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Reviewed March 10, 2015
Reviewed February 27, 2015
Reviewed February 27, 2015
What You'll Get
Paddle up to a sea cave, steer around a whirling whale’s tail, or pedal down a thrilling mountain of thrills with today's whirling outdoor adventure-thrill. This Groupon gets you and a friend your choice of three tours from Hike Bike Kayak, San Diego’s largest multi-sport tour operator. Choose from Hike Bike Kayak's sea-cave tandem kayak tour (an $80 value; you save 43%), whale-watching tandem kayak tour (a $110 value; you save 59%), and its La Jolla Plunge bike tour (a $100 value; you save 55%). This Groupon takes two people on any one of the tours, which take place daily.
HBK’s most popular kayak tour is the sea-caves tour, which lasts about two hours and takes you up to the mouth of the La Jolla Sea Caves. There's gorgeous views of caves and the coastline, and you see plenty of wildlife, including birds, sea lions and perhaps some curious harbor seals, who, curiously, would perhaps follow you home and join your rock band.
The three-hour whale-watching tour launches off the La Jolla Shores and takes you within a mile of the fountainous fountains of the earth's biggest and most fountainous natural fountains as they migrate from Alaska to their Baja, Mexico, breeding grounds. A kayak is the best way to witness the majesty of whale's fountain up close since you're riding at water level. Each kayak tour provides you and your guest with a sturdy tandem kayak, paddles, and life jackets. Wetsuits are provided for the whale-watching tour, and can be rented ($5 for short suits, $10 for full suits) for the sea caves tour.
The La Jolla Plunge bike tour lasts about 2.5 hours and starts at the top of Mt. Soledad. Zip down a 3.5-mile descent to tour the prestigious and quaint neighborhoods of La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach. HBK will provide you and your pedaling partner with multi-speed hybrid-type bicycles, helmets, snacks, a guide, and a water bottle.
All of HBK’s experienced guides are CPR and first aid certified, so the tours are as safe as they are informative.
Note: Tours are not strenuous and don't require kayaking experience, but HBK's safety standards bar pregnant women, small children, or inexperienced kayakers from entering the caves on the sea-cave tour.
- Our guide was very friendly, highly knowledgeable and very professional. As neither my husband and I had never kayaked before I was a little nervous about going out, but the confidence and level of knowledge exhibited by our guide made me feel at ease. – 99Hawkeye, TripAdvisor
- Booking a kayak tour from Hike Bike Kayak is a great way to experience the beauty of the La Jolla shoreline. – Joyce L., Citysearch
Whales and Caves: Very Similar, Very Different
HBK offers both a whale-watching kayak tour and a sea-cave kayak tour. Due to the similarities between caves and whales, many kayakers have taken the wrong tour, never realizing it. How can you tell the difference between a whale and a cave?
Genus and Species
Similarities: Both whales and caves are slow-moving aquatic mammals
Differences: Whales eat plankton; caves eat the foolhardy
Similarities: 50% of caves contain treasure; 100% of whales do
Differences: Cave treasures are almost certainly cursed; the U.S. government officially cursed ambergris in 1972
Similarities: Whales are increasingly endangered; caves are multiplying at an alarming rate
Differences: Whales are displaced by giant floating cities; caves team up with archipelagos to destroy humanity
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 6, 2010. Amount paid never expires. 1 per person, multiple as gifts. Appointment only. Valid for Whale Watching, Sea Caves, or The Plunge tours only. Not valid with other offers. Tandem kayaks offered for kayak tours only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hike Bike Kayak
Throughout the year, Hike Bike Kayak Inc's expert guides bring out the best in both La Jolla and Mission Bay's scenery as well as those admiring it. The CPR- and first-aid-certified guides equip visitors with gear for safe land and sea adventures. Kayakers and snorkelers in La Jolla's sea caves might catch a glimpse of harmless leopard sharks darting in and out of kelp, and hikers in Torrey Pines State Reserve might spy coyotes playing freeze tag with deers.
The rental agency's civic-minded outdoorsmen consistently model good behavior, whether epitomizing best practices during visits to fragile ecosystems or donating muscle and dollar power to the area's annual Coastal Cleanup Day. An expanding set of programs helps groups to develop teamwork, dog owners bond with their pets, and young scouts earn badges.