5 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
4 recommended trips.Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
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
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
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
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.
Apr to Sep: Winter brings colder weather and often strong winds
Oct to Mar: Summer in the Falklands brings long days and warmer weather, but conditions remain changeable
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
6 recommended places to stay.
Home to only two inhabitants, Bleaker is an isolated island, ideal for those who want to discover the Falklands off the beaten track and fully appreciate the unique environment. The wildlife is conveniently located close to the settlement where two of the four houses accommodate visitors.
Accommodation on Carcass Island is in a small settlement which is home to only seven residents. Visitors stay in the owner’s house, with all meals taken with the family. The island is self-sufficient in organic vegetables, meat and dairy products, all of which you will be able to sample.
Situated in the heart of Stanley, Malvina House is considered the town’s premier hotel, and offers beautiful views overlooking the natural harbour. It has 36 en suite rooms, a large bar-lounge area, spa and sauna and is only a few minutes’ walk from shops, pubs and historic sites and monuments
Pebble Island Lodge is a comfortable friendly accommodation which was formerly the farm manager’s house and focal point of this 22,000 acre estate. Your hosts will lead off-road tours in 4x4 vehicles, and boat trips to neighbouring islands offer an opportunity to see ocean birds such as black-browed albatross.
Accommodation consists of two houses in Saunders Settlement – the Main House and Stone House - offering eight rooms, on either a full-board or self-catering basis. In addition, there are two self-catering cabins, one at The Neck and the other near the Settlement, home to albatross and rockhopper penguins.
The only purpose-built tourist lodge in the Falklands Islands, Sea Lion Lodge is one of the most luxurious places to stay on the archipelago, and affords some spectacular views of the South Atlantic. It offers a level of comfort and amenity you might not altogether expect in such a remote location.