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Explore Marine Life in Tide Pools!

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 117 reviews.San Diego, United States

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Experience hosted by Matt

60 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

**COVID-19 update (updated October 2): Airbnb is continuing to pause experiences. Before making any bookings please contact me by emailing me at snorkelmatt@gmail.com or clicking the "Contact host" button**

Tide pools, or rocky intertidal zones, are small collections of ocean water trapped by rocks as the ocean level recedes. This area is covered by the ocean half of the day- during high tide- and the pools are exposed at low tide, which creates a unique, yet fragile, habitat for lots of small invertebrates and fish!

At our meeting spot, I will give you a brief talk on safety and tide pool rules, as all San Diego tide pools have a strict "no collection" policy. Once we understand how to tide pool safely and respectfully, the adventure begins!
**COVID-19 update (updated October 2): Airbnb is continuing to pause experiences. Before making any bookings please contact me by emailing me at snorkelmatt@gmail.com or clicking the "Contact host" button**

Tide pools, or rocky intertidal zones, are small collections of ocean water trapped by rocks as the ocean level recedes. This area is covered by the ocean half of the day- during high tide- and the pools are exposed at low tide, wh…

Matt's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Pictures from my waterproof camera are included!
From $25
/ person
Sat, Oct 31
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$26 per person
$26 per person
Sun, Nov 1
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$26 per person
$26 per person
Mon, Nov 2
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$26 per person
$26 per person

Meet your host, Matt

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 117 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello! I'm Matt, or @SnorkelMatt on Instagram!

AirBnB Community Leader for San Diego! Current Red Cross certified Open Water life guard and former marine biology teacher, with over ten years of teaching experience from education centers all across the United States. As a scientist with a focus on wildlife conservation and marine ecology, I use my expertise to share my passion of the marine environment with you!

I also host the following experiences in San Diego:
Marine Bio 101 (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/120492),
Snorkel La Jolla Shores w/ a biologist (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/133507),
Snorkel La Jolla Cove with a biologist (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/120435), and
Family-Fun Beach Walk with a biologist (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/580716)
Hello! I'm Matt, or @SnorkelMatt on Instagram!

AirBnB Community Leader for San Diego! Current Red Cross certified Open Water life guard and former marine biology teacher, with over ten years of teaching experience from education centers all across the United States. As a scientist with a focus on wildlife conservation and marine ecology, I use my expertise to share my passion of the marine environment with you!

I also host the following experiences in San Diego:
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Where you'll be

Without divulging too much information, as this area is somewhat hidden, these tide pools are near La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Often, students from local universities conduct studies and surveys at these pools. Once you book this experience, you will receive information on the exact address of our meeting spot.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 117 reviews.

Tiffany
March 2020
Since I grew up near the ocean, I'm not the typical person that would schedule a tide pool excursion, but maybe I should have before! "Who knew," is all I kept thinking during our time with Matt. He had great info, enthusiasm and true hands-on experience and knowledge of our tour area and beyond. Did you know if you pick up a hermit crab and set him in a different place its like being put in a different state! My kids and I had a great time with Matt! Thank you again!
Since I grew up near the ocean, I'm not the typical person that would schedule a tide pool excursion, but maybe I should have before! "Who knew," is all I kept thinking during our…
Jared
March 2020
Matt described every animal with detail and learned alot about tides. Alot of people dont know what they are doing out there in the tide pools. It was great to get some experience with an expert who genuinely enjoyed sharing the beauty of La Jolla.
Matt described every animal with detail and learned alot about tides. Alot of people dont know what they are doing out there in the tide pools. It was great to get some experience…
Chiara
March 2020
Matt was very communicative and very kind, even when I thought we might be running late. He walked us through everything, and he handled my energetic 10-year-old daughter and her friend with kindness, humor, and patience. He is a good human in general, and that really showed throughout the experience.
Matt was very communicative and very kind, even when I thought we might be running late. He walked us through everything, and he handled my energetic 10-year-old daughter and her f…
Alexandria
March 2020
We loved this experience! Tide pools are amazing in general, but having an expert explain all of the different creatures was extra special. Matt was extremely knowledgeable and made us feel immersed in the experience. He took lots of pictures and sent them to us afterwards. I didn’t even realize he had taken them, but I’m so glad to have them! This was a treat. Thank you, Matt!
We loved this experience! Tide pools are amazing in general, but having an expert explain all of the different creatures was extra special. Matt was extremely knowledgeable and mad…
Evelyn
February 2020
This was my first time exploring the tide pools, and Matt was awesome in teaching me everything. I took the time after to keep exploring, and he even made local suggestions afterwards. Definitely worthwhile!
Ondrea
February 2020
My family and I had a GREAT experience at the Tide Pools with Matt. He was incredibly knowledgeable of marine life and kept everyone engaged with questions. The part that I most appreciate, is Matt taking his time to have one on one conversation with my 7-year and making sure he understood the creatures and their environment. I think we all walked away with a greater appreciation for the environment.
My family and I had a GREAT experience at the Tide Pools with Matt. He was incredibly knowledgeable of marine life and kept everyone engaged with questions. The part that I most ap…

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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 5 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

- Children 3 years and under are free!
- I can also host private/group/extended (longer) sessions, contact me for more information - Guests must wear close-toed shoes that will get wet -

What to bring

Close-toed shoes that will get wet (NO flip-fops or sandals)

Clothes that could potentially get wet