Wildlife locations

5 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Bleaker Island

This isolated, low-lying island off the south-east coast of East Falkland has wide sandy bays and sheltered coves – it is small and flat, so walking between bird colonies is easy. Of interest is its large colony of rockhopper penguin (over 750 pairs), and its many pools are home to large numbers of waterfowl.

  • Ideal for viewing: Gentoo penguin, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Rockhopper penguin, Striated caracara
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Penguin watching, Birdwatching

Carcass Island

Named after the survey vessel on which Horatio Nelson served, the island avoided introducing cats and rats; therefore the wildlife has no predators and are approachable. Devil’s Nose is home to 2,000 breeding pairs of blackbrowed albatross and 500 pairs of rockhopper penguins, an amazing sight.

  • Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Gentoo penguin, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Striated caracara
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Penguin watching, Birdwatching

Pebble Island

One of the largest in the West Falklands, Pebble Island combines grassy plains and wetlands in the east with moorlands and mountains in the west. Its sandy beaches and rocky cliffs provide shelter to sealions and penguins – it is the only place in the Falklands to see the erect-crested penguin.

  • Ideal for viewing: Black-necked swan, Erect-crested penguin, South American sealion, Peregrine falcon, Commerson’s dolphin
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Penguin watching, Birdwatching

Saunders Island

Saunders Island is the second largest and was the site of the first British settlement in 1765. The north is made up of two peaks, divided by a thin strip of sand known as the Neck which is considered one of the best wildlife sites of the Falklands. The Neck is home to large colonies of magellanic and gentoo penguins.

  • Ideal for viewing: Black-browed albatross, King shag, King penguin, Falkland steamer duck, Gentoo penguin
  • Excellent for: Penguin watching, Birdwatching

Sea Lion Island

The most southerly inhabited island, featured in many prize-winning photos, is only eightkms long, so easy to explore. Much is covered with tussock grass, creating a perfect habitat for colonies of elephant seal and sealions. The sandy beaches, cliffs, freshwater ponds and heathland are home to 47 bird species.

  • Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Leopard seal, Orca, South American sealion, Sooty shearwater
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Birdwatching

Places to extend your wildlife trip

1 recommended location for extending your wildlife trip.

Stanley

The islands’ capital is located on East Falkland around a picturesque harbour, and is a lively small, historic town, with a distinctly British feel. It’s a pleasant place to relax for a few days or visit battlefield sites.

Wildlife trips

This remote South Atlantic archipelago consists of two main islands, plus another 776 smaller ones, mostly populated. The beaches are home to seals and sealions – a delight for nature lovers and photographers –and well over 200 bird species include black-browed albatross and giant petrel, plus there are five species of penguin.

5 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

South Atlantic Wildlife Spectacular

The Falkland Islands are the most accessible place to see breeding colonies of true sub-Antarctic species such as albatross, rockhopper, magellanic, gentoo and king penguins, sealions, orca and elephant seals. As with all the wildlife here, most are extremely approachable, giving unparalleled opportunities for photography.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 13 days

Antarctic Odyssey Fly-Sail

This comprehensive itinerary retraces Shackleton’s voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and ends in the Falkland Islands. Antarctica’s scenery and ice are matched by the prolific wildlife on South Georgia, which includes 150,000 pairs of king penguins and numerous other species.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 18 days

Great Antarctic Voyage

This ultimate Antarctic experience marries the phenomenal wildlife of the sub-Antarctic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia to the pristine beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore dramatic wilderness areas and visit huge penguin colonies, all amongst hauntingly beautiful polar scenery.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 19 to 20 days

South Georgia

Embark on a superb voyage to South Georgia, the remotest and wildest of the UK's Overseas Territories. After exploring the abundant wildlife of the Falkland Islands, it is a two day journey to South Georgia, where you will find snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and a huge numbers of seabirds and marine mammals,

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 18 to 20 days

Highlights of The Falkland Islands

Famed for their wild and remote location, the Falkland Islands are home to a superb collection of hardy wildlife. This suggested itinerary visits all the islands that are open to visitors, where you will find beaches filled with seals and sealions, five species of penguins, and over 200 bird species.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 17 days

When to go

The ideal time to visit the Falklands is October to March, in the summer when daylight hours are longest. Even then the weather is changeable, and you can expect persistent winds.

Seasons

  • Winter

    Apr to Sep: Winter brings colder weather and often strong winds
  • Summer

    Oct to Mar: Summer in the Falklands brings long days and warmer weather, but conditions remain changeable

Wildlife events

  • Sep to Oct: Elephant seals give birth
  • Nov to Nov: Fur seals start breeding
  • Nov to Feb: Best time to see Orca off Sealion Islands
  • Dec to Dec: Sealion breeding season starts
  • Jan to Jan: Most penguin eggs have hatched by this time
  • Mar to Mar: Black-browed albatross chicks fledge on Saunders Island

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