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)
16°C / 61°F
Week weather forecast
Mon 24th29°C / 84°F
Tue 25th32°C / 90°F
Wed 26th26°C / 79°F
Thu 27th22°C / 72°F
Fri 28th29°C / 84°F
Sat 29th32°C / 90°F
5 Day Boulders Beach UV Index
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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 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 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 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 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 light 06:05 Sunrise 06:30 Sunset 19:27 Dark 19:53
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 light 06:06 Sunrise 06:31 Sunset 19:26 Dark 19:51
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 light 06:07 Sunrise 06:32 Sunset 19:25 Dark 19:50
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 light 06:07 Sunrise 06:33 Sunset 19:23 Dark 19:49