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Boulders Beach Tours

With pristine white sands and calm turquoise waters hemmed in by gigantic granite boulders, Boulders Beach is one of the Cape Peninsula’s most magnificent beaches. Located just outside Simon’s Town, the beach is protected as part of the Table Mountain National Park and renowned for its African penguin colony.
 
The Basics
A Cape Peninsula tour is the most popular way to visit Boulders Beach. Half- and full-day tours run from Cape Town and most include nearby attractions, such as Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, or Camps Bay. Some tours include a cruise out to Seal Island to discover more of the peninsula’s wildlife, explore the Cape Peninsula by bike, or enjoy a wine tasting in the Constantia Valley.
 
The beach is split into the northern part, accessed via the Boulders Visitors Centre and offering a purpose-built boardwalk from which to watch the penguins in their natural habitat, and the southern part, which is open for swimming.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The entrance fee for the boardwalk goes toward conservation efforts.
  • It’s prohibited to touch, feed, or interact with the penguins, although the boardwalks will take you close enough to get some great photos.
  • Parking at the beach is limited, especially in peak season (December–January), so arrive early to secure a spot.
  • The boardwalk is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
 
How to Get to There
Boulders Beach is located around 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Cape Town, along the east coast of the Cape Peninsula. The most convenient way to visit is by guided tour, but it’s also possible to take the train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town and either walk or take a taxi for 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) to the beach.
 
When to Get There
It’s possible to spot penguins at Boulders Beach year-round but breeding season from February until August is the most interesting time to watch them. The highest numbers of penguins can be seen in the early morning or late afternoon, as the animals spend much of the day feeding out at sea.
 
The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
The Boulders Beach African penguin colony grew from two breeding pairs that settled there in the early 1980s. The population is now more than 3,000, although numbers have declined in recent years. Nicknamed “jackass penguins” for the braying sounds they make, African penguins are an endangered species found along the Namibian and South African coast. Boulders Beach is the only place in Africa where you can enjoy watching the penguins roam freely in their natural environment.

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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town, Cape Town, null
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town

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Your Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point tour will be strictly private and flexible with time. Tour departs from your hotel at your convenience in a private ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Flexible

From USD $151.48
Full-Day Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town

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The Cape Peninsula, also known as Cape Point or Cape of Good Hope is the most popular of all the Cape Town tours. Your visit will not be considered complete if ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

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This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.52
Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Full-day Tours
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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town

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For those with limited time, this tour to Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is offered as a half day option. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town

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Leave Cape Town behind for the day and see another side of this glorious land. This 8-hour private tour for couples, friends traveling together, or small ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.65
Full-Day Cape Point & Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private ... 
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Full-Day Cape Point & Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town

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This Cape Peninsula full day tour includes a morning snack, picnic lunch, guided commentary and all entrance fees, making it the most affordable and fun way to ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $59.83
Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Private Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Private Tour from Cape Town

For those with limited time, this tour to Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is offered as a half day option. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $159.96
The Peninsula Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

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This full-day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.77
Sea Kayak and Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Sea Kayak and Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town

Explore Boulder’s Beach in a different dimension by doing the Sea Kayak private tour, and see the African Penguins colony at Boulder’s Beach. The trip leaves ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $280.24
Cape Peninsula Bike Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Cape Peninsula Bike Tour from Cape Town

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Savor the very best of the Cape Peninsula on this unique guided cycle excursion. From the top of Signal Hill, take in Lion's Head and the iconic Table Mountain ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.00

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