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Saunders Island is now one large farm of about 121 square kilometres and home to a staggering amount of wildlife.

Here you may see a colony of 11,000 breeding pairs of black-browed albatross, Magellanic, gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins as well as a growing colony of king penguins. Other species include southern giant petrel, rock shag, king shag and striated caracara.

The second largest of the Falkland Islands, it was the site of the first British settlement in 1765.  The north of the island is made up of two peaks: Rookery Mountain in the northeast and Mount Hartson, the highest point on the island at 436 metres, to the northwest. Lying between the two, the Neck is home to large colonies of Magellanic and gentoo Penguins, as well as a small colony of king penguins and a small elephant seal colony.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black-browed albatross, king shag, king penguin, falkland steamer duck, gentoo penguin, magellanic penguin
  • Where: West Falkland, 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 £6,295 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: Dec-Jan
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Saunders Island Cottages

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.