Our Agent, Dahiana Burucua, shares the highlights of her recent trip to one of the outer islands in the Falkland Islands.
WHERE DID YOU GO?
Bleaker Island which lies close to the south-east coast of East Falklands, at the entrance to Adventure Sound.
HOW DID YOU GET THERE?
We flew with FIGAS (Falkland Islands Government Air Service) from Stanley. FIGAS operates as a ‘taxi shuttle service’ and the flight called at other airstrips en-route to Bleaker. The flight was short but very pleasant and it offered scenic views of the Falklands and fantastic photographic opportunities.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION?
You can stay at Cobb’s Cottage or Cassard House, both properties are very cosy and modern.
These properties are equipped with: Central heating. Gas cooking facilities. 24-hour electricity. Flat screen TV. Video/DVD. Mini Hi-Fi with I-Pod dock.
The properties operate year-round.
It is hard to pick a favourite place but sitting on Sandy Bay watching the Magellanic and Gentoo penguins surfing was a very special experience. The weather was very kind to us so we were able to sit at the beach and admire these majestic creatures for hours.
The best parts must have been getting lost in the tussac grass in the search for Rockhopper Penguins along Long Gulch as well as being down at the south part of the island while looking for sea-lions.
We didn’t go on any tours and the island is small enough to explore on your own. It is also very flat so perfect for all walking abilities. The host will provide car hire for self-drive or guided tours.
BEST FOOD AND DRINK TIP
Bleaker Island offers self-catering as well as full board accommodation.
I would highly recommend the full board option as the meals provided are fantastic. On arrival, we were given a packed lunch (with a wide selection of items) which meant we could explore the island right away! In the evening, we had a delightful 3 course dinner prepared mainly with locally sourced ingredients. Our menu included a cheese and mushroom tort, toothfish on a bed of rice & vegetable and an ice cream mouse with black forest fruits; needless to say, we did not go hungry! We washed our dinner down with one of the wines from the Trust Bar, which had a great selection of wines and spirits.
A small store provides a limited but adequate range of tinned and dried foodstuffs, as well as fresh eggs and vegetables for those who would prefer to book the self-catering option.
INDISPENSABLE ITEMS TO PACK
Bleaker is very flat so you can get plenty of miles under your belt in a day; comfortable footwear is essential so you can explore every nook and cranny of this amazing destination and see as much wildlife as possible.
SUM UP YOUR TRIP IN ONE SENTENCE
Bleaker Island is anything but bleak! If you are looking to re-connect with nature, this is the place to visit.
For further information and advice on planning a visit to Bleaker Island, please contact Anna on our Falklands desk, email: email@example.com