Exploring the Famous La Jolla Sea Caves


La Jolla is known for its beautiful beaches, the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and the Torrey Pines Golf Course.

The area is also home to seven sea caves, including the only one in California you can get to by land.

One of the most popular ways to explore the caves is by kayak. Companies like Everyday California offer guided tours of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, where you’re likely to see a large variety of wildlife.

“You get to see different types of animals – fish, birds, sea lions. We’ve been seeing turtles occasionally this summer, dolphins,” said Harry Thomas, Director of Sales for Everyday California.

The tours also take you inside the westernmost sea cave, known as “The Clam.”

Right next to “The Clam” is “Sunny Jim Cave,” but no kayak is required to see this natural wonder.

To get there, just walk inside the nearby Cave Store, and go down 145 steps through a hand-dug tunnel.

“You end up on an observation deck inside of the cave, right over the water and the rocks, and you’re basically able to observe this 200,000 year old sea cave,” said Cassandra Dove with The Cave Store.

This week on California Life, our Audra Stafford explores the sea caves by both land and sea. Check out the story below to find out how “Sunny Jim Cave” got its unusual name!