Wildlife locations

6 recommended locations. 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.

  • Where: East Falkland
  • Ideal for viewing: Gentoo penguin, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Rockhopper penguin, Striated caracara
  • Excellent for: 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.

  • Where: West Point Islands
  • Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Gentoo penguin, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Striated caracara
  • Excellent for: 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.

  • Where: West Falkland
  • Ideal for viewing: Black-necked swan, Erect-crested penguin, South American sealion, Peregrine falcon, Commerson’s dolphin
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, 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.

  • Where: West Falkland
  • Ideal for viewing: Black-browed albatross, King shag, King penguin, Falkland steamer duck, Gentoo penguin
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, 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.

  • Where: East Falkland
  • Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Leopard seal, Orca, South American sealion, Sooty shearwater
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography

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.

  • Excellent for: City stopover

Wildlife trips

The Falkland Islands consist of two main islands, plus another 776 smaller islands. Wildlife is abundant here and a delight for nature lovers and photographers. The islands are home to five species of penguin, large colonies of seals and sealions, and well over 200 bird species including the black-browed albatross and giant petrel.

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

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.

  • When to go: Oct-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Falklands Wildlife Photography

This tour to the Falkland Islands has been designed to maximise the photographic potential with visits to several penguin colonies, as well as sealion and elephant seals hauled out on beaches. An ideal tour if you want to get up close to penguins and many of the islands' other birds and wildlife.

  • When to go: Nov-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7.295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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,

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 15-20 days
  • Trip type: Group tour

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.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 19-20 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £10,420 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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.

  • When to go: Jan-Feb
  • Duration exc. flights: 18 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £7,890 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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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