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La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

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San Diego, United States
La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

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Go whale-watching by kayak from La Jolla Shores on a 3-hour active tour with an experienced naturalist guide. From December to March, gray whales migrate past San Diego while making their way between Alaska and Mexico. Hope to see the magnificent wild mammals on this kayak tour led by an expert guide, who also points out other marine life such as dolphins, sea lions, seals, pelicans, leopard sharks and more. This fun and active tour does not require previous experience, and all kayak gear and instruction is included.
  • Kayak with the whales in their natural environment
  • See other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins
  • The Pacific coast of California is one of the best places to view whales on their yearly migration.
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2222 Avenida De La Playa , 2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
12:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at the designated starting point in La Jolla and receive a safety briefing and trip orientation. Then get outfitted in your kayaking gear and boat, and learn the basics of paddling and steering your kayak.

When you’re ready, follow your guide to the ocean and set out in your single or double kayak. Paddle out from La Jolla Shores, passing the La Jolla sea caves, huge kelp forests and underwater canyons while learning from your naturalist guide about the marine life around you. Your guide might show you leopard sharks, sea lions, seals, fish, pelicans and other seabirds, in addition to the Pacific white-sided dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins that are commonly seen in the area.

Gray whales migrate offshore from San Diego from December to March, although sightings are not predictable in the wild. However, a kayak tour on the Pacific Ocean is a memorable experience and gray whales are frequently spotted in these waters.

Expect to paddle for almost the entire time that you are out on the water, about six miles round-trip. Although this is an active tour, prior experience is not required; simply bring your sense of adventure and be prepared to get wet. All kayaking gear and instruction is provided, along with warm beverages upon your return.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • What to Bring: Expect to get wet. Wear shoes that can get wet (Tevas, tennis shoes, 'river shoes' or flip flops), bathing suit and/or drip dry shorts/shirt, hat, sun screen. Bring a 'leash' for valuable glasses. You can leave a towel and dry clothes at our shop or in your vehicle. Please DO NOT bring valuables and things that cannot get wet: cell phones, pagers, car keys, non-waterproof watches, non-waterproof cameras.
  • Free parking is available on the side streets. The spots marked 'two-hour' parking are NOT RECOMMENDED (not enough time).
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required. Individuals who book for only 1 passenger will be required to pay price for second passenger directly to operator upon check-in.
  • There is a weight limit of 375 pounds.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hike Bike Kayak Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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no whales which is understandable, but...
Naveesha M
, Mar 2018
no whales which is understandable, but no pictures were taken and it seemed like everyone else knew it wasnt whale season except for me. If I had known that I wouldnt have booked it. Not shown anythig else either, so kind of a waste of kayak trip and time
There were 5 of us. We had a really...
Jefferey H
, Dec 2017
There were 5 of us. We had a really good time. Saw dolphins, seals, But no whales. We were lucky it was a beautiful day, no waves, very calm. Guides were very good and attentive. We never felt rushed. Everything at all times asunder control. A great day on the water.
great experience, did not get to see...
Mariana B
, Mar 2015
great experience, did not get to see many whales but it was fun
This was a great morning out on the...
Judy A
, Mar 2013
This was a great morning out on the water; La Jolla has a lot to offer! March was a bit late for whale-watching however there is plenty of marine life (seals, sea lions, birds) and there is also the caves and coastline to explore. An intimate group of 3, we got full attention by our wonderful guide.
We saw bottle nose dolphins, white...
Terry J
, Jan 2009
We saw bottle nose dolphins, white sided dolphins, baby Humboldt squids, sea lions, Garabaldi fish, and juvenile leopard sharks up close. Saw a mother gray whale and her 2 year old calf from afar.

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