Sitting in a remote part of the South Atlantic Ocean, The Falkland Islands are made up of more than 740 islands about 480km east of Patagonia in South America. This is a British outpost which most will remember from the Falklands conflict – these days the beautiful islands remain a great destination for wildlife holidays and are included in a few Antarctic cruises. The capital Stanley is a colourful seaside town and home to 85% of the entire population of the islands.
There are white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and stunning scenery. Wildlife is the main attraction here with over 227 species of birds and 14 species of mammals making it their home. Penguins in particular are prolific here, a fantastic place to observe these comical birds! There are five breeding species of penguin on the Falklands – visit Volunteer Point to the most accessible King Penguin Colony in the world. Sea Lions and Elephant seals crowd the beaches each Spring in the breeding season and Killer Whales and Dolphins patrol the shores. Excursions including guided 4WD treks, scenic flights, and birdwatching can be taken here to view endangered species such as the Black-browed Albatross (on Saunders Island) and endemic birds like the Cobb’s Wren.
Sheep farming is still the main way of life for residents outside of Stanley and you can hire a guide or take a flight to outlying islands and settlements. Island hopping can be arranged via the Government Air Service – fly to Pebble Island and look for semi-precious stones. If you are interested in fishing, head to Goose Green and Darwin where you can cast a line for Mullet. Most major points of interest on the Falklands and main destinations can be reached by road or air and there is also a ferry service between East and West Falkland.
Ask me about a holiday to The Falkland Islands either as a stand alone destination, or combine with South Georgia, Patagonia or Antarctica for longer tours and cruises.