Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an un-stealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $39, you get admission for two to a kayak tour of the La Jolla sea caves from La Jolla Kayak, located on Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla (an $86.40 value).
La Jolla Kayak has led eager paddlers on coastal sightseeing expeditions for 15 years. On a 90-minute tour of La Jolla's famed sea caves, disbelieving eyes will view ancient wave-washed walls while credulous ears listen to guides' disquisitions about area history and brows furrow in delight. Tour-takers may glimpse dolphins, sea lions, leopard sharks, and obnoxiously orange garibaldi damselfish as they glide through the water. In the course of exploring some of the Pacific coast's finest scenery, personable veteran guides exercise the utmost concern for kayakers' safety, and they wield certifications in CPR and first aid to ensure they can quickly revive any whales struck by errant paddles. Novice kayakers and wizened skippers alike can enjoy the tour, which requires no paddling talent beyond basic fitness and no special skills beyond the ability to be more than 6 years old. Complimentary lockers are offered for gear storage, but La Jolla Kayak recommends tour takers change into swimsuits before arrival.
Sixty-one Yelpers give La Jolla Kayak an average of four stars:
- This was a really good time and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a fun activity. You just show up listen to your guide and have a blast. – Andre T., 8/22/2010
- Our tour guide was very helpful, very friendly, very clear about what we would do and how we would do it. She was patient, and kept us all together (the fast ones and the stragglers) by pausing sometimes to tell us about the beaches and local history. – daxle c., 8/5/2009
La Jolla Kayak
At La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea and the waves roll gently toward the beach, where seals can be found sleeping in the sun. This unique ecology makes the area an ideal entryway into the ocean, which the native La Jollan owners of La Jolla Kayak take full advantage of, leading kayaking excursions past the steep cliffs and through the secluded sea caves where humans first learned to douse fire.
Alternatively, snorkel tours allow explorers to dive into the 6,000-acre Underwater Park to spy the leopard shark, garibaldi, and dolphins swimming underfoot. To facilitate journeys, La Jolla Kayak transports visitors' kayaks to the beach straight from its outfitting shop, which also houses complimentary lockers and rents out wetsuits to keep love-struck sea lions from slipping notes into divers' pockets.
La Jolla Shores
2199 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, California 92037Get Directions