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“Perfect Day Trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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Ranked #5 of 18 Attractions in Simon's Town
Type: Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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 be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.
Portland, Oregon
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“Perfect Day Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

If you go to Boulders Beach and all you do is follow the mob of tourists to the penguin-viewing decks, you're wasting your day (and your money)! You'll get some good pictures of napping penguins there, but the real fun begins when you go to the secluded little beach off to the side where you can actually swim with the penguins and take close-ups while they're lazing about on the boulders. It's a quiet little beach with gentle waves that's safe for children as well, and the color of the water is simply amazing.

Tip: make sure you go at low tide if you want to enjoy the beach. Wear your swimsuit and pack a towel, sunscreen, water, and some snacks.

Visited February 2013
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“THE LITTLE PENGUINS”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

If you don't have children with you Boulders might be a bit of a disappointment as it has been spun to be more than it is. The Penguins are now plentiful and relatively friendly so close encounters are possible. Simonstown itself is one of the most charming and jacked up small towns in the Republic so go for a walk. Another aspect of Boulders is related to the Boer War. Look for the stone at the turn off from the main road where the POW's are said to have had to line up to obtain their post.

Visited July 2012
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“Adorable penguins - don´t pay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We heard that there´s a part where you have to pay to see the penguins, but we drove ourselves and just walked straight onto a smaller beach off to the side where there was a whole group of curious, friendly penguins we could just sit and watch. Very entertaining.

Visited January 2013
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“penguins - up close and personal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

A visit to Cape Town wouldn't be complete without a trip to Boulders Beach. Plenty of penguins to see via the raised viewing area, or go further along to go down onto the secluded beach where you can get up close to any penguins that are on the beach, and they've always been there every time we've been.

Visited February 2013
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“Don't Blink...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

... or you will miss them! The first time I was here, I paid to use the boardwalks and see a whole lot of the famous African Penguins. Very touristy, yet I like to support the national park system. The second time, however, I passed up the boardwalks and followed the trail. The little buggers came out of nowhere! They were right up to the fence, some out in the open, and seemingly entirely unafraid of humans though there are signs warning of penguin bites if you encroach. This is a must-do for the Cape Town area!

Visited March 2012
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