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Named after the survey vessel on which Horatio Nelson served, the owners of Carcass Island avoided introducing cats and rats, meaning that the wildlife here has no predators and tends to be carefree, trusting and approachable.

The island is particularly known for its colonies of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, and is also home to 2,000 breeding pairs of blackbrowed albatross and 500 pairs of rockhopper penguins - an amazing sight!

In addition, there is a large colony of striated caracara (Johnny rook), a small elephant seal colony, king cormorants and night herons.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: elephant seal, gentoo penguin, king cormorant, magellanic penguin, striated caracara
  • Where: West Point Islands, Falkland Islands

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

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 £6,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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
  • Price exc. flights: From £9,925 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Carcass Island Homestay

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.