Falkland Islands - Expert Led Small Group Tour 16 Days Max 8 Passengers
This excellent itinerary led by Falkland Islands native and wildlife and photography expert Andy Pollard offers a unique opportunity to explore these beautiful islands in the company of someone who knows these lands like no other. In a small group setting you will have chance to really see all that these remarkable group of islands has to offer. Visiting islands such as Pebble Island, Carcass Island, Sea Lion Island & Bleaker, as well as Port Stanley, you can get up close to the fascinating wildlife, discover the history of the islands and enjoy unsurpassed scenic opportunities. With a focus on wildlife, birdlife and plants this is the ideal itinerary on which to discover the Falkland's natural wonders.
Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing. Single spaces are available at the price of £11,236.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Discover Pebble Island, Bleaker Island, Carcass Island and Sea Lion Island, as well as Port Stanley
- An abundance of birdlife including penguins, albatross, caracaras and the endemic Cobb’s wren
- Other wildlife including dolphins, whales, seals and sea lions
- Spectacular scenery and exciting island tours
- Small group setting in the company of a local Falklands expert
- Included day trips to West Point Island, Volunteer Point, Kelp Point and Kidney Cove
- Full board accommodation throughout
- International flights from Brize Norton, UK to Mount Pleasant and return
- All internal flights and road transfers
- Tours and excursions as described in the itinerary
ITINERARY15 Nights 16 Days
- Day 1 | Darwin
- Days 2 - 4 | Carcass & West Point Islands
- Days 5 - 7 | Pebble Island
- Days 8 - 9 | Bleaker Island
- Days 10 - 12 | Sea Lion Island
- Days 13 - 16 | Stanley & Volunteer Point
An overnight flight from Brize Norton departing on the 24th of October will bring you to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falkland Islands, where you will be met by your Guide for the itinerary and taken to Darwin Lodge. Settle in to your comfortable surroundings and perhaps enjoy a walk around in this beautiful area in search of sightings of the abundant birdlife including the Southern Giant Petrel, the Falklands Steamer Duck and the Falklands Thrush.
Overnight accommodation for 1 night on a full board basis.
Carcass & West Point Islands
On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the Darwin airstrip for your included internal flight to Carcass Island on the north-west of the archipelago. A landscape of large sandy bays, tidal rocks, cliffs and freshwater ponds, the Carcass Island terrain is home to an abundance of flora, with 107 different plant species having been identified. Qualifying as an Important Bird Area, the island is completely free from cats, rats and mice, allowing for ground-nesting birds to thrive here in abundance. On the island you will find several colonies of Gentoo penguins, considerable numbers of Ruddy-headed geese, the rare Striated caracara and it is also an important site for the endemic Cobb’s wren.
During your time here you can also enjoy an included excursion to West Point Island where you can walk or ride to Devil’s Nose, home to large mixed colonies of Black-browed albatrosses, Rockhopper penguins, Turkey vultures, Military starlings, Falklands thrush and Striated caracaras.
3 nights accommodation is provided in the Manager’s House on Carcass Island on a full board basis.
On the morning of day 5 you will join the transfer to the airstrip for your included internal flight to Pebble Island where you will be staying for 3 nights at the Pebble Lodge on a full board basis. Named for the brightly coloured pebbles which adorn the island’s beautiful beaches, the origins of which remain a mystery, Pebble Island is the third largest of the offshore islands of the archipelago.
Home to the largest sand beach in the Falklands, Pebble Island’s pretty landscape features mountain peaks and many large lakes and ponds which attract a wide range of wildfowl and wading birds. The island qualifies as an Important Bird Area and during your time here you can enjoy two full-day tours which will take you all around the island in search, not only of exceptional scenic opportunities, but also of wildlife encounters. Around 40 birds species have been recorded on the island including over 1,000 pairs of Imperial cormorants as well as several large colonies of Gentoo, Megellanic and Southern Rockhopper penguins. There are also good chances of spotting Commerson’s dolphins and the Queen of the Falklands fritillary butterfly which are regularly recorded here.
The next island on our Falklands tour will be Bleaker Island, and on the morning of day 8 you will join your included internal flight and transfer to Cobbs Cottage or Cassard House for a 3 night stay on a full board basis. Contrary to its name the island is far from bleak, and features a varied coastline of low cliffs, sloping bedrock beaches, wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. The island is an important sheep farming area and the excellent pastures are home to a variety of flora.
A full day orientation tour of the island is included as part of your package, although the area is perfect for walking and self-exploration. You can expect to encounter an abundance of birdlife, with the northern end of Sandy Bay and Penguin Hill simply teeming with thousands of pairs of breeding Gentoo penguins. A gentle stroll around the island should also reward with sightings of Magellanic penguins, crested and striated caracaras, Falkland skuas and ruddy-headed geese amongst many others. Take care not to walk too close to the nesting Southern giant petrels!
Sea Lion Island
On day 10 you will take another internal flight from Bleaker Island to Sea Lion Island where you will be staying for 3 nights at the Sea Lion Lodge on a full board basis. Sea Lion Island lies 17km south of mainland East Falkland and is the premier wildlife tourism site in the archipelago. As its name suggests, you can expect to see a number of sea lions hauled out on the shore, and the island is also home to 95% of the Falklands’ southern elephant seal population. You will be visiting during Killer whale season so you can expect to tick these off your bucket list of wildlife viewing experiences too. As well as marine wildlife, as with the majority of the Falkland Islands there are also excellent bird watching opportunities, with the island being home to Gentoo, Magellanic and Southern rockhopper penguins, along with an abundance of ground-nesting birds.
A full island orientation tour is included as part of your package.
Stanley & Volunteer Point
As we approach the end of your comprehensive Falkland Islands tour there is time for a final delight as we visit Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. After your internal flight from Sea Lion Island you will transfer by road to the Malvina House Hotel, located just a few minutes’ walk from the historic town centre, for a 3 night stay with breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners included.
Stanley is a charming town which looks very much like a traditional English village, and is a place of great historical interest. There is a harbour, cathedral and a number of welcoming British-style pubs. There is also the fantastic Falkland Islands Museum which is absolutely worth a visit.
On day 14 there will be an included full-day 4x4 excursion (with a packed lunch included) to Volunteer Point to see the largest colony of king penguins on the islands, plus more gentoos and other birds. While you are here you may also wish to visit some of the battlefield sites or take a self-guided Maritime History Trail. During your time in Stanley you can also enjoy an included half day tour to Kidney Cove to see the penguin colonies that make the area their home, as well as possible sightings of dolphins, and an included trip to Kelp Point.
On the morning of Day 16 a transfer will be provided from your hotel to the airport for your flight back to Brize Norton. This is an overnight flight so you will arrive back in the UK the following day.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Malvina House Hotel, Stanley
Located just a few minutes' walk from the historic centre of the world's southernmost capital this beautiful hotel offers sophisticated and comfortable accommodation for guests looking for a central and relaxing base from which to enjoy all that Port Stanley has to offer.
With views over the natural harbour, unrivalled hospitality, elegantly furnished bedrooms, and a small but welcoming spa this hotel has all the necessary amenities to ensure a very pleasant stay at the start or end of your Falkland Islands adventure.
You may even be lucky enough to spot a stray seal or penguin across the harbour waters as you enjoy a relaxing dinner or drink in the hotel's spacious and welcoming bar and restaurant which serves delicious home cooked meals throughout the day.
Malvina House Hotel offers 3 different levels of accommodation, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, fluffy white towels and comfortable seating areas. Each bedroom has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard and many of the bedrooms also offer fabulous views over the harbour.
Situated in the historic Darwin settlement on East Falkland Island this comfortable and welcoming guest house is located perfectly for those looking for a relaxing and tranquil stay close to Darwin's most famous sites.
The area surrounding this pretty lodge is bursting with history, with gaucho remains and memorials from the 1982 conflict visible throughout, and combined with top-class hospitality and welcoming accommodations this is a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the remarkable scenery on offer.
The owners of the lodge know all there is to know about this wonderful area and can help you to arrange everything from battlefield tours to trips to visit Gentoo penguin colonies.
The area surrounding Darwin Lodge is fantastic for a wide range of walks where you can expect to witness a wide variety of flora and intriguing wildlife and birdlife such as the Southern Giant Petrel, the Falklands Steamer Duck and the Falklands Thrush.
After a long day of getting up close to the wonders of the Falklands' unique wildlife and history you can return to the calming atmosphere of Darwin House where a warm welcome awaits you. The lodge has a large dining room and bar where home-grown and home-cooked meals are served. Alternatively you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying some traditional Smoko and afternoon tea in the lounge or the sunny conservatory overlooking the Choiseul Sound waters.
There are 6 guest bedrooms at Darwin House, 2 of which have en-suite bathrooms and 4 which have en-suite shower rooms. Each comfortable bedroom has been decorated to a high standard and provides all the necessary comforts for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Carcass Island Lodge
As its name suggests this beautiful lodge is located on the wonderful Carcass Island, a quiet, wildlife rich haven situated to the north west of West Island.
Often thought of as the most beautiful of the islands in the archipelago, Carcass Island is reached by a short flight from Stanley and upon arrival at Carcass Island Lodge you will receive a very warm welcome from your fantastic hosts who will aim to make sure your stay here is an unforgettable one.
Your hosts, who are the owners of the island, will be able to tell you the best places to spot the island's famous wildlife including large colonies of magellanic and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, dolphins and a plethora of birds such as Cobb's wren, the Falkland Thrush and the Falkland Skua amongst many others.
The lodge itself is cosy and welcoming with 5 homely bedrooms, 4 of which have en-suite facilities. Your hostess is renowned for her baking accompanying tea at any time of the day and this can be enjoyed in the comfortable lounge or outside as you listen for the sounds of the nearby magellanic penguins.
The lodge also has an honesty bar, a dining room and a sun room.
Carcass Island is also the access point to West Point Island and Grand and Steeple Jason Islands and your hosts will be happy to make arrangements for you to visit.
10 miles south of East Falkland lies the remarkable Sea Lion Island where an abundance of wildlife live and roam amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Falklands Archipelago.
Sea Lion Lodge is the only accommodation on this wonderful island and here you will find a welcoming, homely and exceptionally comfortable home-from-home to rest your bones after a long day of exploring.
Offering spectacular views of the South Atlantic this peaceful lodge is known as the most southerly British lodge hotel in the world and with the largest breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals on its doorstep it is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise.
Sea Lion Island is accessible via a 40 minute flight from Stanley and upon arrival at your lodge you will be greeted with a warm welcome from your hosts who will ensure that you are superbly looked after throughout your stay.
The Lodge was recently upgraded to ensure a very high standard of accommodation and there are 5 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 1 single room and 1 family room, all of which have been immaculately decorated and feature an en-suite bathroom, central heating and large comfortable beds.
The lodge has a welcoming lounge bar in which guests are invited to relax after a long day of exploring with a drink from the wide selection of wines, beers and spirits on offer. There are also 2 comfortable living rooms, a conservatory and a well stocked library.
Sea Lion Island is a popular destination mostly due to the sheer quantity of wildlife available to observe within a short distance. There is a large colony of southern elephant seals, which share the beach with sea lions and gentoo penguins, along with an abundance of birdlife such as Cobb's wrens, southern giant petrels, Falkland skuas, striated caracaras and short-eared owls. Offshore, pods of orca and Peale's dolphins can often be spotted, sometimes quite close in and your hosts will be delighted to let you know the best places for wildlife spotting and the best routes to take.
Cobbs Cottage & Cassard Cottage, Bleaker Island
A half an hour flight from Stanley, lying to the south of East Falkland you will find Bleaker Island - a long, low island with sandy beaches and cliffs home to a multitude of wildlife and birdlife.
This impressive and remote island has an extensive coastline offering beautiful scenery but its main pull is the remarkable birdlife that lives and prospers here.
A small settlement situated within easy walking distance to the beautiful sandy bays and sheltered coves is home to 2 beautiful and spacious purpose-built houses where guests can enjoy fantastic hospitality, home-cooked meals and endless views close to the wildlife hotspots.
Cassard Cottage is the larger of the 2 houses and features beautiful wooden floors, a large comfortable living area with luxurious leather sofas and chairs, 4 large en-suite bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, and solar-powered hot water and under-floor heating.
Cobb's Cottage offers 2 en-suite twin bedrooms, a sun lounge, beautiful dining and living area and a fully equipped kitchen.
Both houses have been furnished, decorated and equipped to a very high standard and both offer either self-catering or full-board stays.
Close to both houses guests will be delighted to witness a broad range of wildlife including 3 species of penguin and countless large birds including nesting Falkland skuas, oystercatchers, Southern giant petrels and king shags.
The northern part of the island was designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1970 and there are countless walking trails that guests can enjoy as they seek out the intriguing wildlife and soak up the silence of this remote and wonderful island.
Pebble Island is the third largest offshore island in the Falklands archipelago and the main guest accommodation here is this bright and comfortable lodge which is ideally situated on a neck of land separating the two main land masses of this wildlife and history rich island.
Spend your days exploring the diverse terrain of magnificent sea cliffs surrounded by a plethora of birdlife, beautiful beaches filled with penguins and imposing mountains before returning to the warmth and comfort of this recently renovated traditional farmhouse.
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere awaits you along with well appointed bedrooms, cosy lounge areas and delicious home-cooked meals and Smoko.
The lodge accommodates up to 11 visitors in a mixture of single, double/twin and triple rooms. Fantastic home-cooked food is available throughout the say and there are welcoming and cosy social areas where guests can relax with a drink from the well stocked honesty bar and regale stories of their adventures.
Full and half day trips are available for wildlife viewing and to visit war sites from the 1982 conflict.
What Our Customers
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
The Falklands is an incredible place with so much more wildlife than I expected, I consider myself very privileged to have been there. Sitting on the beach amongst hundreds of rock hopper penguins and huge elephant seals is a moment I will treasure forever.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
Thank you very much for the part you both played in making my holiday such a wonderful adventure, everything went well and I have come back with some very happy memories and a decent number of photos of penguins!! Great fun!
Just a quick note to say that my Falkland trip was absolutely fantastic - with amazing opportunities for wildlife photography. Organisation of the trip was excellent - each island was different but all were equally good; with everyone clearly working hard to make sure visitors got the most out of their time. The flight back was delayed by 16 hours due to fog at Brize Norton (and even then was diverted to Birmingham); but I didn't mind because it meant I had an extra day there! I'm full of praise for your local representatives. They were very efficient and went out of their way to make sure I got the most of my holiday and, in particular, that extra day. I'm still working my way through the many thousands of photos I took - just started on day 6!! Many thanks to Wildfoot Travel, and particularly yourself, for your organisation and for giving me the idea and inspiration for this trip.
I just got back from my trip. It was fabulous. The Falklands were perfect for me. Lots of birds, few people, lots of time to wander around on my own. All the islands were wonderful. The only day that was not excellent was the trip to Dolphin point. A long drive, few birds and few sea lions. I was very lucky with the weather. Lots of wind but hardly any rain. I debated whether to do this or go to antarctica, and am delighted I did this. La Yegua Loca in PA was a delight. I usually could care less about hotels and restaurants on trips like this, but La Yegua Loca was wonderful. The new restaurant they have - a glass enclosed space on the terrace in front of the hotel with old tools as fixtures and views out to the straights and delicious food was great. The only change I would make doing it again was to work with you better on flights. I wanted to use frequent flyer miles on American Airlines so I made reservations from Boston to Santiago and you did the rest. I didn't know there was a flight from Santiago to Mt. Pleasant (by way of PA). And I could have left PA and come all the way home without another night and say in Santiago. But that was minor. Thanks again. Danny
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my daughter and I had on our jaunt to the Falklands. The wildlife was absolutely stunning ( who could ever forget the caracaras! ) and all your arrangements went like clockwork. I'll certainly recommend you to my long list of friends who now want to visit. Thank you all very much, Gill Waterson
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday? Sitting next to penguins and elephant seals 2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday? Do it! Bring warm clothes. 3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation? Hosts at various lodges were very warm and obviously loved what they do and wanted to help with all aspects of our trip 4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? Excellent. Is there a rating above 5? Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? 5 *****
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