Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Sea Lion Island: 3 nights. Pebble Island: 2 nights. Stanley: 2 nights.
Day 1 - 3: Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport early afternoon and reception by International Tours & Travel Ltd., and transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Sea Lion Island with a flight time of approximately 25 minutes. The relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery. Your accommodation here is at Sea Lion Lodge, the only purpose built lodge in the Falkland Islands, and just minutes walk from a rich variety of wildlife. Sea Lion Island is one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, and the most southerly inhabited island, but is still the prime destination with the sheer abundance of wildlife in such a small area making it a must on any Falklands itinerary. An introductory and orientation tour by vehicle upon arrival will point out the principle areas of interest, however everything is in easy walking distance of the lodge – a map and guidelines for safe wildlife viewing are given out on arrival. The internationally endangered Striated Caracara, Antarctic Skuas, Southern Giant Petrels, and a host of passerines can all be seen on this island. Not to be missed are the Southern Sea Lions at East Loafers, and the Elephant Seals which bask on the white sandy beach at the appropriately named Elephant Corner. The latter are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar! Keep an eye open and there is the odd Killer Whale to be spotted off shore as well.
Day 4 - 5: Transfer by FIGAS to Pebble Island where you will stay at Pebble Lodge – a comfortable converted farmhouse. Pebble Island is one of the larger outlying islands, and the landscape varies greatly from large ponds and moorland, to long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. This diverse countryside offers shelter and protection to an equally wide-ranging breeding population of birds and mammals. Many thousands of Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins breed each summer along with raucous congregations of Southern sea lions. The ponds on the east of the island, many of which are within walking distance of the lodge, are home to Chiloe Wigeon, Grebes, Black-necked Swans and a multitude of other wildfowl and wading birds. The full day guided tour in 4x4 vehicle offers ample opportunity to see the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery further afield from the settlement. Your accommodation on Pebble Island will be at Pebble Lodge; previously the farm manager’s house and situated in the centre of the farm settlement. Now, although ideally adapted to the needs of the visitor, it retains the warm and friendly atmosphere of a large farmhouse
Day 6: Transfer by FIGAS to Stanley. Following arrival at Stanley Airport and prior to your arrival at the Malvina House Hotel, a city tour will take in both the historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a visit to the museum and picturesque Gypsy Cove.
Day 7: A full-day guided excursion in 4x4 vehicles to Volunteer Point will be a highlight of this trip. With the white sandy beach and turquoise waters this destination has a Caribbeanesque feel to it, but the King and Gentoo Penguins will bring you back to the Falklands. There is a host of other wildlife to be seen along the beach and on the lagoons, as well as spectacular scenery as you traverse the north of East Falkland.
Day 8: Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Keep your eyes open for Red-backed buzzards en route!
Included in the itinerary:
• Full board accommodation (all meals included) at Pebble Island Lodge and Sea Lion Lodge.
• Hotel accommodation including breakfast at Malvina House Hotel, Stanley.
• All domestic flights. • Airport transfers as listed.
• Excursions as listed : - Introductory tour on Sea Lion Island - Two full day tours on Pebble Island - Full day Volunteer Point with packed lunch - City tour & museum visit in Stanley.