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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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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
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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Nice but very short

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Farrokh G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 3 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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Thank Knicknocks
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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Thank Orangegrovetraveller
Tromso, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank Lance_Kerwin
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great spot in Southern Capetown. Really beautiful beaches but freezing cold water. Too cold for me to swim. Can get extremely windy but misses a lot of the cloud and rain Capetown gets.

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Thank Talisa777
Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I fell in love with this place. I love animals, and was so surprised to know there were penguins in Africa. I scooted up as close as they would let me. The water was cold, but went in anyway.

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Thank QueenLori1
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I were here last week and its one of the most amazing places to visit in South Africa - 1.entrance to this place is very nominal 2.the beach and its residents are lovely :) It was a lovely clean beach with hundreds of penguins to watch. Enjoyed every bit of this place and I appreciate the efforts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

DON'T PET THEM This is better than any zoo or attraction you will visit for Penguins, because you get to see them in their natural habitat. They are adorable. The excitement to see them all is overwhelming. Remember though, they are wild birds. They will bite or attack if you get too close. I never ventured where I wasn't supposed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This beach is really beautiful and worth spending a day on as the water is very calm for swimming in some enclosed type areas. I wouldn't recommend just popping in to see it, it is definitely worth spending a morning or afternoon on. You can also see wild penguins frolicking in the water/ on the rocks as well as walk... More 

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