Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach which includes rugged coastline and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people
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Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

At Boulders Beach, get ready to capture that perfect penguin photograph as members of the large, African penguin colony that inhabit these sands waddle their way to and from the ocean. Few places in the world offer such intimate encounters with these creatures. With safe swimming and stunning scenery on offer as well, Boulders Beach is well worth the 25-mile (40-kilometer) trip from Cape Town. The penguin colony here began in 1983, from just two breeding pairs. Now, more than 2,000 penguins call this area home. Three boardwalks offer great views into their favorite spots on the beach. For the best views, follow the boardwalk through the dense bush and over the sand dunes towards Foxy Bay, where most of the birds congregate. While the colony is fenced off, you are more than close enough to look the birds in the eye. Once you’ve viewed the penguins, make your way back to Boulders Beach to enjoy a day in the sun. The large, shapely formations of the granite rocks for which the beach is named provide ample shade and the sparkling waters are safe for swimming. Being on the Indian Ocean side of the cape, the water is also much warmer than many of the other Cape Town beaches. Rangers patrol the beach daily.While the penguins are unquestionably the main attraction, the waters around this beach teem with life. Keep an eye out for whales, seals and dolphins as you enjoy your afternoon in the sun.Boulders Beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park, and there is a small charge to enter. However, the park’s stewardship means that guided tours, as well as kayak and boating trips, are offered. Ask for details at the information center on entry if you are interested. Boulders Beach is located 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) from Simon’s Town, which is the last stop on the Southern railway line from Cape Town. The beach is open daily year-round, with longer hours during summer.

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Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
3 out of 5
4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
The price is $39 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this 3-star beach guesthouse in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"It was true to the advertisement. The place is situated in a spectacular spot. Really enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
4 out of 5
7 Gay Road, Simonstown, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
The price is $173 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
Stay at this 4-star spa B&B in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Boulders Penguin Colony and Boulders Beach are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Great little getaway
"Beautiful place, great location right by the penguins, friendly staff, clean"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Penguins View Guesthouse
Penguins View Guesthouse
4 out of 5
1 Bellevue Road, Simons Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7995
The price is $67 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly guesthouse in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Simon's Town Country Club and ...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curio
3 out of 5
4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
4 out of 5
7 Gay Road, Simonstown, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Penguins View Guesthouse
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4 out of 5
1 Bellevue Road, Simons Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7995
Dunearn Simon's Town
Dunearn Simon's Town
3.5 out of 5
Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Boulders Beach House
Boulders Beach House
3.5 out of 5
185 McFarlane Ave, Simon s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Blueline Villa
Blueline Villa
4 out of 5
45 Jan Smuts Dr, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
The Grosvenor Guest House
The Grosvenor Guest House
4 out of 5
37 Forest Hill Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945
Magellans Hotel
Magellans Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Meryl Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7975
Penguin Place Seaforth
Penguin Place Seaforth
3.5 out of 5
5 Seaforth Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
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