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Boulders Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Penguins View Guesthouse
Penguins View Guesthouse
4 out of 5
1 Bellevue Road, Simons Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥7,016 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Simon's Town Country Club and Boulders Beach. Fisherman's Beach and Warrior Toy Museum ...

Penguins View Guesthouse
Dunearn Simon's Town
Dunearn Simon's Town
3.5 out of 5
Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Situated in Cape Town, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Simon's Town Country Club and Boulders Beach. Fisherman's Beach and Cape Floral Region Protected ...

Dunearn Simon's Town
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
4 out of 5
7 Gay Road, Simonstown, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥18,133 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated by the ocean, this spa bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Boulders Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fish Hoek Beach and Kalk Bay Beach. Kalk Bay ...

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Simon's Town Couple Escape

"The most incredible Guest House Stay - Unbelievably Large, Beautiful Decor, Attention to Detail so considerate, The only place to stay to visit Boulders Beach and most likely the most exquisite Guest House in Simon's Town. Honestly we were blown away by this property, All the staff were so helpful, ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
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Penguins View Guesthouse
Penguins View Guesthouse
4 out of 5
1 Bellevue Road, Simons Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥7,016 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23
Penguins View Guesthouse
Dunearn Simon's Town
Dunearn Simon's Town
3.5 out of 5
Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
Dunearn Simon's Town
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
4 out of 5
7 Gay Road, Simonstown, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥18,133 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa
Boulders Beach Lodge And Resta
Boulders Beach Lodge And Resta
3 out of 5
4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
Boulders Beach Lodge And Resta
Blueline Villa
Blueline Villa
4 out of 5
45 Jan Smuts Dr, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥55,193 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
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Boulders Beach House
Boulders Beach House
3.5 out of 5
185 McFarlane Ave, Simon s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Cheriton Guest House Bed & Breakfast
Cheriton Guest House Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
19 Belmont Road, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥13,492 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Cheriton Guest House Bed & Breakfast
Boulders Beach Villa
Boulders Beach Villa
4 out of 5
7 Links Crescent, Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
Boulders Beach Villa
Boulders Beach Villa
Boulders Beach Villa
4 out of 5
7 Links Crescent, Cape Town, Western Cape
Boulders Beach Villa
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.