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Boulders Beach

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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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+27 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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Lovely experience

This is a great experience; people playing on a normal, sandy beach surrounded by lots of penguins! I'm not sure I can say much more than this - if you like golden sandy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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130 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great experience; people playing on a normal, sandy beach surrounded by lots of penguins! I'm not sure I can say much more than this - if you like golden sandy beaches and penguins then this is a must. It's a little touristy, but that is to be expected (there are toilets, refreshments, a restaurant, parking and tourist... More 

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Thank Andy M
East London, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In my youth it was a sweet place to visit on a Sunday drive, but it has been turned into a Zoo, terrible so sad, I feel for the poor penguins, their freedom also lost.

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Waleska, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time taking pictures and videos of penguins. We got to hear them sing and saw them nesting and swimming.

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Ripley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

How can you go to Cape Town and not sit on the beach with the penguins at Bolder's Beach? Would be like going to London and not taking a look at Buckingham Palace. The good news is that the beach is nice - though there are no amenities, or chairs to hire. And be sure you go to the beach... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most tourists enter Simonstown from the north and park at the first signs. If you drive through town and follow signs Boulders Beach, you can actually park very close to the beach where you can swim with the penguins. There are changing and shower facilities. Entrance fee required. There is also a nice restaurant at this parking. If you take... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Its nice but too long distance and short visit . Special type of penguins here seems its not natural some places like zoo.

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Thank Farrokh G
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately you have to pay to swim on this beach but space is very limited and as it's one of the most beautiful beaches in the world perhaps it was the only way to control crowds and protect the Penguins who share the beach with you. Huge boulders and fabulous swimming in warm water with no waves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved swimming at boulders beach, water was amazing, cooling off in the ocean whilst watching and being joined by penguins is the ultimate experience, unforgettable to say the least. Mainly tourists, a small beach with a tide that only allows you limited beach time so get there early. Definitely a must see and do!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We felt like locals at this charming beach cove. Very kid friendly! We saw Dassies and Penguins and had a lovely picnic. Bring towels and umbrellas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Boulder's Beach was the Place where I finally saw penguins with my own eyes for the first time. They are so cute! The beach is nice too. I wanted to bathe but it was too cold.

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