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La Jolla Caves Snorkel & Paddleboard Rental

Water Sports Equipment Rental Service in San Diego
Open today until 5:00 PM
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There has been a massive red tide here along the e San Diego coastline including La Jolla. Red tide occurs when a mass of tiny animals end their life cycle together and it results in a dark discoloration of the water similar to a thick murkiness. We will continue to be open on a reservation bas...

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Absolutely gorgeous conditions today 3/28 at the La Jolla cove - come say hi and check it out while visibility will be excellent!

Conditions are still terrible with huge waves! We will keep you updated when the storm passes but as for now it’s forecasted through the weekend. Thank you for your patience!

Happy holidays! The above forecast calls for extremely high surf in the La Jolla cove and for that reason we will be closed until conditions become safe again. We appreciate your patience!

Happy thanksgiving! Due to the holiday and then high surf forecasted we will be closed through Tuesday. Please be safe and we will open when conditions permit. Thank you!

As we enter our ‘winter’ here in San Diego we are only open during the weekdays for reservations, however we will remain open weekends conditions permitting.

Today we saw dolphins, lots of juvenile sea lions jumping and playing, along with leopard sharks still here! Come say hi!

We will be closed Monday - Friday next week to reopen Saturday and Sunday conditions permitting. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding!

Water conditions have worsened here in La Jolla with large waves forecasted through Monday, October 24. Sets of waves as large as 6 feet are forecasted so be safe and we’ll see you when it calms down!


a year 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
a month ago
I am so glad that I found Alex. I was in San Diego for vacation and wanted to go snorkeling. Alex impressed me with his knowledge of the Cove and he was in contact with me about everything from the day that would have the best water conditions to parking availability. He carefully made sure that my wife and I had the appropriate equipment and that it would suit us perfectly and he was very detailed about the best places to explore in the Cove. I can’t recommend Alex enough. Even after we finished snorkeling he took the time to send me information about other things I should do while in town and is a great guy to have a conversation with. If you want a top notch experience, go with Alex.
- Jordan K
2 months ago
La Jolla Caves rental is the best place around to rent snorkel and paddleboard gear! Alex was extremely nice and professional on the phone when I called and also when I arrived to rent my gear. He got me set up with everything I needed very quickly and gave me some great tips on where to go and what to see. It’s hard to come by great service these days but Alex shows that still exists! Don’t think twice about where to get your rentals! Thanks again!

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 – 5:00 PM
Tue:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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