Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs 

Surfing is highly addictive and is one of the most amazing gifts the Polynesian culture bestowed upon us.  There are over 20 million surfers in the world, and the number is growing fast. Each surfer will have his or her own list of reasons they are drawn so irresistibly to the sport, but accounting for commonality, many surfers will tell you that they are drawn to this sport because they feel in tune with the ocean.  On this trip students will learn the fundamentals of surfing while learning about California’s marine biodiversity.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 • Fly to San Diego

After arriving in San Diego your group will have a short tour and team orientation in La Jolla.

Day 2 • Surf Lessons and Sea Caves

Today you will learn about the fundamentals of surfing at Pacific Beach.  In the afternoon you will take in a Sea Caves adventure in La Jolla Cove.  Here students will learn about the marine biodiversity found in this region.  Species found in this area include leopard sharks, California sea lions and other species.  At sunset, your group will have another surf session at La Jolla beach

Day 3 • Scripps Oceanography Center and Volunteer

Today the group will learn about ongoing oceanographic research that is being done at the Scripps Marine Science Center.  Here you will visit labs that contain intertidal pools and shark species where scientists are doing research. Later in the day the group will volunteer with an ocean cleanup project and a conservation project.  Your group will have a surf session down the beach from Scripps University.

Day 4 • Surf Session at Tourmaline and California Surf Museum

Your group will take in a longboard surf session at the most famous longboard break in San Diego called Tourmaline.  Later you will drive up the road and visit the famous California Surf Museum.  Here groups can experience the shaping and molding of surfboards as well as experience the history of this great sport.

Day 5 • Head Home

If time permits, your group will take in one last surfing experience at Mission Beach and then head home.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.


  • Witness reenactment of famous gunfights
  • Live like a cowboy at a dude ranch
  • Visit with local Native Americans
  • Hike the Superstition mountains
  • Horseback ride through enchanted canyons
  • Volunteer at the Dream Center


Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.