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

Fri 17/01 »

Surf report for Fri 17/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 24mph
11:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 27mph
17:00 10ft 7s  °  ° 32mph
Tide times
Low 3:15am (0.70m)
High 9:40am (1.56m)
Low 4:27pm (0.66m)
High 10:30pm (1.36m)
Daylight
First light05:23
Sunrise05:51
Sunset20:00
Dark20:28

Sat 18/01 »

Surf report for Sat 18/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 8s  °  ° 37mph
11:00 12ft 8s  °  ° 39mph
17:00 11ft 8s  °  ° 37mph
Tide times
Low 4:39am (0.74m)
High 11:00am (1.53m)
Low 5:45pm (0.64m)
High 11:54pm (1.39m)
Daylight
First light05:24
Sunrise05:52
Sunset20:00
Dark20:28

Sun 19/01 »

Surf report for Sun 19/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 8s  °  ° 32mph
11:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 36mph
17:00 13ft 9s  °  ° 37mph
Tide times
Low 5:59am (0.72m)
High 12:13pm (1.56m)
Low 6:50pm (0.59m)
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise05:53
Sunset19:59
Dark20:27

Mon 20/01 »

Surf report for Mon 20/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 37mph
11:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 36mph
17:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 35mph
Tide times
High 1:00am (1.47m)
Low 7:04am (0.67m)
High 1:14pm (1.60m)
Low 7:42pm (0.53m)
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise05:54
Sunset19:59
Dark20:27

Tue 21/01 »

Surf report for Tue 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 10s  °  ° 33mph
11:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 29mph
17:00 10ft 10s  °  ° 33mph
Tide times
High 1:52am (1.55m)
Low 7:57am (0.61m)
High 2:02pm (1.64m)
Low 8:25pm (0.47m)
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:55
Sunset19:59
Dark20:26

Wed 22/01 »

Surf report for Wed 22/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 31mph
11:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 28mph
17:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 33mph
Tide times
High 2:35am (1.62m)
Low 8:41am (0.56m)
High 2:44pm (1.67m)
Low 9:02pm (0.43m)
Daylight
First light05:28
Sunrise05:56
Sunset19:58
Dark20:26

Today's weather

Clear sky

22 °C
(71 °F)

Strong breeze, 44.6 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

20.9°C / 69.6°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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