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“Great fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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$66*
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Private Tour: Cape Point and Constantia Valley...
Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Simon's Town
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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.
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“Great fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Easy to get from the train station - the Southern Suburbs metro line from Cape Town was interesting to take, with beautiful scenery along the way. The penguins were out in force, swimming among children on the beach, as well as posing for photos as we gazed on from the viewing platforms. It was a little crowded, but it didn't take away from the experience. Good gifts in the shop and an excellent ice cream parlor a few minutes up the road, with all natural flavours (mint was amazing!)

Visited February 2013
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“Best place if you want to pppppick up a penguin!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We would recommend to everyone to find the time to go and see not only these lovely little creatures but to go onto the beach and take in the white sand and beautiful blue water... Most people tend to walk along the walkways provided which is free of charge however for a small fee you can actually go onto the beach and get up close and personal with these adorable penguins ;)

Visited January 2013
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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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