The La Jolla Shores area offers many great activities for people of all ages and happens to be one of the most popular beaches in all of San Diego County. One of the most popular activities outside of lounging on the nice sandy beaches is kayaking La Jolla and the 7 caves. Seeing as the sun was shining and the swell had calmed down, I took my adventure to San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours to explore more of La Jolla and the 7 caves. http://goo.gl/maps/ebY1H
Kayaking – San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours
Even though it was a Monday, San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours was busy with people renting bikes, kayaks, snorkeling equipment and much more. Having lived in San Diego for over 11 years, I have spent countless hours down at the Shores but never been on a guided tour. So instead of just renting a kayak and exploring on my own, I signed up for the Kayak tour of La Jolla and the 7 caves. San Diego Bike and Kayak’s staff helped answer all my questions, got me signed up and situated me with a helmet and life jacket.
Kayaking – Tour Guide (Jason)
As I headed down to the beach staging area, the staff of San Diego Bike and Kayak was well marked with red shorts and rash guards with their logo on them. Jason was my tour guide and walked me through the basics of kayaking, safety in the water and what to do if the kayak tips while out in the water.
Kayaking La Jolla
Paddling out from the beach past the surf was the part of the kayak tour where one can expect to get the most wet. After making it out 30-40 yards from the beach, the setting was a lot calmer and enjoyable. Jason made sure to inform me of the La Jolla Ecological preserve all around us from the topography below the water, currents from Alaska, marine life, cliff sides of La Jolla and Rose Canyon fault line. Jason was filled with information about this area.
Kayaking La Jolla 7 Caves
As we made our way towards the caves, Jason stopped to describe in detail what each cave represents or a little story hidden in each one. He described how La Jolla was founded as an artist’s colony, story behind shopping cart cave and Ebay cave as he likes to call it as many lost items funnel into this particular cave setting including sunglasses, GoPros and other miscellaneous items.
Kayaking La Jolla
As you arrive at Emerald Cove it’s time to turn around and start heading back to the Shores. On our way back, Jason stopped and talked about various other things while pointing out Sea Lions and rays along the way. Because it was such a nice day out, I asked Jason if it would be ok to just relax on the kayak and soak in some sun. He agreed with my request as we both had a few good laughs on the water before heading back in.
It’s crazy to think about how when we visit other cities , we generally take a guided tour of certain areas. I really felt like a tourist out there on the kayak but enjoyed the guided tour and learned a lot about La Jolla that I never knew before. Especially the fact that the Garibaldi (California State Fish) has the ability to change its sex throughout its lifetime multiple times. CRAZY!! My adventure with San Diego Bike and Kayak was a good one and would definitely recommend this particular tour to locals and visitors. The staff was very friendly and their equipment worked like it should (I didn’t sink). I may have to try their bike tour of La Jolla and learn a little more about the area I’m living in. I saw all ages enjoying their tours from young kids to older adults with single and tandem kayaks available.
Paddling the kayaks was not too difficult and the guides are there for support. To satisfy the lifeguards, there is one guide to every 5 kayaks in the water so in large group settings, multiple guides will kayak along with you.
As you are on the water, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen!!!