The Beach Guide

Boulders Beach

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

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 01:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
16°C / 61°F

Sea temperature
18.9°C
66.0°F
Wind S
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F S

6 mph
10 km/h

Tue 25th
Clear sky 32°C / 90°F WNW

9 mph
14 km/h

Wed 26th
Clear sky 26°C / 79°F S

15 mph
23 km/h

Thu 27th
Fair 22°C / 72°F SSE

28 mph
46 km/h

Fri 28th
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F SE

16 mph
26 km/h

Sat 29th
Clear sky 32°C / 90°F S

9 mph
14 km/h

5 Day Boulders Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Boulders Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 32mph
    11:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
    17:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 30mph
    Tide times
    High 4:00am (1.77m)
    Low 10:08am (0.45m)
    High 4:10pm (1.70m)
    Low 10:13pm (0.40m)
    Daylight
    First light06:03
    Sunrise06:28
    Sunset19:29
    Dark19:55
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
    11:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 7mph
    17:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    High 4:27am (1.78m)
    Low 10:34am (0.44m)
    High 4:38pm (1.69m)
    Low 10:38pm (0.41m)
    Daylight
    First light06:04
    Sunrise06:29
    Sunset19:28
    Dark19:54
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
    11:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
    17:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    High 4:54am (1.77m)
    Low 11:00am (0.45m)
    High 5:05pm (1.66m)
    Low 11:05pm (0.45m)
    Daylight
    First light06:05
    Sunrise06:30
    Sunset19:27
    Dark19:53
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 11ft 17s  °  ° 26mph
    11:00 12ft 15s  °  ° 30mph
    17:00 12ft 14s  °  ° 34mph
    Tide times
    High 5:21am (1.74m)
    Low 11:28am (0.49m)
    High 5:33pm (1.61m)
    Low 11:31pm (0.50m)
    Daylight
    First light06:06
    Sunrise06:31
    Sunset19:26
    Dark19:51
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 14ft 9s  °  ° 41mph
    11:00 13ft 10s  °  ° 35mph
    20:00 12ft 10s  °  ° 39mph
    Tide times
    High 5:48am (1.68m)
    Low 11:57am (0.54m)
    High 6:02pm (1.55m)
    Low 11:59pm (0.57m)
    Daylight
    First light06:07
    Sunrise06:32
    Sunset19:25
    Dark19:50
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 10ft 10s  °  ° 26mph
    14:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
    20:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    High 6:17am (1.62m)
    Low 12:29pm (0.60m)
    High 6:35pm (1.46m)
    Daylight
    First light06:07
    Sunrise06:33
    Sunset19:23
    Dark19:49

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