Surf, Sun, and Kayaks
It’s that season again! The time of year when you can do the unimaginable; swim with the sharks! Each June, as the weather gets warmer, Leopard Sharks start to congregate in large groups in the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores. This local phenomenon happens right off the coast, amidst the presence of adventurous swimmers. Don’t assume, however, that this activity is reserved only for the extremists. Leopard Sharks are completely harmless and are, in fact, bottom feeders with small mouths. La Jolla Kayak is now offering their seasonal “Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks” guided tour. Experienced guides will make sure you safely check out the best spots to be surrounded by schools of sharks. The tour is available during the months of June to Sep-tember, to all swimmers over the age of 6.
Although Leopard Sharks are common to these local waters, the enormity in which they gather this time of year is unique to La Jolla Shores. It is thought that these sharks come here to gestate in the warmth and tranquility spe-cific to this area. Leopard Sharks got their name from their distinctive dark brown spots, resembling a leopard’s print. They are usually 5 ft long, and weigh about 20lbs. The best way to experience these beautiful creatures is to snorkel in the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores during the summer month.
What: Snorkel Tour with the Leopard Sharks. Appropriate for swimmers over the age of 6.
When: Daily- 10am, 12pm, and 1pm. Tours last 1 hour with your guide and you can keep the equipment for an additional 2 hours afterwards to explore on your own.
Cost: From $29 per person. Includes a 1 our guided tour with a professional and knowledgeable guide, and all the equipment you will need; Mask & Snorkel, Fins, and Wetsuit.
Bikinis, flip-flops, and tan lines. It must be Spring Break!
Hey guys, Matt here! A lot of people head to San Diego for their spring break vacation. With t-shirt weather pretty much all year round, and always something fun to do, who wouldn't want to come to San Diego? As a San Diego native, and tour guide for La Jolla Kayak, I'm pretty much asked on a daily basis where to eat, sleep, shop, and hang out near the beach. If you want to know how the "locals" spend their time, just head down to the shores and you'll see right away why La Jolla is the best place to visit while in San Diego.
La Jolla is one of those beach town cities where you can walk everywhere, eat at the best restaurants, visit dozens of tourist attractions, and, of course, hop in a kayak to enjoy the water. If you are just spending the day here in La Jolla, be sure to check out one of my favorite places to eat, Papalulus or Jeff's Burger for a quick bite before or after your kayak, bike or snorkel tour. If you're here for the evening, maybe staying at La Shores Hotel, or Hotel La Jolla, have dinner at Piatti's, an award winning restaurant just steps away from La Jolla Kayak. Those of you up for a little night-life, well, La Jolla is definitely known for being more of a quiet town, so most of us guides head to the nearby community of Windensea, for some drinks at The Shack.
I hope you find some useful information here. Be sure to request me as your guide on your next La Jolla Cave Tour!
-Matt, La Jolla Kayak Tour GuideTour