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Experience a comprehensive overview of the wildlife highlights of the Falklands.

Famed for it’s wild and remote location, the Islands are home to a superb collection of hardy wildlife. From sealions to penguins this itinerary has been designed to take you to the islands that are open to visitors to observe their species up close.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Santiago, Chile, connecting with an onward domestic flight to Punta Arenas

  2. Day 2: Arrive Punta Arenas, 1-night

  3. Day 3: Fly to Stanley, 1-night

    This morning it's back to the airport again for a short flight to Stanley on the Falkland Islands where your guide will meet you.  Accommodation: Malvina House Hotel

  4. Days 4-5 : Carcass Island, 2-nights. Optional boat trip to West Point

    Accommodation: Carcass Settlement, 2 nights, full board basis. 

  5. Days 6-7 : Saunders Island, 2-nights. Visit The Neck

    Accommodation: Saunders Settlement, 2 nights, full board basis. 

  6. Days 8-9 : Pebble Island, 2-nights. Excursion to see sealions, penguins and resident birds

    Accommodation: Pebble Island Lodge, 2 nights, full board basis.

  7. Days 10-11 : Bleaker Island, 2-nights. See rockhopper penguins

    Accommodation: Bleaker Settlement, 2 nights, full board basis.

  8. Days 12-14 : Sea Lion Island, 3-nights. See elephant seals

    Accommodation: Sea Lion Lodge, 3-nights, full board basis.

  9. Days 15-16 : Stanley, 2-nights Malvina House Hotel. Day trip to Volunteer Point

  10. Day 17: Fly back to Punta Arenas, 1-night

  11. Day 18: Depart via Santiago

  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 £6,295 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 17 days from £5,295 pp
  • Single supplement: From £3,930
  • 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 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
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 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

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.

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.