Kayaks are the most convenient way to travel by sea, as they circumvent the high fuel costs of yachts and the tedious grooming required by sea horses. Skim the waves with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a sea-cave kayak tour for two from La Jolla Kayak in La Jolla.
La Jolla's certified instructors guide caravans of kayaks through turquoise waters, unveiling naturally formed wonders and ample wildlife. A five-minute safety briefing edifies guests on seascape etiquette, such as which course to follow around a swim-only zone or where to keep one's salad fork in the event of a kelp attack. The shop then provides all necessary equipment, including personal-flotation devices, before paddling pairs slide into tandem vessels and nose toward the Seven Caves and La Jolla's Underwater Park. Dolphins, sea lions, and leopard sharks make colorful cameos during the two-hour tour as kayakers sidle up to sea cliffs and caves, introducing themselves to the Pacific with handy English-to-Ocean dictionaries.
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 92037