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Boulders Beach

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Lovely small beach. At high tide you may even swim with the penguins. Ideal for children. Swim between the boulders. Very picturesque and ideal for a family picnic.

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Simon's Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am not a great beach person! I am not fond of crowds, I don't like swimming in the sea, and am not on friendly terms with the summer sun! However, Boulder's Beach manages to lure me there! It can be a bit crowded in season, but the delightful squeals of children, the crystal clear waters and the impressive boulders... More

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Münster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great small beach. If you go during high tide you may see more penguins. During low tide there may be less, but you have the chance to climb/swim around the boulders and find a small piece of beach just for yourselve. R55 to get in, but absolutely worth it. There are bathrooms as well, but no showers. Don't sit on... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Fantastic spot to take the little ones to. Plus there are penguins for them to see. Get there early and check the high and low tide times before you head out for the day. You don't want to get caught by the waves coming in while having to pack up kids and picnic baskets. There's an entry fee per person...... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Cost R55 /person for entrance. Keep the ticket as there are two separate access points. Main sign posted car park takes you to the mass-tourist section, you walk around on fenced platforms around beach. You get to see the penguins, some of them very close but restricted to the paths. More interesting and intimate part is from the 2nd car... More

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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Extremely fun to watch the penguins and an amazing restaurant on the top of the hill for when you're done!

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Cottonwood Heights, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Penguin population is declining at the tip of Africa. Do not miss these adorable little creatures! See their burrows, hear their calls and watch their funny interactions. Splendid!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Important - find out when the best time to go to see the penguins are, because by midday on a weekend there are a lot of people on the beach that scare the penguins away. Probably best to go early in the morning and ideally on a non-weekend. Otherwise you will pay to get onto the beach and only get... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

as part of my organised tour I visited boulders - the beach is beautiful and used as such - we parked and walked along the beach where I saw penguins swimming alongside humans - brilliant sight and not overcrowded; we had lunch at the restaurant which was delicious and very good value for money including wine!! off we went to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a nice stop to see Jackass Penguins in the wild. You are able to get quite close to the penguins and see them sunning, swimming and playing. It is easy to get good photos, with a bit of patience, even without a good camera. It is a short walk (half a kilometre) to the beach from the parking... More

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