Boulders Beach is a small area near Simon's Town on the Cape peninsula and is a sheltered beach between granite boulders. Two breeding pairs of African penguins settled here in 1982 and the colony has now grown to over 3000 birds. The area is protected but the seaward side is open to the water and the penguins find a sheltered spot to raise their young and stay dry during the molting season when they are unable to enter the water.
Elevated boardwalks allow visitors to view the rare birds from up close. It is a strange sight, with hundreds of penguins on the beach within sight of seaside homes.