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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone Number: +27-0-21-786-2329
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near...

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.

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We tried out Boulders Beach on a very hot day, arriving around 10:15am. We barely got in! It's a very popular spot during the holidays, and people go early and set up for the day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Arlington, MA
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92 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We tried out Boulders Beach on a very hot day, arriving around 10:15am. We barely got in! It's a very popular spot during the holidays, and people go early and set up for the day. That said, I'm glad we persevered. The sand is glorious, the water is clear and warm, and there are even some shaded spots for sun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An amazing day! Go down to the beach and get up close and personal with them. If you are coming from Cape Town give your self a lot of time for traffic.

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Thank Kyle H
Noordhoek, South Africa
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's small and cozy beach with limited space. A nice stretch of sand for the kids to play on and deeper areas for the adults and teens to snorkel around and explore. Rocks to jump off of and to relax on and watch the passing scenery. Be aware that the beach reduces dramatically in size when the tide comes in.... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like penguins, you must visit Boulders Beach. It is a well maintained sanctuary for these cute creatures. The beach has long walkways and observation decks for the humans and lots of beach area for the penguins. It is really well done. It was very windy the day we were there. There is an entrance fee, but it is... More 

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Thank joann k
Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone loves penguins. Now you can see them on a gorgeous beach in their natural setting. 65 rand to walk the boardwalk or 65 rand to go down on the beach. I prefer the beach route. Penguins are just as comical at the beach or at the zoo but the view here is stunning.

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Thank kicka55
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved visiting this beach and enjoying a company of cute penguins . It is a must do activity if you enjoy wild life and have a car. I could have sat watching those penguins forever if I did not have to go to the Cape of Good hope ;)

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Price was a bit steep when all you do is walk down a board walk, see the penguins and walk back out. We did this as part of a tour and while it was nice to see the penguins, i left feeling a bit disappointed. I dont really know what i was expecting but if i had known what it... More 

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Thank swish53
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a nice somethings to see the penguin special if you came from desart i mean from camel to penguin it really u will see big different life.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The kids were amazed to see the African Penguin colony located at Boulders Beach, Simons Town. The colony is now better protected with the public kept to observing them from viewing platforms accessed via raised wooden walkways.

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Thank TobieU
Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've been here the last time visiting Cape Town. The penguins are kind of a highlight, although try avoiding taking cheesy selfies with them. They look quite but the next moment you're missing your thumb holding up:-) On some places you will see more tourists than penguins, but hey, IT'S PENGUINS!

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