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La Jolla Caves Snorkel & Paddleboard Rental

Water Sports Equipment Rental Service in San Diego
Opening at 8:00 AM
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Conditions are even calmer today than yesterday, and we are expecting calm conditions through Saturday. Come experience it while it’s here!

Now this is what we want to see!! Come snorkel and dive while conditions are calm, we hope for today, Tuesday May 24, through Friday the 27th for conditions to be good. We will be at the La Jolla Cove with everything available in all sizes on a walk up basis!

The La Jolla cove is calming down finally and we are open today for snorkeling. Forecast shows conditions rising tomorrow until Thursday which looks very calm. Updates to come!

Unfortunately surface conditions have not been good all week, with more red tide causing murkiness and mixed surf swells making the area poor for snorkeling. For these reasons we will not open today and will try for tomorrow, Sunday 5/22 in hopes of improvement. Thank you and we apologize for a...

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Conditions have finally calmed to safe levels and should stay that way through the weekend. We will be open and hope you come say hi!

We apologize for all of the recent closures however Mother Nature has a mind of her own! Today, Saturday 5/7 - Tuesday 5/10 we will be closed due to high surf and poor ocean conditions. Stay tuned for updates and as always we will still have paddleboarding on mission bay available as a safe wat...

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The cove is super rough again today! Unfortunately for safety reasons we will only be open for Paddleboard rentals on mission bay, we apologize for any inconvenience and will hope for calmer water tomorrow!

Despite surf forecasts reporting 1-2 feet in the La Jolla area conditions in the Cove were poor and there were several rescues. We closed for the day but will reopen tomorrow in the hope that conditions will improve. Thank you!


8 months ago
We had a great experience snorkeling at the cove. The sea lions were very active and we were fortunate enough to get many photos. We are so grateful for the free phone lanyards we received as part of our rental. We are looking forward to going out a few more times this week when the water has more visibility. I would recommend this business to anyone looking for a fun outing. We returned to snorkel twice more and we’re able to wade with and swim the waters with the leopard sharks. This is such an amazing experience! I would give 6 stars if I could!
- Tiff W
3 months ago
Alex was great, super responsive gave me everything I needed to snorkel + surf at an awesome rate. It was the off season and I went to their inland location to pick up. They were super nice helping me get fitted. Then when I needed to extend my rental they were super flexible. Gave me some great tips on where to go and their rates were exceedingly fair. Responded to literally every text within 2 minutes. Great customer care and a family business. What more can you ask for? Highly recommend checking them out if you're in San Diego.
- Mike P
3 weeks ago
Such a great experience with these guys! They really do care most about giving the customer a great experience over anything else. Super easy to communicate and book with, they provided us with the wetsuits, snorkel gear, and a waterproof camera bag. They offer a great rate with no time limit either! They want you to have the best experience without feeling limited to time. Both of the owners were really nice and personable, so we will definitely be referring them to our friends and also returning to snorkel with them ourselves. 10/10.
- Alicia H

More About Us

Our mission is to provide the best experience possible for everyone visiting San Diego and locals alike, for snorkeling, paddleboarding, or just enjoying our beautiful beaches.  We try to think of every necessity and convenience to provide our customers the best experience possible, including reef safe sunscreen, secure private storage, antifog and more!  We strive to be the most knowledgeable with ocean conditions and wildlife information, the lowest priced supplier of high quality equipment, and also the best in customer service available.  Our priority is always your happiness - we never put your safety or the quality of your experience ahead of money!  We are flexible and aim to accommodate any time constraint and every circumstance.  All of our snorkel equipment is US DIVERS brand and include features such as dry tops, purge valves and silicon material meant for comfort. We thoroughly disinfect all equipment with bleach after any use, including when something is handled by anyone but our staff. We provide all the information needed to safely snorkel with leopard sharks, turtles, sea lions as well as the fish species and other wildlife local to the Marine Reserve.  We have the NICEST paddleboards you will find in San Diego for rent, with multiple different lengths for different experience levels.  

Our range of services include but are not limited to:

  • Snorkel Rentals - Onsite or at our shop, overnight rentals available

  • Paddleboard Rentals - Delivered to La Jolla or Mission Bay or the San Diego Harbor

  • GoPro Rentals - Hero 8/10 with memory card and optional editing services

  • Beach Rentals - Tommy Bahama chairs and umbrellas

  • Personalized Drone Videos - 4K drone used to film & editing to create professional videos (Samples Available)

  • SeaWorld Fireworks Paddle sessions - RESERVATION REQUIRED
          APRIL 2022: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 

                                                           COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We are proud to provide snorkel equipment for Urbn Surf 4 Kids ( for their events free of charge and would love to partner with other nonprofits to supplement our presence in the San Diego community and abroad!

In addition to the discount we have in place for all Active duty members of our Armed Forces, we are partnering with our U.S. Marines for an Earth Day ocean cleanup event on  4/22/22 where we will be providing free snorkel/masks and fins to anyone who wants to participate in the cleanup effort.

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  • (858) 707-5572


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1160 Coast Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037

Business Hours

Mon:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thu:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun:8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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