Kayaking the Caves of San Diego’s La Jolla

Kayaking through the La Jolla Caves

Kayaking through the La Jolla Caves

When the sun comes out this weekend there’s only one thing in San Diego that I want to do – kayak through the caves in La Jolla! These natural wonders are quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions in San Diego as thousands of locals and visitors paddle in wonder through these hidden gems every week.

OEX Kayak Tour in La Jolla

A Group of Kayakers on their way to the La Jolla Caves

La Jolla Shore’s natural boat launch creates a perfect place for beginners and avid kayakers alike to start their adventure around the cove. After just a 20 minute paddle out from the boat launch, kayakers arrive at the famous La Jolla sea caves.

Millions of waves and years have carved these north facing sea caves – including Big Rock, Arches, Emeralds, and Sunny Jim’s – out of the 75 million years old sandstone cliff side. Kayaking or swimming through the reserve are the only ways to explore most of these caves, though Sunny Jim’s is the only known land accessible sea cave on the California coastline.

Kayaking in La Jolla

It's always fun kayaking in La Jolla

The famous caves aren’t the only thing you can expect when kayaking in La Jolla. Boasting some of the most condensed sea life in all of California, the La Jolla Environmental Protection Area and Underwater Ecological Park is home to dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, girabaldi, sea turtles, leopard sharks and even gray whales! Being up close and personal with the wildlife is really what keeps myself and others coming back to the area time and time again. Just recently, I personally had a harbor seal swim underneath my kayak and proceeded to scratch himself on my boat and then try to grab another kayaker’s paddle! Since the area is inhabited with sea life and people alike, the wild animals have grown accustom to coming up close and personal. Lucky for them, the government protection allows them the freedom of curiosity!

So what are you waiting for, grab (or rent) a kayak and get exploring. Tell us in the comments below, where is your kayaking hidden gem in San Diego?

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About Chris

Being from Modesto, CA I had my bags pack at age 17, and was ready to head down south! I ended up at San Diego State University where I earned a degree in International Economics. Unfortunately, I graduate in 2008 at the height of the recession, so instead of heading to Wall Street, I took a left turn and ended up in Hollywood. I spent a couple years wondering about trying to make it as an actor until one faithful day when I had the opportunity to live out another dream back in San Diego. I purchased an action water sports company, OEX Dive & Kayak La Jolla that I now run with my buddies. The endless summer...

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Early to rise and late to bed.  I'd wake up at the crack of dawn and surf wherever the waves are good! After catching some waves I’d head to Taco Surf in Pacific Beach to grab a burrito.  I always keep golf clubs in the back of the truck, so I would then drive over to Torrey Pines golf course, a US Open Championship course only 10 minutes away. Then time in San Diego only gets even better. Ideally, a limo would pick me and the OEX crew at my place and we'd head to Donavan’s downtown for a steak dinner. To top it all off, I'd have drinks at Bootlegger and a game of bowling at East Village Tavern. Back to bed by 2:00 am (hopefully)!

What is your favorite San Diego activity?

Surfing hands down! But if the waves are flat, I grab a kayak and some scuba gear to dive the kelp forest in La Jolla.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Good question.  Six out of seven days I'd say burgers and beer. Of course on the seventh day I'd have to find a date to enjoy some good food and good wine.

Latest music purchase for my iPod player are...

Empire of the Sun, Stick Figure and Otis Redding.

Twitter: @oexlajolla

2 thoughts on “Kayaking the Caves of San Diego’s La Jolla

  1. This sounds great!.  I will be there in August, is that a good time to do this?  How do I set this up?

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