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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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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is a well thought out park, but you can avoid paying if all you want to see is penguins. They lounge all around and turn out to be pretty stinky little guys. On a clear day the water is crystalline and you can enjoy the swimming and waddling antics to your heart's desire. Slightly annoying are the loud tourists... More

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Luton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went here following a visit to Sancob the penguin rehab centre in Cape Town. We saw penguins from the main walkway but we also climbed between the rocks on the beach and got some beautiful photos of just a couple of penguins on their own going across the beach and into the sea. My 9 year old son loved... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Pretty community of african penguins on the white beach in Simon's Town. Entrance fee of 55 Rand pp. You Can see them from a footpath. There is another settlement at north of Hermanus, just follow the signs along the R44 road (pay also attention to the speed camera). The scenario is less beautiful, but you can see them closer and... More

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unknown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have a nine year old who loves penguins so this was a must-do while in Cape Town. It was really lovely to see penguins in the wild, although most are far away from the walk way. Some penguins do make their way up close. They are so cute and amusing. We enjoyed our time there hugely.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Thereafter to eat at the Seafourth Restaurant in Simons Town Various meals at excellent prices and the service also brilliant. Truly a breath of fresh air ...

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Noordhoek, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I recently took the opportunity to take a young French student to Boulders Beach. Despite the water being icy (it is, after all winter!), the beach was beautiful and the walkway a pleasure to stroll. Typically clean and well-maintained - just what we have come to expect of this beach! The penguins are always fun to watch, regardless of the... More

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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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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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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