Similar to tickling a bear without losing an arm, breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Today's Groupon simplifies the process by adding a breathing tube into the equation: for $29, you get a guided snorkeling tour from San Diego Excellent Adventures (a $70 value).
Peep seals and lively sea species while mermaiding through the internationally renowned La Jolla Underwater Sea Park. All equipment (mask, snorkel, wetsuit, fish whistle) is provided, along with expert navigation from one of the company’s seasoned submergers. The area is a protected sea-life sanctuary in which sea lions and harbor seals are free to relax, frolic, and play poker. Spotting these lively critters in action is a near certainty. Free photography is also included, so divers can tangibly back up the memories in a safer place than the hard drive installed in every human head since 1928.
Trips are available three times a day, every day, with the earliest water voyage starting at 9:30 a.m. Groups meet in the grassy area of La Jolla Cove for a briefing before going under. Like library-card applicants, snorkelers must be at least 10 years of age and willing to sign a waiver before taking the plunge. Call ahead to schedule your adventure.
Five Insider Pages reviewers give San Diego Excellent Adventures five stars:
- My boyfriend and I decided to try snorkeling for the first time. From the moment we met our instructor we felt comfortable, safe and we knew we were going to have a great time. – Emily G.
KPBS says La Jolla Cove is one of the best snorkeling spots in the area:
- You'll find some of the best snorkeling in the world at La Jolla Cove, part of the 6,000-acre La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve that stretches to Torrey Pines State Reserve. The park is filled with underwater kelp forests, deep canyons, sandy plains and plentiful sea life. On a day with flat, calm water with little surge or surf, La Jolla Cove is a gem. – Kathi Diamant, KPBS Public Broadcasting
San Diego Excellent Adventures
Disguised in wetsuits, flippers, and diving masks, humans almost seem indistinguishable from the scores of aquatic life that thrive among the San Diego coastline. In the water, curious sea lions tug playfully at divers' fins, and thick stalks of kelp wave like Queen Elizabeth telling the gathered crowd to go home already. With access to five separate sites in which to see such wonders, the guides at San Diego Excellent Adventures tailor their adventures—whether snorkeling, diving, or paddling—around the experience level of each tour group, ensuring an easy assimilation to undersea life.
During guided dives along La Jolla Shores, swimmers peer in on frolicking creatures such as lobsters, octopuses, and leopard sharks, and standup paddleboards grant access to Mission Bay's shoreline views previously seen only by terribly lost Venetian gondoliers. Currently the largest manmade bay in the country, Mission is known for its calm waters suited to beginners just learning to explore the ocean.