ANTARCTICA

Wildlife of the Falklands

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

Overview

Explore the wildlife-rich beaches of Sea Lion Island, discover the recent history of Pebble Island and marvel at the king penguin and elephant seal colonies at Volunteer Point. You'll also spend time in the charming capital of Stanley.

This 8-day island-hopping itinerary incorporates visits to some of the Falklands’ most prestigious sites at a steady pace. Uncover the turbulent history of this tiny outpost and marvel at the diverse and abundant wildlife that the archipelago has to offer, from the one of the world’s rarest birds of prey to the strikingly beautiful King penguins and the memorable elephant seals.

Incorporating 2-night stays on both Pebble Island and Sea Lion Island, as well as 3 nights in the capital Stanley, you will have plenty of time to explore at leisure and to take in the rugged scenery of the islands, as well as the rich variety of wildlife and endemic flora.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Stanley
Arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport and transfer to Stanley, capital of the Falklands Islands, for an overnight stay (BB).
Days 2-3: Stanley - Pebble Island
Transfer to Stanley Airport for your FIGAS flight to Pebble Island. Named after the unusual and attractive pebbles found on the beaches, this 24 mile long island is the third largest in the archipelago. Sandy beaches, moorland and rocky peaks, extensive ponds and wetlands which are home to some 42 breeding bird species including over 1000 pairs of Imperial Shags, Gentoo, Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins. Eight of the Falkland endemic plants grow on the island including the Vanilla Daisy and the Lady’s Slipper.

Enjoy a 2-night stay on Pebble Island on a full board basis. One full day tour of your choice is included, taking in either the West or East end of the island. Both offer an array of wildlife and historical sites.
Days 4-5: Pebble 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 and you may explore the island at leisure. An introductory tour can be arranged for island orientation on request, additional cost applies.
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

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

Prices include Return transfers between Mount Pleasant Airport and Stanley accommodation • 3 nights accommodation on a BB basis at Malvina House Hotel, Stanley • 2 nights accommodation on a Full Board basis on Pebble 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 • Full day guided 4WD excursion to Volunteer Point

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

Useful Information

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.

PEBBLE ISLAND
Lodge
Pebble Island lodge, originally built for the farm manager, has now been renovated and adapted to suit the needs of visitors whilst retaining the warm and friendly atmosphere of a large, traditional Falkland farm house. Pebble Island Lodge provides a superb base from which to explore the surrounding environment rich in wildlife. The lodge offers full board accommodation, 4 twin rooms, 1 double and 1 single room; all of which are en suite, a comfortable lounge and a well stocked bar.

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.

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