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La Jolla Caves Snorkel & Paddleboard Rental

Water Sports Equipment Rental Service in San Diego
Opening at 8:00 AM tomorrow
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It’s been very calm and good for diving, 15 plus feet of visibility, come see for yourself and say hi!

The cove is looking calm and at least decent for diving. We will be open, thank you!

Today and tomorrow our forecast calls for waves at 3-4 feet plus which will wash out visibility for snorkeling and make the area unsafe at times. For this reason we will be closed and will monitor conditions closely to reopen tomorrow or Tuesday. Thank you!

The water is warm but the tail end of the high surf is still present 2-3 ft, ‘10 ft. of visibility if that’ with moderate surge and a high tide in the middle of the day with lots of flow. We apologize but these just aren’t the conditions you’d want for snorkeling - we will try again tomorrow and...

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We apologize but we will not be opening today! There is still a high surf advisory in effect for our San Diego beaches so we will try for tomorrow when it is scheduled to be over. Thank you for your patience!

Unfortunately the best of the good conditions have passed for now, at least that’s what we expect with another high surf advisory in effect through Wednesday. We will be closed tomorrow for your safety and the quality of your experience. Thank you!

Leopard shark season is in full swing! These animals are here in large numbers and are easy to find. Come check it out for yourself!

Conditions looking super glassy this morning, should be excellent visibility today and we are open come check it out!


10 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
5 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 months 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.

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 – 4:30 PM
Tue:8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wed:8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thu:8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Fri:8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat:8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sun:8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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