Exploring La Jolla Sea Caves with Everyday California
We visited as a guest of the venue
After visiting the Holy Jim Cave in La Jolla last month, I couldn’t wait to plan a return visit to explore the La Jolla sea caves via the water. The one company that stood out to me amongst the others in the area was Everyday California. They share the same passion for preserving the ocean sealife and educating the community on the importance of our eco-system.
We reserved our tickets in advance and stayed the night in La Jolla at the La Valencia. It was the perfect Mother/Daughter staycation overnight getaway. After a relaxing night in La Jolla, we woke up early in the morning and had breakfast at the Shorehouse Kitchen, which is directly next door to Everyday California.
After my daughter and I had enjoyed a delicious breakfast, we were ready to explore the beautiful waters surrounding La Jolla. Check-in was simple, and we purchased a locker to hold all of our belongings before getting ready to walk to the beach. Even though we didn’t feel cute in our gear, everyone on the tour is required to wear a lifejacket and helmet for safety purposes.
The company keeps their tours small so that everyone can have an unforgettable experience. There were ten kayaks in our tour (2 people per kayak). We walked 2-3 blocks to the ocean where there was a team waiting to help us into our kayaks on onto the water.
Since I am known to be clumsy, I was worried that I would tumble when taking off from the beach, but the staff helped to make getting into the kayak easy for me. Once we were on the water – it was pure magic.
I’ll admit that it was a harder paddle with my daughter who barely helped with the paddling, but it was worth every minute to have the experience with her. While on our way to the sea caves, the staff took their time to educate us on the eco-system in La Jolla and the history of the caves. They even talked to us about how the Dr. Seuss books were inspired by the coastline of La Jolla.
Then we were in for the biggest treat of all when we got to take our kayaks into a sea cave. The guide jumped into the water and helped to maneuver our kayak safely into the sea cave. Once inside the sea cave, we were greeted by the cutest sea lions and seals who were excited to see us.
One our way back to the beach, the guides talked to us more about the other caves, and we even got to see some sharks swim right under our kayak! We ended the tour by “kayak surfing” back to the coastline and then visited their store to purchase some souvenir clothing to bring home.
I recommend the kayaking for kids 10+ along with an adult. I also recommend renting some snorkel gear to head back into the water after the tour to explore more of the beautiful waters with your children.
Reservations are in high demand, and I recommend reserving a tour in advance. The tour that we took was a 90-minute tour and priced at $79 for a single kayak, and $110 for a double kayak (They will often have discounted rates available on Groupon). During the winter months, they offer a unique whale watching excursion. They are located right in the heart of La Jolla at 2246 Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla.
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