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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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Cape Town
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

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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Clemson, South Carolina
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28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Who knew that there would be penguins in Africa? This is a small beach area with elevated walkways to enable you to see the penguins nesting as well as approaching from the ocean. The walkway splits at the entrance, be sure to backtrack and see the other walkway through the wooded area. Be sure to also look under the trees... More

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Valdosta, Georgia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This was a fun stop and it does not cost very much. There are lots of penguins around and you see them from the boardwalk - maybe a distance of 3 meters at a minimum. Nice to see them outside of a zoo. Easy to get great pictures. Kids of all ages love it - adults too!

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Johannesburg
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Boulders was very clean and we were happy to have paid the entry fee to help the conservation of this beautiful area and endangered species. The Dassies and Penguins were all around us as we walked from the parking area a but further from the entrance - such magnificent little creatures!

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The beach is small - arrive early to get a spot! It is very safe for kids as the water is surrounded by big rocks that break currents and protect it from sharks. Penguins roam freely around the beach and in the water!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A stop at Boulders Beach was highly recommended to us on our coastal drive to Cape Point but in the midst of a busy day of touring it would be very easy to drive straight past. We missed the first signposts and turned into the second car park near the southern swimming beach, still uncertain as to whether to swim... More

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Astoria, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I knew I wanted to visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins and I was not disappointed when I got there! There were fewer penguins that what I'd imagined, but still plenty to see and watch and laugh at. They're just adorable and I had so much fun here.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We arrived very early at 8:45 am as we had another activity planned at noon and wanted to make sure we had time to see the penguins, and visit Cape Point. We lingered too long with the amazing penguins and had to race to the point to be back at Simon's Town at noon. We had never seen penguins in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Such an unforgettable day with my husband and 2 kids. Makes me so proud to be a South African seeing tourists also enjoying our beautiful country and what it has to offer!

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new delhi
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Boulder beach is as close you'll see the African penguins in their natural habitat. Through a length of carefully constructed wooden structures, one can see the penguins (families, in fact) swimming in the ocean, waddling in the scrubland surrounding the beach etc. Recommended for sure.

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