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Falklands Highlights

Carcass Island
from £2500 7 nights | Oct - Apr Exc. flights See price details
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  • Oct - Apr

Overview

Wildlife watching and hill walking are the focus of this island-hopping itinerary offering a fantastic overview of these remote islands. Enjoy time on Carcass Island and Sea Lion Island as well as the capital Stanley.

Enjoy a week exploring the best of the Falkland Islands, from the charming capital Stanley to some of the more remote islands of the archipelago.

An overnight stay at Darwin House, Goose Green, is the perfect introduction to the islands, before moving on to a 2-night stay on predator-free Carcass Island. Here you have the opportunity for an optional boat trip to West Point Island, followed by 2 nights on Sea Lion Island for an up-close and personal encounter with countless elephant seals.

A final 2 nights in Stanley includes a full day tour to visit the King penguins of Volunteer Point – a real highlight of this memorable holiday to the Falklands.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Stanley
Arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport and transfer to Darwin/Goose Green settlement for an overnight stay at Darwin House.
Days 2-3: Stanley - Carcass Island
Transfer to Stanley Airport for your FIGAS flight to Carcass Island. Named after HMS Carcass, the island has remained free from predators and consequently has an abundance of wildlife. Magellanic penguins nest around the settlement and a Gentoo colony is a short walk away. There is also a large colony of striated caracara (Johnny Rook), a small Elephant Seal colony, King Cormorants and Night Herons to be found on the Island.

During your 2-night stay on a full board basis you may wish to join an optional boat trip to nearby West Point Island (additional cost). Take to the seas on the MV Condor, watching out for dolphins and sea birds on the way. Once at West Point you are free to explore the settlement and surrounding areas, such as Devils Nose Cliffs where wildlife includes Rockhopper penguins, Black-browed Albatross and much more.
Days 4-5: Carcass Island - Sea Lion Island
Board a FIGAS flight to Sea Lion Island for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. Sea Lion Island, the most southerly inhabited island of the Falklands group, is five miles long and just over a mile wide at its widest point, - just the right size for exploring. Beautiful plantations of the spectacular tussac grass cover one fifth of the island and provide a perfect habitat and protection for much of the islands' varied fauna and wildlife, including elephant seals (the largest population on the Islands, with up to 1,800 seals) and sealions.

Besides the tussac, there are dazzling white sand beaches, cliffs, fresh water ponds and heath land, all with their own populations and all within walking distance. The 47 different species of birds which can normally be seen on the Island include five species of penguins and five birds of prey (including the Striated Caracara, one of the rarest birds of prey in the world). In addition, every year brings exciting sightings of vagrants. Pods of killer whales circle the Island in pursuit of the elephant seals and sea lions which breed there. Leopard seals and larger whales are also seen from time to time.

All wildlife locations are easily accessible on foot, however an introductory tour with driver/guide is included to help familiarize you with the islands layout and wildlife locations, you may then explore the island at leisure.
Day 6: Sea Lion Island-Stanley
Fly with FIGAS to Stanley and transfer to the Malvina House Hotel for your final 2-night stay on a BB basis.
Day 7: Stanley & Volunteer Point
Join a full day guided 4WD excursion to Volunteer Point. Named after the ship Volunteer, the Point is home to a 2 mile long white sandy beach, bordered by high grassy banks that provide ideal habitats for three species of penguins: Gentoo, Magellanic and King.

The Volunteer point King penguin colony is the largest in the Islands, with around 1,300 adults, rearing 400 chicks each year. Over 1,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins are resident all year round and many other bird species have been recorded in the area.
Day 8: depart Stanley
This afternoon transfer to Mount Pleasant International Airport for your flight home.
Notes

Please note that the above itinerary is intended as a guideline only. Weather conditions in the Falklands are unpredictable and changeable. Flights between the islands are often subject to delays or cancellation and your itinerary may need to be altered accordingly. A degree of flexibility is essential in these remote and wild lands.

Prices & Dates

Departs every Saturday from October to April

Price start from approximately £2,500 per person, based on twin-share accommodation.
Prices vary with availability and travel dates.

Prices include Transfers between Mount Pleasant Airport and accommodation in Darwin/Goose Green • 1 night accommodation on a BB basis at Darwin House, Darwin • 2 nights accommodation on a BB basis at Malvina House Hotel, Stanley • 2 nights accommodation on a Full Board basis on Carcass Island • 2 nights accommodation on a Full Board basis on Sea Lion Island • Flights between the islands as per itinerary with FIGAS, excluding any excess luggage charges • Introductory tour with driver/guide of Sea Lion Island • Full day guided 4WD excursion to Volunteer Point • Transfer between accommodation in Stanley and Mount Pleasant Airport

Prices exclude International flights • Arrival and departure taxes • Travel insurance • Additional expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc • Optional full day tour of West Point Island • Gratuities

Useful Information

Darwin House
Lodge
Darwin House, located in the beautiful and tranquil settlement of Darwin, is ideally positioned for those on the look out for dolphins in the harbour, hares in the gorse bushes, and the rich variety of birds along the shoreline.  Darwin House is a modern farmhouse with 6 bedrooms available for guests, and a choice of twin or triple occupancy. All rooms are en suite and equipped with either a spa bath and or walk in showers. There is a large and very comfortable lounge with TV, a good selection of books and board games, a sunny conservatory with stunning views across the Harbour to Mount Usborne, a pleasant dining room and a cosy, well-stocked bar. Enjoy fine farmhouse cooking with home grown vegetables and local meat and fish.

Carcass Cottage
Lodge
Islander Rob McGill and his wife Lorraine are the present day hosts on Carcass, offering visitor’s superb hospitality and food a plenty!  Home grown vegetables, organic meat and dairy produce are prepared in true "camp" style. The accommodation is in an idyllic beachside setting, sheltered by a garden of tropical style trees. Magellanic penguins often nest nearby and several colonies of gentoos are also within walking distance. The cottage is comfortable and homely with large communal dining and lounge areas and bedrooms come complete with private bathroom facilities.

Sea Lion Island
Lodge
The Lodge, purpose built in 1986 offers very comfortable accommodation with en suite facilities in all rooms except two single rooms, which are shared. Full board accommodation is provided to all guests of the lodge. For those looking to explore the small island guests are welcome to freely wander through the surrounding environment, alternatively guided tours can be arranged.

Malvina House Hotel, STANLEY
Hotel
The Malvina House Hotel is Stanley’s premier accommodation and boasts wonderful views across the harbour. The hotel provides a relaxing and friendly base for your stay, featuring a sauna and Jacuzzi, an excellent restaurant, comfortable lounge and bar areas and twin and double rooms all en suite with a TV and phone. There are other places to stay within Stanley, many of them B&B's and guest houses which we will be happy to arrange as part of your stay.

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