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Experience a comprehensive overview of the wildlife highlights of the wild and remote Falklands Islands on a tailor made itinerary, designed to take you to the islands that are open to visitors, and observe their species up close.

Carcass Island is famous for its colonies of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, and here you should also be able to see striated caracaras and elephant seals, before continuing to Saunders Island. This island is home to a staggering amount of wildlife which includes a colony of 11,000 breeding pairs of black-browed albatross, as well as Magellanic, gentoo, rockhopper, macaroni and king penguins. After observing sealions and penguins on Pebble Island and rockhopper penguins on Bleaker, the trip culimates in a couple of days on Sea Lion Island, where you can easily explore on foot and photograph some of the resident wildlife. 

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Fly from London via Madrid or São Paulo to Santiago, Chile.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Santiago, Chile

    On arrival in Santiago, transfer to your hotel near the airport, and the rest of the day is free to relax – or head into the city if you wish.

    Accommodation: Holiday Inn Santiago Airport, 1-night

  3. Day 3: Fly to Stanley, Falklands Islands

    Early this morning make your way back across to the international terminal to check in for the flight south to Punta Arenas, and onward connection to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. On arrival at Mount Pleasant you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Stanley – a drive of just under one hour. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore the capital.

    Accommodation: Malvina House Hotel, 1-night

  4. Days 4-5 : Carcass Island

    Take a short flight to Carcass Island, where you'll find wildlife on the doorstep, as well as hosts who will happily offer to drop you off and pick you up around the island.  During your stay on Carcass, there is an opportunity (weather depending) to take an optional boat trip to West Point.

    Accommodation: Carcass Settlement, 2 nights

  5. Days 6-7 : Saunders Island; visit The Neck

    Another flight takes you to Saunders Island, where you can again enjoy independent wildlife viewing. A highlight of your stay on Saunders will undoubtedly be The Neck, considered one of the best wildlife sites of the Falklands, and home to large colonies of gentoo and Magellanic penguins. 

    Accommodation: Saunders Island Cottages, 2 nights

  6. Days 8-9 : Pebble Island

    Fly to Pebble Island and enjoy a full day tour of the island with driver/guide to see sealions, penguins and the resident birds. The following day is free at leisure to explore.  

    Accommodation: Pebble Island Lodge, 2 nights

  7. Days 10-11 : Bleaker Island

    Today you fly to Bleaker Island, home to just two residents who are your welcoming hosts.

    Accommodation: Bleaker Settlement, 2 nights

  8. Days 12-14 : Sea Lion Island

    Fly to Sea Lion Island, where you will have an introductory tour with a driver/guide to familiarise yourself with the island's layout and wildlife, before spending two days exploring at leisure. Sea Lion Island is home to the largest of elephant seal colonies in the Falklands, with up to 1,800 individuals!

    Accommodation: Sea Lion Lodge, 3-nights

  9. Days 15-16 : Stanley

    Return to the capital, Stanley, where you have plenty of time to explore its highlights, perhaps on a day trip to Volunteer Point with its large colonies of king, Magellanic and gentoo penguins.

    Accommodation: Malvina House Hotel, 2-nights

  10. Day 17: Fly to Santiago

    Today it's time to leave the beauty of the Falkland Islands and retrace your steps back to Santiago via Punta Arenas.

    Accommodation: Holiday Inn Santiago Airport, 1-night

  11. Day 18: Depart Santiago

    The morning is free until your overnight flight back to the UK via either Madrid or São Paulo.

  12. Day 19: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 19 days from £6,995 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 17 days from £5,745 pp
  • Single supplement: From £440
  • When to go: Oct-Mar
Featured locations:

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 or perhaps visit nearby sites such as Volunteer Point, with its large colonies of king, Magellanic and gentoo penguins.

  • Where: East Falkland
  • Excellent for: City stopover

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 islands 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

The second largest of the Falklands Islands, Saunders 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 - home to large colonies of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, and considered one of the best wildlife sites of the Falklands.

  • 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 quite small, 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
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bleaker Island Settlement

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.

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.

Malvina House Hotel

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 72 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

Pebble Island Lodge is a comfortable friendly accommodation which was formerly the farm manager’s house and focal point of this 8,000 hectare 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.

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.

Sea Lion Lodge

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.