Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)
Do we actually kayak inside of the caves?
Safety is our number one priority when kayaking. We’ll determine whether or not it is safe to kayak inside Emerald Cave when we’re in front of the caves. Some days we’re able to kayak in the La Jolla Sea Caves but other days conditions do not allow for it. Even without going in the caves, you can see many of the caves without going inside and there is still terrific snorkeling just outside of the sea caves!
What do I wear?
We recommend wearing a swimsuit/bathing suit. Depending on the temperature of the water and how much wind is present, we may 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. ($3.30 for a small locker and $5.50 for a large locker) If you do not wish to rent a locker we recommend keeping your valuables in your car.
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.
What if I do not know how to swim? Am I able to 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 lifejacket 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. (Snorkeling does require being able to swim).
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 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.”
Where should I park?
Do not park in the lot across the street from 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.
What is the age restriction?
The city of San Diego, and the San Diego lifeguards, set the age requirement at six years old and older for kayaking and eight years old and older for snorkeling.
What is the weight limit for kayaking?
The weight limit for our kayaks is 425lbs / 193kg per kayak.
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, north of La Jolla Cove. Check in at the large building on the South side of Avenida de la Playa located next to the Woholle Juice Box and Galaxy Taco. You’ll find us just down the street from the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and Kellogg Park.
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 safety and paddle instruction, 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’ll 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.
Do I need to be an experienced kayaker?
No! 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 to returning customers or experienced kayakers. Unfortunately, from March 15th until September 30th of each year, we do not offer kayak rentals due to lifeguard restrictions. If you’re looking to enjoy some time on the water during those times we recommend renting a Stand Up Paddle board or hopping on one of our guided kayak tours.
Is sea kayaking different than other kayaking?
Sea kayaking is the best kind of kayaking there is 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.
You can do whale watching in kayaks?
Most people know of whale watching from boats but whale watching from kayaks is the most intimate way to see whales! Our whale watching tours start in November and run through the end of February. We’ll paddle out to meet grey whales on their migration path between the Arctic and Mexico. For many, winter is their favorite time to kayak – Small crowds, no marine layer, 70 degree days and more sea life than any other time of the year!
What are the regulations for whale watching?
Whale watching can be a positive, enriching and educational experience when conducted safely and responsibly. We follow all NOAA Fisheries Service guidelines to help ensure the safety of our customers and the whales. Please read the guidelines below.
1. Be alert and avoid disturbing whales and changing their normal behavior.
2. ALWAYS attempt to stay 100 yards away from a whale.
3. If a situation arises where you cannot avoid a whale or whales by 100 yards
DO NOT: Move into the path of a whale, move faster than a whale, make erratic speed or directional changes (unless to avoid collision with a whale), get between two whales, chase any whales, feed any whales.
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?
Everyday California offers competitive pricing for La Jolla snorkeling rentals for the La Jolla Cove and surrounding areas.
What kind of kayaks do you use?
Everyday California uses tandem sit on top kayaks because they are safer and more fun!
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 the time we MUST be 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, Lifeguards may cancel the entire tour. If you are late, you have missed your tour and there will be no refunds so please be on time!