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Boulders Beach

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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near Simon's Town. Here exists a protected colony of African penguins which can be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.
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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

Our grand kids are penguin fans so everywhere we travel that there are penguins we send them pictures and or videos. Boulders Beach was the best we've seen and the experience was well worth the drive. Watching them in their natural habitat with lots of...More

Thank paulowlcourt
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to swim with penguins on a beach with pristine white sand and clear water - well you better get to boulders! fabulous beach for the kids, very safe.

Thank Champagnia
Reviewed 2 days ago

When you first get here you will see a penguin up close and be amazed and amused, pretty soon you will realise that there are penguins everywhere. If you want to see penguins in their natural habitat then this is the place. They seem totally...More

Thank Z1ggy66
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here and were pleasantly surprised by how close the penguins come to you. It was a truly memorable experience. There's a guy in a high vis top who will say he will look after your car for a donation. We gave him 5...More

Thank Jane D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an absolute must! The only problem is it is very busy with people; but also penguins! Probably allow for 30mins or an hour there. There is also a beach just next door which is free to visit but only has a few penguins....More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Didn't figure it out until later, but there are two options here. Once paying your admission fee, you can go through the gate and head immediately for the rocks and the beach. This will require some scrambling to get over or around some of the...More

Thank aperry932
Reviewed 4 days ago

fab, fab, fab , minimal fee to enter, but worth it. absolutely fantastic to see so many penguins, so recommend you have plenty of memory in your camera. you could quite easily spend a few days here. A must for any visitor, animal lover. superb...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 5 days ago

As part of a tour, we had only 30 mins to visit the beach. As beautiful as it was we felt rushed. But, the beach itself is gorgeous, we had heard that there are times when people can actually walk on the sands. Not able...More

Thank Colin W
Reviewed 5 days ago

The weather was sunny and warm so my Mother and I went to see the penguins. It was fantastic to see so many penguins in their natural environment. We had a wonderful time visiting Boulders Beach.

Thank Claire T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful to see the African penguins in their natural habitat at Boulders.Well looked after by the S.A govt.

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Elaine B
18 June 2017|
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Response from Jill H |
Hey there, I have swum, snorkelled and scuba dived off Boulders Beach, where there is a strong concentration of jackass penguins. It is a simple shore entry. You could rent a wetsuit from Pisces Diving on Long Beach... More
3 March 2017|
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Response from 1sammi | Reviewed this property |
It's best to drive there. There is a train that goes from Cape Town Station to Simon's Town which is an adventure in itself. It's a really pretty ride all along the False Bay coast but there's still a way to get to Boulders... More
reynaldo j
2 January 2017|
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Response from Matthias R | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a Saturday at around 1:00 pm. A lot of penguins and tourists. Can't tell you the best time.
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