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Falkland Islands Wildlife Tour - 8 Days

Falkland Islands Wildlife Tour
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Falklands Island Wildlife Photography Tour

An 8-Days Falkland Islands Wildlife photo tour. Exceptional nature photography and wildlife tour, featuring visits to huge penguin colonies and other seabirds including cormorants and albatrosses; elephant seal and sea lions rookeries; dolphin and possibly orca sightings; land-rover tours to remote wildlife spots in the outlying islands of the archipelago, scenic flights within the archipelago and the remarkable hospitality of the Kelpers, our hosts throughout the trip.
If you are a nature photographer, a birder, a botanist, or simply a nature enthusiast or hiker, this journey of discovery is for you!

Trip Highlights

• Visit the impressive King Penguin colony of Volunteer Point.
• Up to six penguins species including Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic.
• Great light conditions, ideal and highly recommended to serious nature photographers.
• Visit to marine mammal colonies of Elephant Seal and Sea Lions.
• Great wildlife lodges located in remote islands.
• Scenic flights within the archipelago.

Alternative Tour Name: Falklands Wildlife Explorer
Day 1
Day 1 - Saturday Flight to the Falkland Islands – Flight to Carcass Island – Carcass Island (2 nights)

This morning you will take a morning flight from Santiago de Chile (SCL) to Mount Pleasant airport in the Falkland Islands. On arrival, you will be met by your local host and transferred to Port Stanley, the only town in the archipelago, with a population of approximately 2,000 people. Today we will fly to Carcass Island and enjoy the hospitality of one of the most comfortable lodges in the whole archipelago. This will the perfect base for the following two nights to explore the island on foot or by land rover, looking for the famous ‘Johnny Rook’ or Striated Caracara among several other avian specialties of the Falklands. Over 100 years of habitation, Carcass named after the HMS Carcass, has had three environmentally conscious owners who have avoided the introduction of rats and cats. This care and freedom from predation has made a difference that is immediately evident and needs to be experienced rather than described. Magellanic penguins nest around the settlement and a Gentoo colony is only a short walk away. There is also a large number of Striated Caracara (Johnny Rook), most of them residing right outside the windows of the accommodation. Elephant seal, Sea Lion, King cormorants and Night heron are also to be found on the island in addition to the wonderful endemic Cobb’s Wren and other small bird species on this cat and rat free island. Your hosts are outstanding and offer a home away from home in the refurbished house.

Overnight at Carcass Lodge, Carcass Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 2
Day 2 - Sunday Boat trip to West Point Island – Carcass Island

The surroundings of Carcass Island are just phenomenal for wildlife encounters. We will be transferred by land rover to the wildlife sites, crossing moorlands and tussock grasslands with superb views of the coast and surrounding islands. We’ll use the morning to photograph the Elephant Seals visiting the beaches and maybe even see Orcas off the headlands. A variety of coastal birds including Magellanic and Blackish Oystercatchers, Crested Ducks, Kelp Goose and delicate Dolphin Gulls will be great subject for our wildlife photography. The lodge offers fantastic home-made cooking and simple and great facilities to relax after our photo and wildlife excursions. If you are interested in photographing Albatross at their colonies we suggest you to consider the optional boat trip to West Point Island (weather permitting). The 2-hour crossing can be productive for the birders and photographers as we have great chances to see Thin-billed Prion, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and up to two dolphin species, including Commerson’s and Peale’s. The main goal of the trip is to approach a nesting colony of Black-browed Albatrosses, where we will learn the fascinating details of their ecology and breeding cycles.

Overnight at Carcass Lodge, Carcass Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 3
Day 3 - Monday Carcass Island – Flight to Stanley – Port Stanley (2 nights)

You will have part of the afternoon to visit the very interesting local museum and some free time to make your own independent explorations.

Overnight at Hotel Malvina House or similar, Port Stanley. (In-flight meal, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 4
Day 4 - Tuesday Volunteer Point

We will travel to Volunteer Point by 4×4 vehicles with a driver/guide in a journey of approximately 2.5 hours from Stanley. Named after the ship ‘Volunteer’ which called into the islands in 1815, the point is part of the Johnsons Harbour farm, one of the largest privately owned settlements. Volunteer Beach is approximately 2 miles of stunning white sand bordered by high grassy banks leading to large greens. These wonderful areas provide the perfect habitats for three breeding species of penguin: Gentoo, Magellanic and the regal King penguin, of which there are over 1,000 adults which successfully rear over 200 chicks each year. This is the largest breeding group of Kings within the islands within easy access. King penguin breeding cycle takes longer than one year meaning that any pair rears two chicks in a three year period. The egg is incubated on the feet and should the egg roll off the parent can lose interest and the egg is lost. This is a critical stage in the parenting and visitors need to be vigilant and must not disturb the colony.

Overnight at Hotel Malvina House, Port Stanley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 5
Day 5 - Wednesday Flight to Sea Lion Island – Sea Lion Island (2 nights)

Sea Lion is a ‘must’ in any Falkland Islands tour as this fantastic island is truly is a paradise for wildlife. Here we will see three penguin species, huge cormorant colonies and a large Elephant Seal rookery. This place is simply fantastic for nature photography, with birds, marine mammals and plants, great views and comfortable accommodations. Sea Lion Lodge will be our base for two nights.

Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge, Sea Lion Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 6
Day 6 - Thursday Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island, the most southerly inhabited island of the Falklands group, is five miles long and just over a mile wide at its widest point, just the right size for exploring. Beautiful stands of spectacular tussock grass cover one fifth of the island and provide a perfect habitat and protection for much of the islands’ varied fauna and wildlife, including Elephant seal (the largest population on the Islands, with up to 1,800 seals) and Southern Sea Lion. Besides the tussock, there are dazzling white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs and fresh water ponds. The different bird species, which can be seen on the island, include four species of penguin and birds of prey such as Striated Caracara, one of the rarest raptors in the world. At certain times of the year, pods of killer whale circle the island in pursuit of Elephant Seal pups which can be found in the crystal clear nursery pools only a few minutes walk from the lodge’s front door! Sea Lion, a remarkable wildlife reserve where nature can really be experienced, to later share experiences and memories in the cosiness of your lodge.

Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge, Sea Lion Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 7
Day 7 - Friday Sea Lion Island – Flight to Darwin (1 night)

By noontime we will fly to the Darwin settlement. Darwin, Goose Green and San Carlos are probably best known today for the parts they played during the 1982 conflict between the British and Argentines. All locations have memorials to those fallen and Darwin is the site of the Argentine cemetery and San Carlos that of the British cemetery and small museum and Bomb Alley.Darwin was once the largest settlement after Stanley, with almost 200 workers on the farm payroll. The settlement, named after Charles Darwin, who spent some time here during his travels, was established in 1859 as a centre first for cattle ranching, and later for sheep farming. Today, the number of residents is much fewer but remains a large working settlement which offers superb full board accommodation in the form of Darwin House.

Overnight at Darwin House, Darwin. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

Day 8
Day 8 - Transfer to Mt Pleasant airport – Flight to Punta Arenas/Santiago, Chile

You will have a leisure morning. After breakfast, you will have some time to explore the surroundings of the settlement and watch the common wildlife. We will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon to take our flight to Santiago where our trip will conclude. (Breakfast)(Guide)

What is included?

  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary, meet and greet, all transfers, all internal flights using FIGAS, and full day tour to Volunteer Point with drive/guides.

What is not included?

  • Flights from Santiago or Punta Arenas, departure tax from the Falklands (£22 – payable locally), tipping, travel insurance, excess baggage charges (20kg personal allowance, excess charged at £1 per kilo per flight thereafter), hotels in Santiago or Punta Arenas, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

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  • Falkland Islands
  • Set Departure Tour
  • On Request
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8px
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • Santiago International Airport (SCL)
  • Santiago International Airport (SCL)