Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Best for: penguin watching, family fun, safe swimming, snorkelling

Cape Town and its surrounding coastline offers visitors some spectacular beaches, but none as interesting or beautiful as Boulders Beach. Part of the Table Mountain National Park, Boulders Beach is a Marine Protected Area and entrance to this area is strictly controlled. Giant granite boulders separate the bay creating mini beaches with shallow rock pools, great for the kids. What really makes Boulders Beach or Boulders Bay so interesting, is the local inhabitants. African Penguins, otherwise known as Jackass Penguins have called this beach home. Despite their size, these endangered birds have become major celebrities and visitors flock to catch a glimpse of them.

This beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins. Boulders Beach is ideal for the kids, due to the shelter provided by the boulders, minimising large waves and making it quite safe for swimming. Boulders Bay lies roughly 40km outside of Cape Town just past Simons Town, make sure it's one of your stops on the way to Cape Point.

What to do on Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is great to view African Penguins in their natural habitat, utilize the walkway to see their nesting and breeding sites above the beach, or take a guided tour to learn more from the knowledgeable staff about these endangered birds. To get a closer look at these flightless birds, pay for a pass and venture onto Boulders Beach to view these birds close up. Just don’t get to close, you wouldn’t want to get nipped! After you have fallen in love with the penguins, have a swim in the comparatively warmer waters of the False Bay. Boulders Beach is seldom crowded and is a real treat for the kids, it also has really clean bathroom facilities and outdoor beach showers.

Whats nearby Boulders Beach

The neighboring Foxy Beach is also home to a colony of thousands of African penguins and it's great fun to watch them go about their daily business, cleaning and sunning themselves, waddling along the sand and then transforming into sleek black-and-white torpedoes as soon as they enter the water. Just behind Boulders Beach, you will find some amazing restaurants. Great way to cool down and share a view with your friends. To the right of the bay, you will find the arts and crafts market with many vendors selling their wares. Very popular with the tourists. Traveling back to Cape Town, don’t forget to stop off at Simons Town and take in some of the rich naval history.

Where: 
1 Kleintuin Road
Simons Town
Cape Town
South Africa
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