Sun, sea, sand and... penguins!Enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters of ocean!
An absolute must during your stay at Fin Whale Beach House is a visit to Boulders Beach to see the colony of African penguins that have made their home there and marvel at the white sand beach and crystal clear azure water, as well as enjoy the antics of these appealing little birds!
The penguins have been at Boulders since 1982, when a couple of them settled on the soft white sand between the large granite boulders that protect the beach from the legendary winds and storm surges this stretch of the Cape coastline is famous for. Today, there’s around 3000 penguins in residence and the African penguin is now classified as an endangered species. So the Boulders Beach colony is protected, courtesy of SANParks – South Africa’s national parks agency, which looks after the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area of which Boulders Beach and its surrounding beaches are part.
This means that you will pay a conservation fee to get access to the beach, which is both safe and clean and well taken care of, for both humans and penguins alike.
Wheelchair friendly boardwalks accommodate the 60,000 or so visitors the beach receives each year, winding their way through the dunes and coastal vegetation and helping to protect the nesting penguins and their chicks. The boardwalks offer great viewing points over the penguin colony, but you still get the odd penguin taking a stroll through the car park, so keep an eye out!
Besides being a penguin colony, Boulders Beach is a popular swimming beach – being one of the few in Cape Town and its surrounds where the water is warm enough to enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters of ocean! The surrounding rocks are extremely picturesque, as is the beautiful turquoise sea and soft white sand, so don’t forget a camera. And a picnic lunch if you want to spend the day.