This is part two of our day trip to Simon’s Town and Cape Point. So after Cape Point, we headed back to Simon's Town for a whale watching tour. This tour was two hours long! We were about an hour in when we saw a mother humpback whale and her two week old calf (that's what the Captain estimated). The Captain was really surprised to see humpback whales because he said he couldn't remember the last time he saw them! We also took a trip to seal island, which to no surprise smelt of salt and fish (a trip that’s pleasant to the eyes, but not the nose!). The Captain confidently told us that he was sure that there were great whites lurking near by because of all the seal pups. On our way back we came across another humpback who was just hanging out in the harbor! So even though we only saw a total of three whales in a two hour period, I counted ourselves very lucky! It was an awesome experience even with our baby in tow. (At one point the Captain watched Anthem so we could get a look of the whales from the upper deck. We just strapped him in his stroller and locked the wheels. Are you judging us for leaving our kid with a total stranger?!)
The whale watching tour ended as dusk was approaching and I wanted to make one last stop, Boulders Beach. This beach is home to hundreds of African Penguins. We sadly arrived when it closed, so the beach wasn't open, but we were able to walk on the boardwalk, which is open any time. We made the mistake of parking in the parking lot of the entrance to the beach and when it came time to leave the gates to the lot was locked up. Lucky, an employee was still around and let us out. We paid him handsomely for our stupidity. So if you make it to Boulders after hours, find parking on the street and just walk to the boardwalk entrance. Simon's Town is plastered with "Watch for Penguin" signs (I'm freaking out at the thought that people have accidentally run over penguins), so it's impossible to miss the chance to see the penguins.