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Boulders Beach

Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 18 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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Schagen
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Really nice visit, lovely walkways, even the "free" one. And penguins all around. This is not a zoo. Set up in a wooded area around the beach, Boulder's has its penguins because they want to be there. If they get tired of humans, the animals can just go hide in the bushes or their huge-plastic-bottle-hide-aways made under the trees. At... More

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Venlo, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The beaches & views at boulders beach are very pretty, and there are actually a lot of penguins to see here. However: the huge amount of tourists here takes away from the experience. I prefer Betty's Beach colony: less crowded, rockier beach & less expensive.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is a great stop if you are heading to Cape Point as it's on the way there. When you pay your free and head along the path there are penguins everywhere. Sometimes you look down and they are right they. Very cute. It's funny watching them when they strut along. While we were walking down the stairs we had... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Loved the delightful penguin colony and beautiful white sandy beach surrounded by boulders. Charming

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Stopped here to see the penguins and there are lots of penguins! The area has been adapted to ensure tourists get a good view which makes it a little artificial but it is still fascinating to see these penguins in Africa! Don't forget your camera!

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Daventry, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a nice attraction. Penguins are highly amusing to watch, and they are loads of them! You can't interact with them (quite rightly) but you can see loads of them as you walk along a raised walkway through their area.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We arrived and walked out on the boardwalk to discover penguins everywhere: in the water and on the beach! Some were sitting on nests, others had young. There was a lot of coming and going. The boardwalk kept humans out of the penguins way, yet allowed us to be close enough to see each feather on their bodies.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Definitely a must do if you are traveling to Cape Town! Boulders Beach is simply stunning with crystal clear waters and beautiful penguins waddling around everywhere it is an experience I will never forget! The penguins are very tame and will walk / swim right past you, they are truly amazing to see up close and personal!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Going to Boulders Beach is always special. Sometimes in summer the beach can be extremely full, but it is so beautiful to see all the penguins on the beach and even having a swim with you. When we have guests from overseas or even from here, we always recommend to them to pay a visit to Boulders. Everybody is always... More

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It is located in the Cape Peninsula, in Simon's Town, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. This... More

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