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Animal experience hosted by Danielle

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Available Dec-March. Gray Whales provide kayakers with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities when leaving the waters of the Arctic & heading south to the lagoons of Mexico. We'll push every kayak safely through any waves before paddling out of the reserve. The tour heads due west from the shore & stops about 2 miles out, putting you alongside the path of the whale migration. I'll offer interesting facts & history about the surrounding area & marine life along the voyage. Seeing these majestic mammals is truly awe-inspiring.
I'll be there to make sure you have the most intimate & amazing experience. Part of that is a strict adherence to the Marine Mammal Protection Act & the Ocean Etiquette Guidelines established by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In accordance with the laws & guidelines, we remain at least 100 yards away from whales & 50 yards away from dolphins. We avoid following behind or directly approaching in front of these animals. However these gentle giants have been known to approach boats, kayaks, etc. By following these guidelines, we ensure that we are safe, do not disturb these amazing creatures of the sea & have a wondrous experience.
Other things to note
**If the time/date listed doesn't work for you I can be flexible with availability on most days.**
We only enter 1 cave & entering is weather dependent. Prepare to get wet & have fun. Check in 30 mins early. 10% City Tax collected at arrival. We donate to 1% For Planet & Greenwave on all bookings.
Available Dec-March. Gray Whales provide kayakers with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities when leaving the waters of the Arctic & heading south to the lagoons of Mexico. We'll push every kayak safely through any waves before paddling out of the reserve. The tour heads due west from the shore & stops about 2 miles out, putting you alongside the path of the whale migration. I'll offer interesting facts & history about the surrounding area & marine li…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Life jacket, Helmet &
    Tour Guide
    Opportunity of a lifetime!!
From $57
/ person

Meet your host, Danielle

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am a San Diego native, yogi & marine science nerd. I have led countless snorkeling & diving adventures all around San Diego. If I'm not in the ocean surfing, diving or snorkeling I'm near it weather it be exploring hidden sea caves at negative low tides, seeking tide pools, lobster hoop netting or educating myself all about it. I love sharing unique experiences with those who have similar passions. Not many people know of the amazing marine life San Diego offers, that's why I'm here!
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Where you'll be

We'll meet at Everyday California, they'll be providing us with our gear. They're located just blocks away from the La Jolla Shores Beach & Ecological Reserve. The beach is approximately one mile long & stretches from the sea cliffs just north of La Jolla Cove to Black's Beach south of Torrey Pines State Park. We'll head to the kayak launching area in La Jolla Shores, a straight walk west from their store.
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Ian
March 2021
We enjoyed the kayak trip and Danielle was an excellent leader. We weren't fortunate enough to see any whales, but we hope to return to try again. It was a windy day with swells, but Danielle and other leaders kept the group together and made the trip enjoyable.
We enjoyed the kayak trip and Danielle was an excellent leader. We weren't fortunate enough to see any whales, but we hope to return to try again. It was a windy day with swells, b…
Angela
March 2021
We loved being able to kayak out from the beach quite a distance into the La Jolla Bay. We felt successful with this relatively new skill. Beautiful scenery!
Megan
February 2021
Danielle was a great guide! She was super personable and the whole experience was highly detailed and well-executed. My sister and I failed miserably at the preparedness for sea-sickness and Danielle had ginger chews on hand, great tips to help keep it at bay, and she even ended up towing our boat back for us because the lifeguard offered us a get out of jail free card and took us on a ride back to the land of the living before we got any more green. We were big sissies, but if we had been better prepared, we would have loved every second. We did get to see some cute dolphins before we bailed! Lesson learned: sea sickness meds are HIGHLY encouraged and not just for the weak of heart (or stomach).
Danielle was a great guide! She was super personable and the whole experience was highly detailed and well-executed. My sister and I failed miserably at the preparedness for sea-si…
Isabel
January 2021
We had a great time! Danielle was amazing (again!) and it was a very beautiful time out on the water. Can’t wait to come back!
Tory
January 2021
Danielle was so nice and super knowledgeable. We didn’t get to see whales but we saw other marine life that really made the experience. I got a tad sea sick so Danielle provided ginger chews and other tips to help settle my stomach. Overall it was a great experience!
Danielle was so nice and super knowledgeable. We didn’t get to see whales but we saw other marine life that really made the experience. I got a tad sea sick so Danielle provided gi…
Lan
January 2021
Danielle is a great and gracious host. She’s knowledgeable and sincere. She made the trip great. We did not see any whales or wildlife and did not stop in caves at the end due to high tide but I found it a good 1st experience. Some seemed like they had a difficult time with the exertions in some parts but Danielle was a good guide.
Danielle is a great and gracious host. She’s knowledgeable and sincere. She made the trip great. We did not see any whales or wildlife and did not stop in caves at the end due to h…

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    Wet suit, Everyday CA has rentals

    Sunscreen