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It's truely a remarkable experience to see one of the world's largest mammal in it's natural habitat. We kayak for 2 Hours in Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve to witness the Grey Whale migration from the nutrient rich waters off Alaska to the warm waters off Baja California. We paddle for about 4 miles round trip to Scripps underwater canyon formed by the techtonic plate movements from the Rose Canyon Fault. Our guides will educate on the wildlife along with the local history of La Jolla as we wait for the whales to swim by. It's an excellent way to witness this migration in the most enviromentally friendly way. Minimum age is 5 Years old and no prior kayaking experience necessary. Our guides will ensure your safety on the water and teach you everything you'll need to know to have a great time on the water!
Tour Guide Tip: Winter is the best time to kayak in La Jolla. Small crowds, no marine layer, 70 degree days and more sea life than any other time of the year!
Some things to look for while on your whale watching kayak tour:
Breaching - When a whale leaps out of the water and falls back into the ocean with a thud. Also know as cresting.
Spouting - Heart shaped puffs of mist from the spout or blowhole. You can often tell the size of a Gray by the height of the spout.
Spyhopping - When they raise their head and hold position partially out of the water as if to look around. This can last for minutes!
Fluking - When their tail breaks the surface.
*The whale watching kayak tour is excellent for all ages and all skill levels. Being able to swim is not required. Please be inside the shop 30 minutes prior to your tour time!
Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)
When should I arrive for my tour?
Please plan to be in our shop at least 30 minutes prior to your tour. Your tour time is when we go out on the water. We leave as a group from the shop 10-15 minutes prior to your tour time. If we do not hit the water on time, the Lifeguards can cancel the entire tour. If you’re late, you have missed your tour and there will be no refunds so please be on time!
What do I wear?
We recommend wearing beach attire: a swimsuit / bathing suit, a t-shirt, ( Depending on the temperature of the water and how much wind is present, we highly recommend a wetsuit. Bring your own if you have one or you can rent one from us for $11.
Where do we keep our stuff?
We have lockers available for rent. (They’re $5.) If you don’t want to rent a locker we recommend keeping your valuables in your car.
Where should I park?
Do not park in the lot adjacent to our shop. We do not own it and if you park there, you run the risk of being towed. We also do not recommend parking in a 90 minute commercial zone, as you will be here longer than that and will run the risk of getting ticketed. There is plenty of parking in the residential streets surrounding our shop. You can park there all day.
Will I be in a single or double kayak?
Everyone will be in a double kayak unless you specifically purchased a single kayak. If you have vouchers, you will be in a double kayak.
Are we going into the caves?
We can only determine that once we are physically in front of the caves. There are several factors our experienced guides must take into consideration, namely safety. Your safety is our number one priority.
What if I don’t know how to swim? Can I do this?
Yes, absolutely! We have had tons of people who have never kayaked before, never seen the ocean, do not know how to swim and have had amazing experiences. Everyone is required to wear a life jacket and helmet and are going out with an experienced guide who will ensure everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable experience. This is a great activity for people of all ages.
Will I get wet?
Yes, you are going to be getting wet! Which is part of the fun. All of our operations take place in the majestic La Jolla Ecological Reserve in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The degree to which you will get wet varies day by day with the current conditions of the ocean.
What can I bring with me on the tour?
We recommend bringing as little as possible. Feel free to bring a water bottle or a waterproof camera. Do not bring anything that should not get wet. We have an expression at the shop, “If you love it, leave it.”
What is the age restriction?
The city of San Diego, and the San Diego lifeguards, set the age requirement at 5 years old and older.
What is the weight limit for kayaking?
The weight limit for each kayak is 425lbs / 193kg.
Where is Everyday California located?
All tours start at our shop which is located at 2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, California 92037 at La Jolla Shores, one of San Diego’s most popular beaches, just north of La Jolla Cove.
Where do Everyday California’s Kayak Tours go?
After meeting up with your guide at our shop, we’ll head down the street to the beach at La Jolla Shores. After some quick safety instructions, you’ll get in your kayak and head out towards La Jolla Cove. All our kayak tours take you through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve to explore the seven La Jolla Sea Caves just north of the La Jolla Cove. Kayaking is the best way to see the famous La Jolla Caves!
Will I find sea life on the tours?
Yes. We have the ability to see tons of happy animals in their natural habitat! Among the sea life regularly seen on our tours are: Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, Seals, Cormorants, Pelicans, Sea Gulls, Garibaldi, Dolphins and many other types of fish. Of course, we’re dealing with nature, so the amount of marine life we see varies from day to day.
Do I need to be an experienced kayaker?
No experience is required! We’ve had everyone from children to 80 year old first time kayakers come out and have a blast on our amazing kayak adventure tours.
Do you do Kayak rentals?
We do rent kayaks all year long. We always recommend doing a tour first, if you have not been out kayaking on the La Jolla Ecological Reserve before. Once you do a tour, we encourage renting a kayak and going out on your own.
Is sea kayaking different than other kayaking?
Sea kayaking is the our favorite kind of kayaking and the best way to explore La Jolla Shores! Is it different than freshwater kayaking? Sea Kayaking takes place in the beautiful ocean, which has one major difference from freshwater kayaking: Kayak Surfing! When returning to land in a Sea Kayak, you get the opportunity to catch and ride a wave all the way in.
Who will be taking me on the tour?
One of our experienced and highly trained guides will lead you and your group on the tour. Each guide has extensive knowledge of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve and La Jolla Caves and is trained in water safety, First Aid and CPR.
When are the best times to go on your tours?
The best time to go is whenever you want! Our tours start as early as 9:20 am depending on the day and the last tour comes back as the sun goes down, again depending on the day and time of year.
How’s the snorkeling in La Jolla?
Snorkeling in the La Jolla Cove and Sea Caves has been rated as one of the top ten snorkeling spots in the world. We’re thrilled to help share San Diego’s best snorkeling spot with visitors and locals all year.
Can I rent snorkeling gear from Everyday California?
Of course! La Jolla is one of the best snorkeling spots in California. If you go on a tour with us, we’ll even give you a great discount on snorkel gear. Just ask us if you want to try!
What kind of kayaks do you use?
Everyday California uses tandem sit-on-top kayaks because they are safer and more fun!