An approximately 2.5 hour drive from Stanley will take you to the white sandy beach and turquoise waters of Volunteer Point one of the most popular and important tourist destinations in the Falklands. The tropical appearance paired with the numbers of King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins give this destination a surreal quality. In addition to the largest accessible King penguin colony in the Islands, there is a host of other wildlife to be seen including Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. The sandy white beach is approximately 2km (1.25 miles) bordered by high grassy banks leading down to rolling greens providing the ideal habitats for three breeding species of penguins: Gentoo, Magellanic and King. Enjoy the superb photographic opportunities offered by penguins entering and leaving the ocean and the pristine surroundings.
• Approximately 1500 breeding pairs of King Penguins, with around 700 chicks hatching each year
• Approximately 3600 breeding pairs of Gentoo Penguin
• Approximately 2000 breeding pair of Magellanic Penguin.
Birds that can often be seen in the area: Giant Petrel, Upland Goose, Rudy-Headed Goose, Steamer Duck, Two-Banded Plover Dotterel, Oyster Catcher, Barn Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Variable Hawk, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Falkland Thrush, Dark-faced Ground Tyrant, Dolphin Gull, Kelp Gull, Pipet ,South American Tern, Skua. Sea Lions come ashore occasionally, however, they can often be found in the water trying to catch penguins. Once in a while a Fur Seal comes ashore and on rare occasions a Leopard Seal has also been seen on the beach.
Accommodation is available at Volunteer Point at the Warden’s House in two non-ensuite twin rooms. One of the joys of staying at Volunteer Point is that you will be amongst a group of no more than 4 people with the opportunity to stay and witness the beauty and calls of the penguins at sunset and sunrise - a very special experience for all, including photographers wishing to capture the fabulous light offered! The facilities are not purpose-built as you are guests in the home of the wardens, Derek and Trudi Pettersson, you will have a chance to experience Falkland’s life.
Accommodation Volunteer House
• An original Falkland farm-managers house Volunteer House is the working home of Derek & Trudi Pettersson and their cat where you will be treated as part of their family
• Two twin rooms, with shared guest bathroom facilities
• Full board accommodation (packed lunches provided)
• Central heating
• Outdoor deck and garden area
• Situated an approximately 20 minute walk to the nesting King Penguins and about 10 minutes to the beach • Drop off/pick-up service is available depending on other duties/transfers, etc
• Guests need to be fit enough to be able to do some walking, including navigating the stairs which are a little narrow and steep.
• Please note that water is often in short supply during the summer so shower length may be limited
• No smoking is allowed within the Nature Reserve of Volunteer Point, this includes in or around the accommodation.
Main image courtesy Mark Spicer