La Jolla Caves
La Jolla Caves
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Seven elongated fissures in the cliff walls that can be entered during low tide.
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Rosa M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Awesome and up close view of wildlife, sea lions, seals, pelicans and other numerous birds. Hike to the cliffs and view kayakers approaching the sea caves. Make sure to visit the Cave Store and take the stairs to access the sea cave.
Numerous restaurants dot the area. Gelato stores are a must.
Written January 27, 2024
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cubby61990
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Nice ocean . Great viewing of pelicans , cormorants, and sea lions. Because of bird life a bit smelly. Some may find smell offensive. Good beach front lunch and breakfast places within walking distance. Visitors should view wildlife from a distance.
Written November 14, 2023
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dolittledigger
michigan957 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A stop you just have to do when visiting San Diego. Not a lot of time is needed here. Parking may be hard.
We just strolled along the walkway, walked down to the area where sea lions are. We saw a baby being rescued.
A pretty area to roam
Written July 1, 2023
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WBJM2009
Little Rock, AR797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I believe this area is right by the Cave Store. Beautiful views - you can walk along the path (near the street) to other beach areas with sea lions.
Written April 25, 2023
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GoPlaces55313826319
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I loved this part of our trip! This area is beautiful and fun. We also enjoyed the Torrie Pines area!
Written April 21, 2023
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D B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Weather was great. Saw tons of seals, pelicans, etc. Enjoyed the walk and all the areas you could go down to. Got lots of great pics.
Written February 6, 2023
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David
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Impressive from the cliff top but so much more from the water.
Kayaks can be rented or tours booked at La Jolla Shores which will get you closer to and into the caves with close up contact with seal lions and fish. Highly recommended.
Written November 1, 2022
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PatriciaPhillips33
Sterling, VA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
January 2022 I made a dive to the La Jolla Caves through SCUBA San Diego. It was great. As an older, east coast boat diver, who had never done a shore entry in surf conditions, I had a wonderful time in a completely new environment (and temperature).

Shore entry in surf was new to me, and I had a free-flow from my second reg. The life guards immediately notified me of the situation -- nice to have over-watch. The dive was shallow, about 25-30 feet max, but it's a great experience having seals zipping around you as you enjoy the other underwater life. The "caves" are really a swim-through. We had lots of surge, but I wouldn't have missed it.

SCUBA San Diego provides good service, a great guide, and were very flexible.
Cole (my guide) is an accomplished diver and a great guide. I enjoyed the kelp, sea lions, fish, and everything else along with the caves. I had scheduled a follow-on night dive with Cole at La Jolla Canyon, but a last minute conflict I forced me to call the dive. Ron (the owner of SCUBA San Diego) had no problems sending me a certificate for full credit for the next time (soon, I hope) I come out. Being in business since 1968, I felt very comfortable accepting the certificate. All-in-all, a great experience. The Caves make for a great dive and I highly recommend SCUBA San Diego! And HIGHLY recommend Cole.
Chris P.
Written February 2, 2022
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Penelope M
Katy, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We actually did not go into the caves but admired them from afar. We saw a lot of people snorkeling and kayaking. The water was beautiful. We also got to see some Sea Lions laying around enjoying the sun.
Written August 25, 2021
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jodi m
Manitowoc, WI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A fun morning kayaking and seeing the coastline. Waves, sea lions, fish, it was a great time! Reasonable price, great guides at La Jolla Kayak! High recommend.
Written July 29, 2021
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