Snorkeling in La Jolla is an unforgettable experience - here are some tips to help you make the most of this underwater adventure.
Snorkelers Admiring at Group of Harbor Seals at La Jolla Cove
Swimming in the Ocean is Required
Make sure you are comfortable swimming in the ocean ahead of time. While snorkeling isn’t particularly difficult, you will need some basic swimming skills to enjoy your adventure safely. You may want to brush up on your underwater technique before taking your snorkeling tour.
Bring a Friend
Never go snorkeling on your own, and opt for a guided tour if you’re a beginner. Even if you’ve been snorkeling before or are comfortable swimming in the ocean, you never know what might happen.
Snorkeling with a buddy will help you stay safe, plus you’ll have someone to share the memories with.
It can be difficult to find parking in La Jolla, particularly during the crowded summer months. Instead, opt for another mode of transportation, like rideshare services or San Diego’s public bus system.
If you do decide to drive to La Jolla, get there early and give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.
You’ll have better luck searching for parking in residential areas than on the main streets.
Consider a Wetsuit
We recommend opting for a wetsuit while snorkeling in La Jolla. Even if the weather seems warm, the water in the Pacific Ocean can be cold and uncomfortable. A wetsuit will help you stay comfortable so you can enjoy the adventure.
Get a Mask That Fits
Make sure you rent a mask that fits. An ill-fitting mask can let water leak in, which can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to see. When renting your snorkeling gear, try on a few different masks at the shop to find the closest fit.
Check the Surf Report
Check the surf report before heading to La Jolla to snorkel or kayak. This area generally has calm weather, but occasional harsh waves can make it more difficult to swim - and to see all of the incredible creatures underwater. An online surf report can give you a better idea of the current conditions so you can prepare.
Never interfere with the wildlife underwater - instead, watch them from a safe distance. Many wildlife species in San Diego are endangered, and it’s important not to interfere with them.
Additionally, some fish and underwater mammals could be dangerous if you get too close. Don’t take anything with you from underwater and leave the habitat as you found it.
What to Bring Along
Make sure to bring a towel and a change of clothes for after your swim. The water can get cold, so you’ll be thankful to have them when you get out!