San Diego snorkeling slide cliffs.

San Diego Snorkeling

Swim with seals. Visit the caves. Experience the sharks

Everyone loves snorkeling in San Diego. The best areas to snorkel are throughout the San Diego protected marine sanctuary located right off the coast of La Jolla. Adventure seekers have a chance to swim with sea lions or explore the San Diego sea caves at La Jolla Cove. Float along with the leopard sharks near La Jolla Shores or venture further into the protected ocean reserve to visit San Diego’s legendary kelp forests.

What can you see on our adventures? San Diego has sea life galore! Pretty fish, super cute harbor seals as well as lobster, octopus and a variety of sharks. Dolphins and whales often swim nearby and if your lucky you might see one of our favorite green sea turtles.

Our snorkeling tours require only good swimming skills. No snorkel experience needed.

Tour Details

La Jolla Cove Tours

  • Sea lions & Caves
  • Available Daily
  • Guided Group Tour
  • Price includes use of gear

Leopard Sharks Tour

  • Sharks & Rays
  • Available Daily
  • Guided Group Tour
  • Price includes use of gear

Private Snorkel Tours

$420/group of 4
  • La Jolla Cove or Leopard Sharks
  • Available Daily
  • Guided Private Tour
  • Each additional participant add $70

Snorkel in San Diego

La Jolla Cove Adventure

Our snorkel tours start off exploring the shallow waters around the Cove. Here is a great opportunity to see schools of colorful fish as well as many beautiful underwater plants the grow along the San Diego coast line. Our guides then lead each group for a 60 minute snorkeling tour along the majestic San Diego sea cliffs. One fun stop is the emerald inlet where baby sea lions love to lounge on one of the only rocky beaches in San Diego. This is a great spot to get some group photos. Further along the tour are the seven sea caves of San Diego. Here, everyone gets a chance to snorkel through the largest cave on most days!

Creatures featured at La Jolla Cove are the beautiful sea lions. Often the babies will jump in and swim with us while we snorkel. Super pretty fish, like the senorita, Garibaldi and kelp bass typically school along the San Diego coasts. California spiny lobster and a variety of crabs love to hide under the rocky reef. Don’t forget to bring your waterproof camera!

Leopard Sharks Experience

Every summer San Diego is host to hundreds leopard sharks! Don’t the special chance to snorkel with these beautiful creatures. Typically found along the eastern shore of the La Jolla protected marine area, the leopard sharks often swim in just a few feet of water. Snorkeling groups spend most of the tour floating just feet from these beautiful guys. Because this species is quite migratory, all of our the snorkel tours are subject to their presence in the San Diego area. Summer and autumn are the best time to snorkel in the La Jolla Shores area.

Critters to look for include the beautiful leopard, tope and horn sharks. Stingrays and bat rays especially love to relax on the sandy flats just south of the site entrance. Schooling fish also share this part of the ocean. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some great marine life photos!

Shore snorkeling La Jolla caves.
San Diego snorkel with seals.
La Jolla Cove snorkel selfie.

Snorkel Tour Details

Other details you might want to know. Check out our answers to common questions below.

Yes, advance reservations are required for all snorkeling tours.

Reservations call: 858-926-5555


Group Tours: children ages 12 and above are welcome with a parent.

Private Tours: children under age 12 can also participate with parent.

Yes, swimming skills are required. The City of San Diego does not allow the use of life jackets in the La Jolla Cove area.

La Jolla Cove Tours – 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla 92037
– Meet on the grass area near the lifeguard tower.

Leopard Sharks Tours – 8300 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037
– Meet near the flag pole at the south end of Kellogg Park.

Bring your swim suit and towel. We provide the use of mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits at no extra charge.

Park on all the streets around La Jolla Cove is free but time limited. Be sure to read the signs.