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)
19°C / 66°F
Week weather forecast
Fri 21st25°C / 77°F
Sat 22nd21°C / 70°F
Sun 23rd26°C / 79°F
Mon 24th31°C / 88°F
Tue 25th36°C / 97°F
Wed 26th28°C / 82°F
5 Day Boulders Beach UV Index
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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 light 06:00 Sunrise 06:26 Sunset 19:33 Dark 19:59
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 light 06:01 Sunrise 06:27 Sunset 19:32 Dark 19:58
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 light 06:02 Sunrise 06:28 Sunset 19:31 Dark 19:56
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 light 06:03 Sunrise 06:28 Sunset 19:29 Dark 19:55
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 light 06:04 Sunrise 06:29 Sunset 19:28 Dark 19:54
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 light 06:05 Sunrise 06:30 Sunset 19:27 Dark 19:53