Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simon's Town: Hours, Address, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony Reviews: 4.5/5

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
4.5
Beaches • Nature & Wildlife Areas
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Daniel S
Southampton, UK486 contributions
Jan 2022
Penguins at their best.

This is the best place to see the endangered African Penguins or Cape Penguins as they are also known.

Boulders Beach is a must visit if in the area and most tour operators will take tourists to the beach to see one of the largest cape penguin colonel in the world. The Penguins themselves never disappoint, they are always so great to watch. They all seem to have so much personality. This a must if you have young kids, there are toilets, a little shop and many different little walks around the area you can take.

There is an entrance fee for Boulders Beach but that payment goes back into keeping the beach protected for the penguins.

A lovely couple of hours spent at the beach with the penguins.
Written January 7, 2022
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WarriorBunny
Johannesburg, South Africa216 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
After watching the netflix show 'Penguin Town' my daughter couldn't wait to visit Simons Town to see the penguins again.

If you are a South African the entrance fee is much cheaper for us SO take a copy of your ID along or passport. Finally they have introduced something other countries have been doing for ages.
If you are from one of our bordering countries you also get a discount.

Lovely to see the colony sunning themselves.

Easy walk for the elderly.
Written December 26, 2021
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SamanthaNaidoo
Pretoria, South Africa176 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
A must see for couples, families, teens and younger kids. You literally walk amongst the Colony. Just don’t go too close especially in December as it’s breeding season and the males are very protective.

Beautiful beach for family relaxing and chilling.
Plenty safe parking with a car guard watching.
Safe neighborhood to drive through.
Close proximity to amazing restaurants.

Remember they close at 5pm.
Written December 18, 2021
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Rileyjr
Republic, MO147 contributions
Nov 2021
We drove up and asked the attendant if the Penguins were present today. His response, "They are waiting for you!" And they didn't disappoint. We were able to get great pictures and enjoyed climbing around on the rock/Boulders.
Written December 3, 2021
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Pedro Timoteo
Maputo, Mozambique160 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Great job from Table Mountain National Park.
We enjoyed a lot during this day
I hole return later to explore for more time
Written November 28, 2021
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Lee-anne G
Johannesburg, South Africa288 contributions
Oct 2021
Great to visit out of season, where you can walk peacefully down the boardwalk and view the Penguins. We were fortunate enough to see a lot of baby's, which I have never seen before.
Written November 2, 2021
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa232 contributions
Oct 2021
I really want to review two separate things - the penguin colony and the Boulder Beach, itself, which has a separate entrance and is a private beach that has an admission price. Both close at 5pm (hours may vary depending on the season), so mind your time. We visited the penguins and were underwhelmed at first as there are very few along the initial stretch of the boardwalk just outside of the ticket booth. We saw one or two and I worried that this was as good as it gets. Fortunately when we rounded a corner and saw the beach, we hit the jackpot. That's where they seem to like to hang out and it was endlessly entertaining to watch them. Some were just chilling on the beach while a few others took a turn at swimming which was fun to watch. Further out of town is the entrance to Boulder Beach which is a wonderful, sheltered spot for kids to swim and run about. We were there on a quiet Wednesday morning so there were very few people there. I could see it being totally crazy on a weekend as the area is quite small. There are a few penguins who hang out there and I got a great video of a penguin hopping down the stairs from the entrance and running to the water. It really is one of the most wonderful beaches I've visited so I wish Tripadvisor had a separate entry for it.
Written October 30, 2021
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ExpoNationals
Bakersfield, CA4,052 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We loved the time we spent at Boulders Penguin Colony! My wife was in heaven by simply watching and taking photos of these cute penguins. Unfortunately, we only had about 45 minutes to enjoy the area. We were with a tour group of 9 other people so time was limited. Would have enjoyed spending at least a couple of hours here.
Written October 23, 2021
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Traveling One
Greenville, SC735 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very expensive compared to Stony Point ... Like 13 times the cost! Not many penguins and tons of tourists. The setting is definitely prettier here then Stony as the water is Crystal blue! I was happy to see the penguins again but this place is definitely taking advantage of international tourists as it’s a known spot on the way to cape of good hope and they know people will pay the cost to see the penguins.
Written October 20, 2021
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Glenda S
Pretoria, South Africa6 contributions
Oct 2021
Very disappointing. Not sure if the weather had anything to do with it but not as many penguins as I expected and not much movement.
Written October 16, 2021
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