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 (Fri Feb 21st 08:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
19°C / 66°F

Sea temperature
18.7°C
65.6°F
Wind S
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Fri 21st
Clear sky 25°C / 77°F S

9 mph
14 km/h

Sat 22nd
Rain showers 21°C / 70°F W

9 mph
15 km/h

Sun 23rd
Clear sky 26°C / 79°F SSE

16 mph
25 km/h

Mon 24th
Clear sky 31°C / 88°F S

17 mph
27 km/h

Tue 25th
Clear sky 36°C / 97°F WSW

8 mph
13 km/h

Wed 26th
Clear sky 28°C / 82°F S

10 mph
16 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

  • Fri 21/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 21/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
    11:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    17:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    High 2:28am (1.60m)
    Low 8:39am (0.58m)
    High 2:39pm (1.61m)
    Low 8:51pm (0.48m)
    Daylight
    First light06:00
    Sunrise06:26
    Sunset19:33
    Dark19:59
  • Sat 22/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 22/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
    11:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
    17:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    High 3:02am (1.68m)
    Low 9:12am (0.52m)
    High 3:11pm (1.66m)
    Low 9:20pm (0.44m)
    Daylight
    First light06:01
    Sunrise06:27
    Sunset19:32
    Dark19:58
  • Sun 23/02 »
    Surf report for Sun 23/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 12ft 10s  °  ° 35mph
    11:00 11ft 11s  °  ° 27mph
    17:00 12ft 11s  °  ° 37mph
    Tide times
    High 3:32am (1.74m)
    Low 9:40am (0.47m)
    High 3:41pm (1.69m)
    Low 9:47pm (0.41m)
    Daylight
    First light06:02
    Sunrise06:28
    Sunset19:31
    Dark19:56
  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 31mph
    11:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 22mph
    17:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 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  °  ° 21mph
    11:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
    17:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
    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  °  ° 10mph
    11:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
    17:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
    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

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