Boulders Beach

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Boulders beach
Boulders beach
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Boulders beach nr Cape Town
Photo: © Dewet / CC BY

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Situated on the western side of Cape Town's False Bay is the delightful sheltered cove of Boulders Beach. Crystal clear water meets soft white sand in a series of little "covelets" between enormous, weather worn granite boulders which date back half a billion years.

Boulders is undoubtedly one of Cape Town's finest beaches, but that isn't why it is also one of South Africa's best known. It is actually due to a colony of African penguins that decided to make it their home back in 1982. Also known as jackass penguins they are now well and truly established with thousands of these little black and white critters waddling around the beach and diving in and out of the water.
The penguins are pretty photogenic too. They're quite happy to pose for photos, however, be warned, they may look cute, but those beaks are razor sharp. Probably the best spot to get a view of the penguins is at neighbouring Foxy Bay where a series of elevated wooden boardwalks have been constructed expressly for viewing the birds.

Boulders beach is a bit of a hike to get to, being around 40km from downtown Cape Town. There is also a charge to get onto the beach as it is part of a National Park, however we still think it is worth the effort.

As an aside, I just thought I'd mention False Bay is the place where all that footage of great white sharks leaping out of the water with seals in mouth was filmed. Not that I'd want to put you off taking a dip - apparently the water is warmer than most of Cape Town's other beaches!

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Boulders Beach Weather Info

5 Day Boulders Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Boulders Beach tide times & sea state

Mon 23/09 »

Surf report for Mon 23/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
17:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 5:31am (0.66m)
High 11:50am (1.43m)
Low 6:10pm (0.63m)
Daylight
First light06:09
Sunrise06:34
Sunset18:42
Dark19:07

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
11:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 28mph
17:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
High 12:19am (1.48m)
Low 6:37am (0.53m)
High 12:51pm (1.59m)
Low 7:08pm (0.46m)
Daylight
First light06:08
Sunrise06:33
Sunset18:43
Dark19:08

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 28mph
11:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
17:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
High 1:16am (1.63m)
Low 7:27am (0.39m)
High 1:39pm (1.76m)
Low 7:56pm (0.31m)
Daylight
First light06:06
Sunrise06:31
Sunset18:44
Dark19:09

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 2:03am (1.76m)
Low 8:12am (0.27m)
High 2:23pm (1.89m)
Low 8:39pm (0.19m)
Daylight
First light06:05
Sunrise06:30
Sunset18:45
Dark19:10

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
17:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 2:46am (1.85m)
Low 8:53am (0.20m)
High 3:04pm (1.98m)
Low 9:20pm (0.13m)
Daylight
First light06:03
Sunrise06:28
Sunset18:45
Dark19:10

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
17:00 9ft 7s  °  ° 32mph
Tide times
High 3:28am (1.89m)
Low 9:33am (0.17m)
High 3:45pm (2.01m)
Low 10:01pm (0.12m)
Daylight
First light06:02
Sunrise06:27
Sunset18:46
Dark19:11

Today's weather

Fair

13 °C
(55 °F)

Light breeze, 11.2 km/h from SE

Sea temperature

16.4°C / 61.6°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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