5 Tips to Kayaking in La Jolla Sea Caves

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Tijon Employee
When it comes to one of the best visitor spots in La Jolla, California, the first thing that comes to mind for many are the La Jolla Sea Caves. These natural wonders have been considered one of the most popular attractions in the area for years. Thousands of locals and visitors routine paddle through these hidden gems every week.
Millions of waves and years have carved these sea caves known to be more than 75 million years old. The sandstone cliff side offers a beautiful view and location to view Big Rock, Arches, and Emeralds. With the best accessible land coastline in the area, kayakers can find dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, sea turtles, gray whales, and leopard sharks. 

La Jolla 7 Sea Caves
The seven sea caves of La Jolla from left to right can be found in the water and are known by the following.
1. White Lady
2. Little Sister
3. Shopping Cart
4. Sea Surprise
5. Arch Save
6. Sunny Jim Cave
7. The Clam

Kayaking Tips for Visitors
The following tips will help you ensure that your Kayaking trip to the La Jolla Sea Caves is a safe and fun one.

When you get your Kayak, bring it to the Avenida de la Playa that runs on the south end of the La Jolla Shores. This is one of the most popular launch sites for kayaks due to the beach being protected and breakers are quite small. 

Keep in mind that California law mandates a US Coast Guard approved life jacket is worn by every kayaker on board. Children under 12 must wear a life jacket at all times while on the kayak. 

When you launch the kayak, face the waves and push it into the water until you are knee deep into the water. Hop on board and gab your paddle to start paddling into the waves. The bow should be perpendicular to the waves. Keeping a kayak parallel may make you liable to be tip over. Once the surf line is passed, you can proceed on to enjoy the scenery and make your way towards the caves.

When you are ready to return, paddle back to shore the same way you initially launched, remaining perpendicular to the shore. When a wave comes from behind, keep paddle or lift the paddle to gradually surf to shore. 

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