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King Penguins on the beach amidst stormy weather, Falklands

Yacht Experiences

Wildlife and War Yacht Expedition in the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands is an ornithological paradise. Offering five different species of penguin along with a cornucopia of other avian species, its deceptively barren landscape invites closer inspection. Island hopping by yacht allows you to uncover the full vibrancy of the Falklands.

When to go:
October – February

STANLEY & KING PENGUINS

Your yacht adventure commences in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Welcomed by your guide, you’ll discover this characterful town, see the whalebone arch at the waterfront, and explore the 1982 battlefield sites.

You’ll transfer to your yacht and be welcomed by the crew. Following a gourmet lunch, you’ll take a tender to Volunteer Point to see the vast numbers of king penguins who live there. While surrounded by this cacophony of waddling penguins, look out for other eye-catching species such as the Falkland Thrush, Magellanic oystercatchers, ground tyrant, and pipits.  

BULL POINT & BLEAKER ISLAND

In a bay off of Bull Point, East Falkland’s southernmost extent, breakfast while picking out the various bird calls from the nearby wildlife. A globally recognized Important Bird Area, this difficult-to-access area is a showcase for the archipelago’s Galapagos-rivaling biodiversity. Take a kayak onto the water to get closer to the elephant seals, whales, and Magellanic penguins swimming and vying for space on the coast.

While enjoying a delicious lunch on board, your yacht will navigate to another Important Bird Area—Bleaker Island. Look out for the rare flying steamer duck among the diving Imperial cormorants and Rockhopper penguins. Amid the kelp beds, identify Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins as well as spot Sei, Fin, and Southern Right whales.

SEA LION, GEORGE & BARREN ISLANDS

Approaching Sea Lion Island’s southern extent, you first see its stunning cliffs plunging into the ocean. While the sea lions are the most obvious inhabitant here, the native Tussac grass creates the archipelago’s most important wildlife habitat. With it being an Important Bird Area, the density and diversity of species here are impressive.

Back on board, navigate to the George & Barren Islands. Characterized by untouched sandy coves and pretty ponds, you’ll see more of the Falklands’ incredible wildlife including southern giant petrels, elephant seals, and Cobb’s wren.

PEBBLE ISLAND & CARCASS ISLAND

A haven for rare and little-seen species, Pebble Island is a fantastic bird-spotting location—best approached by paddleboard. Watch out for its 42 resident bird species as you glide through the water, identifying black-necked swans, silvery grebes, and Chiloë wigeon. Land among its peaceful, undulating landscape and eat a wild picnic on a pristine beach while listening to the sea lions barking. Discover more of Pebble Island by 4×4 and see the Falklands War memorials at what was the site of the conflict’s first land-based action.

With its mature Tussac growth, Carcass is probably the archipelago’s most attractive island. With strict protections in place, it’s a sanctuary for nesting birds and penguin colonies. The gardens of the islands’ inhabitants, characterized by Monterey Cypress, New Zealand cabbage palms, flax, and vivid blooms offer an attractive home to smaller birds such as black-chinned siskins.

Following lunch on board, journey to the south of the island for some heart-racing fun. Kitesurf amid the diving Gentoo penguins or snorkel near immense elephant seals. It’s the perfect culmination of a journey that has brought you so close to the inhabitants of these thriving islands.