Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Sea Lion Island: 2 nights. Carcass Island: 3 nights. Stanley: 2 nights.
Day 1-2: Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport early afternoon, 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 3-5: Transfer by FIGAS to Carcass Island. This is one of the most picturesque outer-lying islands, with the luxuriant, well-established hedges and trees attracting many small birds such as the Cobb’s wren, Black-chinned siskins and Falkland’s thrush to nest around the settlement buildings. The sandy beaches, rolling hills and low cliffs are superb platforms from which to view the multitude of sea and shore birds that either breed or feed on and around Carcass Island. This destination gives you the opportunity to explore completely at your own leisure, as there are no guided excursions on this small island. From here you will also be able to enjoy the settlement gardens which have almost a tropical feel with their Monterey cypress trees, New Zealand cabbage palms and flax and colourful array of flowers. Visit one of the most sought after destinations in the Falklands with a day excursion by boat to West Point Island. Black-browed albatross and magnificent cliff scenery on one of the Falklands most picturesque islands are the main attractions of this trip, but weather permitting the transfer between the two islands can be extended to include whale and dolphin spotting as well as a circumnavigation around West Point Island to see the Devil’s Nose.
Day 6-7: 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 the Magellanic penguin colony at Gypsy Cove. A full-day guided excursion on day 7 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, Gentoo and Magellanic 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. Your route will take you past many of the 1982 battlefields and, more historically, relics from the gaucho era of the 1800’s.
Included in the itinerary :
• Full board accommodation (all meals included) at Carcass Island 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 - Full day by boat to West Point Island from Carcass Island - Full day Volunteer Point with packed lunch - City tour & museum visit in Stanley.