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BOULDERS BEACH, SIMON’S TOWN
Best for: penguin watching, sheltered swimming and learning to snorkel.
Simon’s Town is a delightful quaint old navy seaport at the terminus of the railway and the last town before Cape Point Nature Reserve. Boulders beach is a few kilometres on from the station and taxi buses are frequent. It now comes under the auspices of the National Parks board so a small fee is charged to enter this delightful cove. Giant granite boulders form several little secluded beaches and as you walk along the path towards Foxy Beach you may be forgiven for thinking that a donkey is being massacred in the bushes. It is in fact a Jackass Penguin living up to its name. About 800 of these little dinner-suited birds watch you while you watch them. Previously you could walk amongst them but now a new raised wooden walkway gives you a good view and protects them from clumsy feet and enthusiastic photographers. This is the most accessible breeding colony of jackass penguins in the world and a sight not to be missed. When the south-easter is taking a break, scuba divers should explore Castle Rock a few kilometres on from Boulders, to see spectacular drop offs, lots of corals and surprisingly colourful fish.