Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located on the Cape Peninsula, in Simon's Town, a suburb of Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist spot because of a colony of African penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
These African penguins are only found on the coastlines of Southern Africa - (South Africa & Namibia). These penguins are currently on the verge of extinction. As a result, the penguins are under the protection of the Cape Nature Conservation.
Juliet P | Mar 25, 2018
Awesome place to bring visitors to the Cape. When the beach is open, you can climb on the boulders and watch the birds waddle around or play in the shallows. It's worth stopping by at the end of the day, though, even when the reserve is closed. There's a walkway around the outside of the reserve that goes through the nesting areas, and when the birds come back to shore at the end of the day they come to this area to settle down for the night. You can often get better views of the birds here, and see some really interesting behaviors - including mating and territorial displays.
Robin Tapsell | Mar 14, 2018
I love Boulders Bay and I love penguins! My gosh this place is amazing, could stay there forever! Make sure you go onto the beach side, you can literally come a few feet from the penguins, watch out though they can bite. But they are the cutest! One of the best places to visit when going to Cape Town!
Vasundhara Rangan | Mar 31, 2018
Beautiful. A must visit when in cape town with peaceful little penguins doing their own thing. If you aren't already blown away by the loveliness of it all, there's some crazy wind to do just that. The drive up and down to it from city centre is beautiful as well, with the ocean accompanying you in and out on one side.
Thibaud ALIN | Apr 20, 2018
Plutôt déçu par ce spot. L'accès à la plage est assez cher, ce que je peux comprendre, mais c'est bondé de touristes et je n'aime vraiment pas le principe de venir perturber les pauvres pingouins qui doivent voir constamment défiler du monde. La plage est vraiment petite pour le prix d'accès de surcroît !
Nancy Engel | Mar 30, 2018
Really nice. Saw the penguins 🐧 there are so many. If you go to the Reservat (right side) there are many of them - but also many people. Entrance fee is around 6-7$. If you go the small path to the right (from parking spot) is much more calm. You can see some of the penguins and it’s free. Also you can swim there on the quite private beach with them. Enjoy!!
Sarah Carpenter | Jun 29, 2018
An easy walk from where we parked. A beautiful area with a wooden walkway. We had lots of opportunities to see African penguins. It was a lot of fun. It was a bit crowded and busy. Early in the morning might be a better time to go. The area is filled with restaurants and shopping.
Juan Septiano Kurniawan | Jun 26, 2018
Our driver (and certified tour guide) suggested that we explore the free walkway (Kleintuin Road) first. Some penguins were hatching their eggs under the shade of trees lining up the road. We almost skipped the paid section of the beach (R76 in June 2018), but fortunately we entered anyway and did not regret it. The penguins were all over the beach, completely minding their own business and not afraid of the tourists who were completely invading their privacy from the boardwalks. This is definitely unmissable if you are going to visit Cape Town.
Hrushikesh Vaishampayan | Jul 5, 2018
It is one of the exotic locations I have ever been. Good climate can make it perfect. The Penguins here are of different breed so research first and then raise your expectations. You can buy get real close to the Penguins on this spot.
Jac's BuzzTravel | Jun 5, 2018
Boulders Beach is one of the most beautiful beach in the world. Besides its spectacular landscapes, with mountains, majestic cliffs, white sandy beach and crystal clear water, what makes this place truly awesome are its inhabitants, a colony of cute penguins. I do not need to add anything else. Just GO there and be prepared to be amazed by Mother Nature´s Job. I SIMPLY LOVE IT!!
Marnie Dreyer | Jun 18, 2018
A great place to see the penguins in the wild. You don’t have to pay to see the penguins in the sanctuary. If you go to the public beach you are sure to see some penguins as well. There are nice pools that are created as the tide comes in and recedes which makes for some good secluded pools and bathing spots. Hiking in and over the boulders is also a good way to get some exercise.
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