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La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

1. La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

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San Diego: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 55+ Attractions

2. San Diego: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 55+ Attractions

Activities, attractions, and tours included on the Go San Diego All-Inclusive pass: THEME PARKS & ZOOS• San Diego Zoo • SeaWorld San Diego• San Diego Zoo Safari Park• Belmont Park• Knott's Berry Farm• LEGOLAND California OUTDOORS• San Diego Speedboat Adventures• La Jolla: 90-min Tandem Kayak Rental• La Jolla: Full-Day Snorkel Adventure• La Jolla: All-Day Bike Rental• La Jolla: Surfboard Rental• La Jolla: Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rental• San Diego Harbor: 2-hr SUP• San Diego Harbor: 2-hr Kayak Rental• San Diego Harbor: 1-hr Pedal Boat Rental• Coronado: 90-min Tandem Kayak Rental• Coronado: SUP Board Rental• Coronado: Full-Day Bike Rental• San Diego Pier Fishing TOURS & CRUISES• 1-hr San Diego Harbor cruise by Hornblower Cruises• Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises• Whale Watch & Dolphin Tour - Beautiful Newport Beach• San Diego Hiking Tour• San Diego Beach Tour• San Diego City Tour• Catalina Flyer (ferry to Catalina Island)• One Way Coronado Ferry• PETCO Park tour• GoCar San Diego 30-min tour• Dolby Theater Tour MUSEUMS & PLACES OF INTEREST• USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum• Japanese Friendship Garden• San Diego Air and Space Museum• San Diego Natural History Museum• The Fleet Science Center with IMAX• Birch Aquarium at Scripps• San Diego Museum of Man• San Diego Automotive Museum• San Diego Model Railroad Museum• San Diego Museum of Art• The New Children's Museum• The Whaley House Museum• Coronado Museum of History and Art• Museum of Photographic Arts• Museum of Contemporary Art (Downtown)• San Diego Art Institute• The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House• Mingei International Museum• San Diego History Center• Living Coast Discovery Center• Museum of Making Music• Hollywood Museum• UTC Ice Sports Center• South Coast Shop & Dine Package The San Diego All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access attraction pass offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility for visitors to the area. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7-day pass and save up to 55% compared to the cost of full retail admissions. Enjoy the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, The U.S.S. Midway, Harbor Excursions, the New Children’s Museum and more. A total of over 50 attractions and tours are included with your pass.  The San Diego All-Inclusive Pass comes with a digital guide including helpful attraction information including how to get there and opening times.

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San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - choose 2-7 attractions

3. San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - choose 2-7 attractions

Experience San Diego's top attractions and tours and get up to 55% off admission with Go City's Explorer Pass. You have the flexibility to choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 top attractions from over 40 options.  Decide what you feel like doing on the day, so you don't even need to plan in advance. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway Museum. Explore more of San Diego with a Hop-on, Hop-off trolley tour, or kayak and snorkel in beautiful La Jolla. The possibilities are endless. Your pass is fully digital and no physical card is required. Simply download your pass directly to your smartphone or print at home. Show your pass at each attraction for quick and easy entrance. Tours and Attractions Included with the Go San Diego Explorer Pass: Top Attractions and Museums: • San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Zoo Safari Park (choose 1) • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum • Belmont Park Ride and Play Pass • Maritime Museum of San Diego • Air and Space Museum • Birch Aquarium at Scripps • The Fleet Science Center with IMAX • San Diego Natural History Museum • San Diego Museum of Us • Living Coast Discovery Center • The New Children's Museum • San Diego Museum of Art • San Diego Model Railroad Museum • Japanese Friendship Garden • PETCO Park Tour • San Diego Automotive Museum • Mingei International Museum Tours and Activities: • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-off Old Town San Diego Trolley • Living Coast Discovery Center • Hornblower Best of the Bay Cruise • San Diego Speed Boat Adventures • SEAL Tour San Diego • Jet Ski Rental San Diego Harbor • Pure Brewing Tastings in 3 locations • Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises • San Diego Pier Fishing • San Diego Hiking Tour • San Diego Harbor: Kayak Rental or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental • La Jolla: Kayak Rental, Snorkel Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, or Bike Rental • Coronado: Kayak Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, or Bike Rental • UTC Ice Sports Center • Speed Circuit: All Access • San Diego City & Beach Tours • 1-Hour Scooter Rental • GoCar San Diego Tours • Patriot Jet Boat Tour

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La Jolla: Kayak & Whale Watching Tour

4. La Jolla: Kayak & Whale Watching Tour

Experience the gray whale migration from the seat of a kayak. Leaving the waters of the Arctic and heading south to the lagoons of Mexico, gray whales naturally migrate past La Jolla during the winter. This is a non-polluting, non-threatening, and intimate way to experience one of the most majestic mammals on the planet. Your guides will lead the group about two miles out from shore, where you’ll stop at the best spots to view gray whales. Along the way you’ll learn interesting facts and history about the whales, other marine life, and the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Keep in mind that gray whales are wild animals. While gray whales are abundant during the season, a sighting can't be guaranteed, although groups can often see dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and other marine life as well.

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La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

5. La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Enjoy the open air and San Diego sun. Take this eye-popping journey through the enchanting coastal community of La Jolla. Meet us in La Jolla and tour this beautiful California beach community in style and ease from the comfort of a Segway Personal Transporter. We’ll teach you how to ride your Segway then head off to show you Sonny Jim's Cave, the La Jolla Cove, and many other fantastic attractions on your guided 2-hour tour. Your helpful guide will tell you about the natural wonders of this area and show you its highlights. You'll glide by famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, past beaches lined with seals, sea lions and pelicans, all while enjoying stories about famous residents, multi-million-dollar mansions and the area's natural history and architecture. Of course, a tour of La Jolla is not complete without a visit to the surfer's hot spot of Windansea Beach. This guided tour allows you to explore beyond San Diego to see some of the most beautiful locations in Southern California.

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La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

6. La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on a combo self-guided tour that takes you on a walking tour of the coast and a driving tour of the neighborhood. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Start your walking tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk. Continue to the coast and get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Walk along the waterfront and learn how La Jolla got its name. Spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood. Take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Along the way, be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions and learn how to tell the two apart. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot an orca whale off the shore. Next, see Seal Rock. If you haven’t spotted a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Nearing the end of the walking portion of your tour, visit the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see. Next, start the driving portion of the tour. Cruise along the coast and hear about the brothers who bought all this land for less than $2 per acre and the woman responsible for the town’s longstanding cultural institutions. Visit the historic La Jolla Woman’s Club and hear about Ellen Browning Scripps, La Jolla’s most important figure. Next, see the beautiful Wisteria Cottage and take in beautiful views. Then it’s on to the Athenaeum, a library for music and the arts. Round off your tour by visiting the Valencia Hotel, the city’s go-to hotel for Hollywood’s rich and famous for a hundred years.

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San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

7. San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore La Jolla’s coastal beauty with maximum flexibility, safety, and value on this self-guided audio and GPS tour. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. The commentary will play automatically based on your location. Start your tour at the Cave Store in La Jolla Cove. Learn about La Jolla’s early struggles with drinkable water, its historic figures like Ellen Scripps and Dr. Seuss, and its growth into the “Jewel” of the California coastline. Then, explore Coast Boulevard, La Jolla Cove, and Prospect Avenue. Finish your tour at La Valencia Hotel, a La Jolla landmark.

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The San Diego Highlights Tour

8. The San Diego Highlights Tour

This tour is a combination of the very popular San Diego and La Jolla Sightseeing Tours. On this tour you will experience the most comprehensive and entertaining tour throughout America’s Finest City! Your tour begins daily at the supplier's convenient downtown location and from here you will be transported throughout the loveliest and most renowned parts of the city. The first areas you will visit include sparkling Coronado, The Hotel Del Coronado, The Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Embarcadero and the resplendent and beautiful Balboa Park. Then make a 1-hour stop for lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter. After the lunch break, continue by driving north to explore the stunning coastline of La Jolla at 1:00 PM. La Jolla is arguably the most beautiful part of the city. Many of San Diego’s most famous and wealthiest residents live here. There are many dramatic ocean views from the coastline to the mountains and the city in-between. La Jolla is a stunning place with a natural cove, mysterious caves, rugged cliffs, abundant marine life, posh shopping, and a fine dining district too. The stunning shoreline cliffs and the view from Mt. Soledad are also why this area is known as “The Jewel” of San Diego. This 3-hour afternoon portion of the tour is stunning and filled with great back stories too. See why the spectacular city beckons Californians and travelers from far abroad. Please note that the guide will not be in the vehicle the entire time and there are many stops where you will get out, walk around, and explore the sights that we are visiting. This sightseeing tour is available every day of the year, including weekends and holidays, and departs at 9:00AM from our office at 300 G Street. All details of your tour will be sent to you immediately after booking.

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La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

9. La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

Take a lesson before the tour begins and grab all the necessary kayak equipment. The tour takes place in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. There are 3 different habitats in the reserve, and on your tour you will have the chance paddle to all three - the rocky reefs, sandy flats, and kelp beds. Paddle to the seven caves of La Jolla and go into the Clam’s cave, which is the largest cave on the tour. See the local marine life on the tour including sea lions, harbor seals, Garibaldi, leopard sharks, and the occasional dolphin.

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La Jolla: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

10. La Jolla: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on this self-guided walking tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, the tour explores the best spots and history of La Jolla. Begin your tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk, then continue to the coast itself, where you’ll get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Continue by following the walkway along the waterfront. Learn how La Jolla got its name, spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds, and more. See gorgeous architecture and natural beauty collide. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood, then take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions. If you’re lucky, you might spot an orca whale. Next, go to Seal Rock. If you haven’t managed to spot a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach, where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Conclude your tour by visiting the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see.

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What people are saying about La Jolla Cove

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 26 reviews

We had such a fun time! The seas were fairly calm, not something I had considered beforehand. The guides were super helpful and kept us all on track, the shore person was awesome and helped us in and out of the boats with ease. It was nice to share a boat so I didn't have to do all the work, but the teenager liked having his own. Water was warm so no wetsuits, but you will for sure get wet so have the right clothes on!

This was a fantastic tour 10/10 recommend! Cody was awesome, kind, knowledgeable about the area and sea life, and had a great sense of humor throughout. While other companies went out with crews of 20+ kayaks, ours was only 4, and Cody actually got snorkel gear on to push our kayaks into the caves to explore- no other company was doing that. Definitely go with them!

Have never kayaked ever before. The day was perfect and minimal wind, so it was very easy to kayak to the caves. The guides are right there with you the whole way if you run into any trouble. You meet at a cute store with stylish souvenirs and then walk to the beach with your gear in hand. You DO GET WET! So dress appropriately! Would recommend!

This was a great little app. Its geofencing capabilities meant the tour auto-started as I approached each of the stops. I would love to buy this tour for other towns and cities that I visit. I did the walking portion. It was fun

Great experience! Have never been kayaking in the ocean. Ruben and Joel both made it safe, easy and fun! 90 minutes was the perfect amount of time! Highly recommend