Dive into these 7 big, bright water-related San Diego adventures
KAYAK THE SEA CAVES OF LA JOLLA
La Jolla offers several guided kayak tours that provide an adventurous and up-close way to see the natural caves and cliffs of the area. On your journey expect to see colorful garibaldi fish, harmless leopard sharks and abundant kelp forests all before exploring the secret sea caves.
JET SKI IN MISSION BAY
Why play in the waves when you can make them yourself? Have the adventure of a lifetime riding a single or tandem jet ski around Mission Bay. Cruise around Fiesta Island, jet between sailboats or explore the bay’s seemingly endless 27 miles of shoreline and 19 miles of beach.
GO SPORTFISHING OFF POINT LOMA
Whether you’re a first-time fisher or advanced angler, San Diego’s sportfishing scene is zero to none. Take a charter out of Shelter Island or Harbor Island in Point Loma and try your luck at catching bass, yellowtail and rockfish in anywhere from a half-day to multi-week excursion. The ocean deepens quickly off shore, meaning exceptional deep-sea fishing is not far away in San Diego.
SURF IN PACIFIC BEACH
Tourmaline Surf Park, known as Turtle Line to locals, is found on the outskirts of Pacific Beach and has become a staple location in the surf community. Come here to see experienced surfers catching a wave on their decade-old longboard as well as newbies standing up on foam boards for the very first time. Either way, strike up a conversation and learn what brings locals and tourists alike to this legendary surf spot.
ENJOY TWO WATER PARKS IN ONE AT LEGOLAND®
Cannonball into fun with two waterparks in one place: LEGOLAND® California Resort. Enjoy traditional LEGO fun racing down the Twin Chaser waterslides, building your own LEGO raft to float down the river on or getting blasted by water cannons in the Joker Soaker. Then, make your way to CHIMA™ Water Park for fun inspired by the Cartoon Network show “Legends of Chima”. Roll along with ginormous waves in Lion Temple Wave Pool and slide through the mouth of a crocodile in Cragger’s Swamp.
EXPLORE THE BIRCH AQUARIUM
When you’re finished playing in the sun and sand, make an indoor splash at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. With more than 60 exhibits, this public exploration center lets guests learn about a variety of marine ecosystems and organisms. Don’t miss out on the two-story giant kelp forest and the endangered loggerhead sea turtle rescued by the aquarium.
“7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego”, San Diego, SanDiego.org.