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Boulders Beach

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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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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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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I am sure we did pay to get in last time but I don’t remember, and at 70/35 rand per adult/child, it is well worth it! The walkway down is lovely with lots of penguins wandering round on the the way to the beach. The...More

Thank Kate K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice to see that many small penguins sitting on the beach and swimming in the crystal blue sea. Very busy though. Especially following the crowds down the path. Take the path directly on the right hand sight of the entrance and walk all the way...More

Thank Anna L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped here as part of Luhambo Tours. We had a half hour and were responsible for park entry fee. It was pouring rain and chilly when we arrived but decided we wanted to see penguins anyway. The sky cleared up for 20 minutes and...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had high expectations that were not met. You also have to pay R70.00pp entrance fee to enter the beach. The beach is a lot smaller than we thought it would be and we didn't see much penguins. I think it also depends on the...More

Thank Nikita_Patricio
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our grand kids are penguin fans so everywhere we travel that there are penguins we send them pictures and or videos. Boulders Beach was the best we've seen and the experience was well worth the drive. Watching them in their natural habitat with lots of...More

Thank paulowlcourt
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you want to swim with penguins on a beach with pristine white sand and clear water - well you better get to boulders! fabulous beach for the kids, very safe.

Thank Champagnia
Reviewed 5 days ago

When you first get here you will see a penguin up close and be amazed and amused, pretty soon you will realise that there are penguins everywhere. If you want to see penguins in their natural habitat then this is the place. They seem totally...More

Thank Z1ggy66
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited here and were pleasantly surprised by how close the penguins come to you. It was a truly memorable experience. There's a guy in a high vis top who will say he will look after your car for a donation. We gave him 5...More

Thank Jane D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an absolute must! The only problem is it is very busy with people; but also penguins! Probably allow for 30mins or an hour there. There is also a beach just next door which is free to visit but only has a few penguins....More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't figure it out until later, but there are two options here. Once paying your admission fee, you can go through the gate and head immediately for the rocks and the beach. This will require some scrambling to get over or around some of the...More

Thank aperry932
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Elaine B
June 18, 2017|
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Response from Jill H |
Hey there, I have swum, snorkelled and scuba dived off Boulders Beach, where there is a strong concentration of jackass penguins. It is a simple shore entry. You could rent a wetsuit from Pisces Diving on Long Beach... More
March 3, 2017|
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Response from 1sammi | Reviewed this property |
It's best to drive there. There is a train that goes from Cape Town Station to Simon's Town which is an adventure in itself. It's a really pretty ride all along the False Bay coast but there's still a way to get to Boulders... More
reynaldo j
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Matthias R | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a Saturday at around 1:00 pm. A lot of penguins and tourists. Can't tell you the best time.
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