these waters throughout the summer months!
But if you are visiting December through March, you might also have the chance to spot Grey Whales on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja, California. (They do offer tours specifically for whale watching, so consider that option as well.)
Anytime Is a Great Time for a La Jolla Cove Kayaking Tour
La Jolla Cove kayaking tours do take place year-round, so no matter when you visit it will be an experience you will never forget. Since the tour does not require any previous experience with kayaking, and it is also suitable for anyone five years and older, this is a family outing that will absolutely get everyone’s vote and will get a huge thumbs up from the whole crew when it’s all over.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you choose Everyday California or another kayaking tour option in the La Jolla Cove area, it’s time to get something booked and go get a little wet and wild in sunny San Diego!
Todd Bonner is the slightly quieter half of the dynamic TREKKN duo. He spends most of his time sharing information about RV travel and safety, RV accessories and tips, and the National Parks he has visited and still desperately craves. When he’s not busy working on TREKKN, you will often find him staring at breathtaking pictures of Glacier National Park, probably his favorite spot on earth.