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'Island Life'

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Wildlife and local life

Wildlife and local life

Bleaker Island

Bleaker Island is a small working sheep farm, very typical of Falklands life. The island has a very extensive coastline, whose shores attract multitudes of wildlife. There is a massive Imperial Cormorant colony, and three types of breeding penguins. Sea lions haul out on the rocks and offshore tussac islands.

Falklands wildlife

Falklands wildlife

Saunders Island

The first British settlement on the Falklands, dating from 1765, Saunders is one of the top places for wildlife on the Falklands. It has a large albatross colony, and four species of penguin that breed on the island.

Falklands habitats

Falklands habitats

Pebble Island

The third largest island in the Falklands with habitats typical of the islands overall. They range from shore to moor, rocky peaks and wetlands, sandy beaches and the attractive pebble beaches that gave the island its name. A great variety for walkers, birders, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Falklands Capital

Falklands Capital

Stanley

The little town of Stanley is the capital of the Falklands Islands. A small dock area, a few streets, a church and a rather good museum.

Itinerary map for Falkland Islands 'Island Life' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Bleaker Island
  • 2 Bleaker Island
  • 3 Saunders Island
  • 4 Saunders Island
  • 5 Pebble Island
  • 6 Pebble Island
  • 7 Stanley
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Island Life'

DAY 1
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Bleaker Island

Today you take the local flight to Bleaker Island, which lies just off the coast of East Falkland. Bleaker Island has a very extensive coastline, whose shores attract multitudes of wildlife. There is a massive Imperial Cormorant colony, and three types of breeding penguins. Sea lions haul out on the rocks and offshore tussac islands. They are active and breeding between December and January. Pups can remain dependent for as long as twelve months. This is also one of the few places where the rare Flightless steamer duck can be seen. Each day's schedule for flights around the islands is decided the day before, so you will only learn your flight times locally. There are just two places to stay here, Cassard House and Cobb's Cottage, named after naturalist Arthur Cobb, one of the island's former farmers.

DAY 2
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Bleaker Island is a small working sheep farm, very typical of Falklands life. You might spend today out and about around the island, walking, looking out for wildlife, and generally soaking up the fresh air - of which there is plenty! There is a hiking trail between the cormorant colony and the north end of Sandy Bay. Sandy Bay is especially lovely at sunset, with a mixture of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins congregating on the white sand as the sky burns orange over the ocean.

DAY 3
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Saunders Island

The 30,000 acre Saunders Island, just off the north-west coast of West Falkland, routinely draws wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. You arrive by a local flight. Saunders' main attraction is the large colony of Black-browed albatross but Saunders can also boast four species of breeding penguin: Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and King. Rare sightings of Macaroni and Chinstrap have also been recorded. The island is run as an active sheep farm by its owners. It remains of significant historical importance as the site of the first British settlement in 1765. The ruins of the settlement can still be seen at Port Egmont today - approximately 2 kms walk from the existing settlement. You stay two nights at Rookery Inn on Saunders Island. Food is provided but you cook it. This property is quite remote and you may well see no-one after you are dropped off until early morning on your day of departure. The purpose built 2 bedroom cottage relies on old-fashioned Falklands' values where clients are expected to leave the property ready for the next visitors. There are emergency radios at the Rookery in case you need to contact your hosts at The Settlement.

DAY 4
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The albatross colony and a Rockhopper penguin colony are set on the northern cliffs, which are known locally as the Rookery. Fresh water running down the cliffs provides a natural shower for Rockhoppers, which they much enjoy. Just a short walk away is a white sandy beach where you can watch Gentoo and Magellanic penguins leaving and returning to their colonies - even more impressive at sunrise or sunset. More photo opportunities!

DAY 5
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Pebble Island

Today you fly to Pebble Island for a two night stay on a full board basis. The island is named after the unusual and attractive pebbles found on its beaches, this 24 mile long island is the third largest in the archipelago. Here you will find sandy beaches, moorland and rocky peaks, extensive ponds and wetlands that are home to some 42 breeding bird species including over 1000 pairs of Imperial Shags, plus Gentoo, Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins. Eight of the Falkland endemic plants grow on the island. Tours included in your stay will be confirmed locally subject to local conditions and timings and your particular interests.

DAY 6
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Pebble Island's Elephant Beach, lovely stretch of white sand, is the longest beach in the Falklands at 6.4km (4 miles) long - and occasionally used as an airstrip! The eastern end of the island is heathland with low cliffs and a large number of ponds. These are home to waterfowl and wading-birds including one of the largest concentrations of Black-necked swans and occasional sightings of Red Shoveler and Cinnamon teal. Black-crowned night-herons, Imperial cormorants, Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins inhabit the coast. Peregrine falcons have been recorded. The Falkland fritillary butterfly occurs on the heathlands whilst sea lions are found on Cape Tamar.

DAY 7
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Stanley

A flight from Pebble Island brings you to Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. You are met and driven into Stanley, and shown around the town by a local guide, including a visit to the museum. Run by the islands’ National Trust, the Falkland Islands Museum is located at the historical dockyard site in Stanley. The main aim of the museum is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Falkland Islands and to protect this for future generations. There are galleries covering social (e.g. radio and telephone exchange), maritime (Stanley was a ships’ graveyard, including SS Great Britain, as well as a refuge for intrepid explorers and engineers), natural history, the 1982 war, and Antarctic heritage. So there is a lot to see. Much of the islands' social history revolves around the 'Camp': rural communities outside Stanley itself.

DAY 8
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Departure

You are collected from your hotel to catch your flight from Mount Pleasant Airport, or perhaps join a cruise sailing from Stanley itself. Ask us for details.

Guide prices for 'Island Life'

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Guide price 2 people sharing £2,045
Guide price 1 solo £2,340
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Seasonal information for 'Island Life'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Bleaker Island 13°C rainfall 68mm
2 Bleaker Island 13°C rainfall 68mm
3 Saunders Island 14°C rainfall 58mm
4 Saunders Island 14°C rainfall 58mm
5 Pebble Island 14°C rainfall 60mm
6 Pebble Island 14°C rainfall 60mm
7 Stanley 13°C rainfall 72mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Island Life'