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Boulders Beach

Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Simon's Town
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Love this beach! It is small and private and you see penguins while there. When my daughter saw this beach while on a outing to see the penguins in April she made us go back. This beach is more sheltered from the wind as any of the other beaches in the area.

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Kentucky
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

There are just too many tourists to enjoy Boulders Beach. Yes, the penguins are there. Yes, you can see them very close. But there are literally hordes of tourists. If I had known it was like that, I would have skipped it. Even though the penguins are in the wild, it feels more like a zoo. Not recommended.

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Guildford
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We visited in low season, which was fine, but I gather from the guides that it is ridiculously full of tourists in high season - be warned! As it was, we had a very enjoyable experience. The main walkway area was more crowded with people but equally there were more penguins to see, at close quarters too,including a few youngsters... More

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Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had been to Boulders Beach many years ago. We revisited Boulders Beach this time only to find many changes in the park. There is a raised wooden walkway and perches for viewing the penguins au naturel. Previously, you were able to walk along the beach or swim with the penguins. Now, the interaction with the penguins is more from... More

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Roermond, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We were rather disappointed, we read that you could walk with the pinguïns on the beach but it ended up being an animal farm with only pinguïns, very touristic. Perhaps we were misinformed, but we were not impressed at all.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While I always enjoy visiting Boulder's and watching the penguins swimming, digging in the sand, nesting etc., I am very annoyed by all the tourists going there. True, I am one of those, but there are entire busloads of people who are loud and sometimes obnoxious (I saw one guy spitting his gum at a penguin). So it's up to... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I thoroughly enjoy my visit to see the penguins on the beach. They were coupled off and had their own rock. I must say the beach was quite small, but the attraction is penguins! A must stop if only for once.

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have always wanted to visit Boulders Beach, but I really feel like there is something missing from this attraction. There are two boardwalks, the one on the right is apparently the better one to walk down but I only figured that out afterwards. You will see penguins, and you will see them up close too but I feel like... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This beach is very small but that also makes it manageable for a family of those who want to take a swim without being a master swimmer. Most of the water is walkable in and the best thing about it is that you are walking with penguins. The penguins are super friendly and safe for children. Come early and chill... More

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Cape Town
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

When visiting Boulders Beach you should visit the boardwalk to the right. Normally when entering through the turnstiles people just walk straight to the beach. So this had too many visitors in the busy periods. When you enter. You will see there is a boardwalk to the right. This goes out to the same beach, but you walk through the... More

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