Tintswalo Boulders launches ‘My Octopus Teacher’ inspired Marine Exploration Adventure Experience!



Tintswalo Boulders in Simon’s Town has launched an innovative Marine Exploration Adventure Experience for its guests to explore the underwater world of False Bay, in which renowned cinematographer Craig Foster filmed ‘My Octopus Teacher’.

The Netflix award-winning documentary was launched to great acclaim two months ago, going viral, documenting the year that Foster spent in 2010 diving in an underwater kelp forest off the Simon’s Town Coast in False Bay in Cape Town. He spotted an octopus, becoming enthralled with her, visiting her hiding spot and tracking her movements daily.  The documentary shares how a relationship of trust developed between the octopus and Foster, and what impact she had on his life.

Pyjama sharks are the biggest threat to the octopus, and in one battle with a shark, she loses an arm, which does grow back. The documentary ends on a sad note, when she lays hundreds of eggs, and dies, a natural evolutionary occurrence for female octopuses. It took Foster ten years to make the documentary. The experience taught him humility, compassion, and ‘she opened my mind to just how complex and precious wild creatures are’. 

The 3-day package offered by Tintswalo Boulders includes a snorkelling safari in wetsuits through the kelp forests accompanied by a trained guide, guided kayaking in the sheltered bays of Simon’s Town, and ample opportunity to visit the penguins of Boulders Beach.

Two nights’ luxury accommodation with breakfast is included at Tintswalo at Boulders, the uniquely located beachfront villa that is surrounded by fynbos, with unobstructed views across the world-famous Boulders Beach penguin colony and the ocean.  I was fortunate to experience Tintswalo Boulders soon after its opening two years ago, each room of the property being named after a famous ship in Simon’s Town maritime history. 

Bewitched at Tintswalo at Boulders, luxury boutique accommodation with Breakfast with a view!

The marine activities of the Marine Exploration Adventure Experience are guided by the Shark Warrior Adventure Centre and take place in the marine protected area of the Table Mountain National Park.  Participants ‘will glide through the mystical kelp forests to encounter the mysterious life beneath the waves where fish and other marine life sway in the flow of the currents around the reefs. A magical 2-hour kayaking excursion in single or 2-seater kayaks will include gentle paddling in the clear, turquoise sea and protected coves of Boulders Beach to watch the antics of the endangered African penguins and other seabirds’, informs the media statement received from Five Star PR.

Package rate for SA residents: R5250 per person sharing including 2 nights’ accommodation, coffees & teas, breakfast daily, one brunch, one lunch, one dinner and two water-based activities, as well as afternoon snacks on day one, and canapes and a sunset cocktail on day 2.  Valid until 31 March 2021.


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