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Kayak with Gray Whales in La Jolla

San Diego, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Michael And Friends

2 hoursHosted in English
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This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Experience the grey whale migration from the seat of a kayak! Leaving the waters of the Arctic and heading south to the lagoons of Mexico, grey whales naturally migrate past La Jolla during the winter. We'll paddle about two miles out to the path of the whale migration, learning interesting facts and history about the surrounding area and marine life along the way.

Note: La Jolla's unique natural boat launch allows safe ocean access for kayaking all year-round.

This is a non polluting, non threatening and intimate way to experience grey whales, one of the most majestic mammals on the planet. We often see dolphins deep in the water as well, along with sea lions, harbor seals, and more.

No experience is required and your guide will kick things off with a paddle tutorial. Note that the water can get choppy at times, even with La Jolla being one of the calmest places to kayak in California, so if you are susceptible come prepared with your motion sickness medication.

*Note: Grey whales are wild animals, and although we see a large number of them during the season we cannot guarantee a sighting.

La Jolla's climate and water conditions are typically pleasant in the "winter". We have wetsuits and booties if anyone is concerned about being cold.

Money back guarantee: If you do not feel this was a 5 star experience, contact me after the tour.
Other things to note
Prepare to get wet and have fun. ONCE in a LIFETIME encounter with gray whales. Check in 30 mins early. We donate to 1% For The Planet & Greenwave on all bookings.
Experience the grey whale migration from the seat of a kayak! Leaving the waters of the Arctic and heading south to the lagoons of Mexico, grey whales naturally migrate past La Jolla during the winter. We'll paddle about two miles out to the path of the whale migration, learning interesting facts and history about the surrounding area and marine life along the way.

Note: La Jolla's unique natural boat launch allows safe ocean access…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Kayak/Life Vest/Helmet...Usually we ride in double kayaks. Odd # groups wil...

Meet your host, Michael And Friends

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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I have loved being on the water since I can remember and pursued this passion as soon as I graduated college. With great friends, we started Everyday California, an ocean adventure company, in 2010. Our GUIDES are experts on the water and will make sure you have a memorable experience!

We are permitted by the City of San Diego and SD's Lifeguard Services to operate a kayak concession in La Jolla.
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Where you'll be

We'll meet at Everyday California which is located just blocks away from the La Jolla Shores Boat Launch, Underwater Park & Ecological Reserve. We will kayak out to the edge of the kelp forest, a few miles out to sea, where the most grey whale encounters historically occur. Our kelp forest is also home to hundreds of other forms of sea life, so we will constantly keep a look out for dolphin, seals or sea lions, etc.

Rated 4.79 out of 5 from 90 reviews.

Elayna
March 2021
Kristen was our tour guide and she was absolutely wonderful. She was very informative and made excellent conversation. We didn’t see any whales unfortunately but Kristen definitely made up for it with her wit and personality. Definitely coming back in the summer to do other tours with her.
Kristen was our tour guide and she was absolutely wonderful. She was very informative and made excellent conversation. We didn’t see any whales unfortunately but Kristen definitely…
Akeeme
March 2021
Kayaking was definitely a experience especially since it was the first time. I would recommend just keep in mind it is definitely a workout if you have never done it before. Loved it.
Nathan & Emily
February 2021
Had a great time on the whale watching kayak trip. We booked for a group of 6 and all really enjoyed the experience even though we didn’t see any whales. However, we did see a good amount of other wildlife: dolphins, seals and more. The kayaking was easy even for the less fit in the group.
Had a great time on the whale watching kayak trip. We booked for a group of 6 and all really enjoyed the experience even though we didn’t see any whales. However, we did see a good…
Katherine
February 2021
Overall this is a great tour - we enjoyed being out on the water and seeing marine wildlife. We were able to see dolphins, seals, and sea lions. We both went in there knowing the chances of seeing gray whales were low, especially after reading some of the previous reviews. One woman suggested calling the tour a “marine animal kayaking” rather than “kayaking with gray whales” - which I can agree with.
Overall this is a great tour - we enjoyed being out on the water and seeing marine wildlife. We were able to see dolphins, seals, and sea lions. We both went in there knowing the c…
Jiaxin
January 2021
Danielle was a fabulous tour guide, bringing in a lot of positive energy and knowledge about the marine wildlife in La Jolla. 5/5 for her, and the atmosphere she cultivated!!! My only qualm is: while the description made it clear that whale sightings were not guaranteed, it was still a little disappointing that we weren’t able to see them. Perhaps management could have called this “marine animal kayaking” rather than “kayaking with blue whales”.
Danielle was a fabulous tour guide, bringing in a lot of positive energy and knowledge about the marine wildlife in La Jolla. 5/5 for her, and the atmosphere she cultivated!!! My…
Melissa
January 2021
My daughter and I had never been kayaking so we were a bit nervous but Margo was so sweet and patient. This was the most amazing day!! We didn't see any whales but we did have some very playful sea lions come extremely close, super exciting!! I would highly recommend this to any and everyone I know we will for sure be back!!
My daughter and I had never been kayaking so we were a bit nervous but Margo was so sweet and patient. This was the most amazing day!! We didn't see any whales but we did have some…

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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

Sunscreen

Dramamine, if you are prone to motion sickness